My #depthyear Journey So Far!
But I was feeling the pull.
I've always been inclined towards a sense of minimalism. I don't like clutter. I feel overwhelmed when surrounded by too many things. And, of course, organization is a keystone of my day to day life. So, part of my Depth Year was a low-spend or no-spend promise to myself for 2019. I hoped to find peace and joy in what I already possessed, and not in the hunt for something new and shiny. This didn't, necessarily, mean I wouldn't purchase anything at all, but that I would attempt to be very conscious about my purchases.... bringing to me only the things that filled a need, purchases that supported local artists or business owners or fed into the creative community, and purchases that would further what interests I'd already established that I'd hoped to journey deeper into during the year.
And I think, entering April, I'm finally finding my groove with my Depth Year journey. I deleted all shopping apps from my phone (even apps for Michael's or JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby.... those coupons encourage me to spend without necessity!). And now that I've purged unused items, even items I've only recently purchased, I feel much more free to create, or that I'm at least open to creative possibility.
While I may have moments I'm derailed from this new path of mine, I wont punish myself for it or allow it to derail my goals moving forward. I may yet buy another purse. I may buy another tarot deck, despite the 20 I haven't used in months. But I'll endeavor to try, every single day, to invest my time and energy into what I have.
And this isn't just about "things". I endeavor to spend my time more consciously as well. I want to experience the depth of great relationships, encourage other creative souls in whatever way I can (and yes, sometimes this will mean buying things), and keep my interactions positive and uplifting whenever possible. And when not possible, be open to receiving the positivity of others.
So yes, while I may have "failed" at the beginning of my Depth Year, there's still a lot of 2019 left, and I'm opening myself to whatever that means. I'm excited to see where this road will lead.
Are you investing in a Depth Year? Let me know in the comments below!
4/23/2019 11:20:46 am
I don't know about a Depth Year, but I am pledging to not buy any more stones or beads until I use up a good amount of what I already have. I mean, I must have loved them enough to buy them, right?
5/11/2019 06:01:47 pm
I know what you mean! Part of my year is really sorting out my mix boxes into proper storage, seeing more of what I really have and using that to inspire me into new designs. Too many stones, not enough time at present!
Tricia Campbell Graham
4/23/2019 02:06:02 pm
I have been trying to purge and organize over the past year. As soon as my dad’s estate is done, I intend to tackle this job! I stopped spending years ago out of necessity. Makes you realize what is necessary! Everyone has bumps in the road, good for you for getting back on track! Good luck with the rest of the year!
5/11/2019 05:59:11 pm
I too have been purging, but still feeling overwhelmed. After much practise I am improving in not buying "just because" and also clearing out once something has passed its usefulness. I think it is an ongoing process, but hoping it will help me focus on what I need to do with all I still have, rather than expand for the sake of it. I am also going through all my old photos, which has revived many memories from my teens, as I sort those out, as well as refile into a slimmer system
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