Happy 2018!

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Looking forward to having a great 2018!  I hope you enjoy going on my journey to declutter my home, become healthier through smarter food choices and exercise, and being a more frugal me.

I hope all my peeps are successful with their resolutions if you choose to make them.

To a wonderful new year!

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Resolutions

It’s the end of the year and with 2018 just a few days away I’m already itching to begin some of my New Year’s Resolutions. I always have a handful of goals to conquer and if I don’t achieve them all I don’t hold it against myself. As long as I complete at least one and attempt the others I’m satisfied.

This year the goals are simple:

  • Declutter
  • Become healthier
  • Stick to a budget

I’ve already begun on the declutter aspect of my resolution.  Below are the “before” and “after” photos of what I call my pantry (it’s a little cupboard that I picked up a while ago at Target).

I think my favorite part of my “before” photo is how the Monk cookie jar is turned toward the corner, like he is ashamed of the environment he is forced to stay in. He seems much happier in the second photo, all cleaned up.

I know it will take a while to get to every area in my home but I’ll keep everyone updated as I move about from one area to another.

I am an admitted pack rat so overcoming my sentimentality towards everything is my biggest obstacle. Oh, and a husband who brings home car parts that aren’t for any vehicle we own that he just knows he can sell online. <Sigh>

What are your resolutions for the New Year?

It’s December!

This year seems to have flown by along with being just plain crazy.  For a while I’ve had the itch to begin blogging again but then the night zips by in the blink of an eye and I’ll be laying in bed with my eyes just barely open, fighting to stay awake.  So I turn off the lights, set down my Nook and I give in to my exhaustion.

My children are both in middle school now. This has me starting to feel old.  Somehow I am bearing with it. The hardest part is convincing them to do their homework and then once done, actually turning it in.

So this has been my life for the past few months.  I will try to be better, dear readers, of blogging. Hopefully I’ll even accomplish amusing you!

Take it easy as we encounter the upcoming holiday season! I hope to share recipes and the like to make your world a little sweeter!

Until next time…

 

 

It’s Really Time for a Change

When you look up the definition of the word “health”, Google claims it is the state of being free from illness or injury, a person’s mental or physical condition.

It’s funny how when one thinks of weight loss, we often state we are getting healthy. I suppose, in reality, we have given being overweight a stigma of being unwell.  Which is sad as there are many people who are most likely both healthy and obese (you really can be both).

Sadly, I don’t think I am one of those people.  At least not at the moment.

For the past several weeks my foot has ailed me.  Now let me start out saying I have the world’s worse feet (I use to think ugliest too, but then I googled what a particular foot problem looked like, and realized my feet really aren’t that bad – or at least they could be a lot worse).  Anyhow, I digress, I have what I think might be plantar’s fasciitis.  I’m down to just heel pain again (for a bit I had my arch hurting, my ankles hurting – you see I sprained both ankles about 10 years ago and it takes very little for them to flare up at times – and one of the reasons that I think this could have happened is because of my weight.

I’m over 200 pounds and I need to lose weight.  Sadly, having ailing feet doesn’t help me at all with the whole “I need to lose weight” part of my life.  Not that I have actually been overwhelmingly motivated to do anything.

Tomorrow I am going to begin working on being a healthier me.  I have to do something because I’m tired of feeling like utter crap all the time.  I can’t help but think I know if I ate better and exercised more and lose some of this excess weight that I would truly feel better.

It’s all about finding the will power.

How do you find the strength to make it through the day?

Here is my before picture – not exactly a full blown here is me in all my glory picture – but it’s better than nothing – especially when I’m already ready for bed.  I’ll do a full-length picture tomorrow when I give my first update.

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#babysteps  #icandothis  #willpower

 

How To Make Yourself Feel Good

Do you have a trick to making yourself feel better?  A never fail strategy that can make you go from feeling bleh (as my children would say) to beautiful?

I do!

I have a pair of filigree earrings that dangle and come to a point with a heart shape garnet and every time I wear them I just feel like I can face anything.

It’s not that they make me feel powerful. Oh contraire, they make me feel pretty.  They are just so feminine that I can’t help but feel beautiful whenever they dangle from my ears.

What’s even more amazing is that I have had this pair of earrings for at least 25 years.  About 2 years ago I thought I’d lost one and I was on the verge of crying that suddenly it was found.

Not that I could be totally upset, I have a spare earring – my mother didn’t wear hers and gave me her pair – and so I must have lost one already and have had the spare for years.  But it’s not as shiny (did I mention they are sterling silver so the one that doesn’t get used is a bit tarnished from years of sitting in my armoire drawer).

Everyone should have a go-to piece that makes them feel good about themselves.  Be it jewelry (as in my case) or a pretty top, or those perfect pair of pants that just fit well… each and every one of us deserves to be happy. And I think the below graphic sums it up best.

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http://1quotes.org/happiness-quotes-tumblr.html

 

Motivating Your Monday

Can you believe it is the last Monday in June?  Where has the time gone?  The year is already half over and I feel like I really don’t have much to show for the greatness I was aiming for in 2017.

So here is a little motivation for us all to keep ourselves going.

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http://mrcloudmotivation.tumblr.com/

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https://www.slideshare.net/HubSpot/20-motivational-quotes-to-get-you-through-that-crisis

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https://www.pinterest.com/explore/money-motivation-quotes/?lp=true

Happy Monday!

