When I started this blog I wanted to write about creative living - not just in the artistic sense but also in the unconventional sense. I planned to write about my adventures and experiments as I grew my creative business, attempted to build a sustainable self-employed income, learned to grow my own food, worked slowly but surely toward some level of self-sufficiency, and generally worked on becoming happier, healthier, more creative and free, all while living life on my own terms. I wanted this blog to be a source of inspiration and ideas for people out there like me - creative, restless souls who want more out of life than what society thinks we should be happy with. People who want their freedom and independence, who want to live in tune with the earth, who want to follow their dreams and live a remarkable life, and people who, above all, want to be themselves! It's bold but this is what I want! Does this resonate with you? I hope so, because you are the people I want to share the journey with!
But back to the reality of now, this hasn't really happened for a few reasons. Living here in Melbourne has not allowed me to do as much as I'd liked in the way of creating freedom and self-sufficiency. Expensive, insecure rental housing makes it hard to feel settled and a bad economy has meant that it's been really tough just to keep afloat of late. We have struggled with our health, with both myself and my husband suffering from periods of depression and severe anxiety. In this, we've also had to adjust to married life! We LOVE married life, however, there is no denying that sometimes it's hard. The old methods we used to cope with our inner turmoils don't work now that we're together, and so we've both had to learn new coping mechanisms. Add to this our finances are in complete chaos - it seems crazy how much things have changed from last year when we so happily declared ourselves debt-free. A combination of a bad economy, bad health and bad luck has meant we are more or less back where we started. So a new War on Debt might be in the pipeline (my husband laughs at me but I seriously love these kind of challenges!), along with working on a few new ideas to boost business so we don't just fall back again a little further down the road. I also want to work on my time management so I can do more of what I love. Life has been tough lately but ultimately, I still love what I do and believe these challenges will only serve to push me to bigger, better things! Bring it on, I say!
So, in very broad terms, here's a little list of things I plan to focus on over the coming months. I'll post about them in more detail as things progress, but I had to start as making lists calms me down and reminds me that I'm still in control of my life despite appearances!
1. Set up our new house to be a more positive, clean, simple and healthy environment than our last one.
2. Start a garden out the back and learn how to grow food.
3. Learn to bake bread and cook more vegetarian food and healthy snacks.
4. Start another war on debt and find creative ways to get back in the black whilst doing what I love.
5. Recycle and reuse more things. I want to learn how not to be so wasteful in my life.
6. Work on some new lines for my business, particularly children's books and fabric designs.
7. Redesign my blog and write more regularly.
8. Do more good things with Wade - our time together is precious and I want to appreciate every moment!
All in all, my goal is to live simply, be happy and be free! Which all, funnily enough, involves a lot of hard work, but work is good and I love what I do so let the adventures begin!