What happened? In the middle of last year’s Really, Truly, This Time I’m Gonna Do It! spring cleaning pledge, my resolve flamed out. There have been times that the Quest has spurred me on and made me determined to tackle a particular challenge so I could share what I’d learned from the process. At other times, writing, editing, and illustrating the Quest took me away from the goal stated in my tagline: making room for the important things in life. Instead of jumping in and doing what I could in bits and pieces until I was done, I got bogged down in things like before-and-after pictures and timing tasks so I could report how long such a project takes. Instead of streamlining, making things easier and faster to do, I’d created conditions that loaded on more steps and slowed me down. The system was broke and I didn’t know how to fix it.
I’m still not entirely sure how to fix it. I’m still the organized-wannabe that I was when I started the Quest nearly four years ago. Some of the positive changes I made have stuck; some are up for a re-do. I haven’t given up, and I think that’s important: that when you want something for yourself or for your family, you ride out the bumps and keep moving forward. During the last year, there have been times I’ve had insights I’d like to share, or took pictures of some fun project, but then I’d think, “I could just post these pictures of this really cool wire management system, but how random would that be?” I’m writing to tell you, dear readers, that things might be a little random but I'm moving forward. Quest on!