To Start Anew ~ by Sam

2017 finds us all poised at the breaking dawn of a fresh, new year.  A year full of hope, and promise and possibilities.  The problems, the struggles, the tears, the regrets, the trials, the toils of 2016 and before lay behind us, and what lies ahead is infinite and unknown.  People encourage us to move only forward, to cast off the negative, never looking back; but, like Lot’s wife, we find ourselves compelled to cast that glance aft, and then…

Then what?

Isn’t it our history that informs us?  Isn’t it our past that makes us what we are today?

And so, I offer this advice for the New Year: Don’t attempt to make a brand new start, as people suggest.  That is far too tall an order for anyone, and destined for failure.  Sure, go ahead, move forward.  But don’t just put one foot in front of the other and trudge blindly on.  Move forward informed by the past, strengthened by your experience, hardened in your resolve ~ battle-scarred and imperfectly-perfect, as are we all ~ ready to conquer whatever life happens to throw your way.

In that spirit, I give you my Resolutions for the New Year, in no particular order:

In 2017, I resolve to:

Be Kind.
Listen.
Visit Places.
Make Things.
Plant Things.
Play Music.
Take Care of Myself.
Cook.
Write.
Read.
Dance.
Laugh.
Sing.

I might clean some stuff, too.
Maybe.

I think I can handle that.

Wishing you and yours Peace, Love, Health & Happiness in the New Year and beyond.  With all of those things, how can we possibly go wrong?

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And Away We Go! ~ by Sam

IMG_0674After years of procrastinating, manufacturing excuses and waiting for someone to help me, I spent the last several days setting up my etsy shop.

For a long time, I waited because I “wasn’t sure how it worked.”  You know, there are ways to learn these things.  You can, for instance, go to etsy, and read all about how it works.  Then, there was “what if it stresses me out, and I can’t handle the pressure?”  Well, then, I guess I stop.  Or, you know, learn to manage stress.  Then there was, “I’m not sure I understand how to set it up…”

But all of those things were just excuses.  Why would I make excuses to avid doing a thing I wanted to do?  I had to think about that for a long time. At one point, I tried to convince myself that, maybe, I didn’t really want to do it.  But I didn’t believe me.  The truth was I was scared.  I was afraid of failing.  Wouldn’t that be a sad way to live life ~ so afraid of failing that we just never try?  That’s not me.  I am a risk-taker.  I leap in.  I take chances.  I crave a adventure and excitement (which means I would make a terrible Jedi, I guess).

So, you know what?  I figured it out.  First, I took pictures.  They aren’t the greatest pictures, and I know that.  I will take better pictures in the future.  I didn’t wait until I had all of the things I wanted to list, because, for crying out loud, can we just be done with all the waiting and freaking DO something already??  I listed what I have now.  I wasn’t sure what to charge, so I searched similar items, and decided on what seemed like reasonable pricing, based on what others are charging.  I wasn’t sure if my stuff would sell.  You know what?  I am STILL not sure if my stuff will sell; and, really, so what if it doesn’t?

I did it.  I said I would open my shop, and I did.  2016 is looking better every day.

And, you know, I have gotten off track here at “The Low Life,” too.  For that, I apologize.  Maybe I have gotten off track in life altogether.  The way I see it, now that I have taken time to work it all out in my head, every day is a new opportunity, and I plan to keep leaping.

I know I haven’t been posting about ways to save money, live gently and frugally, minimize stress, etc. lately; and I am not doing much better with this entry so far, but I promise I will try to get back on track (See?  Terrible Jedi material.  I still think there IS “try.”).  Let’s see if I can turn that around just a little bit today.

Today, I can say this: I have skills that I think are marketable.  Maybe people will like what I make, and want to buy it.  If so, I will make a little money.  That takes a little pressure off our shoulders financially.  Awesome!  Also, I find making these items enjoyable.  It’s one of those things that feeds my soul: creating something beautiful.  It makes me feel connected to my world, like I have purpose and the work I am doing is meaningful, because it makes people happy.  So, this could help me with money matters as well as stress management.  Then there’s that part about living gently.  I firmly believe that putting beautiful things out in to the world for others to enjoy is like making a deposit in my own happiness bank. You know ~ what goes around comes around.  So, I hope my designs will bring people joy, because then there will be more joy in the world, and that makes the world a better place.  I guess you could say there is a kind of gentleness toward the world in that.  Right?

Okay.  That last part was a reach (but I really do believe it!).  How’s this? ~ I promise to come back with some good money/stress/environment-saving tips in the very near future.  In fact, (I think) I have a pretty great one up my sleeve already, and can hardly wait to try it.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

If you are interested, please hop on over to etsy and check it out.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PetuniaBones?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Thanks for stopping by!