Monday, April 16, 2012

Junk in the Trunk

Junk in the Trunk. This phrase has been on my mind today. So odd how random phrases get stuck in my head sometimes. Perhaps this phrase came to me as I reflected on the impending bathing suit season and the rear end I have amassed after a daily handful (or so) of peanut M&Ms over the last month. 
That's probably where this thought started.
But lets think in other directions, shall we?

My children and I cleaned out bedrooms, closets, and drawers over the weekend and hauled many bags of junk to Goodwill. If only we could unload the junk of our thoughts so easily.

What kinds of junk do you carry in your trunk? My list includes an array of past failures, embarrassing moments from over forty years of living, boyfriends I wish I'd never even met, a long list of things I should have done by now, and mean things some girl said to me on the bus in third grade.

Like my son's lacrosse bag that I do indeed haul around in my trunk, this junk can really stink up my air. The key is not to let it stink up my life for good. I've got to remind myself that junk can be thrown out and most bad stinks will disappear with a good cleaning, air, sunlight, and a strong shot of Lysol. I've either got to do the work to air out the bad smells or simply ... let that junk go. Leave it down at the thrift store. Throw it into the trash.

Life is just too short and beautiful to drive around town with junk in my trunk and I'm working really hard to leave it all at the curb. You are welcome to drop yours off at the same location.

As for the collages you've been viewing?
All pieces from the good junk of my life - my paper and trash stash!


  1. Love the good junk collages! I've been cleaning out drawers today myself and can really relate to this post--sure wish the junk thoughts were as easy to ditch as the old clothes... ;)

  2. Great collages. It pays to have some junk eh? Been clearing out my junk too, and I feel so much lighter for it both mentally and physically. Room for expansion of the spiritual kind. xox

  3. Beautiful eye candy as always with you. Good thinking on just emptying your trunk of junk ... I think I may have successfully got rid of some yesterday, though I still have a niggeling feeling that the smell of it will be with me a while. Sometimes that junk is there for a good reason I guess, and just tossing it is hard to do. But you're right .. you should.


  4. Like the colorful beauty of your "junk collages", seems to me we have to take the junk of our internal lives and weave and paste and sew it into what serves us as a lesson learned and a step taken. That "collage" made, we can move on to better things! Always so delightful to visit your blog!

  5. I'm about to organize my art storage area for the hundredth time (and thus get rid of some stuff! It feels so good to get rid of needless things, therapeutic even. I'm about to dabble in some little junk assemblages for an upcoming art show, I'll post 'em soon! Awesome collages, love that stitching!

  6. I agree with everything it feels great when you have a clear out of material things,but it is so much harder to wipe things from your mind.

    1. Love the images and the thoughts. Seems like the best thing to do with our junk is deconstruct it and use it to create something new, beautiful and interting.

  7. I'm here from a link on Julie Fei Fan Balzer's blog and am so glad I stopped by. Your post is so honestly and wonderfully written. I LOVE your good junk collages!! And CONGRATS on your published essay in CPS!!! I read it recently and enjoyed every word!!

  8. Stunning. LOVE the textures here- everything flows so beautifully! Glad I found your blog! (Through Julie Balzer's)

  9. I also found you through Julie's blog. Love it!

  10. Yes, very glad I read Julie's email and found you. Love

  11. Love these "grounds"! ;o) Very inspiring!