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Here we go again

Disclaimer = this is an unedited post – please excuse any errors. I would love to have a polished entry but at this point in my life I can barely find the time to create a rough draft.

Someday I should take the time to see how many times I’ve tried to develop the habit of consistently posting something – I know I’ve done it more times than I care to think of. Anyway, I am going to try again.

There have been a lot of changes over the past five years and I think I’ve finally hit the point where I am ready to get serious about taking control of what is going on in my life. I’ve spent too many years either depressed or feeling like everyone else’s needs and wants are more important than my own. Recently I’ve been feeling envious and resentful towards my husband because he has decided on a change of direction and is actively working to bring it about. Then I realized that I shouldn’t give into the negative thoughts and emotions instead I should emulate him and start taking action on my goals.

Unfortunately after denying them for so long I’m not sure I even know what they are anymore. Back when I started this blog I had six goals I wanted to accomplish and yet here we are so many years later and there isn’t much progress to show. Now I’m left wondering what do I really want?? Surely if those goals were truly important I would have found a way to work on them – wouldn’t I?

I’ve decided to do a 100 day challenge to round out 2019. I have a few definite routines I want to establish, a few projects I want to complete and I want to come up with some plans to either recommit to my original six goals or come up with some others to work on.

So here they are – the goals for the last 100 days of 2019

Routines

  1. fitness – am and pm do neck stretches, yoga moves and a 60 second plank hold every day; do at least 5 minutes of some type of exercise daily including one easy HIIT walking interval program per week
  2. no computer after 9:30pm and in bed by 10:30pm

Projects

  1. work in the garden or on planning the garden for at least 20 hours
  2. declutter 100 items
  3. check into projects to do to increase the value of our home in preparation to sell in the next 5-10 years

Long term goals – spend at least 15 minutes each day either recommitting to my original goals or figuring out new ones for 2020

Hopefully that isn’t too much to try and work on. We’ll see how it goes.

 

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The Declutter update – March 2019

I am rolling along on this goal – total of 78 for this month’s  activities. Will easily make my goal of 300 – thinking I should shoot for 500.

Here’s how it went –

Trash – 25

1 hotel room keycard from a vacation years ago                                                                         1  hot hands packet that expired 7/15                                                                                                1 glue on fingernail tip                                                                                                                        1 pie crust expiration date 12/15                                                                                                       1 bottle of ginger – don’t know how old but it no longer has any scent                                    1 fitness tracker notebook-partially used                                                                                        1 broken VHS rewinder                                                                                                                       1 dried up marker  1 lid for a marker saved in case we lost a lid and needed to replace one but now can’t find any markers that it would fit                                                                   2 dried up pens                                                                                                                                     12 packets of expired seeds from 2011                                                                                              3 plant info tags for plants I killed

Gave Away – 22

2 checkbook covers                                                                                                                              1 tree wrap                                                                                                                                             4 plastic tubes that florists use to keep the stems from bending                                                1 decorative pin                                                                                                                                    1 package of silicone food savers                                                                                                       1 box of activated charcoal toothpaste                                                                                            1 spaghetti scrubber                                                                                                                            1 lunchskins brand sandwich bag                                                                                                       1 lunchskins brand snack bag                                                                                                            1 ice pack- we have more ice packs than any one family needs                                                   1 package of bee’s wrap                                                                                                                      1 bamboo cutting board I already have 3 plus 2 wooden cutting boards                                   1 package of “Fresh paper”                                                                                                                 1 stasher –  silicone storage bag                                                                                                         1 veggie brush                                                                                                                                        1 container of deodorant cream                                                                                                        1 small glass water bottle – again we have more water bottles than one family needs           1 silicone to go cup

Removed  – 14                                                                                                                                          5 computer folders of articles, blogs, etc  with links that no longer work or items that I am no longer interested in                                                                                                                         9 places to visit off my travel bucket list because of lack of interest, money and/or time

Recycled – 17

1 empty contact lens cleaner bottle                                                                                                    14 manuals for items my kids no longer have                                                                                1 book of deposit slips for a bank that no longer exists                                                                1 book of checks for a bank that no longer exists

 

March Results

Another month in the books. Let’s start with the good – decluttering. I have been doing a really good job with this goal. This month I got rid of 76 items. Since I still have a bunch of things that could/should go this may be my easiest goal to achieve.

Another good thing was getting to bed on time. I really made an effort to get in bed by 10:30pm this month. I made the goal 26 out of 31 days this month(83%). And I’ve been keeping it up so far this month.

I did a better job of keeping track of my efforts with the boy ending up with 21 out of 31 days(70%). I can see progress and we will continue to work on getting him to take more responsibility for making sure his daily tasks are done.

Now for the bad – I was on the computer past 10 pm for 22/31 days(29%)! I just can’t seem to pull myself away from it. I always say that it doesn’t keep me from falling asleep but does it mess with the quality of my sleep?? I’m not sure about that anymore.

