14 January 2011

simplicity and management...

New things are happening, new changes, beginning of things and an ending of some things as well. It seems right for January, the first month of a new year. It also feels good to purge and sort out, to become right with convictions and less burdened by focusing more on what matters. This is not to say that I have mastered the art of simplifying but you have to begin somewhere. And if you are like me, you tend to begin over and over.

I've started with small things and am working my way through others. It has not stopped with me, of course, and as a family we are working on things as well. Natalie's last Brownies meeting was on manners and on responsibilities such as chores. Last year I made her a chore list that was more or less successful until it's eventual decline due to busyness, neglect and so forth. Since it was issued at her meeting about taking up a responsibility in the home that she and she alone must do, I took the opportunity  to make another list. Here's the scan I did of her chore list yesterday. Not the greatest scan but you get the idea. You can see I added several verses here and there on the list as I want us to remember that Christ lives in every facet of our lives. Even in working, especially in working. The best part of making this list was the owl shaped head (which she drew in the face) and the Consider The Ants illustrations at the bottom. She loved each ant was doing something productive like homework, making it's bed and vacuuming which are all responsibilities of hers.

I too, am trying to organizing and simplify areas in my life. I bought an amazing planner for this year (the Wizard of Oz one I was eying during the holidays!) & have begun to write out things to do. Each day I am trying to give myself different things I need to get done for the house and also for my creative side. Beginning to list goals by setting apart different days of doing creative endeavors. Hopefully I will continue this way and establish this in my life. 

I am editing and cutting out things as well. One thing is making my blog reader list a lot smaller. There are so many great blogs out there but it can be overwhelming. Of course in my effort to cut down, I always seem to find new ones of interest! I justify some of them by things I am working on personally in my life like cooking. There are some great food blogs out there with great recipes. It reminds me of another life resolution of providing my family with good food and how important that is. Rick gave me the best (cook)book for Christmas and I am loving it! I have already made some great food because of these recipes that I think every woman, mother and wife should know.

I also need to get back to some serious drawing and illustrating soon. The holidays brought a lot of things on hold and now I am ready to move forward again. I think as I begin to manage my time and efforts better, I'll get to it with good results.

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
Benjamin Franklin  

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.
Pablo Picasso  
Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. 
Author Unknown

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!  I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.  
Henry David Thoreau


Courtney said...

We are so on the same page. Purging and beginning again - just right for this new year. Nat's chore list is adorable! You do such a wonderful job of making even something like chores fun for her. She's such a lucky daughter to have you. Have a happy weekend with your family!

Anonymous said...

So lovely chore list!

Milla said...

What wonderful thoughts. I love Natalie's little chore list, do keep us posted on how she does at that. Being one that can barely keep up with their own chores, I can't imagine supervising someone else's. I'm sure my future kid and I will both master the art avoiding duties around each other, if I'm not careful ;)

Simplifying and de-cluttering is hard and necessary and hard. Did I mention hard. We must keep at it tho.

Şenay Céline said...

It sounds good to simplify things, it sounds good in my head everytime i think about it but i find it hard to bring the idea out of there and just do it :) but i know i should just do it!

I like the list of her chores so much! It will make it fun to do all those stuff i think! I should make myself one too :)

Heather said...

This little chart is adorable! Ah, I cant wait for the days when my girl can actually help ;)
Sometimes I too feel overwhelmed with things 'to do' and sometimes I find that reading lots of blogs is more harmful than helpful-- its just information and inspiration overload. Hope you find lots of simplicity and inspiration this new year!~

BlueTerracotta said...

Love your quotes on simplicity. Wonderful idea to aspire to, more difficult in real life. I managed to simplicfy my wardrobe into a few handmade pieces in 2010, so I'll tackle a different area this year! Great chore diagram. With my kids, the older they get, the less they want to help. I suppose just as their own lives take on complexity...

Violet Folklore said...

Very inspiring Andrea. I am glad to know that I am not alone in starting anew... over and over.

I feel you on the blog reading cut backs. I just did the same thing. At this point I have my few beloveds down, and if I connect with someone else in the future that is fantastic, but it's going to have to be an organically unfolding thing. I can't seek it out and work to make it happen anymore.

That book looks rad! Gonna check it out...