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Concerted Steps to the Greater Whole

To do List as of this morning:

1) Put laundry away from basket
2) Review files for stale documents
3) File those documents that need to be filed from the bag in the living room and the bag in the bedroom
4) Review books on shelves for purging/reading list creation
5) Prepare shred pile
6) Clean truck of car
7) Get snow brush from car and transfer to SUV

The document review turned into a review/purging of 2 morn boxes of stuff from the basement as well.  Releasing 18% of my belongs is going quite well so far.  The recycling boxes are filling up much more than they have in the past, I have a great shred/burn documentation pile that is ready for release and I'm condensing things with notes of how to best display or utilize as I go. 

There are 5 boxes of books/CD's/scrapbooks that cannot currently be put into homes because the available shelving is not equipped to handle what is still boxed up.  Having said that, 5 boxes condensed from 10 is a wonderful thing.  I know what is in each …

Cooking With Motivation!

Accomplished a lot this weekend.  Also rested and relaxed this weekend.

Here is the list from Friday.  The strike-through represents what I did this weekend:
To-Do for Jan. 27-29:

1) Clean silver
2) Put silver away
3) Review contents of 3 boxes of stuff from the basement
4) Make decisions on the contents of these three boxes - purge, keep, sell, donate
5) Review files for stale documents
6) File loose papers that need to be kept
7) Prepare a shred pile for other items
8) Source Shelving for spare bedroom
9) Review budget for when these will be in the budget to purchase
10) Review books on basement shelf
11) Release books that are no longer wanted to others who can love them
12) Put the laundry away from the folded basket
13) Wash dirty clothing, fold washed clothing, put the folded clothing AWAY!
14) Bed sheets laundry required! 

Tonight, I actually have an evening at home.  First time in 5 months. 

So, a couple of the items from the list above that still need doing will be done tonight:

To-Do Jan.…

Do You Set Your Day Up to Reach Your Goal?

Let's talk about Goals a little more today.


We set them.  We have grand ideas of what we want to do.  often we speak to people about them, or keep them silent and swear to ourselves that we will reach those by [insert a day here]. 

The real question is, do you set up your day to actually reach that goal, or is that goal really just hot air in a pie-in-the-sky world?

What do I mean?  Well, you have your day.  Let's say you get up, go to work, maybe remember to grab a lunch for your day but you are off and working.  Your goal is to crush out your debt by New Year's Eve this year.  You've set your budget.  It's pretty freaking tight because you want to get rid of $25,000 of debt in 12 months.  You've scaled back on literally everything - called the cable company and cancelled it, changed internet providers, bare-bones planned your cell phone, talked to work about more hours and extra shifts so you can earn more, meal-planned for the next month to save money at the…

The First Step!

Setting up your goals and wanted achievements for a year can feel daunting. What do you want to do in your year?

First, I'm sure a lot of you reading this may be parents and thus most of your life is revolving around the children you've been blessed with and what they want to do in the year.  That's GREAT!  Here's the thing though.  You can have a goal and wants and desires too.  I know it's hard to think past the endless programs and work and feeding the kids and cleaning and all the millions of other tiny little things that needle away at your time.

I get it.  I watch so many of my friends go through this all the time.

The ones that are really motivated set one goal for themselves each year and give themselves 365 days to get it accomplished.  Some of you are thinking - "Yes!  I have a goal of not yelling as much!"  Or something along those lines.  Yep!  That's pretty awesome in and of itself.  Parenting is a never-ending, 24/7/365 gig that you get …

Are You Supported?

Let's talk about support today.

It is something that we all need.  In various ways and at various times in our lives we require support.

In our home, as children, we need to feel support by our parents and siblings to help us learn and grow and accomplish things.  As an adult, in our home, we require the same thing.  It looks different at different times.  Support can be a counsellor to help us navigate the chasms of our mind.  Support can be a teacher, a guardian, a parent, a friend, sibling, life-partner, coworker or some other mentor. 

Life is difficult when you do not feel supported.  Life takes on a lot more meaning when you do have support. 

Today, I'm talking about support because in the past I did not feel supported at times. 

To be in a relationship and feel less than supported by your partner is hard.  To feel that you can't trust that the support that you need will be there, is very hard.  You feel alone a lot of the time.  You feel like you are fighting for you…

Working Hard and Taking Time To Rest

Sometimes best laid plans are a little more than you can handle.

