Shopping freeze.

Around here, One Little Word, Resolution, Scrapbook it

Friends of the inter webs,

I think I’ve nearly committed to go on a diet.  A paper diet.  Actually, a paper and embellishment and superfluous supply diet.  My goal here, dear friends, is something akin to scrapbooking anorexia.

Lets back up.

Less 2015
As part of my One Little Word this year – LESS – I want to scale back on all the clutter and general mayhem that is surrounding me.  Everywhere I go – the kitchen, the bedroom, the SHOWER, the car… the space is closing in on me with all the stuff.  C. L. U. T. T. E. R.  ya’ll.  Everywhere.  And that includes my creative space.  I have long been aware that my purchasing and hoarding of paper is nearly as prevalent a hobby as the actual paper crafting.  Not cool.  And turns out nothing is safe from the mighty ax that is my donation bag this year.  So, I’m setting some deadlines.  I’m using my junk.  And I’m not buying more in the meantime.

There.  I’ve said it.  I, Ali, will not be purchasing more scrapbook paraphernalia for the foreseeable future.

Now, having said that, there will be some caveats.  1) I will allow myself basic supplies – card stock, tape runners, etc.  2) At this time, I will not be canceling my Studio Calico PL subscription.  I know that’s a BIG caveat, but the joy I receive from that little box each month, and the connection to that community, and the exclusive products they throw down – it’s too much for me to resist.  And really, I’m ok with that small indulgence.  It’s fair.  3) I may allow myself, within reason, some non store purchases.

PlantsandPaper15-06For instance, I received a small package today from Jamaica makes that Jamaica made me extremely giddy. I won’t rule out those tiny types of one-of-a-kind Ann Marie, Elisa Blaha, Ali Edwards indulgences.

So… here goes.  Bring it 2015.  (Except don’t actually ‘bring it’ because then I’d be tempted to cheat on my diet and buy something).




Words, resolutions and such

One Little Word, Resolution, Self help kinda mumbo jumbo

I’m not as much of a ‘resolution maker’ as I am a skilled ‘resolution breaker’.  I DO adore the idea of a clean, fresh start.  A chance to reflect and reinvent.  But I’ve found that so many resolutions are abstract and/or extremely hard to live up to.  So this year I’ve looked for another way.

In the past few years I have participated (I use that word very loosely) in Ali Edwards One Little Word project in that I’ve chosen a word that I wanted to focus on for the coming year.  But this year, I’m doing more with it.  I’m TAKING her workshop which will force me to look deeper, spend some more time with the idea, get a little uncomfortable, and hopefully really make some progress.  I’m also making some very measurable goals associated with my word.  My problem has often been the abstract nature of a resolution.  I’m more of a specific steps kinda lady.  I’m into bullet points and boiling down that super inspiring quote into some action items I can take in my real world.

The workshop is really getting me thinking.  Helping me go deeper with the word and the whole concept.  Making me spend some time with the word.  But then I’m going to run with it in terms of nailing down a few key areas where I can make a couple tangible changes that will hopefully ripple right through the world of Ali.

So, my word is ENOUGH.  It came to me one day at work during a particularly rough week.  It originally presented as a declaration, as in “I’ve had enough!”  But it hung around and the idea of the word resonated with me.  There are more meanings to it than just that one.  I made a Pinterest board that focused on the word.  The intent was to explore directions in which that one word might take me.

Now, I’ve boiled down my favorite quotes and thoughts to this one little blurb that really speaks to me.  It really hones in on all the meanings of the word that I connect to.  (And I’m pretty proud of self for coming up with this).

Be. Have. Do. Enough

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Meaning – Be enough.  Have enough.  Do enough.

It’s a start.  It’s my first stab at reigning in my thoughts.  I have alot swirling around my mind right now about next steps.  Specific action items.  Areas of my life to which this will apply (though seriously, all) and the priority of those areas.

Wish me luck, ya’ll.