When women are invited to look inside, to get in touch, to know themselves at a deep level, they say things like, "I don't think I have the time.", or "Wow, that's a lot of money.". I used to think that way. No more. I've learned about priorities. I've learned I'm important. I've learned if I'm not OK, I can't be there for anyone else.
I honestly believe most of us can have just about anything we want by setting priorities. What's important to us. What makes our heart sing. What gives us a deeper richer life. I really had to 'learn' that though ... and allow it to sink into my cells. Suddenly, I realized if I set something I really wanted as a priority it came to fruition. It was a matter of having that inner knowing of how important it was to my life. For many years, I didn't take personal growth or creative classes because I believed I couldn't afford it. SHEeeesh! I LONGED for them. (Usually a sign you need them.) Once I juggled things a little, and set my sights on what I wanted ... wow what a difference. They became my reality. I simply shifted my thinking. Now I do the things which are really IMPORTANT to my life. They lift me up. They inspire me. The lead me to my tribe. And yes, I am happier because of my decisions.
Lately, as many of you know, my priority has been to rebuild my stash to a certain, more comfortable level, so I can create with ease without going to a store (because there isn't one here, ha ha). I've been very naughty ... but oh ... how happy I am. I may not have done some other things as often as I would have before I set this priority, but now ... I have a lovely little stash thank you so much ... I can create with ease ... and that in itself brings me PURE JOY.
Today was a lovely mail day. My order came from Collage Stuff. I could get into a lot of trouble at this fabulous on line venue. I ordered beautiful vintage French magazines, old British bus and train tickets, some German Glass Glitter (Has anyone else tried this? It's new to me), and a few pages of Frida images which I had not seen anywhere else. I ordered some decorative tape from another vendor and it arrived too. This will be my first experience playing with 'happy' tape. YUM! I have an order coming from Joann's which contains more basics, like inks, re inkers, etc., and an order of paper. Many of YOU out there have been so generous helping me with my stash! I think I'm set. I will move on to my next priority.
|Ah, remember those HATS!|
|My Mama, 1944. She LOVED hats. Some of my fondest memories, from the time I was 18 months old are sitting on her knee, playing with whatever embellishments were on her absolutely stunning hat!|
I didn't make it to my studio today. Shopping and going into the Market took priority. Perhaps for a little while this evening. I found some fabulous Guadalaupe Milagro's for a swap friend in the States who adores "Our Lady" .. and some great Frida and Revolution post cards at a great price. I had fun.
Tomorrow, I will begin setting new priorities. My knees need to be fixed! I need to walk, be able to have FUN, and be mobile again. My thoughts will turn to those priorities ... very important ones.
It may not be possible to go back to Canada for surgery. The hurdles may be too much mentally and physically for me to endure. I may have to shift my priorities and think about this in a different way. Stay here, save the money, and have it done as quickly as possible. That will mean 'doing without'. But oh ... I have a stash .... I will still have FUN! As long as I can CREATE.
“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” H. L. Hunt