Every year I try my best to declutter my spaces, may it be at home or in the office. I see to it that I have enough area for “new things” and energy to come in. This year I feel I’m doing it differently. I’ve mentioned previously that I’m hooked on the KonMari method of tidying up, for the most part because of the now-popular Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.
A friend of mine argues that the show is getting popularity, but does not necessarily answer as to what will happen to collectors and people who are obsessed with history. However, I can argue that the show, or the KonMari method for that matter, does not impose the habit of throwing things away, of giving up history. On the contrary, it talks about saving things that “spark joy” for us - things that still have meaning that we want to bring them with us moving forward. Things that we actually use and are essential for us to live our lives the way we want to.
Last July 2, I read this book called The Artist in the Office by Summer Pierre. I borrowed it from my good friend, Jean, when we first met. But due to hectic schedules, I only opened it a few days ago. So anyway, it's a very inspiring book that I actually plan on getting a personal copy soon.
It's about staying creative and inspired everyday. That artists like me, who choose to work with a different day job should not consider ourselves fake / half / whatever-we-choose-to-label-ourselves artists. There will come a time that our big break as an artist will come. However, there is no problem in choosing to deal with a "job that puts food on the table" while doing the "one that feeds us" as Summer puts it.
It also talks about appreciating the things that surround us, rather than complaining about stuff that we lack. Everyone is capable of making his/her life interesting. It's just a matter of perspective and setting your priorities.
So give yourself a pat on the back. You're doing great and we are all proud of you.
Niguel is an experienced creative and marketing professional pursuing his dreams while growing with infinite possibilities.