Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Mental Shift, Decision Made

For ages now I've been answering mumblemumbleyesnomaybe when people have asked me if I'm getting another share person in to rent the spare room, and today I made a firm decision. Nailed my colours to the mast. Drew a line in the sand.

I'm not gunna. I started moving less frequently worn clothes into the built in wardrobe in there, started putting away storage boxes of stuff, and started pacing out the space for a desk and cupboards. Whilst not actually earning any money presently, it may seem like an odd time not to reduce my expenses, but really I'm investing in mental health.

I like living alone. Although I've had some great flatmates over the years, I've had some less great ones too, and at times I don't think I have been a particularly good person to live with either. Now that my sleep situation and overall outlook is like 100% improved, I want to keep that forward momentum going and keep this place as my little sanctuary.

I would like the space to set up a proper office/studio too, and that spare bedroom is a good size for it, and it has plenty of storage space and the light isn't bad. I haven't blogged about it here much, but I'm trying my hand at selling some knitwear designs to magazines and online publishers. If/when they are accepted I'll blog about it in more detail, because the publishers have very strict rules about the designs being non-published in any form. (In a flurry of creative activity I've designed a hot water bottle cozy, a woman's wrap belt, a men's cotton tank top and a child's cardigan. With more ideas still percolating.)

So space to set out my things, to draw and to put up inspiration boards would be good. As would having my own space, sanctuary style.

13 comments:

Michael said...

Wow! All good news. At the risk of devolving into "Secret-speak" (heave), I think you'll make it happen.

jason said...

Wow...a knitting magnate on the cusp!
But I'm so spoiled by living alone that I wonder if I'd ever want someone in my space again. It worries me sometimes.

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks for the encouragement Mr Mike! MWAH!

Jason, I know what you mean. I think you get to a certain age (and I have reached it) where it's not an issue of compromising or not, but more about making your home what you want it to be. If I could find someone I really wanted to live with I would consider changing my mind.

Ur-spo said...

that sounds good to me
Living alone = being able to 'be' for me.
there is always the phone and going out when you want company.

mrpeenee said...

Good for you baby. No flat mate is ever as good as living by yourself.

Michael said...

Live with someone? Only if he's servicing me fast and nasty.

Jan F said...

Hey Andrew,just wanted to say hello,and I don't know how the hell I got you on my favorites list at work (a hospital) in Louisiana (USA) Wierd,eh? Anyway,I like your site and your blogs.I liked your haircut,too.I'm a 55 yr old southern belle (not gay) I figured I must be supposed to speak to you for some reason,so....hey,man! Hope you are doing well over there or down there! Your pal in Louisiana-Jan F

misbhvn said...

Anything that is good for mental health is always a step in the right direction...enjoy your space!
Babs

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

oooh TOA, nice decision, do enjoy! totally understand getting to that point of not wanting to share with people. a partner or child is different. share housing is something I grew out of years ago, and I loved living by myself.

just make sure that your social scene is kept well groomed - it's really important to get out and see people, or get them into your home, when you live alone.

and/or get a doggie! :-)

bernard said...

yippee! Great news. Now to find that paycheque!!!

Catch up soon I hope!

XXB

Quatrefoil said...

Well done! I think that's really the right decision for you, and remember, if you're using part of your home for money making purposes, you can claim that portion of your costs (rent, electricity, heating etc) on your tax.

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks for the comments guys! Jan, welcome!!

Therin of Andor said...

So you reckon it'll mostly be a home office or a knitting room?