Monday, October 27, 2008

For Every Season

My life has really changed a lot in the past two months. Went to Costa Rica, had everything stolen from me, realized how meaningless a lot of "stuff" is. Came home, got a new job, started paying down my debt, realized that it was time to start focusing on The Dream (TM).
Now, I'm finally thinking about those things that I want my life to be about; starting to volunteer, make art, support my family, be a better friend, exercise, play with my dog, spend time with The One. Who, by the way, is launching his company. Now that he is finished with school, he finally has time to commit to his business plan. I am very excited about it, and hope that it will make it that much easier when I am ready to launch mine.

I made some dog treats from scratch the other day. I'm still learning about this, but when I start coming up with some good recipes, I will begin posting them. Ultimately, that is the kind of thing that this blog will be about; crafts, recipes, art, business. I feel like committing myself to these things, to cooking, sewing, crafting and home made industry is like a small act of rebellion against all those negative images and ideas that tell us we need to buy more, lose weight, have a bigger house and eventually end up unfulfilled and in debt.
I don't want to be one of those self-righteous people who believes no one should have a car because they don't need one, and no one should eat meat because they don't. What I do want to do is share the things that I love, and that make me feel good about my own life.

I used to believe in Civil Disobedience, and while I think that's still a part of me, I also believe in Personal Responsibility, and doing what you need to do to be the strongest, best person you can be. For me, that meant getting a job and creating financial stability for myself and my family. From there, I feel able to take chances, and express myself. For my friend, it meant quitting his job and travelling the world to write a screen play. I think that there are so many ways to do it, but I feel, ultimately, we cannot really give to the world unless we feel happy, or at least safe.
Maybe I'm wrong about that, but it was true for me.

Also, I'm teaching myself to sew, and I don't really know where to start. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be really happy to hear them!

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