Anyway, I was excited about the new sweater and it's been in the high 60s here lately, so the perfect day for a short sleeve sweater. I took my fabric scissors and changed this
Y'all. We have so much stuff. Sure, there are definitely things you need to buy new (underwear and food are good examples). You may be crunched for time. There are new technologies that are pretty sweet. I'm not saying I never buy new things. I do.
But there's something about the process, about being thoughtful about whether I really need to buy a new thing that is important for me. Creative problem solving has its frustrations, but it's incredibly valuable. You might already have something that you can repurpose. When I make something, I undoubtedly learn something new. The treasure hunt of second-hand goods is that much more exciting when just the right thing is waiting for me on the shelf - and for a fraction of the price. Instant gratification is another by-product of our consumer culture. The wait, the search, the craft. All good things.
I'm not trying to make anyone feel guilty, honestly.
I've just been focused on paring down my mass of stuff. I was inspired by Minimalism, a documentary on Netflix about, well you know. I'm no minimalist, but I love the emphasis on living simply and consciously. I'm still overcoming my scarcity mentality, where I'm less than aware of having enough. I'm no hoarder either, but I've been holding on to some things: clothes, craft supplies, books, etc for those "just in case" moments. Most of those moments haven't come along in the more-than-a-decade I've been saying it, so I was bold enough to part ways.
It's now a bit easier to decide what to wear for the day, what I'll make in my daily creative routine. There's less to sort, organize, clean. Life is that much simpler.
And now I have a sweet new swirt*.