Planning For 2017

20161230_065816As I sit hear drinking my coffee and eating my flatbread toast with pear butter spread (made by my very own cousin, Gypsy), I can’t help but think of how preparing for a new year never was a serious matter for me.  However, the older I get, it seems like it is becoming imperative for me to actually give some serious thought to the next year.  After all, I am not getting any younger, and the older I get the faster the years tend to pass by.  While this has nothing to do with decorating or anything vintage, I can’t help but think that it is needed to change some of my vintage ways.  So, bear with me while I blab about inventing a new me.  You can teach a vintage dog new tricks.

Wednesday morning, I woke with a large amount of fervor filling my body.  I immediately went to our wonderful Walmart, and bought a poster board with the firm intent on putting a few things on it that I would like to accomplish during the year 2017.  However, after returning home, I began to read a few articles from the selection I purchased in the magazine area of the store, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Guided Journal–New Year, New Me”.  These articles encouraged me to brainstorm even further when putting together my dream board aka. vision board.  Honestly, I prefer calling it a vision board because I believe it is meant to be a visual reference when pursuing your goals and taking the proper actions in making those dreams become a reality.  My vision board went from simple resolutions about job success to so much more.  There are so many things about myself that I realized I wanted to work on during this new year.  Sure, there is always that goal of becoming healthier, but I never really thought about the steps in making that happen.  I know that I am behind on this style of thinking, but at least it is better late than never.

The Christmas holiday has made me realize that I have slipped on developing stronger relationships with my family and friends.  I reconnected with family members that I have not talked to in years, and it made me think of how important it is to have those strong relationships.  Let’s face it, we all lead very busy lives, but with social media and today’s technology, the excuses as to why we are not closer to family and friends is merely just that, an excuse.  We get tangled into our own little world and eventually become…selfish.  I have become selfish.  It is so easy to close myself up in our apartment, after a day of teaching, and lock myself away from the world.  That is completely unhealthy, and aside from physical health, mental health is equally important, if not more so.  So, I’ve decided to really challenge myself this upcoming year, and actually hold myself accountable by documenting my actions towards achieving these goals.  Yes, it is a new year, and it is so easy to start these new routines like all other resolutions, but sometimes it isn’t always easy to keep up because we get lazy and don’t hold ourselves accountable.  Well, documentation and reflection should help with that.  Also, by posting my vision board in a place that I will see it every morning and afternoon is a constant reminder that I have goals that need achieving.

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My vision board turned into a challenge to be a better me in all areas of my life.  I am completely excited about these new challenges, and I look forward to documenting my journey throughout the year.  I am a  planner addict, and naturally I have found ways to incorporate my addiction into this journey towards improvement.

I have planners and journals for everything.  These are just a few.  I used to be the type of planner to include everything into one planner, but those days are over.  I will update everyone on my planner collection for 2017, as well as the uses for each one, very soon.  After much thought, I have finally found a way to keep my personal life, business life, school life, and social media life in order.

Enjoy the rest of 2016 while you can, and stay tuned for how I plan to document my way towards achieving my 2017  goals…..

It’s just ‘old-fashioned’ junk.

I don’t want your junk……

It is quite humorous when talking to someone about anything vintage.  If I am talking to someone much older than me, it is obvious that the term vintage is not regularly in their vocabulary.  If I am conversing with someone much younger than me, it is also apparent that the term vintage is not a common vocabulary word for them either.  So, how do these two different age categories describe vintage items?  Reflecting back, I can remember my elders always classifying aged and worn-out items as ‘antiques’ or ‘priceless treasures’.  Unfortunately, I related more to the mindset of the younger individuals.  As a youngster, I never viewed vintage items as antique and priceless.  Instead, like many of the young today, I looked at those aged and worn-out items as out dated,’old-fashioned’ junk.  It belonged in the garbage.

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I can remember wondering why my mom kept many of the things she did instead of just throwing it out to the garbage.  I also remember thinking that my maw-maw (the term many cajuns use instead of grandmother) had so much junk that it was a miracle she could ever find anything.  Many of us think of hoarders when we think of people who collect a lot of things and never throw anything away.  Honestly, if there were television shows about hoarders back then, I probably would have called the network because I believed some of my own family members were hoarders.

Now please do not misunderstand, her junk was ‘organized’ junk.  There was never one incident where I walked into my grandparents’ house and found a mess.  Her table tops were always clean and ready for lunch, dinner, or a regular game of pedro.  Her countertops always consisted of the same items: canisters for coffee, sugar, and rice, their rotary telephone, two telephone books (local and long distance), a towel near the sink for drying dishes, and much later a microwave oven.  Every bedroom was always neat and tidy with perfectly made beds as if she had just put fresh linens on them.  Her sewing room was so organized and put together that it never looked like she was working on anything.  The only evidence of her crochet projects was the storage contraption she kept on the side of her rocking chair.  She was always working on a blanket for someone, so that storage bag was never empty.  She was the prime example of someone who had ‘organized’ junk.  She had closets full of things that she considered priceless antiques or valuables.  Everything was worth something to her, and she knew exactly what she had.  If one piece of priceless ‘junk’ went missing, she knew exactly what was missing.  Of course, now I can’t call any of her things junk, nor can I call any of my mom’s things junk.  Instead, I am just hoping that I can inherit as much of that ‘junk’ as possible because I now understand the value of these precious treasures.

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Hello!  My name is Tansy, and I am addicted to everything vintage.  I now find myself regularly visiting antique shops and flea markets in hopes of finding more of my precious treasures.  It is both fortunate and unfortunate that many of these vintage treasures are priced the way they are.  Luckily, there is a wonderland of vintage goodies both expensive and non expensive available to us.  Naturally, surviving on a teacher’s income prevents me from buying any of those expensive treasures, but that doesn’t mean that the less expensive things are worthless.  I know there are many antique connoisseurs, but my love for vintage goods has nothing to do with value or how much money it can make for me.  I honestly do not care if a vintage tea set is worth $30 today, and it is worth $20 in fifty years.  If its vintage character suits whatever my decorating theme may be, then that is more valuable than its price.  I have a great love for ‘junk’.  I am a firm believer in the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.  So, if you see someone digging through your trash one day, do not automatically assume the worst about their situation.  They just may be digging for some treasure you threw away that is indeed PRECIOUSSS!  So, I must ask….

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Every day is a beautiful day…be sure to find the blessings and beauty in it! Happy Decorating!

Stay tuned for my next blog on: The Truth About “Vintage”