Priorities

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"When our priorities are in order, our lives flow with purpose and ease."

~ Julia Cameron, Transitions

Prioritizing has been on my mind.  Maybe it's because of Spring, which seems to always usher in thoughts of renewal.  The house begs to be scrubbed from top to bottom, the gardens are calling for nourishment, my body yearns for long walks in the sun...at least until the heat of summer hits and both body and psyche seek out a cool shady refuge.

I have trouble balancing everything I would like to achieve in a day.  I have this problem, I am endlessly curious.  I hear about an online course that looks interesting and I sign up.  I find a creative challenge on Instagram and...boom!...I've subscribed and am itching to start. I love acrylics, collage, photography, and now have renewed a long dormant love affair with embroidery.

I'm a Yorkshire Terrier, nose to the ground, sniffing out the next best thing.

What I've begun to realize is that there is a lot of truth to the saying "Jack of all trades, master of none."  By skipping from shiny object to glittering gem I never pause long enough to hone the skills I am learning.  It's time to hit the pause button, and get back to the essential practice of mindfulness.

I began to prioritize by first cutting back on the blogs I follow.  I could spend hours reading all the blogs I subscribe to.  I have narrowed the list down to the people I keep returning to, those whom I consider have grown to think of as friends as well as creatives that inspire me.

Facebook came next, a tricky step because I like staying in touch with long time friends.  I have actually wrestled with this issue for a while.  I've cut down my friends list with some success, unfriending people who rarely post.  I thought about deleting my account but many of the online courses I take use Facebook for community gathering.  Currently, I am giving myself a certain amount of time each day to check in.

This morning I wrote out a to-do list that included not only cleaning the bathrooms and ironing but also doing my #the100dayproject (mine is #100daysofphotojoy), an Instagram course being hosted by Catherine Just titled GROW, completing this month's Studio Diaries (a monthly offering by the amazing Flora Bowley), and writing today's post.  I still haven't done the bathrooms and the ironing and it's now mid-afternoon.

Sigh.  Priorities.

What's an endlessly curious terrier woman to do?  Well, one decision I reached is that I am going to step away from my little corner of the blogging world for a couple of weeks.  I need to take something off my plate to make life a little more manageable.  I've been nervous about doing this, worried that when I return you will no longer be here, but I tell myself I am being silly (I am right?  Promise you won't forget me?).  I love this space but I know I need to pause, do some mental and real housekeeping, reflect on where my path is leading me, attend to what is being neglected.

I'll see you in a few weeks.  <3

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One little (happy) p.s. :  Most of you know I have a recurring cancer.  Well, I am coming up on my five year anniversary of being in remission and my doctor told me last week that I only need to visit him once a year for now on!  I am doing a little happy dance and wanted to share this wonderful news with all of you.  :)  The other week while attending a poetry and watercolor workshop facilitated by Betsy Rogers-Knox and Nancy McMillan,  I created this piece as a celebration of where I am today:

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Sharing Nurturing Thursday with Becca.