The Organized Bohemian: explained

Trying to explain the Organized Bohemian is like eating udon noodles with chopsticks – messy.

Picture a mythical person who lives a challenging, simple and affordable life – a life that nurtures creativity and fun. Does that sound slightly pretentious? Probably, but that’s my goal.

I can clarify. This mythical person is divided into two parts: organized and bohemian. (pretty clever, huh?)

If I merged Martha Stewart with Simone de Beauvoir (the ghost of), I would have the Organized Bohemian.

Being “Organized Martha”

On the organized front, Martha brings the “straightforward-no-nonsense-get-down-to-business” attitude that gets things done. In other words, she makes a plan and carries it out.

Like Martha, I also need the tools to carry out a plan. A simple white board is an organizational masterpiece. For kitchen, office, studio – wherever you need to remember ideas, items to buy or just where you put that USB cable – the whiteboard is a necessity.

A plan could be making Como bread or making a three-course meal such as:

  • frisee and green apple salad w/goat cheese
  • French country quiche + haricots verts (green beans)
  • white chocolate semifreddo (no idea what that is, but it sounds good!)

Yes, it would be easier to go to a restaurant, but the money saved buys exotic travel and adventure.  I admit the meal is a bit extravagant, so I probably won’t save much money, but a good meal is so satisfying – another conundrum. The next meal will be rice and a salad. Yes, that is part of the philosophy – splurge and suffer or extravagance and simplicity. Because I can’t appreciate one without the other.

Being Bohemian “Simone”

And on the bohemian front, Simone brings the “I-will-ponder-my-existence-smoke-a-few-Gitanes-and-write-in-a-Paris-café-while-sipping-a-Côte-du-Rhone” attitude.  This attitude helps create that casual air and it fools people into believing that I know what I am talking about.

She also discussed ideas with her partner Jean Paul Sartre. Making time to discuss ideas with someone I like and trust is the perfect inspirational tool.

By being bohemian “Simone” I learn to spend time thinking and letting ideas come to me, and then writing them down. My latest creative challenge involves writing a 3-act play – more thinking required.

Applying the Organized Bohemian to Everyday Life

Once both elements are combined in the perfect ratios – being organized (just enough) and being bohemian (a little more) – the goal is to…

Travel, take pictures, paint pictures, write plays, write books, read books, eat grapes, grow grapes, drink wine, learn French, play guitar and start all over again.

Or at least take the time to ponder everything I want to do.

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About Organized Bohemian

Dana M. Petric is a writer/landscape gardener/blogger/performer/office temp/web designer. Her wrestle between creative and money-making ventures permeates her writing. Self-publishing her first book, Growing Iris, Dana continues on her path toward writing full-time. Beginning her post-secondary education at UBC (Liberal Arts dropout), she prevailed at George Brown Theatre School (Theatre Arts Diploma) and matured at BCIT (Technical Writing Diploma). She lives in Vancouver, BC with her partner Eric and daughter Cleo.
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