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The Blog, My Life, Me, and Moving Forward.

The Blog, My Life, Me, and Moving Forward.

IMG_20160626_101521-01For some reason I stopped blogging last September.  Almost a year ago.  I don’t remember why, but I did have a load of half written drafts.  Most of which are completely irrelevant now.  I enjoy blogging, writing, etc.  So I plan on getting right back into it.  I am going to refocus on what I write about, and how frequently I post.

I’ve freshened up the look, and I have new things that I plan on sharing.  I’m excited as I get things prepared for this reinvigorated foray into blogging.

 

Evolution

Evolution

It hit me today, that part of my “issue” at the moment is how I see myself. This has nothing to do with the fact that I need to lose a few kgs, or that I wish I was a little taller, or that my hair rarely does what I want it to at any given time. It more has to do with being stagnant in an image of myself that simply no longer exists.

For many years, I was the Vintage Girl, the Retro Diva, the Nostalgic Doll. The girl who lived for glam dresses, victory rolls, and the perfect shade of red lipstick. This was not ALL of who I was, but it was how I saw myself as I related to the world around me. I loved being that girl. But I think that I need to move on from that vision of myself.

I still love all the vintage things! Movies, music, fashion, the quirky gadgets, and of course the perfect red lipstick. I think, however, that I need to evolve with my circumstances. For some people, they can be the Vintage Girl forever, and that’s great. In fact, I’m a little jealous. That doesn’t change the fact that my lifestyle just doesn’t fit with that anymore.

I think coming to terms with the changes, however gradual they have been, has been awkward for me. Being reticent of letting go of how I thought I should be, purely because it’s how I have been for so long, now seems really silly. I should be embracing myself, loving how I am, no matter what face I show to the world. I may not always deck out in vintage gear anymore, but that doesn’t change who I am. I still love styling my hair, when I get the chance. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect red lipstick. I’d still rather swing out than rock out. There are new things in my life though, different things. They may include Doc Marten boots and Converse All Stars, rather than wedge sandals. I may end up with more than one pair of jeans in my wardrobe, as well as my skirts. I may be on the lookout for the perfect jacket, and it wont matter if it’s wool or leather.

However I end up, however I get there. I aim to be happy with my look, with how I present myself to the world. I aim to embrace it all, rather than worrying that I’m letting anyone down by not being the “Vintage Grrl” that I used to be.

My Immediate Plans.. or ..Why Spring Cleaning Happens in Autumn

My Immediate Plans.. or ..Why Spring Cleaning Happens in Autumn

For some reason I get the urge to ‘Spring Clean’ in Autumn.  Whether it’s I’m too busy in Spring enjoying the warming weather, or just that Autumn represents the coming of the ‘close in’ of Winter that I want to do it before it’s too cold to leave doors/windows open.  Maybe I just find the early days of Autumn more refreshing?

I love Autumn!  I think it would have to be my favourite season.  The air is crisper, it gets dark at appropriate times of the evening, and there’s no pollen flying through the air to aggravate my hayfever.  I also get the chance to don my knitted items that I’ve been working on through the year.  I’m hoping to get a couple more done before it gets cold though.  Not that Sydney gets THAT cold, but it’s all relative to what you’re used to, isn’t it?

But right now I have the decluttering urge.  I really just want to throw out everything that isn’t useful, beautiful or loved.  This means dragging out the shredder for all that awful paper waste that needs to be recycled, flipping mattresses, and donating clothes that don’t fit or get worn to the local church charity bin.

This year I also want to move things around.  The storage in our house is not being used to its fullest potential, nor is the space.  So that’s my challenge for this year.  Cupboards that I want to shift to more appropriate locations, maximising floor space and putting things in better places for use.

How does this fit in with my adding a little vintage into the Grrl?  Well, to put it simply, there will be more time for moi if the household ‘flow’ is more streamlined and works for me, rather than me working for it.  It will also help me clear both physical space, and head space for creating my ideal wardrobe and environment.  I also have curtains to sew and other decor items to make/fix.

BRING IT ON!  It all starts today with my reorganising my desk/work area.  It’s cluttered with old bills, books, knitting, computer game boxes, dress patterns and other miscellaneous items.  So I’m off to grab a big box and a garbage bag.

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go!!!