I am learning about how my own depressive episodes work and how they come to pass.

For me, it usually happens when I've depleted my energy and neglected to take the time to properly replenish them - giving too much of myself that I do not leave the part I need to for me. 

In the past, my depression has manifested in filling my life with material possessions in an attempt to fill the void I feel in my life.  Other ways it has presented:  extreme laziness, wherein even the basic hygiene items and household hygiene items are not completed, small amounts of hoarding inexplicable items for reasons that are not clear, a serious need to sleep - through days of life, without leaving the bed for days or even weeks, and a need to not be at work functioning as an adult, but wrapping myself in a cocoon of protection.

The sleep thing is usually triggered by the fatigue of over extending myself in something I no longer find joy in…

The Best Laid Plans and Actual Priorities

Have you ever written yourself a plan of things you want to accomplish over, say, a weekend?  Have you ever decided that the priority for you wasn't actually anything that you planned?

So, I had a To Do list set for myself for the weekend, and my day off on Monday.  Saturday was already booked with a few scheduled activities - all of which I did fully participate in.  Sunday was supposed to be a day of action and then a reward of spending some time with my honey.

Sunday turned into a day of binge watching Season 7 of Game of Thrones, doing minimal laundry and getting one thing accomplished on my To Do list.

The list stood as follows, as of Friday morning:

To Do:
1.  Rearrange Blu-rays to incorporate the ones from Christmas
2.  Pack up extra set of dishes for donation to family in need. <- Bubble wrap required.  Bubble wrap now acquired, via the "Accio Bubble Wrap" spell, and now, this evening whilst watching the Canadian Junior Hockey Team play for Gold, I am able t…

The Work Continues

And so we continue on completing small tasks as we go!

Momentum is a key factor in getting through any task. 

Yesterday, in my limited time available, I was able to shake rugs in the bathrooms, so I can get them cleaned tonight.  I was also able to collect the much needed bubble wrap to complete item 2 of my To Do List:

To Do:
1.  Rearrange Blu-rays to incorporate the ones from Christmas
2.  Pack up extra set of dishes for donation to family in need. <- Bubble wrap required.  Bubble wrap now acquired, via the "Accio Bubble Wrap" spell, and now, this evening whilst watching the Canadian Junior Hockey Team play for Gold, I am able to complete this task. 
3.  Remove boxes from spare bedroom closet for sorting, putting away, purging and garbage review. As it happens, this task will be completed tonight as well. 
4.  Go through all 6 boxes, and make decisions on the items held within.  (Re: Item #3)
This task will get started, and at least one box completed before the end of t…

Day 4 of 2018

Today is the fourth day of 2018. 

I have a list of items I want to accomplish this week, and so far I am ticking them off quite nicely.

To Do:
1.  Rearrange Blu-rays to incorporate the ones from Christmas
2.  Pack up extra set of dishes for donation to family in need.
3.  Remove boxes from spare bedroom closet for sorting, putting away, purging and garbage review.
4.  Go through all 6 boxes, and make decisions on the items held within.  (Re: Item #3)
5.  Purge files for stale and out of date items to burn/shred. 
6.  File paperwork from 2 bags (one in bedroom, one in living room).
7.  Take donation of towels to animal shelter.


With this list, I've been able to better utilize my time in the evenings and concentrate my time on the weekends in order to do complete these tasks.  I utilize a burst technique.  Begin the task and work to get it done in 30 minutes or less.  If you are into a task, go until it is completed OR you require a break from it.  Take a minimum of 30 minutes of bre…

Moving On Through Life

Life is so interesting. 

Today I have the most time I will ever have this year.  I have 362 days of time within which to mold and master myself. 

This year, I am purging 18%of everything I have, and everything I am.  Out with the stale, the old, the no longer serving me stuff.  Out with the excess fat stores, negative thinking, and negative people that no longer serve any purpose other than to weigh me down.

I am becoming more me than ever before.  Letting go of old ways, beliefs, barriers and even some boundaries.  I will be better, everyday.

When you are working on something, and state that you have a goal, do you do 1% per day towards that goal or do you simply talk a good game?

After you say you really truly absolutely want that GOAL to happen, do you do 2% the next day towards making it happen?

What did you do today to get you closer to a GOAL of yours?

Here are mine for the year:

1) Purge 18% of my stuff by year end.
2) Move my body 18% more of the time
3) When faced with challe…