Tuesday, July 24, 2012

No Golden Tickets..............

What can I say? I love my new computer! It's taken me a couple of weeks, but I am almost 100% up and running on my new iMac.

When it came time to transfer files from my old PC to the new Mac, I was very picky about what I chose to move over.  I get overwhelmed easily and knowing just how much information was stored on my old hard drive was enough to make my head spin. It is comforting to know that what is on this machine is important to me, and I know exactly where it is.  I also know this probably won't last, but I am going to enjoy this mini zen experience for as long as possible.

This post however, is more about freedom from clutter (mental and physical) than it is about my new computer. My mission to reduce some of my overwhelm began a few months ago when I mentioned that I was clicking on "unsubscribe" to many of the newsletters and emails I receive on a daily basis. Earlier in the year I removed my images from Fine Art America and ImageKind. I further simplified my life by closing my LinkedIn, Flickr and Pinterest accounts.

I must admit that I started to feel very anxious and afraid that I was going to miss something during all of this. Maybe the email that has just the information I have been waiting for is due to appear in my in-box any day now. How will I know unless I read each and every one I receive?

I was tested soon after closing my Pinterest account.  I received an email with the subject - "How to Sell Your Art With Pinterest". My initial reaction was "Oh no! That email contains answers to the million dollar question and I should reactive my account!". Did I? Nope! Instead I simply clicked on "Unsubscribe" please.......

When I transitioned over to the iMac, this desire to streamline my life intensified. I became ruthless, and continued this "cleanse" by unsubscribing to anyone that made promises I knew they couldn't keep or to companies trying to sell me things I didn't need. it  I use to spend so much time deleting these emails thinking that was faster than doing what was needed to prevent them from appearing at all. Or at least that is what I told myself. The truth was I was afraid. Afraid to pass up any opportunity that might present itself.

There are so many people whose wisdom and insight I find invaluable, and I will continue to seek out and welcome into my life information that is inspiring and authentic, but I have learned that what I really need is not "out there".  I want to learn to trust my instincts and not immediately do something because someone says I should do it, but instead wait to see how I feel and make a decision with that clarity in mind.

The clearing out of my in-box has been incredibly liberating and I already feel I have gained extra time as a result. That extra time is coming in handy as I learn how to navigate my way in a Mac world. I keep discovering little tricks and continue to be amazed when something I did on my phone flows seamlessly on to my computer.

Today I decided to set up my screen saver to display the images I took a couple of weeks ago with my iPhone of a field of sunflowers in Dixon (California). In order to make that happen, all I had to do was pick "Dixon" under "places" in iPhoto and magically all of my sunflower images began to appear in a slide show format. (See above......) How cool is that?

Just for fun, here is an Instagram I made of one of the shots from that sunflower field.....................

©2012 Dianne Poinski

The decluttering did not end with my computer. The closets were next, and as soon as I hit "publish" I am off to deliver bags of "stuff " to Goodwill. Sure feels good.......................


  1. I can always count on you Dianne for inspiration. Thank you for sharing this decluttering and sharing the courage to do it. I love the sunflower image, the epitome of a hot summer day. Take care.

  2. Thank you Beth! It think we are all in this together and we can learn from and support each other!

  3. Oh my Dianne, you are so in my head with this blog post. I've been trying to unsubscribe from dozens of art sites that I keep hoping will make me a better artist. The only problem is I spend half the day reading at my computer instead of painting in my studio, or cleaning out the clutter in my closets. I hear you girl. Hey we survived just swell less than 10 years ago without FB, Pinterest, Twitter etc etc etc. Gotta get my offline life back. (p.s. you are not on my delete list)

  4. Dianne--Truer words were never written. The feeling of spaciousness that arises from a cleared out file/inbox/studio is a small miracle. And I think it makes room for new ideas to enter--ideas that may have been waiting in the wings all along (at least that's been my experience this week!)

  5. Thank you Therese and Hannah! I had a feeling there would be some of you out there that knew what I was talking about!

    Therese - Knowing how we worked before the internet makes this all even more interesting. PS thank you for not putting me on you "delete list".

    Hannah - That feeling of spaciousness can almost be a little addicting but it's so true what you say. There has to be space in the cup before something else can come in.

    Thanks again!