Thursday, 6 August 2020

5 in 5 - August 2020 - Upcycling Magazines and Mindset

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th
of each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.

I run a women's Facebook group that focuses on self development and making personal changes, so that we can live the life that we choose. During July I set myself a goal of practicing Pilates at least once a week, and it wasn't too long before that also included not using my mobile in bed and creating a better bedtime routine. That's because I had a habit of lying in bed scrolling through social media, often until the early hours, and then reaching for it again when I woke. I soon realised that in the time I had done this, I could have completed my mornings Pilate practice, and instead I had little to show for the time. 

It felt rewarding to make these changes and I felt a sense of achievement. Something else I have been tackling head on is my magazine collection, and the success in one area gave me added motivation. It is part of the clearing of my creative space which I have have mentioned before. This time though I am more tenacious. It has been a progressive project but it is building steam and speed and this time I completely cleared the floor. I bought all the bags and boxes into the house and even I was shocked at the number I had collected over time! I use magazines for vision boards, collage and art journaling so they have a purpose. The trouble is, do I really need that many?! It wasn't until they were gathered together that I saw the space they were taking! So, I have been going through them in earnest. Most of them are good quality magazines, and often unread because I simply don't have time and read books instead. If you are wondering why I buy the magazines in the first place, I don't. Some are membership subscriptions, and several collections are ones I rescued, because someone else was going to recycle them. I am not evangelical, but I do prefer to upcycle, reuse and reinvent before recycling. And these magazines are worth passing on to someone who will appreciate them. As I said, they are good quality magazines and some cost more than the price of a book.

So I am on a mission. Some magazines have gone into the recycling bag because I have cut and torn pages from them and they can not be passed on.Others are in boxes, ready to pass on. One lady seemed really grateful for craft magazines and another collected a box of County Living with another to follow. 
A local garden centre responded to my 'Would anyone like these magazines' post on Facebook. They will invite customers to take copies. 
Some I am keeping aside because I will continue to need a supply. Rather than keep the entire magazine, I have gone through some and torn or cut out relevant pages and pictures. That will reduce some storage space. At the moment I have one small box. I won't tell you how many I started with!
And here's an example of a vision board that I made, using magazine pages. I mentioned the women's group that I run. As part of this I invited members of the group to join me in a live Zoom meeting where we made a personal vision board. It was great fun, and this was my one. It sums up my month. I've been climbing a mountain for so long, but finally seeing the horizon. And it feels good.  
I hope your own month has gone well. We are always pleased to welcome new members to the women's Facebook group so if you are interested in knowing more let me know in a comment. It's a supportive space where we cheer each other on and work towards our own goals. And right now, my goal is to clear my mountain of magazines. It is creating psychological space as well as physical, and that's a good thing too, isn't it!

Thank you for visiting and I hope that what ever you are doing, you are safe and well. As always I invite you to join in this monthly 5in5 photo challenge. It's very simple, and it offers a new way of looking through the camera lens and adding a spark of new ideas.

So here's how it works: 

1.  Choose a location.
2.  Have your camera ready.
3.  Set a mobile timer for 5 minutes.
4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.
5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool 
You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos and if you want to know more about 5in5 there are details here.
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  1. Well, I can certainly relate to part of this--I, too, have magazines that have yet to be read because my reading time is devoted to books. The big problem I have is that although I find wonderful inspiration in some of them, I rarely go back to them. I don't have a huge collection, but I don't use them for artist projects. I don't look at my phone until after my morning reading time, but I've definitely fallen off the wagon in terms of my daily (and needed) stretching routines. I just said today, I need to add it to my daily accounting checklist. Thanks for sharing. I needed this today!

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  4. I went through the same process with all my music books. In the end I did it in stages and was pleased with the amount I passed on, retaining a sensible number of books for my teaching and personal playing. As you say, removing the books from the house created not only physical space but psychological and creative space as well. I now need to repeat the exercise because I no longer teach so all of the tutor books can be passed on. This time, clearing the books represents the end of an era and the start of a new stage in my life so the benefits should be even more marked.

  5. I try and throw a few out every now and then but it’s not easy!

  6. That sounds like a very purposeful time, and a sense of accomplishment to boot :). Lovely to have cleared space both physically and psychologically. Our local library has the facility to allow you to read magazines online or on an ipad, with a great selection, so I made a decision not to buy any for at least a year.


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