Yesterday Tshirts & Twine reached 100 posts. It was kind of an accident. I meant to save post 100 for today, and write something deep, humorous, helpful and inspirational (as I do.) Instead, my 100th post was mostly pictures of the stuff hanging on my walls. Oops.
Interestingly enough, that post was inspired by a comment from another WordPress blogger who always has fantastic thoughts to share. She posted a comment on my daily article, and post 100 was my response to it. My initial reaction was that I had squandered an opportunity for a great recap post. Maybe a “100 articles nostalgic something-or-other.” But after a moment, I realized that I wasn’t sorry I had used my 100th article the way that I did. I value communication and sharing very deeply. I’m thrilled that the post ended up being part of a dialogue, instead of another monologue.
So now I’m thinking that maybe I’ve missed the point a little bit regarding my stats page. I’m not going to lie: I watch the numbers on my blog. I get excited when a new “daily views” record is set. I almost always reply to comments, and hitting new “follow” or “like” milestones makes my day. But if I was really honest, those things are not what this blog is all about.
Yesterday I accidentally did another interesting thing. I revealed my list of personal values. I had been saving that for a later post, but I couldn’t accurately explain my decor choices without it. I created the list while I was reading Jenny Blake’s Life After College (well worth a read, even if, like me, college was a good bit ago.) These ten words represent the ten principles by which I live, work, create, and interact with the world. For me, Living Simply means that everything I own, do, or think corresponds to one or more of these values. So without further ado, here they are (in no particular order):
Refusing to be a slave to money, stuff, commitments, fear, or stress.
Focusing on what’s really important, and letting go of things that aren’t.
Finding ways to expand my worldview and experience new things.
Loving what I do so much that it never feels like work.
Seeking creative solutions to life’s puzzles.
Speaking my mind truthfully and with kindness.
Always moving forward, no matter how slowly.
Telling my story; believing that my unique experiences can create positive change.
Never settling for the status quo, but reaching for originality.
Choosing to view every new experience as an opportunity, and believing that even the worst can lead to the best.
If I am to be a real advocate of Simplicity, I have to refocus. When I’m living by these values, I can’t justify fixating on the numbers. Milestones and new records can be exciting, but they aren’t the point. So today, on post 101, I’m walking away from the Stats page.