I always find that making things fresh is not only inspiring, but motivating and necessary every few weeks or months.
I’ve just reworked my website – the same basic bones, but a bit more streamlined, simplified and modern in look. I like it for now, though I am sure in a year I’ll get bored!
Other things I like to refresh to keep myself feeling good:
– The arrangement of the furniture and decorations in the house: my family thinks I’m nuts, because everytime they come over, I’ve moved SOMETHING … oh well, keeps it feeling clean, right?!
– My classroom: at least once a month I rework something. I always change the seating plans, because after four weeks with the same kids, kids get too comfy and start falling into bad habits. I change the tables around when I’m feeling stressed, and clearing off my desk (which is usually pretty bare anyway) or other pile-finders helps me feel like things are fresh, clean and keeps me feeling on-track.
– My tatse in food, clothes, music, decor, house plans, and oh yeah, life plans. I swear, I’m changing my goals on a bi-weekly basis lately, trying to figure out what works for me. Just when I think I’ve got it, it feels too safe and I feel stagnant, and need to rejig something about it. Right now, I’m seriously considering finding a part time job to help pay for gas and the wedding; I’m also trying to figure out if opening my dream bookstore would be worthwhile or just stress filled and financially wrong.
Why I love freshening things up so much, I’ll never know. It drives me crazy, but I need to do it. Maybe it’s my artistic soul, or maybe it’s the ease with which we can change things now (thank you internet and computers) … or maybe I’m just a weirdo.
Hey, have you visited my NEWLY freshened up site?? www.patrickg.ca will not dissapoint! Maybe it will, but I like it. I hope you do, too. There are four free stories (with art bits in some of them) available for you to read, and a sneak peek at Sad Monster, my first published storybook, as well as a link to the store to buy it at! Or you can go right there – www.studio20two.etsy.com. 🙂