Simplify and Beautify! I Will Have Both!

My goal these days is to combat the overwhelm, end the glorification of busy. I was caught up in that wicked trap of thinking the more I did the more I needed to do for too long. It didn’t make me a better person. Mostly, I just did a whole lot of things as quick as I could, praying it was “good enough”, before leaping into the next task. It did no one any favours. No wonder I spent every weekend passed out on the couch, using Shiva as a pillow, ignoring all the work I had to do around the home, wondering if I was ever going to stop dreading Monday.

No more.

Granted, there are always going to be times when the sheer amount of stuff piles up and I feel that familiar rise of panic. Tis the nature of the beast. But I am going to try very hard to cut down on my thinking I need to do all the things all the time as fast as possible.  I’d love to say I am going to eliminate this train of thought entirely but then I would just stress that I wasn’t doing it properly and it would be one more thing keeping me up at night. So I am going to try. When I feel my shoulders tensing in anticipation of an immense workload, instead of ducking my head and attempting to bulldoze through like Shiva on an agility course, I am going to take a deep breath and ask for help.

That’s the goal, anyway.

Project Simplification Commence!


Part of this whole mental conversion is taking the time to enjoy, to get to know myself better, and figure out what is important to me. Not to my boss or my barista or that person I see at the bus stop every day, but to me. It’s not an easy process. Especially when life interrupts in its typical jackass fashion. Being instinctively lazy, I’ve been tempted to avoid a lot of the hard work. That’s why I have to make at least a part of it a little more fun.

This is where the blog comes in. I have finally – for now – figured out what I want to do with this space. It only took me three? four? twenty thousand? years? Now that I know, I want its appearance to match its direction and purpose. After all, the online world is a strictly visual one. However, the thought of embarking on a redesign makes the ol’ panic crawl up from my belly. And what am I supposed to do when I get that feeling?

Ask for help.

This is where the brilliant and creative AJ Emm comes in. The same talented individual who envisioned the current style, has agreed to tackle its next incarnation. I have no idea why. I guess she likes a challenge. I feel so lucky to get to work with someone as kind and helpful, someone who knows what I want without me having a clue how to articulate it.

Stay tuned for Rescued Insanity: Simplified

In the meantime, you have an opportunity to receive a bit of AJ’s genius yourself. She is so generous with her skills, she wants to give you a gift – a custom portrait of the special pet (or person) in your life. I almost don’t even want to share this amazing opportunity with you as I kind of covet the prize for myself.  Who wouldn’t want an adorable keepsake like this?

max_patches_3-01I am lucky enough to know both of the animals featured in this portrait and trust me, this is the closest the two have ever gotten to each other. AJ is magic like that.

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18 thoughts on “Simplify and Beautify! I Will Have Both!

  1. Hi Kristine, you’re writing up a storm again. We’ve missed you. You could do another round of fun pet and human tricks. It was pretty fun last time wasn’t it? Want to try something interesting again? There’s $25 in it for your favorite charity or cause. So?


  2. We can only do each task at a time. Give yourself to that task and when it’s done move to the next. I like things done properly and find it hard to ask someone else to do it, but I’ve learned asking for help isn’t such a bad thing at all.


  3. Hi Kristine,

    I’ve been a bit out of the blogging world the past week or so and have only just noticed you’ve done a few new posts! I’m so pleased, as you’re the reason why I set up my own dog related blog earlier this year. I love reading your posts:)

    Can’t wait for the new, more simple blog. Simplifying can be really therapeutic and can really help to put things into perspective. Here’s to de-cluttering!


  4. When life gets overwhelming I like to re-read Thoreau’s “Walden Pond.” Simplify, simplify.” He is the example I follow without having to actually move to the woods.


  5. Simplify and refresh is always a good thing! It will be fun to see what direction you go. Thanks for taking us all along! And I would love a picture of ME! Rhythm!


  6. Glad you’re back to writing! I’m on a mission to simplify and organize this year too. Good luck! 😀 I would love to have a picture of my Springer Riker drawn.


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