After a flurry of endless craft shows, online orders, and freelance work, I took 2 wonderful weeks off to relax, clean, and recharge. And it feels good to be back. I'm not really one for New Year's resolutions, but I do like the idea of a restart, and what better time to do it than in the new year? I've got three things on my list to do consistently in 2015.
Have a normal work schedule. I'm talking normal office hours, M-F. This can be tricky when your office is literally a hop, skip and a jump away. But I've quickly realized that the stress of working day and night, weekdays and weekend, is counterproductive and really bad for my physical health. I think if I'm just more strategic about my time while I'm "in the office," I'll be more productive overall. Of course when the holiday season ramps up again, I will completely abandon this and become a crazy person again.
Start meditating. Any of you who know me personally might think I'm losing my mind because that's not really my thing...but when I'm feeling pulled in many different directions, I have a hard time focusing on the tasks at hand. I've heard meditating is like exercise for your brain. And if I'm going to subject my body to situps and crunches, then maybe my mind has got to follow suit.
Get rid of crap I don't need/want. When my husband and I moved to New York several years ago, we purged 60% of our stuff and it felt great. We said we would never again accumulate crap we don't need, but lo and behold, it's happening. So while I may live in California, I'm going to start thinking like a New Yorker again. If it doesn't serve a purpose other than keeping me from feeling guilty for getting rid of it, it's gone. That means you, blue dress that I bought three years ago that looks cute on the hanger but like a sack on my body. And you too, 20-lb illustrated medical book that I found at Goodwill in 2012 but never cracked open. Fuhgeddaboudit!
And while I'm on the subject of purging, you all probably have lots of holiday cards stuck on your refrigerator or lined up along your bookshelves and mantles. Before you toss them, consider keeping the ones with cute designs (like your Semi Sweet Press ones, am I right?!) to turn into gift tags for next year.
All you need is scissors, a hold punch, and some string. You can also use a circular punch if you have it. Just cut or punch out areas of the card that would look cute on the tag, punch a small hole at the top and add the string. And if you don't feel like making the tags now, put the cards with your gift wrap so when you go to wrap presents next holiday season, you'll be ready to go!