Blogging & Social Media

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while since my last post here and social media.

I have taken a break to learn, reflect and question.
Why am I here? Is my work truly valuable? What role does ego play in my life and how does it reflect in my work?

The break was truly needed. I needed to weigh up my values, as well as question those set by social media. I rediscovered my love for reading and spent this time immersing myself in topics that both quenched my thirst for knowledge and nurtured my growth.

I am back, but with a totally different mindset.

Don’t let social media control you. Don’t let it rule your life and never let it make you think you’re not worthy.

“We do not know each other, the two of us. This screen is not real life. If ever we are lucky enough to move beyond the pixels, I welcome it. (Head’s up: I’m a hugger.) And until then, regard me as a stranger, and take my words as such. Think of me as sanguine and spirited. Think of me as someone who exists beyond her thoughts and ideas, someone who is often-failing, often-learning. Think of me as me, today, a host of contradiction and chaos in a static, searching body.” – Erin Loechner

Simplifying and Finding Focus

I have been decluttering this year like never before and looking at my belongings with a fresh pair of eyes has made me realise how little there really is that I “need” and that I actually value. What has made this year’s decluttering different to other years is that I haven’t felt the need to replace anything I’ve let go of. I don’t mind having empty space around me and if anything, decluttering has brought a lot of clarity into my* life.

*I am referring to my personal belongings, not my husband’s or our daughter’s…

In addition to clarity, there has been the added bonus of being able to better focus on what’s left. I have read the books I’ve decided to keep, I’ve mended the clothing I love and at least attempted to fix or reuse some of the broken items that I still hold dear. Being able to focus on the items I have decided to keep has made them feel so much more valuable, no matter what their actual price was.

It hasn’t just been my belongings I’ve let go of. I’ve also let go of any guilt that purchasing the items have brought me and more importantly, I’ve let go of items my ego would have previously told me to keep. These have included “the must have” design pieces that were too precious to actually use and “the trophies” that might have made me feel like I was part of some imaginary club. Social media can be a wonderful source of inspiration, but it can also make us feel inadequate in so many ways. This has been a huge part of my decluttering and I feel so much happier and lighter for it.