Artax's Blog: The Road Goes Ever On and On Mar 2, 2012 19:46:49 GMT -5
Post by artax on Mar 2, 2012 19:46:49 GMT -5
"The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
So many stories here.
I hope to share a little of my own journey, partly to share others but also for myself, as way to keep track of my progress and/or regress. There's something liberating in getting one's thoughts out on paper or on a screen.
I may go into my past, and conjecture on what has gotten me into this literal mess, but I think for now I will just list what I've currently been doing to battle it, and how I feel about the process.
(Edit: Added my introduction below, to add a bit of context)
Hello all --
I wish I had the time to write how I got to where I'm at, but will just start with the basics for now.
I'm a gal in my late 30s, married, and make art for a living -- mostly book illustration.
I am in dire need of support, as most my friends are messy creative types and don't fully understand my distress. My husband, while amazingly helpful and loving, also tends to hang onto things, thus adding to the chaos. I come from at least three generations of hoarders, and am concerned that I'm following in their dusty, cobwebby footsteps.
I've tried the FlyLady system on and off for about six years now, but after a few months of success, I always seem to "fall off the wagon" -- especially when I'm stressed.
Like many people here, I've had a difficult past and channel most of my energy into my work -- but at times, this hyper-focus makes everything else go by the wayside and the next thing I know, I've generated a terrible amount of clutter, which, in turn, saps my will to be creative. Not a good place to be in, as I need to draw and/or paint for several hours each day.
So here's to meeting some new faces and perhaps getting back on track. Who knows? I might do better than I expect...
Today I picked up de-cluttering where I left off, about 6 months ago, and began by joining a "three things" thread. Very cool concept. Only problem is, after doing just three things I didn't stop but went on a several hour cleaning binge and have worn myself out. Also, I've been sneezing like crazy from the dust.
I think I do this because I get worried that the mysterious, capricious Martha Stewart mood that has fallen over me will suddenly vaporize, leaving me bereft in a sea of junk.
Now I'm off to make dinner before Mr. Artax comes home. Hope I'll have the energy to clean up afterwards...