When I typed in the title for today it made me think of the other thing that's going on today with numbers behind its name. I haven't heard much about it recently but I think there's some mention of a football game going on today!! I think a few people will probably watch it and I'll pop in once in awhile to see some of the commercials because they're usually the best part for me!
This week "Simple Abundance" was all about discovery....learning to be an archaeologist of our own self.
I must admit that with all that's been going on this week I have not started my discovery journal. That's right. I didn't do my homework....er, actually I did but the cats ate it!! Yeah, it never worked with any of my teachers in the past but I thought I'd give it a try one more time.
I did buy a nice sized sketch journal that I plan to do all my discovering in but it's still up in the studio with lots and lots of blank white pages.
One of the things I dislike about "Simple Abundance" (and I think it may be the only thing) is the list of "Joyful Simplicities" at the end of each month. She gives you ideas of things to do during the month that will help get you on the road to simplicity....but they're at the end of the month! If she put them at the beginning then you would have all month to do them and could feel that you accomplished something by the end of the month. This way when I read through them I just think "oh that would have been nice to do" or "I wish I had done that"....so I am going to skip to the back of February and read the list and try to do some of those things this month.
I especially like the idea for creative excursions....kind of like a date with yourself! She recommends once a week doing something all by yourself that you enjoy doing such as a movie, browse a bookstore....you mean, like Darshana Books in Burbank??? (I'll take any chance I get to plug Molly's store!!)
....or you could visit an art supply store or explore a thrift shop. Gosh, why does she give such difficult homework assignments!! This one is right up my alley. This I can do. Basically she is saying find some time just for you. Do something you enjoy. And do it alone! Learn to enjoy your own company.
Being an only child I learned to do that at a very early age. I can always entertain myself. I have had friends who cannot stand to be alone for even five minutes! They don't know what to do if someone isn't right there to entertain them. I've never had that problem. Mostly I need to have "me" time each day or I get very cranky. HB knows when I go to the studio and close the door that it's my time, just for me.
Another part of this discovery is to learn what you really love. Now that's always a tough one for me. I think Lisa wrote about it earlier....I like this but I also like that. That's me. One of the reasons I haven't bought new living room furniture is because I like too many different styles....that and the fact that HB and I never agree on furniture! When I walk into a furniture store I like the very traditional things, but I also like some of the very modern things. I like soft muted colors but I also like bold bright colors. See my problem! If I can learn what I really love then this whole discovery thing will be a success. I don't think I've ever managed to discover this in all the times I've read this book!!
I like that the author recommends meditation as part of the process of getting to know yourself. And being open to change. I must admit that last one is a biggie for me. I like my routines and I don't like to change them. But I also don't like to be in a rut either. See, it's that same thing again! I like this but I also like that. Will I ever know what I really like?? Will I ever know who I really am?? And when I finally know me will I like me??!!
Just a reminder that you have until midnight tonight to enter my drawing....that's Pacific coast time....and if you haven't been here before, you can find the items up for the give-away on the previous posts.
This entire give-away has been so much fun. I've visited so many new blogs and discovered so many talented people. I am having such fun with all this, and then I learned the best part....I'm a winner!! I won a beautiful Valentine from Donna over at The Decorated House. Be sure to go visit her blog. She's a new blogger and has a lovely blog with some gorgeous photos. Thank you Donna!!
I'm sure some of you have noticed that I've been absent from Blogland the past couple of days. I haven't made it around to comment on your blogs. HB has been attending some classes so he's been gone and I've been using my time to....don't get excited....I haven't been in the studio....no, I've been cleaning my house! Much as I hate housework I can only take things so long and then I have to get busy and put things back in order. It must be that Virgo side of me. I've been coming up with lots of ideas for stuff to make and I think I'll be doing a give-away once a month. At least that's my plan at the moment. I'll tell you more as the month goes along.
I'll post the winners right here tomorrow.