It is a process.
It's all about the journey.
My son had suggested finding a career that gave me time for my granddaughter and that certainly is the goal, but I also need to be practical and find a way to earn real money. Since I am going through this process in my mid 50's, the criteria also needs to include something that I can do in
I love writing so my new career will include writing.
I enjoy working from home and I have the self discipline to make that work for me. I have a home office, even though I now share that space with Avery, and I am in the process of reorganizing and painting the room so that after 15 years in the same color, the room will look fresher.
I have had time to de-clutter and I have written about that in the past, but I always wondered what to do with special treasures that meant so much to us, that no longer fit in our home. I am going through that with my Mom now. She holds on to more than I do, and what is worse is that she sends some of it home with me. I am implementing a process with her, that I will write about this week. It is hard to part with things that hold so many memories, even if they do sit in a box in the basement. I have many things - Christmas items - that once belonged to my Grandma that I just couldn't get rid of. Vintage ornaments that I really don't like, but she loved them, and they were hers, so I held on to them. It's time to take a picture, keep one, and send the others along. That is what I am helping my Mom of do now.
Perhaps I can add that to my list of new career criteria. I am good at helping others part with their things.
I enjoy "downsizing" so much now that I look at things through a new lens. I am always wondering if I really need it or if I just find it pretty. Will it serve a purpose, or if I already own it, does it serve a purpose other than taking up space in a drawer, closet, cabinet or box?
Eliminating extra clutter has it's drawbacks though. The other day I was looking for a bowl I had for years, only to realize it is now probably in someone elses kitchen because for so long I didn't use it - so I sent it with all the other things that had collected dust for years. Apparently, in a motivated moment I got a little carried away. I will not replace it though. It will probably get used a few times and then just end up sitting there again for another several years.
Regardless of where this journey takes me, I must say I am enjoying the ride.