[Stage One: OOOOH THE HUMANITY!]
I'm not there yet. Above is an in-progress photo I snapped of my combo dining room/work area earlier this week. I'm in the middle of making my home more functional than it's ever been and I've never been closer to The Organized Fantasy than I am now, but let's get real here. When you're crazy busy something has got to give. And furthermore, it's okay if everything's not perfect yet.
[Stage Two: Hey, This is Looking a Lot Nicer!]
Sales are steady, income is going up, I'm meeting with people with interesting new business opportunities and I'm implementing strategies that are really working to improve revenue and get me where I want to go with Thrift Core. (Been working on each of my 26-Before-27 Goals behind the scenes, the list has been a big help getting here!)
[Stage Three: Not Bad. It Will Get Better!]
My vision for Thrift Core is emerging from a jumble of thoughts the same way my dining room is becoming a streamlined work space from the mess jumble in "Stage One". I want future content to be more artistically curated with little focus on literally writing about thrifting. I've achieved a more modern, professional style for my offline and online vintage retail business. I'm producing lines of work behind the scenes: photography, art, craft, and of course, vintage related. I'm researching, writing, and plotting E-Books. I aim for book, magazine, and paid writing jobs next. (Any magazines need a writer? Literary agents need a client? Holla!)
[Stage Four: Things will be cleaned and curated, but The Batman Never Dies. Personality Remains!]
My goals are high and I will reach them, dammit! Without sacrificing my love of environmental causes, healthy living, art, creativity, and resourcefulness. And robots. I just wanted to share an honest look behind-the-scenes. This feels like the final "mess" before clean-organized-bohemia-shangri-la and where I need to be with work. But there's always a damn mess to get to those lofty goals. Some parts of my home, like my business plan, are well-oiled, scrubbed spotless and ready-to-go. Others look like shit! Dear god, I'm about to get to work on my hallway so my incredibly understanding roommate can walk through it to her bathroom without having to turn sideways to avoid the boxes. Yesterday I couldn't find my keys for 20 minutes before my once-a-week raw vegan kitchen shift and had to rush packing an order before going. If having a crap-sack house and some general disorganization is necessary to reach The Dream, so be it. Don't feel bad if things aren't exactly right yet, even your favorite blogger or writer is hiding their ugly mess somewhere. (My future ugly-hider is going to be the left side of my bedroom closet. That's where the paint buckets and painted-stained ladder will live.) You'll get there. Keep kicking ass for it. Get it!
And now I'm going to brew some good yerba matte and spearmint tea and continue getting my apartment/work space to that final frontier of awesome organization! And more work junk! Things are crazy but I am so excited and grateful to be here right now working through it.
Let's discuss: When things are going amazing business-wise, does your home cleanliness, or other personal business fall into disarray? Where do you hide your messes? (I'm so close to knowing where everything is and operating normally, cannot wait to report to you on that instead of this in-between mess! You will of course get detailed info on what's working to get me there!)
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