Lately I have been finishing a lot of things. A lot of things that have been on my mind to do for awhile and just have not happened because I have not set my mind to complete them. Things like I submitted an application for my grandfather to be part of the loggers memorial at Camp 18 on Highway 26, which will now be done in the next few months. I sent out a long overdue package to my friend Steph in Ireland consisting of a signed edition of my dad's book "Under the Slaughterhouse", 2 signed, framed photographs by me and a small custom horse painting by my brother Benj. Now there's a little piece of all of us in Ireland, which has become such a big part of my life. I am also nearing completion of the first draft of my book and looking ahead to the next draft and revision. Taking care of some routine medical appointments, getting some overdue maintenance done on the car. These are all projects I have had in the works for months and years.
Sometimes it's a financial thing, sometimes it's a timing thing. But I feel very strongly this is a time for me to "mend my nets". This is what seamen do when they are not out to sea, and this seems to be the state I am in. Getting things repaired and finished. I have a list of projects in my possibilities book that I look at every weekend to see what I want to complete next. I am now creating a space in the garage where I can do some side projects, like refinishing small furniture and venturing out into some small art projects involving Sharpies. My first project will be to refinish the coffee table in the house. A little sanding, a little painting and voila! I am most excited because I'm getting some striped overalls to be my project clothing. Yes, it's getting serious.
As I tick these items off my list, it frees up space for more things to come to me. It frees me up to start on those other novels I have rolling around in my mind, or to come up with other streams of income and to pursue ongoing learning and honing of my crafts. Moving things out to move other things in. As I surrender to the flow of creativity, ideas seem to flow more naturally. It becomes a matter of honoring my word to myself, staying tenacious to my vision and sacrificing other things to make these things happen. And it feels good. Finishing. That's what I'm about these days.