Big Dreams & Small Packages
Published on April 8, 2014
Every desk I’ve ever owned has been a big monstrosity.
My last desk alone was the size of the titanic, had a bunch of useless shelves, and a space underneath it to store a computer tower which I used to stack gallons of gesso and gloss medium instead.
This desk took up so much space in my studio and was nothing but a vortex of clutter and disorder.
Finally I convinced Hansel to help me move it outside where I simply put a sign on it that said “Looking For A Good Home. FREE”.
Within minutes it was gone.
That day I purchased a new desk. It only cost $40 and it was perfectly petite.
To be honest with you, I think it’s technically a child’s desk. But I love it anyways!
It only fits a few things and my laptop itself takes up most of the room.
I mentioned that I love it, right?
There’s been nights that I actually get out of bed and make my way into the studio just to look at it as it sits there all streamlined and neat.
When I close my laptop and call it a day it now feels like a religious ceremony as I make sure everything is precisely in it’s place and aesthetically pleasing.
Because it’s so small I can’t just dump things on it. There’s no room. Every loose paper, every drawing pencil, every cup of tea or sentimental nick-knack calls for attention and deserves to be accounted for and put in it’s proper place.
My desk is now a sanctuary for creativity instead of a safe haven for clutter.
And ok, I’ll admit it.
I’m not really in love with the desk.
(It’s laminate for crying out loud.)
I’m in love with the extra space.
With the clean lines.
With the order and simplicity.
I keep waking up to look at the desk because it’s a reminder of my own letting go and courage it’s taken to do so.
I’ve always had a big desk. Big plans. And big ideas.
But lately I’ve been realizing that big dreams don’t necessarily require big desks, big plans, and even big ideas.
Now-a-days my big dreams come in smaller packages.
They take up less room and feel lighter, less urgent even.
But don’t let that fool you.
It’s these dreams, the simpler ones, that require the most out of me.
There’s no more room for the clutter, the distractions, or the drama.
There’s only enough space for my creativity, a few good tools I’ve picked up along the way, and those valuable keep-sakes of life–such as family, friends, and community.
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