11 May 2007
Ok. I am setting this goal down on (virtual) paper. My one goal for 2007 is to lighten up. Now you may think this is a bit ambiguous, but if you stop to think about it there are several ways to look at it.
On the one hand, it could mean to lose weight. Yes, I do need to do that; and I know that a combination of diet and exercise will accomplish it.
On another, how about getting rid of baggage? You know the stuff I mean: that stack of catalogs in the corner. How about that 3 yards of ugly fabric. Or on a smaller scale there's the paper detritus of everyday life: the receipt from the market cluttering up the wallet, the newspapers spread out on the floor, the clipped recipe meant to be tried 'one day'.
Or it could be like that popular phrase from the late 1960's to "lighten up" or quit being so serious.
When I started this post, I was defining it as the weight in the bag I carry around daily. I don't really carry a bag, I carry a backpack. Yep, I do. What's inside?
a book or other reading matter
a very large day planner/calendar
pencil bag containing colored pencils, glue stick, pen, straight edge, scissors, eraser
digital camera and USB cable
small cosmetic bag containing tissues, aspirin, comb, cosmetics
Oh my! It's no wonder my back hurts!
I have already started lightening the load by switching to a smaller bag. This in turn has made me lose some of the weight I carry around in it. I no longer carry a whole entertainment center with me, LOL!. The iPod now stays home. And it is just one thing: reading or knitting. I can't give up my sketchbook, though I did lighten up by removing the pencil bag and only using an ink pen. I've been wanting to try shading by using texture such as lines or cross hatching.
In late December, I bought a 2007 calendar. Instead of a 6x8" 3-ring binder (whew) I now have a 4x6" small, thin spiral calendar.
I changed cell phones. The new one plays music (if I so wish) and has a camera too. Not the same quality as the digital camera but it will work in a pinch.
It's a start.