Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Cleaning Out the Junk Drawer

I know that I have been quite firm about not setting any resolutions this year. The pressure of them always derails my best intentions. Even if I sail through January with my new-found dedication for self-improvement, the wheels always fall off the bus by mid-February at the latest. Then I feel depressed and loser-like and wallow in self-pity for a few months. My heart just can’t take it.

That being said, I cleaned out my junk drawer this weekend and now I feel a bit like a Kennedy!

Sadly, I didn’t think to take a before picture so you can’t really get the full shock of seeing it so neat and tidy. Suffice it to say, you couldn’t find anything at all.

Everyone has a drawer like that in their life – one that you try to get into and out of as quickly as possible, one that you avoid if you can, one whose drawer doesn’t slide properly because there is way to much junk crammed in there.

So, Rob asked me to use my mad puzzle skills on our drawer and the result is that we now have a junk drawer that is a pure joy to open. I hear angels sing when the drawer slides out and I gaze upon the organization that lies within!

So what does this have to do with my lack of resolutions for 2018?

Well, I may be wavering a tad.

Don’t panic. I am not going to list out twenty things that I must accomplish by the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2018, or else.

But I do have an itch to start looking for other drawers in my life that need tending to. And by drawers, I am not just referring to actual drawers! 😉

Yes, there are drawers and closets that will benefit from an overhaul. And yes, I do intend to attack those one by one when time and energy allot. I am finding that clutter in the corners of my home and life tend to get in the way of creative energies. I get sidetracked by the things I should be doing and never have time or energy for the more creative side of me. That side of me needs more attention. That side of me needs tending more than the actual drawers.

I have been slacking in the blog department. I know you all know this to be true. My life and outside projects got so crazy the last six months that I have been recycling old posts and that is not fair to you, my readers, or to me. So, this year I intend to remedy that and focus on new material!

My writing life in general was in a slump for many reasons. But… I have just signed a contract with my editor and will be handing her Book #2 in mid March!! I also hope to poke at Book #3 this year and see if there is any life in it. 🙂

I had wanted to work on another certification for my day job, but have decided that can wait until 2019. I want to focus on my writing for a year and see where that takes me. My writing, and those drawers…


  1. Congratulations! I think those a good decisions!

  2. This looks great! Please come over and organize my junk drawer! And then my desk drawers … and my nightstand drawers …

    • Ha! Rob is currently in the middle of his closet, tossing things and making room… I am not feeling it today. 😊

  3. Daphne Shadows

    Change like this is less a “new year’s resolution” and more a growing and becoming who you want to become. I think it sounds like a fabulous idea! You are exactly where you need to be, doing exactly what you need to be doing. And you’re amazing, while you’re at it. 😉
    But I totally get the pressure of it crushing you into what you feel like is a failure. I do the exact same thing! But we gotta remember that if there is any forward momentum at all, it’s not a failure in the least. We beat ourselves up over what we don’t do instead of celebrating ourselves for what we do, do.
    Anywho, I love the mickey out of you and you sound like you know what you’re doing! 🙂

    • Aw, thanks, Daphne! Remember too that sometimes we won’t see forward momentum and that’s okay. As long as we are not sitting like a lump in the corner, complaining that nothing ever changes, we are moving in the right direction. Trying different things, even without the results we crave, is still a plus!

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