It’s January, my routine has changed, I’m easing into my new daily schedule and I’m bundled up to stay warm. For the past few years I have been so busy running a shop (then moving it and changing it) that I haven’t had any time to pause and reflect here on this blog. I’d like that to change so just like my new routine I’m being gentle with myself in trying new things and seeing what fits and what doesn’t and trying to carve out structure and discipline. I think it is very helpful to just do things, to put them out there, to try, even in small doses.
So in that vein, here are some flowers I treated myself to and then treated myself to the cathartic act of photographing them, one of my favorite things to do but has alluded me for awhile. They are currently sitting in front of me on my shop desk. I’m eating my daily soup that I prepare at the beginning of the week and stick in my thermos and bring with me from home.
This morning I brought in a big heaping pile of new goods and priced them individually, then merchandised them into the shop and stopped now and again when customers came into the store to chat and greet them. My desk sits between the hair salon that shares my entrance and my shop space where I am playing the Velvet Underground Pandora radio station and they have a Top 40 station on, so I hear both, a strange mixture.
This afternoon, I will take those same products I merchandised and add them to the online shop and POS system, and then photograph, edit and upload their accompanying photos if I have time. If not, I will work on that tomorrow, and probably realistically the following day as well.
Every once and awhile I’ll remind myself to meditate on these flowers, an act which might not happen if they weren’t there, so I am grateful that they are. This is perhaps a mundane glimpse into my today, but it’s another cathartic act for me, the just putting it out there and releasing. How’s your January going? Any new goals and resolutions?