I can tell the new year is tomorrow. I’m restless to get the Christmas decorations taken down and put away. I enjoyed having the cozy living room full of ornaments, tree, and presents, and now I would like the space back, thank you very much!

I also reorganized my bulletin board, which was much more cluttered than even in this photo.

There were some items — postcards, clippings — that I’d had on the board for more than six years! Some I had back in Syracuse more than 10 years ago. I decided it was time for a change of focus. The photo below shows the result.

Clicking the photo will take you to the largest version if you want to see close-up. If you’re curious about what’s up there, continue reading.

First, the papers. On the top left are the 12 Principles of Attitudinal Healing. The upper middle is a list of ten things I want to do daily. The upper right are the principles of abundance as iterated by Sarah Ban Breathnach (the book was a gift from my sister a few years back). The lower right on the blue paper are the wedding vows we exchanged (just to keep our minds fresh with them); the paper with the books on it are some of the goals I want to accomplish this year as listed on 43Things (those may change, but not for awhile). The small parchment is a quote from Emerson that my mother gave me years ago and that I cherish. The cat postcards were given to me by my sister-in-law Lynn from her trips to France. Several of my favorite quotes are pinned there, as well as a list of questions to ponder when faced with a problem or just for self-connection. There is a list of topics for The Sun that I may write about and submit. There is a collage I made when I worked at Borders. Lastly of the paper are the basic principles that guide my life vision: express, discover, renew, create.

Of the non-paper items, the medal is the sacred heart of Jesus, something my grandfather had long ago that I was given by my mother. The blue-bead/knitted necklace contains small cards with sayings and prayers; that was given to me by my in-laws. The ladybug pin on it came from my mother, and the woman-goddess pin was part of my birthday gift from my writer friend the year I moved away. The woven bookmark was given to me ages ago when I was 16 by my first boyfriend. The other small necklace came from Shirl and contains a special stone. Lastly, the collage with the snake was a birthday gift from my writer friend. There are tokens like these arrayed all over the house and on the walls around the bulletin board. They are part of what makes home home for me.

I’m ready for the new year!

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7 Comments on “Changes”

  1. Marilyn Says:

    Feng Shui’ing the bulletin board…always a good thing to do! I love the Center for Attitudinal Healing, even though I go years without thinking about the place. (My mother turned me onto them in the 70’s.) Great stuff.

  2. Laurel Says:

    Oh, but I love your comment disclaimer. I need one of those on my blog. I always worry that folks take it personally if I don’t respond to their comments. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the comments but sometimes I just don’t get back to them.

    I love this photo of your desk and bulletin board. My desk, if it can be called that, is such a mess, I’m too ashamed to take a photo of it and post it. (my desk is actually a drawing table I’ve had since I attended art school years ago in Pittsburgh) I’m dying to know what’s up with the black cats in the lower left corner. I can’t read the captions.

  3. Kathryn Says:

    Laurel, feel free to swipe the disclaimer or some variation thereof. As for the cats… that’s a postcard from France that my sis-in-law just gave me. I can’t read it either. 😉 They are black cats in various positions of attitude with French words describing them. Perhaps I’ll take a close-up of it so it will be clearer.

  4. Caroline Says:

    My cork board is currently empty – ready for whatever the New Year brings!

    (I won’t comment on my desk though…)

    Happy New Year!

  5. Rebekah Says:

    Love all the textures and affirmations and reminders on the board. And I think I might be prompted by your lead to clear my desk to symbolically receive the new year’s bounty. My favorite author Leonard Sweet says you should annually rid your environment of things that you can’t tell a story about. Looks like you are in very good shape on that front! Nothing superfluous – all meaningful!

  6. Erin Says:

    I was wondering what one of the quotes is on your bulletin board? I was tryign to read it, and the quotee is Henri-Louis Bergson?

  7. Diana Says:

    Oh, you’ve inspired me. My whole house needs a de-cluttering overhaul but I think I’ll start with my desk…