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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Are you up for the challenge?

Clutter....clutter....clutter! Do you have it in your life? In your mind? In your house?  I have come to loathe the word itself.  Mostly because I realize it is so tied to my spirit and mental attitude towards life.  I firmly believe that physical clutter increases the mental and emotional clutter we have in our lives.  During these first couple of weeks of 2018 I have done a lot of reading and spent time looking around my world for the ways it is is tripping me up. 

According to Psychology Today:

  1. Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren't necessary or important.
  2. Clutter distracts us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be on.
  3. Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
  4. Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done.
  5. Clutter makes us anxious because we're never sure what it's going to take to get through to the bottom of the pile.
  6. Clutter creates feelings of guilt ("I should be more organized") and embarrassment, especially when others unexpectedly drop by our homes or work spaces.
  7. Clutter inhibits creativity and productivity by invading the open spaces that allow most people to think, brain storm, and problem solve.
  8. Clutter frustrates us by preventing us from locating what we need quickly (e.g. files and paperwork lost in the "pile" or keys swallowed up by the clutter). 
I have always had a sentimental side, which helped me keep every piece of artwork my children made, and hold on to things that I thought would mean something one day. As my life has changed over the last few years, I have had to look at many things that I thought would surely have been family heirlooms and realize that they are now just clutter in the scheme of my journey.  It definitely feels funny to think of ridding myself of items that seemed to mean so much to me at one time. Although, I have been doing that little by little over the last few years, I am making 2018 the year to clean out and clear out.  It will help me in so many ways! So I am picking up the Declutter 2018 Challenge!  Rachel Jones over at Nourishing Minialism has a great Declutter Challenge and I hope you will join me on this journey...not just about getting rid of extra "junk" around the house but also extra "junk' around our hearts and minds!
Join Rachel and declutter 2018 things in 2018!



Sunday, January 7, 2018

Not loving this weather...

This is going to sound very petty, and to those of you who live in this for several months out of the year I apologize, but I am so sick of this weather.  It isn't the snow I dislike but the extreme cold.  When we aren't even hitting 32  degrees for days on end, it is getting old.  I live in the SOUTH for a reason....and this is not it.  Not only is is crazy cold but we have moved from the pretty snow to the ugly dirty icy mess.  Not. Loving . It. 


Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome 2018!

Today marks the beginning of a bright New Year!  I have been looking forward to today; not for some particular reason, but I just placed it as a marker for myself...kind of jumping off place.  I have goals (not resolutions!) that I will be pursuing and one of them is finding my voice again...here, on my blog.  Blogging used to be a great joy and release for me, but I let myself lose focus, direction and the muse just seemed to disappear. 

This year I hope to find my voice, remembering the why I started to blog in the first place and what I enjoyed sharing.  I want peace and quiet joy in my world and I hope to be able to translate that here. Also, I intend to find my way back to things I truly love...home, hearth, fashion, make-up and, of course, laughter. 

I am declaring the color of 2018 as sparkle (who needs just one color if the one you love sparkles?)
 Sparkle in 2018!