The Day After

So my goal of blogging my great new adventure every day was cut short by my being nice and letting my children use my laptop for their fun needs and only realizing that by the time I got my machine back – I was pooped!  But girl-child was happy to play Sims 3 and boy-child was all about playing games on Steam that don’t fit on his computer/tablet (or as my daughter calls it – a laplet) that I suppose it’s worth my not being as deadline oriented as I wanted to be.

Last Friday I set my alarm to get up and exercise, only to be reminded as I moved that my neck really hates to be bounced around first thing in the morning (90% of the time I end up having a migraine) so I read instead.

I read the articles that I get via email from Sparkpeople which give me tips about losing weight and staying inspired.

But I also had an email that someone had liked my blog from the night before – and I almost always go and check out new people who like my blog and when I went to the about page and it led me to articles that she wrote – I was completely blown away. Her words were just what I was looking for, and her article was entitled How I Fell in Love with Me by Reena Kanji.

I reflected on this article all day.  And I pulled it up and re-read it at work several times as I just found it to be what I needed to use as an outline for bettering myself.  It all starts with happiness and if we can’t like ourselves, how can we expect others to like us? Or better yet, make changes so we can be healthier versions of ourselves.

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https://appliedalliance.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/loving-you/

I highly recommend reading Reena’s article (linked above) and following her advice:

  1. Be Grateful
  2. Follow the Passion
  3. Turn it off (as in your phone/electronics)
  4. Use affirmations
  5. Be of Service

These are my goals for the next few months as I try to fall in love with myself.  Life is so short to be insecure about yourself.  It’s easier to get healthy when you are able to let go of some of the hang-ups that have you feeling insecure all the time.

Won’t you join me on this quest to an all around healthier me?

 

A New Day

It’s funny how some days you just wake up and you feel different.  Projects that seemed impossible suddenly make your feel like you can conquer the world.

That is me today.  Today I feel as if a new me is on the horizon.  That the crafty, organized and healthier me is within reach.

So today is June 1.  The beginning of a new month.  The birth of a new season (well, in twenty-plus days).  I almost feel like I can do anything.

Heck, tonight I even passed on Dairy Queen.

Yes, you read that right.  Dairy Queen.  I love small sundaes with hot fudge and peanut butter sauce and I drove to the store and ordered for everyone else in my family but myself.

So now to do the same for soda, snack food and s’mores.

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https://diyprojects.com/inspirational-quotes/

So along with being a dreamer I am going to become a do-er.  I can do this.  I can be the me I want to be.  I want to be happy, I want to be successful, I want to be healthy (as I am really tired of feeling crappy all the time).  The time is now.

So for the next 30 days I’m going to chronicle my choices here.  Daily.  Join me – let’s see if I change for the better.

Wish me luck.

Family Tree Puzzle: Where Did That Relative Come From???

So as I have mentioned previously, I am working on my family tree, using the free online website of Family Search to track all my ancestors.  I have thoroughly enjoyed myself as I have learned so much about family members that I never knew existed, both near and far in my lineage.

The bad part of using a public forum for this is because you sometimes find people suddenly on your family tree that don’t belong there.  And I find it really aggravating.

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Case in point, I have 3 ancestors with the same name… Andrew Jackson Blair. And with the Andrew Jackson Blair who is my great grandfather – someone has added another Andrew into the mix – an Andrew Sloan Blair – which I know is incorrect.  Why?  I doubt my great great grandfather (also an Andrew Jackson Blair) and great great grandmother would name 2 sons within 4 years of each other, Andrew.  Secondly, Andrew Sloan Blair was born within 4 months of another relative. I don’t see that being possible, do you?

What’s worse is that I even took the time to figure out who Andrew Sloan Blair’s ancestors were and messaged the person who has attached their person to my relatives.  I received a reply a week or so later telling me that they appreciated my work and that they would clean up their tree.

But Andrew Sloan is still there.

I honestly don’t think there is a way for me to remove him from my family tree, so for the time being live with him I must.

However, that hasn’t stopped me from looking into software so I can do my own family tree and slowly build it with what I have found.

I’ll still use Family Search and Ancestry to research, but I prefer to double and triple check to make sure an ancestor is truly mine.  I latched onto an ancestor that was already listed in Family Search the other day and was really excited because somehow when clicking back to see what country my family members began in – it had me related to Charlemagne (he is my great x 39 grandfather).  I’ll admit, I was blown away – until when I began looking through the various people who were between me and Charlemagne, ended up having mothers that gave birth at age 4. So close to royalty.

So if you work on your family history – is there a software that you recommend?  Share with me as I begin my research!  Thank you in advance!

Keep Calm

So obviously the “Keep Calm and…” phrase is everywhere.  A year and a half ago I went to Boston and found the cutest shirt for my daughter that was just the perfect shade of bubblegum pink and it said “Keep Calm & Have a Tea Party”, I couldn’t have asked for a better souvenir for my trip and she absolutely loves it – surprisingly enough she still wears it all the time.

But last night I came across some really cute “Keep Calm” memes and so I’m sharing a few with you – I’m also placing the website I found each on underneath so if you like and want to share – I’m crediting who I found these from so I can share the love.  🙂

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/104934017/keep-calm-pop-bubble-wrap-8-x-12-keep

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http://iwastesomuchtime.com/35646

Have you found any interesting ones that just made you stop and smile?  Share with me!