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A Fresh Start

Wow. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I put up a blog post. I knew it had been a long time but I hadn’t realized it was that long. I’m not really surprised, though. 2013 was sort of a crappy year for me. Toward the end of 2012 I lost my mother, and at the beginning of 2013 I almost lost my husband. It took him close to four months to recover and needless to say I was completely fried by the end of them. For a while I was good, focusing on being thankful for his recovery, but I was tired. And slowly but surely some depression crept in. Nothing serious, but it wreaked havoc with my motivation. I had trouble finishing anything. Perhaps it was belated mourning for my mother – I’d barely had time to deal with her passing before my husband got sick, and it seemed memories and images of her would pop up out of nowhere all year long. Sometimes they made me smile, sometimes they made me sad.

I will always miss my mother, I know that. But I also know she would not want me walking around like a zombie. So I’m shaking off the dust of 2013 and looking forward to an invigorating 2014. My first step was to dive into my 31 in 31 plan. For each day of January, I am getting rid of at least one item from my house, either to trash or donation. I’m a bit of a hoarder so it’s often a struggle for me to purge items. But I’m off to a good start today, having placed two shirts and two plastic sports bottles in a box for Goodwill. So I’m ahead of the game already. Go me! 🙂

Writing, dieting, and exercise are all going to be addressed with more enthusiasm this year. But I’ll save the details on those for another post.  This post is getting long enough already. So Happy New Year to all, and let’s all have a magical and fulfilling 2014!

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Q3 Non-Resolutions Update!

A little late with my third quarter check-in for my “non-resolutions” but since the nature of this is to focus on positives rather than negatives, we’re just not going to worry about that.  🙂

1 – Weight Loss – Still going strong on this one. I’ve lost 53 pounds and am just seven away from my goal. Maybe. It might be a little more or less than seven because now I am more focused on tightening up some jiggly areas than I am on losing more weight. So it’s more about inches and pants sizes now than it is about pounds. But I am so close to the end game and couldn’t be happier about it.  🙂

2 – Exercise – Still doing well on this, too. I’ve signed up for a 5K road race at the end of this month, and will be signing up for another one at the end of October. And I have set my sights on a half marathon in the spring. I can’t believe I’m even considering something like that, but I know I can do it if I set my mind to it. And I’ve started doing more regular weight workouts.

3 – Yarn busting – Slowly but surely, I am whittling it down. I may allow myself to buy some more soon…..maybe…..

4 – Writing – Still working on the manuscript and happy with the choices I’ve made about it. And I’ve submitted another non-fiction article.

5 – De-cluttering – Thanks to the weight loss, I am getting rid of clothes. And, oh, how I dance with joy as I place them in the donation box, knowing that the reason I am getting rid of them is because they are too big!

So that’s what I’ve been up to. How about you? Feel free to share your accomplishments. Big or small, I’d love to hear about them!

New Year’s Resolutions?

Huh? Kind of an odd title for a March 30th entry, wouldn’t you say? Well, not really. I was all set to do a New Year’s Resolution post back on January 1st, but then I thought better of it. I’ve done them before on now-defunct blogs and they have always come back to haunt me. Those lofty lists that are written up with such enthusiasm almost always wind up making me feel like a failure come February or March.

I figured the game of life hands out enough obstacles without any help from me, so what’s the point of purposely setting myself up for a good psyche bashing? So no New Year’s Resolution post for me. I felt a little guilty about it, but I also felt relieved.

Now, this is not to say I didn’t have any goals for the year. I had actually written up a list in my journal back in October. More of a “bucket” list, really, that included places I’d love to visit, and new things I’d like to try before I kick. But some of the things on the list could have easily been converted to a resolutions list. But I held fast, and refused to make them official resolutions.

In all honesty, I didn’t think this was going to make any difference to achieving my goals or not. Surprisingly though, it did. The third week of January, after the obligatory procrastinating, I joined Weight Watchers©. I also pulled out the manuscript I’d allowed to collect dust for the last two months and started working on it again. Happily, the WW plan works for me, and the time away from my manuscript allowed me to see it in a whole new light. At last! Some good stuff to blog about – something else I had let fall by the wayside. I began looking forward to racking up a list of things I’d done.

Well, it’s still taken me a while to get back to the blog, and I hope today’s post is the start of posting on a regular basis. In the meantime, I’m going to take some pride in sharing what I’ve accomplished so far this year. Believe me, this feels so much better than looking back at a list that would only remind me of things I hadn’t done.

So here are my accomplishments so far in 2012, both personal and professional, and in no particular order:

1 – I’ve lost 18.2 pounds. I’ve still got a ways to go, but I am so happy with my success so far.
2 – Reviewed my current manuscript, and was able to objectively cut scenes that weren’t working and inject some new ideas into it.
3 – Re-connected with my writer’s support group. (Go La Las!)
4 – Cleaned out a couple of drawers and my china cabinet, donating whatever I could to Goodwill and tossing the junk.
5 – Sold a non-fiction essay to Sasee Magazine – my first professional writing sale!
6 – Made headway in using up my yarn stash instead of buying more.

So how about you? What successes can you share? Stay focused on the positive and you will be surprised how it motivates you to keep going.

Oh, and Happy New Year. 🙂