I’m Not Taking A Holiday

A couple of months ago, I signed up for an online course specifically geared to growing this blog. I have been a long time reader and consider Sarah Morgan from XOSarahMorgan as my guru. She is a driven woman teaching others to take on the blogshere one kick-ass step at a time.

Ultimately, the changes will be subtle, lasting and consistent. I will be posting once a week on Tuesday’s. Boosting social media content for this blog as well as producing a bi-monthly email out to my subscribers. There will be a Facebook group down the road for Dragonfly Keep as well. (hit subscribe and be the first to know).

Here is where I need your help dear readers. I need to know what content drives you, encourages you and gives you valuable information you can use. I encourage you to reach out to me through comments and let me know what you would like to see more of. I can plan out a great list of content but if it has no value to you, then it is all for naught.

I look forward to growing and learning with all of you in 2018!



Three Benefits Of Removing Clutter

Achieving Less with Less

I adore Mari Kondo. If I were to actually get a chance to meet her, I would give her a huge, huge hug! It’s no lie that this experience has given me a sense of determination and a whole lot of freedom. Clearing my clutter has improved my ability to manage my space without going bonkers, improved the way I utilize what I have and created a lovely, livable space for this chronic dragonfly.

Less is, indeed, less

This past month, I completed the Komono portion of the KonMari method. It took less than a half hour to complete as I rarely need a hammer, screw driver or a yard stick. I did however remove all the duplicates of items and “poof” I was done. What I have found with using her method is once you get started, you begin removing items as you go along. By the time I arrived at this category, I was practically done. Thus arriving to a wonderful first benefit of having less. Less to maintain. Less to clean. Less to store. Amazing to come to this point in my journey.

Less to manage

Another benefit has been that I now, of course, less to manage. GOAL! Yep, goal achieved!. This is what I wanted in the first place. As I walk along this path of chronic life, I don’t want the weight of having to too many things bring me down. It has been an incredible trade-off to be able to spend more time reading and less time cleaning. With less to manage, I gain time to paint, time to craft and time with family. Wowzers! What a concept! Right?

A Girl Needs Her Space

This leads me to the final benefit I have created for myself. Space. It’s not just a final frontier. As I have moved along Marie’s road map, I have created spaces for all my things. Cleaning supplies, planners, washi tape, make up, toiletries, and clothes all have a designated space. But here’s the thing, I need less containers to keep them in. I just loaded my car with all the various boxes and baskets that stored all my “supplies”. What a joy it has been to have arrived to this point.

The next challenge will be the last point in Marie’s book, which is the Sentimental Items.

Next month, I will wrap up my KonMari journey and have a bit of a re-cap and what is in store for the new year.


later, lissy.

Clearing My Crap from the Bathroom

Photo courtesy of kaboompics

Can some one please explain as to why I had twenty-one black eyeliners, none of which were liquid? Yes, TWENTY-ONE eyeliners, all black. Oy!

This past month, in the komono portion of KonMari, was in the toilet. Ha! I thought I actually had this one under control but I was wrong. Once I gathered all my makeup, hair products, samples and twenty-one black eyeliners…I had quite a bit to go through.

Old make-up was tossed. Samples half used were tossed. Hair products I never use were given away. And when it came to the eyeliner, I culled it down to my top five favorites.

I also had to stop and think about the monthly subscription I have for makeup. I will be cancelling that come the new year as it just adds to the clutter. I have access to makeup and brushes galore. I have enough.

Next month we are on track for a smaller grouping of items – my toolbox and cleaning supplies.  I’m pretty sure that this will be a quick go though…once I unearth the tool box. In the mix, I am throwing in the patio as there will be a bulk trash pick up in November.  I can feel a purge coming!


The Best Tool I use for Goal Planning

You’d think I would be writing a Halloween post…nah. In all things Celtic, this is new year’s eve. Added bonus…candy! For the past two years I have used All Hallows Eve for my goal review. I can get all sorts of reflective with a cup of coco and a comfy chair.  What did I accomplish? What do I want to accomplish? What new habits did I form? What held me back? Did my old bad habits hold me back?

I have utilized a book by Lisa Jacobs (she is an online marketing guru) called Your Best Year. I recently purchased her 2018 which you can pick up through Amazon. It covers all the things. As described on the back cover it is a “productivity workbook and online business planner designed to make your most ambitious goals come true.”

I’m in.

I am excited to move onward and learn. I have the plans man but I need some help. With the combination of this book and another online course I am taking, I am going to be unstoppable. Can you feel the excitement? I am ready to take the next step and the scares me just as much as it excites my very core.

I am totally on my way dear friends!

Photo courtesy of Kaboompics


Breaking Bad

#Sorrynotsorry but this isn’t a post about Walter White.

It’s about tracking new habits while breaking bad ones. The past few weeks I have accomplished something that I never thought I would. I took my vitamins! I know right? Something so simple. Well, yes and no.

When a flare hits, I don’t care if school keeps. (As my mother is fond of saying.) As much as I would like to have a pause button – life goes on. This month is all about capturing the things that I feel contribute to a flare. As I do, I really wanted to track all of the things but I really did best with the vitamins.

Another key to my wellness is tracking my symptoms. I use an iPhone app to monitor my pain levels, what type of pain, where, what lovely side effects was I dealing with and whether or not I had to take something for the pain. It was a success at the beginning of the month but not so much on this last half.

I won’t dwell on what I could have accomplished because I TOOK MY VITAMINS! Sometimes, just having one thing done means the world to me.


Photo Courtesy of Kaboompics


Flare Interruptus

Photo courtesy KaboomPics


There is one aspect of dealing with my chronic illness that I just can’t seem to move on from. It’s the damn “flare” days.  My flares mean I am in bed for hours, sleeping. Unfortunately, it is not a restorative sleep. I am not reading, watching seasons of Gilmore Girls or rearranging furniture – I am down for the count.

I have plans man! Notebooks, mind-maps and planners filled with plans. I am still trying to figure out how to grow a home business of vast proportions so I can supplement my income when I can no longer function on a 9 to 5.

The struggle is real folks.

How do you deal with life’s interruptions?




Komono Territory

I have entered into the Komono adventures in de-cluttering – err “tidying up”. In Marie’s World, your stuff has a category. First, it is clothes, then books, then papers.  Komono is everything else. It’s the miscellaneous items that make up your everyday living.  Hobby items, product samples, makeup…you get the picture.

My komono categories are as follows: Home Office/Hobby, Bathroom, Tools/Supplies and lastly Christmas/Sentimental items.  Let me begin by saying, I am a stationery freak. I own quite a few planners (hehe), pens, paintbrushes, glues, and…well, I practically own enough to supply my family and friends with paper and the like for eons.  Just back away from my planners.

By this time in the Marie Kondo game of tidying up, letting go of items is becoming a no-brainer. I took at least ten full boxes of notebooks, stickers, and unfinished projects to the thrift store. I expected that this was going to be a gut-wrenching experience. Not so much really. I am beginning to enjoy my tidy space. Things are actually staying in places I designated for their use. WHAT?

I did let go the crappy, inexpensive ring-bound planner covers and opted to lovingly store the expensive ones until such time I am ready to give them a new home. I mean, come on, have you seen my planners?

Next up is the bathroom. I am anxious to see just how many black eyeliners I really do own.