May 11, 2012

This Is What Friends Do.

About a month or so ago I expressed to some artist friends my frustration with artist's block. I was on the verge of tears, when one of the women said "you need a ritual."  We all perked up and looked at her, and she continued..."maybe you need help to get un-blocked, to interrupt the cycle of  I-shoulds and I-used-to's and I'm-not-sures, and let yourself fly."  Immediately the others got excited and volunteered to create a ceremony of some sort for me.

Then the conversation continued. Soon I heard myself say "if you've seen my desk lately, you know it's not just ME that needs un-blocking." OMG, that's when something serious was launched!  Diane, who said I needed a ritual, and Laurie, who is an interior designer, both volunteered to come over and actually help me re-organize  my desk & office/studio.  Only I knew what a huge job this would really be, but I recognized immediately that their offer was exactly what I needed: someone else's perspective.

I took a deep breath and accepted all of their offers.  Diane and Laurie came over and helped me get started on re-organizing the whole room. Not only did they analyze the functions of various areas, and suggest different flow patterns, they actually sat down and helped sort through endless piles of stuff, bead by bead! Rather than accept my promises of "I'll get to that next," they pushed me to clear off the desk NOW.  It was scary, but also exhilarating. We cleared the disastrous desktop that first day!

Since then, I've put in a huge amount of work, continuing the process. Going through boxes, bags and piles, getting rid of a lot of stuff, sorting and organizing lots more.  I've bought some needed storage units, and parted with old favorites to make room for them. I've found things I was missing, eliminated stuff I won't miss at all, and the purge has extended to other rooms in the house. It's still an evolving process, but this room is now usable.

And the Ritual?  It happened this morning.  I'm going to write about it in the next post.

Here's just one view of the before-and-after.




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