I've been making a lot of changes lately around my home and some of them might seem a little odd, but they're making me happy. One thing I've done is taken apart my dining table. I never eat in there or have people over to eat. It was just another horizontal surface that would collect things like receipts, odd screws from various projects, and countless piles of paper. I had been frustrated because of the clutter it encouraged, but also because I didn't have a space for my Yamaha keyboard. I had been trying to use my keyboard in the living room, but it felt too cluttered and it wasn't sitting at the right height. With it now in my dining room, I was able to relocate my storage bench, which happens to be the perfect height to sit at while playing my keyboard. I now have much more breathing room. There is still a lot of mess to handle here yet, but I'm making solid progress. A lot of people suggest the bedroom is the place to start when decluttering, but I haven't found that to work for me. It may be because it's the only room I have that I can close the door on and hide a messy area. The rest of my place, except the bathroom, is open concept, so I have to forge my own path that goes against what some gurus say.
I made a change in the way I do something at work. The aim was to make it easier for others to verify some information I need verified. It ended up being easier for me to compile the data as well! As my dad would say, I love it when a plan comes together.
Speaking of planning, my new Labon Filofax a5 planner came on the weekend and I've been busily planning my life. Actually, I wasn't sure I would like it because there are some odd things about the way the system works for how I like my planner setup, but I'm enjoying it. It was during a planning session that I looked up and realized I really don't need a dining table at this time. In decluttering my mind, the solutions for decluttering my home seem to be flowing to me more easily.
Another change is happening soon as I recently joined a D&D group. I haven't roleplayed since the 1990s when I was in high school. I'm a little anxious about it. I'm worried I'll come off like a fool, but I'm also immensely excited about it. I have been wanting to get back into roleplaying for years now, but schedules were impossible.
I'm continuing on my spiritual path. Right now I'm looking into Heathenry. Why? My great grandmother was from Sweden, so I feel like there might be something there for me. Apparently, atheism is not that uncommon in this pagan path, which makes it even more interesting to me.
The move to this blog and the tweaking of my writing name is another change I've been wanting to make for quite some time. I spent a lot of time fighting with the editor interface in WordPress and I want to spend my time writing. I was trying to get a look like this on the old blog, but couldn't get it to remember any settings. Themes and colour changes seem easier on Blogger. On the name, I wanted to distance my private life from my public one a little more. I also wanted to shorten it because a lifetime of experience has taught me that most people can't spell my first name. An easier to type in URL is a really good thing. The only trouble is that I haven't gotten the migration working yet. I've manually moved a couple. I'm hoping not to need to do that for the rest, though there is some benefit to doing that with some items like my poems as I'll be structuring things a little different here.
For a quick goals update, I haven't gotten a lot of writing done yet, but I have structured my week for daily writing. I'll be alternating days between my novel and my screenplay as I found endless days on one project got to me last year. One is in editing and the other is being written. Elsewise, I thoroughly enjoyed the return to martial arts on the weekend despite how grueling it was.
All said, I feel like my vision is clearer and like I'm finally on the right path for me. There's more work ahead, but I will all be worth it.