Where was I this weekend?
I was at my newest part-time job! I’m working the season at Sherwood Forest Faire just outside of Austin. It’s a Renaissance festival type of event and I’m toiling away as part of the kitchen crew in an Italian restaurant. The hours are long, the food is yummy and the people watching is extraordinary.
I’ve always loved these types of festivals and I must say that it is interesting to be “behind the curtain” and get to know the work involved in making them come together.
Today, I’m back home and re-adjusting to my reality. One of the best things (for me) about working and living there is the exposure to folks that are houseless, but not homeless. That distinction was an eye-opener for me. I follow a lot of blogs about people who have tossed most of their personal belongings and live a nomadic lifestyle, but to actually see it first-hand is a whole ‘nother story.
I’m sharing my daughter’s “vardo” (renovated tool trailer) on the weekends and space is limited. I only take absolute necessities and am finding that I need a lot less than I think. Each weekend I take a little less. Life is so much simpler in many ways.
I can’t foresee ever hitting the road full-time. There are some “luxuries” I can’t imagine giving up – showering without someone singing in the stall next to me while enjoying ample water pressure of a consistent temperature of my choosing, for example.
Anyhow, today will involve catching up on real life and keeping one eye open for more stuff that can leave our home.
I’m really motivated to rid myself of mass-produced items in favor of the hand-made and hand-crafted. Wandering the faire and seeing the work of artists and artisans has been significant as I’ve chatted with them and seen the sacrifices they make for their work.
I’m also feeling the need to get back into my studio.
Mainly I’m going to continue to seek more balance in my life – ridding myself of more of the unnecessary and filling my life with more of what brings peace and joy.
I think I will busy today.