Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Manage Your 1000 Subscriptions

I'm Not A Craft Hoarder
That is what my Youtube said when I went to look at who had updated in my subscriptions list. I kid you not, 1000 subscriptions. Ugh! I don't know how I let it get that crazy. Well wait, actually I do. I would subscribe to someone because they had a video I liked and I wanted to see if I would like more later. Or I liked a person at the time when I subbed to them. Or I subbed to a person because they made videos about the topic I was currently interested in at the time. However, when I moved on to other interests, I failed to remove the subscription. Thus, I had 1000 subscriptions. I have been working on deleting them all, and I am down to 700 something now. I want to get down as low as possible. 100 would be nice, but I don't see that happening. I told myself the limit is 300. I then plan to spread those out over three different accounts, two of which I plan on using in the near future.

It's kind of interesting though, going through my old subscriptions and seeing who I subbed to. I could see parts of my life through my subs. I have been reflecting back on times of my life when I was interested in one thing or another, realizing I haven't thought about some of those things in forever. Those accounts got kicked off my sub list. But other accounts got to stay because I am still very much interested in the topic, however, in order to become more organized I am forcing myself to become picky. I hate doing that. I like to be an open-minded person who gives every vlog and blog a chance to interest me, but I realize that I don't have time for that if I plan to stay up to date on other people while still blogging and eventually vlogging myself, on top of all the other things I want to do also. I just can't do it all, and so I realize things have to go. That has been a main thought process for me this past month, I need to purge a lot from my past so I can head towards my future. Ugh, getting sentimental here. I guess I just want to perhaps inspire others to do the same. Purge the junk from the past so you can move on.

This isn't just your personal past, this can go for anything. For example, the room I craft in is a freaking sty right now. I kid you not. I'll admit it, I made it a mess. I didn't clean up after my last crafting in there, and when I crafted in my bedroom, I just dumped the stuff back in there where I could and left it as is. I can't stand to go in there now because it's such a mess. A mess I know I could attack and want to, but there is just so much junk I am holding on to, because I may need it. This irks me to no end. Now let me say, this is not a "hoarders" level of a mess...not yet anyway, but I am hoarding stuff I need to let go. Craft stuff, doll stuff, computer stuff, etc. I have always told myself I want to be a "need to get" crafter. I know a lot of crafters and doll people will hold on to things they think may come in a handy one day, and I was slowly going that route. Now I don't want to do that. I want to have to go to the store and get what I need for a project rather than have it hang around. This way I know about how much I need and what I am looking for. I'll get it, use it, and it will be gone and done, leaving me free to move on to the next project clutter free.

I feel a lot of us just have a lot of "clutter" in our lives, be it tangible or intangible, and we'd all be better off just letting some or all of that go. So that is what a big hunk of my to-do list will be. Getting rid of the clutter. I was contemplating selling some doll stuff, part of my fabric stash, etc., but I think it may just be wiser to donate to Good Will and be done with it all so I can "reboot" my life and hobbies all fresh and clean. Hummm, the fabric I might still slowly sell in my...yes I still have plans to open a shop, it's already made I just need to actually open it. But as for the rest of the clutter, it will just go. And as I finish my doll photostory, details on that coming soon, I will be selling off the props I don't need so I can move on to other stories that will be more hands on when it comes to props, MyFroggyStuff will be my best friend. LOL! Ugh, just so much to do and figure out and clear out and I feel overwhelmed, but I am putting it out there into the universe, and there it will stay.

If you are finding yourself in the same situation as I am, you own too many dolls, too much craft supplies, you follow too many Youtube channels, you are reading too many blogs, reduce the clutter and get rid of them. You'll feel better for it. Ummm, except for this blog of course, don't free yourself of this one. You'd be lost without my high quality venting...err...I mean blogging. ;-) Well, hopefully I was able to help one or two of you out there. Don't feel like you have to hold on to something because you've had it so long or worried you may need it. Odds are, if you have used it or looked at it in years, you probably aren't going to, so get rid of it. You'll be happier. I'm living proof of that, since I have deleted several hundred subscriptions, a ton of people I completely forgot I followed have show up in my subscriptions. It's like a whole new Youtube for me, and I'm excited reacquainting myself with these interesting people. LOL! Now, if you are really fighting with whether or not you are a craft hoarder of any kind, do feel free to look at this article and see how many you can say yes to. And you dollie people out there, you do the same and just replace the craft stuff with dol doll. If you answered yes to any of them, you know what you need to do. ;-)

Ok people, I'm off to knock out another page of subscriptions before...crawling into bed. Don't judge me!!! I hope all of you have an awesome day, and I will talk to you guys later. Bye for now. :-)


A Fresh Start

Speed Limit 35 Sign
Hey there gang, remember me? Goodness it's been a while since I have blogged here, and I have missed it dearly. I wasn't really sure what I would come back and talk about because I have not really been feeling up to doing anything dollwise, except for my Tumblr that is slowly becoming a mish-mash of things I find inspiring towards dolls, and crafting, and art, and writing, and doll fashion, etc. And while I do love Tumblr, there is just something about a bloggy-blog that fits me better. So I will still update Tumblr regularly, but I will be returning here to blog as well, for now.

Wait, what do I mean, for now? Well, I have been taking inventory of my life lately, and I realize I am ready for a fresh start at everything and to finally do some things I have wanted to do for a long time. First thing being, I want to get my own domain and a blog on my own website sometime this year, fingers crossed tight. I am slowly building up a list of all the things I want to accomplish in the next year. I will eventually put it on it's only little page up at the top and you can follow along with me as I tick of each one. I just realize my mind is everywhere and I need to pull back, make lists, and go from there. I am realizing that the longer I wait to do things I honestly want to do, the more time passes and the less time I actually have to do things. Ok, maybe that sounded a bit morbid, but it's true. I mean, hello, I am getting ready to turn the dreaded...3-5 on the 9th of next month and I feel I have nothing to show for it. I know I am not alone in that, but I am focused solely on myself right now. Yes, I have decided that the next year of my life will be my selfish year where I work on me and my goals, and yes, a lot of those goals include dollie stuff. LOL! But they also include writing more, reading more, reconnecting with you guys, and much more.

I'd like to write here everyday, but I find I can't write about doll stuff everyday because there just isn't that much doll stuff to talk about that isn't covered in depth by others who do it much better than I could. I'd rather share what I am working on at the moment, and I know it won't always be doll stuff, I hope you don't mind the other stuff I'll be talking about. I would like to turn this blog into a doll, craft, writing, reading, lifestyle blog. Just write about what's currently going on in my neck of the woods, and I hope you will find it interesting. *fingers crossed* I think this blog will be more fun to write and more interesting to read that way. So I hope you will continue to follow along.

I don't know what brought on this newly found direction for me, probably has something to do with something I have been working on for a day now, more later on that. I just know that it's time to return to what I love, reconnect with the people I love talking to, and start enjoying life again. Issues with my stomach and thyroid have been getting me down a lot lately and I am just sick of always being sad and depressed over it when it's not going anywhere anytime soon. It's time to live again.

I hope all you lovely people are doing awesome and I can't wait to check in on each of you. I am still determined to catch up on all the blog posts I have missed out on, some of you will take longer than others...I'm so behind. But I will start catching up today with some of you and I can't wait to see what you have been up to. Take care until my next post. Bye for now.