Dead Wood

Pruning the dead wood....

2010 was a crappy year. My husband got cancer. Friends hurt me. I was judgmental, and i was super stressed. I worked two jobs, volunteered my time to many others and let others influence me for the worse. Sometimes we need to let go. Let go of those things that are negative in our life. Other peoples problems become our own. I over think things to the point of tears. Its time for a positive change. I am not one for making new years resolutions but i think this year i might try to change my perception which will hopefully in turn change my life. So i am pruning the dead wood. Cutting away those areas that are still lingering in my life so that the new growth can bloom.

Dead wood list.....
  • Anything that you regret, those memories that make you cringe.
  • People that drag you down with their own insecurities
  • People that hold you back with their ideas of what is right and wrong.
  • People that judge you (they don't know you well enough if they think that)
  • Cleansing the house. Stop holding on to all that crap you don't need.
  • Release bad thoughts and worries.
  • Release decisions other have made that effect your life and you can't do anything about.
  • Don't chase relationships that are hard work
  • Others thoughts that influence your opinions.
  • Money is the devil. It is only credit to buy crap you don't need. Don't stress about it. You know it always works out.
  • Selfishness of others. Everyone has issues.

Things to be happy for and aim to do in 2011
  • My beautiful daughter
  • My forgiving husband
  • My house and land
  • The work i enjoy
  • Being creative on a daily basis
  • Friends that love me
  • Meeting creative types that inspire me
  • Feeling better after trying to look on the bright side
  • Caravaning/Holidays
  • Creating my own family
  • Taking time for myself without the guilt.
  • Try not to worry about the house work.
  • Say no. Its harder to say yes. Yes involves work.
  • Forgive and move on (toughy for me)
  • Shine, don't let others smother your light
  • Live closer to the earth. Cut back on the processed. Keep it simple
  • Release bad thoughts and worries.
  • Release decisions other have made that effect your life and you can't do anything about.
  • Don't chase relationships that are hard work
  • Don't let others thoughts influence your opinions. If those opinions turn out to be right least you have found out for yourself.
  • Be open to new connections and possibilities.
  • Just because you tried before and failed doesn't mean that the timing wont be right this time round.
  • Don't stress about the diet. Its not worth it. Everything in moderation. Throw your shoulders back and smile.
  • Try not to worry about people not getting your opinions. Its not an argument it is a discussion.
  • Dress the way that pleases you, not the way that is "ok" by small town standards.
  • Its not about "them". Make it about "you" for a change.
I know this all sounds a a little "new agey". Which i am not a fan of at all. But if i can manage to rearrange my thoughts to think this way then i can think clearer, feel cleansed and in the future the negative influences will not effect my daily life nearly as much. Thus making a happier more satisfied Michelle.

Lift your head. Throw your shoulders back. Smile.  Move on.

Do you have a dead wood list for 2011? Link back here if you do. I would love to see it.....Pray for a better 2011.

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    Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.