Minimize on Monday: On Giving Back

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We give so much of ourselves as children, and even teenagers. Back then, we colored pictures, full of glee, freely handing them out to any adult who would take it. “It’s for you,” we’d say. Handmaking, writing kind notes with reckless abanadon. Anything to please the next person who just happened by — something to put a smile on their faces, even if we did just want their attention in return.

Grew up, then, into a world of money and gracious plenty wasted. We benched our artistry, dreams, talents, even gifting of our time and precious selves, that we might chase our Ideal Schemes. Told ourselves that “now it’s time to look out for me, or I’ll never make it out here in Man-Eat-Man.” Panic envelopes us as personal sacrifice is forgotten in lieu of regular paychecks to be spent before payday’s end. Conditioned {no, fooled} into thinking this is “normal” and “okay”.

But it’s not.

What if someone bought flowers and just gave them at random to anyone they saw… even total strangers? What if we applied “do unto others” for real? How would our definitions of success, progress, and love transform over time? Food for thought.

It’s time for a new challenge. Time to {habitually} give back… to gift moments... freely. That is all.

You’re amazing. #Soar like you mean it.

You’re amazing. #Soar like you mean it.

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Has basket, will travel. #Gingy #betterwithbiking 
Basket by http://cynthiastwigs.com

Has basket, will travel. #Gingy #betterwithbiking
Basket by http://cynthiastwigs.com

Minimize on Monday:

Last week was awesome for me in my minimalism journey. I’ve gotten rid of a lot, and learned even more.

For six years, the mug and toy puppies in the above photo have held up the American flag on coffee tables, mantle pieces, and night stands in our homes. I’ve had them longer than that. In fact, when I took them down to give them up, I pulled everything out of the mug, and found that someone had apparently used the mug to store eight Excedrine… I showed Drew, and we shared a laugh.

There were three tins of bandaids in the bathroom cabinet. THREE!! Each one had bandaids in them, so I picked one, and stored them all in it. And I don’t know why I needed two totes for my makeup… So went through them both and downsized to one.

I discovered that I am finally ready to let go of a lot of things. Being a hopeless sentimentalist hasn’t exactly helped me through this. I see stories in almost every item in our home. But in these time-faded memories, I also find the ultimate truth that carrying on is a wonderful thing, and that letting go will bring refreshment and clarity into every aspect of life.

So here’s to onward… I look forward to sharing more.

Good morning. I’m pretend sleeping till Daddy is up. #Gingy @ryo8695

Good morning. I’m pretend sleeping till Daddy is up. #Gingy @ryo8695

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I woke up laughing this morning. Because of #Gingy’s face…

I woke up laughing this morning. Because of #Gingy’s face…

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Just realized my earlier posting of this didn’t actually go through due to spotty internet service. 

Received #happymail from @sarahmacp a few days ago. #postcircle #Kingfisher

Just realized my earlier posting of this didn’t actually go through due to spotty internet service.

Received #happymail from @sarahmacp a few days ago. #postcircle #Kingfisher

I gagged a little. Bacon… cookies… just,  no.

I gagged a little. Bacon… cookies… just, no.

These pups and this mug have waved our #starsndstripes for 6 years. It was time to let go. So we bid then a fond farewell. #minimalmoments

These pups and this mug have waved our #starsndstripes for 6 years. It was time to let go. So we bid then a fond farewell. #minimalmoments

Shoptalk: Swept Under the Rugs

Last week, I found a ton of yarn that had been forgotten in the mess that was my coat / craft closet. I also have a lot of some other yarn I bartered for earlier in the year. So, this week has been all about making rugs, using up as much of my yarn as possible. Last year, I made one for our cats. They think it’s the bomb diggity. I’ll share photos later on, as I get a bit further in the process.

In other news:

Fall is on the near horizon, and I am working to bring some cowls and scarves into the shop for the season. This is one of my favorite times of the year, as I LOVE making scarves about as much as I love wearing them during the season. Which is a LOT!

Enjoy this season change…  :)  Stop by the shop and watch for new products.  

#morningsnuggles #Gingy #Twitter

#morningsnuggles #Gingy #Twitter

Musings #5

The menu is not in the glowing abyss of my cell phone.

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