Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Don't Faint!

Yes, don't faint! I'm finally posting on my blog again. My apologies for not being here in so long. Life's a journey as they say and mine has been on a long one. We are living in our motor home right now. We moved  to the campground to a permanent spot the end of July. It's been going well. We have been getting it ready for the winter, more propane, electric heaters, light bulbs in the storage areas, underpinning to keep the wind out, getting our winter clothes out and warm fuzzy socks.

Our goal is to be here until next year early fall and then take off for the wild blue yonder. There are many places I would like to go to. The Grand Canyon, California, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona and who knows where else. Just be two Gypsy Wanderers for awhile.

All of my worldly goods are in three storage units. I have my Kindle here, my magazines, stuff I'm selling on Etsy, my journals, favorite tea mug, my cozy black sweater, my two cats and my sweetheart. When you are living in a 36' foot motor home it makes you realize how little you need to be happy. Yes I miss my vintage stuff that I love to decorate my home with but when I open those boxes in a year or more it will truly be like Christmas!

I'm still trying to keep my Etsy shop, Zenful Goods afloat. Things have been very slow for the past couple of months. Hopefully it was due to the hot summer months then everyone being busy with school starting. I believe it will pick up over the holidays. In order for me to have items in bins inside the motor home I had to downsize my shop and not have so much to sell. I took some of the items to my booth at the antique mall. The mall has been slow too but I just keep plugging away. It is something I love to do, it is my creative outlet.
I hope you find inspiration here and on my Facebook page Zenful Goods! I feel it is my mission to spread love, positivity and uplifting joy to all of you.
Peace and blessings my dear friends!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I am A Bending Tree, I am Woman

We as women are very adaptable. Much in life as you know can change. The choices we make in the change are what makes us or breaks us. I think of myself as a willow tree. Pliable, wispy, bending, changing with the seasons. I've always been a "thinker." Yes, maybe even a over-thinker. I over think my life and what it means. The choices I've made and where they have led me. I believe when you hit your 50's you want to put all of the BS aside and finally be your authentic self. You know, the one in your head who is really you. The one that doesn't be or do what others think you should do. You are finally going to dip your toe in the water of I don't care what you think anymore and strip off the waxy skin of pleasing others. For me being authentic is to stop dying my hair, if I put back on the few pounds I lost and gain it back, maybe this is supposed to be my body type, I'm a creative type and I don't fit into an office eight hours a day and yes I'm going to finally speak my opinion and not worry about if I will be excepted or not.
I've always loved trees and pictures of trees. I believe they have a spirit and even in their black twiggy it's winter, I've lost my leaves, they are beautiful. They are a mirror of me. Sometimes I'm full of green leaved creativity, sometimes I'm cooler inside and my leaves are red, other times everything falls off and I'm exposed but I can always start again. Just like the tree that goes through the seasonal changes I can go through life changes and I WILL BE OK.
What kind of tree do you want to be? For me I choose to be a willow. Bendable, pliable, strong, whimsical, beautiful and strong. authentic self.
Who is your authentic self? Do you have the courage to be that special one that you know inside of yourself?
We can start a orchard of bendable beautiful trees my sister's all lined up and when the strong winds come we can support and shield one another. Come into my orchard and be free.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Simple Life Longing

Last year we sold our home in the city and decided we would rent near our workplaces so it would help us on the road to a simpler frugal life. I lost my job a year and a half ago and have been re-evaluating what really makes me happy. Do I work for the man at a desk job? Or do I follow my dreams of owning my own business and following my bliss in vintage and creativity? It's a no brainer....huh? Following your bliss takes sacrifice. I started living a simpler life with less anyway around ten years ago after I got divorced. I've been happier because of it. Less to take care of, less time spent having the "wants," less to move, less that just sits around and collects dust. In our society we are ravaged with consumerism. It's what is the newest neatest thing to buy or have. We are constantly bombarded with it on TV, in magazine adds, on the radio and everywhere we look. But for me I'm done with that. It is so much nicer to find a place of content and learn to live on less, have less and be happy.
Last year we bought a 36 foot used motor home. We traded in our travel trailer that we loved to get something we could drive rather than pull. Our goal all along was to eventually live in our motor home full time, travel and live a simpler life. The dilemma is the price of gas! Yee gads! The gas tank in our motor home holds 100 gallons so you do the math...a couple of hundred bucks to fill up!

