I notice it’s been a month since my last blog post here.
It was more of an unintentional break than a planned hiatus. I’ve struggled with the identity of this blog, and where I want to take it. Quite honestly, it doesn’t feel like it represents enough of who I am.
You may be surprised (or not) to know that:
:: I prefer function over aesthetics. I don’t decorate for the sake of decorating. If I decorate, it’s either something meaningful, or functional. For example, I have organised my yarn in colour order on the shelf, which doubles as a decoration because it looks nice.
:: I have an aversion to trinkets, and always have. I try to minimise the amount of dusting I do, because seriously, there are better ways to spend my time.
:: I am a packrat, a messy person or whatever the preferred term is, and I frequently leave things on the floor. I also, ironically, have obsessive compulsive disorder.
:: I have suffered with depression for most of my life, and more recently, in the last 8 years, anxiety. I am glad to say that I’ve found ways to manage the illness better, and it feels like it’s finally improving. Depression is a funny one, because I don’t think it’s really possible to find out if it’s completely gone.
:: I am hopelessly obsessed with self-help and personal development. Self-awareness and growth has done awesome things for my quality of life.
:: I have a secret stash of courage, which I seem to find when I am about to do something really scary.
:: I have been practising the minimalist fashion challenge, Project 333, for about a year. In July of this year, I completely fell off the bandwagon, raided my storage boxes, and just wore whatever I wanted this summer. I still haven’t found the motivation to start the challenge again, and that’s ok. Too much choice in my clothing is getting tiring though. I still have some posts to share with you about the project, because it has taught me a lot about living with less.
:: Remember the no-spend challenge from April? The real reason for starting it was so I could save up the money to quit my job. Only I couldn’t reveal that, and so the challenge didn’t work. I did stick to my promise of not buying clothing though, until October 1st. Also, my last day in my job was October 1st!!!!
:: The freedom gained from quitting is terrifying. I am intentionally staying off the jobsites for a while, because I want to focus on my writing, and creating my shop (eep!!!!). Freedom is the best present I can give myself after working for a year in an office cubicle. No purchase will ever match up to that.
:: I am starting a new phase of my life, in which I intend to show up to my life and dreams with honesty and courage. To document my journey, I have started a new blog, Notes from the arena, where I will be writing about personal development, mental health, random thoughts, musings and anything else that takes my fancy. All with a healthy dose of courage. I’d love for you to pop over and say hi, if those topics interest you.
How has your summer been? For the bloggers among you, do you take random/scheduled breaks? Do they help? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.