Your Aura is Blue
Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life. You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships. The purpose of your life: showing love to other people Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

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This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)


Living with Less

Last year, Oprah did a show about Learning to Live with Less. She challenged her viewers to live with less “stuff” and with more “meaning”. The show really got me thinking. I’m not much of a materialistic person, with the exception of a few vices (ahem, shoes, for one). The past year, especially, has been a lesson on scaling back and consuming less. We spent far less on the “extras”, in an effort to save money for what we truly value ~ i.e. vacations. I would much rather be able to travel than drive a fancy new car, live in a big house or have an amazing new outfit for every day of the week. I realize that for some people, a vacation doesn’t fit into the equation. For many during these times, a choice must be made between paying the electric bill and putting food on the table. That is what makes Oprah’s experiment even more relevant. As I’ve been working on transforming a spare bedroom that has been primarily used for storage into my new crafting space, I’ve had to ask myself many times “can I live without this?” Many times, the choice to get rid of a certain item has not come without pain. The decision is made a little easier when I think about how much more I want a place to work on my craft, instead of that book that has never been opened, or some shoes that haven’t been worn in two years. It’s all just stuff, really. While we sometimes think that having a lot of stuff will make us happy, it can also complicate our lives. In the past week, I’ve gotten rid of quite a bit of stuff, much of which will be donated to charity. It makes me feel good to be doing that, but I’ve also vowed to end my hoarding ways from here on out. Like many Americans, I have been guilty of buying into the idea that more is more. I am now committed to being less of an impulse buyer. After all, a 10x10’ room will only fit so much. I want to remain on this path of living with less so that I don’t soon fill up the space to the point where it stifles me once again. I want it to be a place of inspiration, where I can create some amazing things. That’s what really makes me happy.
The families that Oprah highlighted were pretty much addicted to their electronic gadgets to the point that it distracted them from spending quality time together. Although I don’t consider myself a tech-addict, I definitely could not live without my laptop, or my digital camera. I need them in order to run my Etsy shop . . . does that count? :)
What about you . . . what material items could you not live without? Are there ways you could downsize if you wanted, or needed to? What are you doing to simplify your life and live with more meaning?


Alison Kelley said...

Wonderful post Stacy! What you are saying is so true. I am in great need of doing some "Stuff" eliminating. I'd like to go room to room and take out things we can all live with out. Finding the time to do it another story but it is definitely on my to do list for this year and I hope I can accomplish it.

You've seen pictures of my office, believe it or not my office is also a 10x10 space. When I was organizing my office I did do alot of eliminating and I try to maintain a clean and organized space. I find that I am much more creative in an organized space, I actually cease to function if it's not. You are going to love your new space so much that I think you will do the same and keep it organized.

I can not live with out my tools, my storage bins, computer, camera, and my office kitty. Dash has a cot on my desk and keeps me company.

Anonymous said...

My puppy and my paintbrushes. And, no, I don't paint the least not intentionally.

jacjewelry said...

Glad you're purging! As you know, I purged A LOT before the year ended. For us, it was a similar problem - living in a one-bedroom apartment and accumulating "stuff" (while I am happy to part with most things, Husband is a hoarder). I saw an Oprah episode a few years ago, in which a life organizer went through a woman's house and got rid of nearly everything. The rule of thumb she used was: "If you haven't used/worn it in a year, you are not going to." I used that as a guide, and got rid of so much. I love having more space and feeling free in a way. I am with you on the camera and laptop, and of course, mi little kitty. :) She will not go anywhere, no matter how little room we have!