Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Long Lists and a Mission

via lia artisan concrete designs

Cross One Thing Off and There's Another

Am I the only one this happens to? You make a list. You work on a project on said list. You cross it off only to find as soon as you do, you have to add something new that needs to be done.  I'm not complaining.  I love being able to cross things off and I like to be busy. As the holiday season begins though, I also want to relish the simple things in life and just enjoy spending time with people we love, cozying-up in our little cottage, cooking and baking festive food, counting our blessings and getting out into nature to just breathe in the air. 

The problem with that little mission is the aforementioned list. So much to do, so little time.

Some of the things on my current list include:

advertising design for clients
packaging and shipping prints and stationery
print more stationery, cut, fold, package
print more desk calendars
marketing email designs (note the S)
apple pie making
product photography
potential mini holiday catalog design
plans for possible pop up shop open house for me and the Gman
organizing my office space which is a downright mess at the moment
a good house cleaning in prep for decorations
finish raking
writing Christmas cards

OK, I have to stop or my head may spin off. You get the idea.

When times get busy like this I think it's best to take one thing at a time and that's what I'm doing today.  I may not be able to simplify my to-do list right now, but I can simplify the way I look at it. I'm going to be mindful and take it one thing at a time and remember to breathe. 

One of Gar's bowls has inspired all this 'simple thinking'. It's one of the things I've been re-shooting for the mini catalog I'm trying to pull together. It's beauty is in its simplicity.

As visions of lists run through my head, I'm going to try to take my cue from this bowl and work on simplifying how I get things done. 

I am throwing multi-tasking out the window. It's not all it's cracked up to be anyways. The studies show that you're not nearly as effective when multi-tasking as when you're focused on one task at a time. I'm going to be mindful of what I'm doing at the moment and not worry about the next thing on the list until I get there.

Away I go. I've crossed three things off my list for today so I'm moving onto the next thing at hand.

By the way, in case you love the simple bowl as much as I do, it can be yours. Gar  handcasts and hand burnishes each piece.  Light gray and darker gray available. Email me if you'd like more info or if you'd like me to invoice you via paypal ($21/ships to U.S. priority. If your international, I can give you a shipping quote). Easy as pie. 

Speaking of pie. I can't wait to smell it cooking!

Wishing those in the U.S. a very Happy Thanksgiving. The rest of you, make it a great day.

Ciao for now, 


  1. I love how diverse your list is, going from projects, to home, to work, to hobby, It is really cool to see it all down in one place.

    1. LOL Mitch....I guess that's one way to look at it. I did good today focusing on each thing, one at a time and got done what I needed to do. Now it's almost time to make the pie!

  2. I am right there with you. It is good for the waistline to be this busy--haven't had time to eat---but not as good for the soul. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving with those you love and a most productive weekend!

    1. Sarah, my waistline needs to get busy getting smaller! I did make time at the end of the day for a walk in the field at the end of the day. No full throttle work out but sure is good to get out and breathe the fresh air.

      Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family!

  3. You are definitely not the only one! My list constantly evolves and revolves. As things get done they are replaced and then put back on again at another time (ie. laundry). As long as it is still enjoyable it's all good.

    Mmmm, now I want to bake a pie. :)


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