This leads to the heart and head thing. My head tells me you want to be frugal live a simpler life not have so much stuff so get rid of the motor home. My heart tells me, but you want to be a full time RV'er in two years and this was your plan.
Life is full of pulls and tugs. Decision making is hard but insanity is doing things the same way and expecting different results. It won't change it will just stay the same. So give me a simple life full of love, sunshine, vintage, creativity, trees, poems, herbs, cats, zen, kisses, tea, books, music, singing, toe tapping, dancing, swaying, pressed up against one and help me be content with LESS.  These are my thoughts sent out to you oh dear ones.

Do you long to live the simple life? How have you cut back in your life? What REALLY makes you happy?

I find as I get older it is the simplest things that make me really happy.

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Ventures In My Zenful World

This post was originally posted on the Vintage Etsy Society blog.

Yesterday was the day I opened my booth at a local Antique Mall. It's about 23 miles from where I live. To get there I have to drive the back roads and I love it. An excellent time to think and ponder and look at Mother Natures beauty. Don't you love the word ponder?

It took me two full days of working my dogs off to set up. The booth is very small only 50 square feet and has a back wall and two long walls of lattice and peg board on the sides. The back wall was white with red stripes like a flag which isn't my style. So I picked a lovely pale shade of my favorite color, green and painted away! I also painted the lattice. Now it's fresh and green and waiting for my stuff!

The week before while camping we decided to venture out to a flea market and antique mall near by. I got really lucky and found a booth that was going out of business. I found a great deal on two large shelf units that fit perfectly along one wall. I can arrange my items in little vignettes and put larger items such as bowls on the bottom shelf unit. I also got a rusty green ironing board to display items on and a neat shelf to hang up high to display my cream and sugar sets on and bird items.

My booth is eclectic, kind of shabby chic, kind of French, kind of farmhouse style...  it's a mixture just like me. Kind of sassy, kind of rock n roll but zen like and gentle.

I knew I wanted to get it set up by the weekend because we will be out of town this weekend.  I worked hard for two days straight and accomplished my goal. I'm officially open and ready to sell. I could of listened to the voices in my head, "No not enough time", "You don't have enough stuff", "You won't sell anything", and the list goes on. I conquered my fears and trudged on happy in my heart for doing something I love which is owning my own business.
Around ten years ago I owned a home and garden shop for three years which I loved. Now I'm coming back around to doing something that means so much to me and makes my heart sing! I've been laid off from a "normal" job for 19 months and I don't plan on going back. I now have my Etsy shop and this booth which I hope both do well. Hope is never fleeting and I hold onto it with all of my might.

My words of encouragement for you my dear friends is to not waver in what you value, what calls your name and what makes your insides churn. If it is your passion, keep holding onto it and don't let go until you have created the dream you know that is inside of you. It's like a breath of fresh air and goodness to look upon something you have created and that you made happen with your own hands. Don't give up and don't let the negatives get to you. Be like a busy bee with a smiling face and you will succeed!
Peace and blessings to all of you.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Antique Mall Jack Pot

I went camping this past weekend near the Mississippi River. The spot we had was nice and I had some view of the river in the back of us. My mind was quite full of how, what and where I was going to get stuff to set up my booth in a nearby Antique Mall. I could use what I had at home for display if need be. Maybe an old painted dresser, a few small tables, a card table with a tablecloth thrown over it. Ideas were rolling around in my head constantly trying to figure it out. The space I'm getting is fairly small only 50 square feet but you can guess that I'm going to fill it full to the brim. Now I know it has to be neat and in some order or people will look in and not know where to start. But it has to be full of lovely vintage stuff!

