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.

A New Season

For a long time I’ve felt like I am heading towards an end of a season – and a beginning of a new one. The way I have been working and sharing my work has become unsustainable. I have lost the connections I had when I was blogging – and social media has taken over; somehow devaluing my work and casting a huge shadow over everything.

Driving home the other day I was listening to this podcast. I have followed Pia’s incredible work for years and listening to her thoughts about social media (and her hiatus from it) made me realise how much I was also yearning for a change. I felt almost ashamed of how much of my time Instagram was consuming (daily!) and how it had started affecting my wellbeing. I felt like I had missed a huge chunk of the past so many years, buried deep in my screen.

Even just the thought of taking a break from social media – or better yet giving it up altogether – made me feel uplifted, happy and free. It made me think of all the other ways I could connect, share and be inspired, and express my creativity, but do so in a more sustainable, meaningful way.

So, I am excited about this new chapter. I don’t yet know exactly what it will entail or whether it will even be the “right” way forward, but I’m willing to give it a go – and I hope you will follow along.