I subscribe to author Rachael Herron’s newsletter and she recently posed the question: What’s your baseline? What’s the bare minimum you can decide to do daily to keep your spark alive?
Recently: My answer today is to change my office arrangements and decorations for Spring. I received an early birthday present and needed a place to set it up (a new Keurig K55 Classic). I put away my winter decorations. I put my Beta fountain back together and plan to get new fish next month. Meanwhile, I have the trickle of running water and a more organized workplace.
Today: I went overboard buying Keurig cups and accessories. I’ve discovered a new favorite coffee: Tully’s Hawaiian Blend. I’m using my aromatherapy cold diffuser. I am listening to audiobooks while working on websites at work. My spark is imagination and ideas … creativity and learning. So I am knitting and listening to audiobooks, keeping up with political and news blogs (especially DemocracyNow), and planning a trip to Rockaway Beach for my birthday.
Problems: I miss dreaming. I miss an uncluttered house with supportive living and work spaces. I feel like I’m camping out in my own space. I find reasons to delay going home after work. I can’t get motivated on the weekends to tackle any projects, including cleaning and/or organizing. I’d like to escape.
Decision: Check my daily tarot and horoscope and evaluate. Renew my commitment to blogging and writing at least three times a week. Break major projects into smaller steps I can accomplish a bit each day. Get more rest/sleep (lights out by 11 pm). Look for beauty and talk to people – be engaged.