“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more difficult. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move swiftly in the opposite direction.” –E.F. Schumacher
I was looking at my banner this morning and how it says I am living the simple vintage life. Am I really or am I allowing complexity and difficulty rule my life.
I wrote Wednesday about how I find it difficult to say no and that it is causing problems with my work at home situation. I was immediately tested on my resolve to say no and it worked. I was able to get more done, feel less exhausted, and cook dinner for four people.
Today, though I realized that I need to decide what is most important in my life and eliminate the things that really don't matter. There are too many things cluttering up my life that I don't need. I don't want a lot of bells and whistles in my days.
I need to let go of the things that I don't feel passionate about, because in the end those things will not serve me well. I really do like the simple life. I love rustic and worn, I love old, well loved antiques. I love the search for wonderful finds and sharing them in my Etsy shops and my new booth.
I want to spend more time enjoying life's simple pleasures. I love walking in the country and next spring after I get my other knee replaced, I intend to do a lot of that.
I intend to clean and organize my work space, because the clutter and the disorganization are anxiety producing and time wasting.
I need to focus on the supportive people in my life and lovingly let go of those who are not.
I need to believe in me, because I am unique, as each of us is. I don't need to change to meet the approval of others. They need to respect me for who I am or move on.
Yes, times are hard. I am self employed in a difficult economy, but keeping it simple and liking myself will see me through.
All photos are from ImSoVintage the shop