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
I’m still plugging away at this challenge, slowly making progress and getting close to my goal. This week’s total is eight items which puts me at 94 total items so far. Here’s the breakdown for this week:
trash – a dried up sharpie marker, one of my husband’s sweatshirts(stained, previously mended, cuffs stretched and fraying – he is finally giving up on it), and two magazines(I decided to just tear out the quilt patterns I wanted to keep instead of keeping the whole magazine)
donations – an old telephone, a pen(the color is just too light for me to read), and two magazines
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’ll be back next week and hopefully I’ll be over the one hundred item count. Keep working on your goal and let me know how you are doing in the comments.
Another week with little progress made. It’s a good thing I started out strong because I’m slowing down here lately.
I finally convinced my son to send an old, raggedy costume to the trash.
I put 3 sets of plastic vampire teeth in the donation bag which just about fills the bag. I need to make a call so that the bag can finally get out of the house. Actually I have two bags that have been sitting around for several months that I need to get out of the house.
That makes 4 items for this week and a total of 79 for the challenge. If I can do an item a day, I’ll make my goal. Time to go look at some more stuff and see what I can let go of.
How are you doing with your challenge? Let me know in the comments below.
Just another, unedited/sloppy post of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…
It is so nice to have some flowers blooming inside – right now I have 2 cacti and an orchid blooming.
It was bitter cold this morning so there was a two hour delay and that always seems to mess up my schedule. I should be able to just go with the flow but it never seems to go that way.
I had a good time at the retreat although there was no planning done. I did read 3 books, make some yarn from old tee shirts and get most of the templates made for the girl’s quilt. I just couldn’t seem to get a grip on what I want to do this year. There are so many things that need done but I have no desire/motivation to do them. Wish I could pay someone else to take of them for me. Actually I probably could pay someone to do some of them but I’m not willing to spend that much money on things that I really should be doing myself.
I had been looking forward to a visit with family and some high school friends but it looks like the weather and a reoccurrence of the bedbugs are going to put a stop to that plan. I’ll have to try again – maybe over Easter break?
I’m feeling so blah today – need to get off the computer and try to at least finish the laundry before the guys get home.
Hope you’re having a great, warm day wherever you are.
I chose space as my one word for this year. As I wrote at the beginning of the year —
I want to finally finish my space – the loft where I have been slowly clearing stuff out and thinking of how to set it up for my purposes. I want to make space in my closets, on my shelves, in my project containers and elsewhere. I want to create space in my schedule for creative pursuits, for reading, for self-care activities and family. I want to create a space that is peaceful, loving and restorative for my family to come home to.
I have made some progress – the loft is almost clear of stuff that doesn’t belong to me. There are definite areas set up so I can exercise, read, sew, quilt, scrapbook and do other creative activities. I’ve cleaned out my winter wardrobe and have more closet and shelf space. I’m working on creating space in my schedule – I need to remember that I cleared time for me and not give it away to others. I’m still working on what a peaceful/loving/restorative home means and looks to us as a family. Not everyone agrees and I want to try to honor each of us in some way. It’s a work in progress.
Did you choose a word for this year? What kind of progress have you made – please share in the comments.
Motiv8n’ U by Staci Boyer – another self-help book – what can I say – I love them but I need to start working on doing what I’m reading. Several great quotes that went up on my vision board.
Stash Envy and Other Quilting Adventures by Lisa Boyer – humorous look at quilters and quilting
How To Master Your Muck by Kathi Burns – Best take away – “Umbrella Days” – blocking out time periods that are used for specific tasks. Heard it before but it really resonated with me this time around.
The Buzz by Thelma Wells – interesting combination of bee related facts and scripture to help you solve problems you are experiencing
Measure up Monday – how am I doing on my goals
I found another sheet of book titles I needed to add to my list. I have now read 349 books on my way to my goal of 1500 before I turn 60. To keep me on track I need to read 128 books per year which is certainly doable. For next year, I’m thinking about a goal of 150 books. I’d like to read 50 from my stockpile of books, 50 from the wishlist I created at the library and the last 50 could be books I learn about or a mix of the first two categories. We’ll see how it goes.
Another gorgeous day here today. Hoping that it will last through tomorrow evening for the trick or treaters. I did some more weeding and cleaning up in the garden. It is looking pretty good out there.
I added another 30 books to the challenge list. It has been interesting to go through the history and see the books I’ve read. A bit sad to see how many I don’t really remember that much about. I once read an article whose author stated that it can be more helpful to limit the number of self-help books you read and to read them over and over. By doing this you are more likely to actually incorporate what you are reading into your actual habits. At the time I thought that wouldn’t really be true but now I wonder. What do you think? Please share if you have any thoughts.
Well I did okay with the February goal but I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I did my night time routine – no tv/computer after 9pm, bath and reading- 26 out of 28 nights. I was in bed before 10pm on 25 nights out of 28. However I only got up and moving by 6am on 11 out of 28 days.
I’m not sure what to do to get myself out of bed in the morning. It is just dark and cold and I’d rather stay in bed. Hopefully with Spring coming it will get easier to get out of bed in the morning.
I probably should work on adding some kind of exercise to my day or sticking to a maximum daily calorie count but I’m not ready nfor the kind of commitment. Instead I’ve decided to work on something else that will improve my health, drinking water. Almost everyone recommends that you get at least 64 ounces of water a day. I’m lucky if I get 32 ounces each day and since I don’t drink anything else, I’m sure my body needs more liquids. I decided to try to increase by one glass each week.
After the weekend I’ve realized that I need to have some kind of plan to help me get into the habit of drinking more than just a few sips here and there. I have a hard time trying to drink a full 8 ounce glass at one time. I’ve been using a five ounce glass and can usually finish it off with my meals. Now I need to add it to snack and other times to get my total up where I want it to be.
What’s your goal for this month??
As I mentioned last month, I have chosen to focus on one word this year. My word is HEALTH. In January I focused on my sleeping habits. The goal was to have a relaxing routine that prepared me for bed by 10 pm each night so that I could wake refreshed and ready to go at 6 am each morning.
In some respects it was a success – I did make it to bed by 10pm 23 out of 31 days and I spent 8 hours in bed 26 days. However, there were only 6 days that I woke up refreshed and ready to go. I did awaken by 6 am 23 days but for most of those days, I laid in bed listening to the radio and huddling under the covers.
My quality of sleep was not good and I need to do better at preparing for bed. I still need to be consistent in doing a relaxing routine before bed. Also I need to make some adjustments to my bedroom in terms of light coming in the room.
This month I will continue with developing the prebed routine. There will be no computer or tv after 9 pm, I will take a bath or shower and read a bit before heading off to bed for the night. I have some material to make coverings for the windows and hope to get DH to trim the doors. Otherwise I will have to move his chair so when he reads at night I’m not bothered by the light.
How did you do with your January goal??