On to April’s goals – still going to declutter at least 25 items and work on training the boy. My third goal this month is to exercise for at least 5 minutes everyday. I’ve really gotten away from doing anything and need to get something going. I’ve been doing some exercises using my body weight and light dumbbells 4 days a week, yoga 2 days and taking a walk the other day. I’ve also been trying to do a minute or two of stretching before I go to sleep. It isn’t much but I need to start the habit of doing something and then I can build on it.

What are your goals for the month? Please share in the comments

Sleep

I’ve been getting to bed on time and waking up without an alarm. However I’m definitely not waking up refreshed and ready to start the day. Not sure if that is because I’m not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep, I’m sleep-deprived from months of not getting enough sleep or the fact that I’m once again suffering from low level depression.

I don’t want to think/admit that I’m depressed because I feel like I shouldn’t be. I look at what other people close to me are going through and know that my troubles are not nearly as life shattering. And yet I’m struggling to do basic daily tasks or any of the things that I say I want to do.

I was hoping that this year would be different but so far it seems to be more of the same. Not sure what I need to do to get things moving in a different direction. Why is being an adult so hard?

The 2019 Declutter list – February edition

Goal – to remove at least 300 things/activities/people so I can focus on things that move me forward and/or bring me joy.

February total – 72 items

Trash – 29

4 water bottle caps – not sure why I was keeping them, 4 packets of dressing that were opened but have gone bad, 1 broken hanger for pants, 1 Boy Scout belt – the boy somehow tore off the metal tab and then picked at it till it unraveled,  8 plastic lids that have no matching containers, 9 manuals for items the boy no longer owns, 2 check pads for a bank account that no longer exists

Recycle – 16

one Rubbermaid lid without a matching container, 15 batteries

Give away – 27

10 packets of tea taken to church for the coffee hours, 3 clip on ties too small for the boy, 1 pair infant shoes, 1 spatula and 1 mixing spoon given to the scout troop since we received a nicer set, 2 checkbook covers, 1 cellphone case, 1 hands free headset for a cell phone, 2 cell phones, 5 cellphones with chargers – I have no idea how we ended up with all the cellphone stuff but it is out of the house now

March 2019

Hopefully some time this year I will manage to post my goals for the month before that month is half over! February was another month where I did not meet my goals. As is so often the case for me, events derailed my good intentions and I struggled to stick to my plans.

Goal updates- I managed to declutter 72 items which I will post about soon. I feel like I did better with training the boy but I didn’t keep good records so I’m not sure. I am seeing some progress in that I’m not needing to remind him as much about things he needs to do. Unfortunately I am still struggling with the computer and bedtime goals. I stopped being on the computer before 10 pm a total of 13/28 days -46%. I was in bed by 10:30pm a total of 17/28 -60%.

March goals – I’m hoping the third time will be the charm because this is the last month I’m going to focus on these goals. There are some other goals I want to work on once spring arrives and I’m hoping that it does arrive soon. So I’m shooting for 75% for monitoring the boy’s training checklists, shutting down the computer and getting to bed on time. I’d like to get rid of at least 25 items this month.

Anyone else want to chime in and tell about their progress or lack of progress? I’d love to hear how things are going with you.

The 2019 Declutter List- January edition

Goal – to remove at least 300 things/activities/people so I can focus on things that move me forward and/or bring me joy.

January’s total -65. Great start to the year. I hope I can keep it up – time will tell.

Things that I trashed – total of 37

1 piece of foam – no idea why I was keeping it or where it came from                                      1 pair of slipper socks – too many holes to darn                                                                            1 partial block of henna – so old it started to crumble apart when I picked it up             1bag of dried up rubber bands                                                                                                          1 bag of hard as a rock mini marshmallows                                                                                   1 broken hanger                                                                                                                                   5 manuals for items I no longer own                                                                                               1 fabric scraps to small to realistically be used for anything                                                      1 broken pencil sharpener                                                                                                                 2 refillable pencils – no longer usable due to the boy chewing on them                                   3 cans condensed milk – expired                                                                                                       1 box of oatmeal packets -mice got in them and they were expired                                         2 oatmeal canisters – expired                                                                                                             2 lemonade mixes – hardened into solid mass probably expired                                               1 bottle of salad dressing – expired                                                                                                  11 socks – they had been used to clean the griddle and were no longer in any shape to be     used                                                                                                                                                       1 infant shirt with bleach spots                                                                                                           1 pair holey underwear

Things that I recycled – 6

large bag of plastic bags                                                                                                                        5 cardboard boxes I had been saving in case I needed them for something

Things I gave away – 22

2 pairs of boys pants                                                                                                                             2 binders                                                                                                                                                 1 woman’s sweater                                                                                                                                1 woman’s blouse                                                                                                                               15 assorted tea bags                                                                                                                               1 canister of tea

Is anyone else decluttering this year? Let me know how you are doing and if you have any tips or tricks to share.

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