Let me introduce to my wee Irish friend Laura Hutchinson. Ok, I am not really positive that she is a fae folk but this girl really knows how to get her sh!t together. In fact, she is so good at it she has a blog and YouTube site to prove it.
I am currently a member of Laura’s Facebook Group (The Secret Society of Magical Unicorns) where I got introduced to 18 before 2018. The gist was, find eighteen items or to-do’s that you would want to complete before the new year.
Unlike a resolution or goal, these were the tasks that you have been putting off for far too long. For example, one of the things I wanted to accomplish was meeting up with the BFF. Though we live in the same state and speak to each other every day – we don’t get a lot of face to face time. With this in mind I created the start of the 19 Before 2019 list, which includes a Galentine’s Day for me and the BFF.
Here’s a peek at my list
- Kon Mari mini purges (more to come on this later)
- Create and complete six illuminated scrolls
- Read 12 business related books
- Complete all twelve months of One Little Word
- Galentine’s with my mOnkey
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a pen and notebook! What is on your list?
Well, I did it. I finished out 2017 with a last dive into the world of KonMari. The last category is that of Sentimental items. The toughest is actually saved for last. It is not only the toughest but I find the most rewarding. By the time you get to this part of the journey, you are ready. To let go of the garage full of antiques from great-grandmother whose Baroque furniture style doesn’t really fit with your post-modern style home. Or the prom dress from thirty plus years ago. While these items may hold incredible meaning and value to us. They are not in use, hanging out, collecting dust and taking up valuable space.
My father’s watch means so much more to me than the prom dress hanging in my closet that my ass will NEVER fit into again. Your Grandmothers furniture could be use to fund for a trip to the city of her birth – a bit more rewarding than a garage full of furniture. Don’t you think?
I will have to say that delving into this de-cluttering phase was probably to single more rewarding thing I did for myself in 2017. I really enjoyed this process and what it opened up for me. I love that my items all have a specific home and it takes just minutes to “clean” my bathroom than actually hours. My clothes are kept in check by maintaining a forty-four piece capsule. Books are now less frequently purchase and only if my library doesn’t have the book to lend.
This is not say that the process fixed all my clutter problems. I still have a hard time limiting what I bring into the house. I don’t always ask myself “does it bring me joy?” I whole heartedly admit that another run through of my planner supplies will be happening in the next couple of months. Along with taking care of my balcony patio as I don’t have a garage full of furniture.
It has been quite an eye-opening journey for me.
In 2006, Allie Edwards started a tradition of picking one word to focus, meditate and reflect on for the year. This tradition has bloomed into One Little Word. It is something I attempted to work on a couple of years back but never saw it to fruition. I have a tendency to run full warp speed into an idea/project/whatever without really sticking to it or have an all out lack of discipline and follow through!
I wanted to focus my creative flow on to a project this year that didn’t involve setting up another planner. I can do that anytime. I thought of a couple of things like hand lettering but kept coming back to #OLW. Allie’s website has a year-long course for #OLW that offers structured online class format as well as a thriving Facebook community. This allows me to work at my own pace but still have people I can interact with.
The website also offers all sorts of products to get your started. For this year, I opted to get the notebook and the Main Kit. It allows me to have a more journal like experience with my word. The kit includes journal cards, embellishments, stickers and study cards. And all of it comes in a neutral tone which I am totally into right now. This year, if you are so inclined, you can also have your word made into a jewelry piece. How incredibly delightful is that? I would have jumped on this but I’m not a girl who wears gold.
Once you have a word in mind, the course will lead you into cultivating a reason why you chose the word, an invitation to your word and even defining your word. What did I pick for 2018? Stop. As in STOP self sabotage, complaining, overspending, overeating, making excuses, and most importantly blaming. I wanted my word to help me progress to my “next level’ in my spiritual, mental and physical well-being. Stop the nasty habits that lead me to self-doubt and build new ones that lead me into self-assurance.
I am really looking forward to what this word has in store for me in 2018. Are you in? Did you pick a word? Let me know in the comments below.
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