Lucky for me we found a Antique Mall about six miles from where we were camping. I hit the jackpot when I found a booth going out of business with everything marked down 50%.
The owner of the booth had two nice long book case like cabinets made of wood one painted white and about 8 feet long with three shelves and another cabinet painted pale green that's 5 feet long that sits nicely on top of the larger case. They were not marked for sale but we ask the ladies at the front desk if they could call the owner and ask if she would sell both of those pieces. Lucky for me we got both of them for $60.00! I think that was a great less thing to check off of my list. We also found a skinny country look Christmas tree, vintage Christmas ornaments, Hall pottery, Jewel T bowls, postcards, cream and sugar sets, bottles and a myriad of other items for 50% off or less. In another booth I found a chrome legged red table from the 1950s in very good condition and it was marked down to $35.00. The gods of vintage must of been shining down on me! I found a large standing wire basket to put linens in and a old green metal ironing board, a pale green etagere shelf, and a wall hanging shelf!
Our motor home was filled to the brim and we had to make three trips to the mall to pick everything else up. Tomorrow I'm going to go there to start setting up after I paint the back wall which is now white with a red stripe. I may paint it robins egg blue, or a funky green color, I'm not sure yet. Things are coming along and when I'm all set up I will post pictures here.

Have you ever done flea markets, or vintage shows, or a booth anyplace? Tell me what you used for display and some of your lucky finds. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hanging Out Your Mother Of Reinvention Blues To Dry

I've been laid off from my job for almost 18 months now. I worked in accounting for about three years for a company that ran their business like it was the 1970s.  My job mostly included good organizational and people skills. Most everything I did was done manually from filling out vouchers to paying the bills. Finding a job like that again is pretty slim in the day and age of computer savvy businesses. So I'm re-inventing myself and trying to figure out what to do.

I started my Etsy shop a few months after I got laid off. It took awhile to feel comfortable navigating my way around "Etsyworld." After a few months and with some help from other shop owners my business started falling into place.  I have obsessed about my business and spent hours online researching the ways of Etsy. I've been on FaceBook, Tweeter, making Treasury collections and tweaking my shop daily for hours at a time. My shop is coming along just fine but I'm still in the reinvention mode of finding what works for me and what is best for me.

I want to change some things in my life and I'm trying to figure all of it out. For the most part I feel  happy about my life. I'm making new friends, trying to eat healthier, trying to stay positive and to live my life in a fuller way. Change is scary and you have to check yourself and your motivation. You can't want to change because you admire something in someone else and want to be just like them. What they are doing for themselves may not be the right thing for you to be doing for your life. You have to stop and sit and ponder what it is you really want and need for you. How can you reinvent yourself and create a "new" you ?

Fear has held me back in my life many times. Fear of failure, fear of looking stupid, fear of rejection, fear of being alone, fear of being poor, fear of gaining weight, fear of old age and the list goes on. So how do you take all of the ideas in your head that you have about how you want to be and turn them into something solid and concrete? I can sit and spin my wheels and try to come up with ideas and ways to change but if I give up or say it's too hard, then I will never take the steps I need to make the change.

When I got divorced ten years ago after being married almost 25 years the biggest obstacle I faced was reinventing myself. My kids were grown, I was alone in a new place, I was loosing my business and I was starting to date after all of those years of being married. I was like a fish out of water making bad decisions and running around like a chicken with no head. It took me several years after bad relationships, moves, jobs and sorrows to finally be comfortable in my new skin. To this day I'm not so sure I'm all that comfortable in it anyway.

Life is a  series of changes from moves, jobs, new relationships, friends, pets, cars, goals, aging, children, grandchildren and many other happenings of life. It's all in the way you deal with it that really affects your life for the good or for the not so good.

I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels restless at times and desires change and who wants to be who they are inside and quit hiding it away out of fear of rejection. How do you deal with change or the reinvention of yourself? Do you let fear hold you back? Do you feel insane and alone in these feelings? I know I'm not alone in what I feel.  I think by having the courage to talk about these things I'm helping myself and hopefully someone else too.
Does that make sense?

This post is not about anything apologies.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happy Gratefulness

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in life and concentrate on what is wrong. Today I'm trying to turn the corner and be grateful for what is good in my life.
 Right now in this country we are going through lots of hardships but as a nation we are far more richer than most countries. Most of us have a roof over our heads, food to eat, clothes to wear, a job, and money in our pockets. Choosing to be thankful for the simple things in life helps us to remember that the little things that annoy us aren't important. Being content with what we have and where we are in life is hard. We have to stop and think and breath in the moment. This helps us to remember that things aren't as bad as they seem. What are you thankful for in your life today?

These lovely shops feature some wonderful items that remind us to be thankful and happy!
1. Count your blessings.
2. Start a gratefulness diary.
3. Remember someone always has it worse than you.
4. Don't get tunnel vision you are not the only one.
5.  Do things that make YOU happy.