It’s the first day of Spring. Although the air temperature where I live and the recent blast of snow may be Mother Nature’s last winter hurrah, I am in the budding mindset. All kinds of ideas, custom orders and business improvements have been swimming around in my head. I need to push forward. One of my remedies to this Monkey Mind (described in last week’s blog) is good old fashioned planning.
It starts with a list. Once I’ve written out tasks that need attention, the jumble in my head is somewhat relieved and I can begin to organize and tackle each item. This simple visual reference point helps move me toward action. It also helps me remember what needs to get made. Are you a list-maker too?
Spring is often associated with cleaning. It’s a time to clear away built up clutter in our homes, our yards and yes, even in our minds. Purging both thoughts and items that tend to drag us down, helps clear a path toward a more fulfilling existence. Marie Kondo’s popular movement to ‘Spark Joy’ is one example of this. Her minimalist approach has you only keep the things in your life that you truly love. I’m not that extreme, but I think the overall advice is sound. Strip away the stuff holding you back so you can move forward with what makes you happy.
So I’m back to my happy place – the studio – this week to roll out, stamp and create more FUNctional pieces and hopefully spread some of that joy around. Is there something I can make just for you? Do you need a gift for a special someone? How about an idea for something I haven’t made before? Let me know. Click here.
Finally, let me spark some joy in someone else’s life today! Leslie Hamlin is the ClayByLaura Club winner this month. I’ll be sending her this one of a kind bracelet I assembled with up-cycled jewelry, charms, leather cord and one of my decorated clay medallions. Not a member yet? Click here to join and begin your benefits! Want one of these bracelets of your own? I have a limited supply of these fun new items that combine two of my passions, clay and jewelry. Click on this link to let me know and I’ll send you a first dibs opportunity to purchase one by week’s end.