Tis the Season for Lent

Lent 2018

I am at a loss of what to write about at the beginning of this Lenten Season. What do I really want to give up for forty days? A big part of me think…I have given up some many things involuntarily that the thought of doing this on purpose seems a bit depressing. Comfort zone much Lissy?

I have noticed a recurring theme lately in all areas of my life. You gotta do the work. The other day I was thinking about the history of film and technology. In 1902 Georges Méliès wrote, filmed and produced Le Voyage Dans le Lune (A Trip to the Moon). When you watch it, your CGI brain looks at it with a bit of sarcastic nod of “Oh how basic is that? You call that special effects?”. Well yes, film had to start somewhere and it started with Georges.

This is my voyage to the moon. I have to do the work. I will not get my coveted Oscar winning performance if I don’t get through all stages of effort. I remember reading recently that work is tough, scary, uncomfortable and rewarding. I can’t continue to bail once that tough things come around.

So what doe this have to do with Lent? Lent is a time for self-discipline, reverence and prayer.  How is this about “doing the work”? On top of daily reading and prayers (see Lenten Calendar for reference) I will be adding in some work. I define work as follows; anything that helps me develop additional streams of income above my 9-to-5 life.

I think I have mentioned before that with my illness, I had a concern on how I was going to support myself financially should I come to a point where my body just wouldn’t support going to a 9-to-5 every day.  With a Warren Buffet school of thought, I have worked on what I call my seven streams. The streams encompass this blog, branching out to YouTube, investing and creating a passive income source.

Here’s my plan, I am implementing forty individual tasks to work on each day of lent.  Whether it is reading, taking a course, setting up a writing schedule or getting out of the house…I have forty days to work on it.  How intense is that?  Here is what I have started with thus far.

  • Read Vlog Like a Boss – this contains twelve chapters of which I have read three. Thus I will give myself nine days to read nine chapters.
  • Pre-write all of March blog posts – there’s four days.
  • Register my online business with my state – boom! Fourteen days of work – right there
  • Attend XOSarah Masterclass – another day of work

Does this make sense? I have been putting of some hard stuff lately due to my own crazy discomforts. Which is a sign of growth, learning and success. Most would stop at that point, and I have – many times. I am not going to start with the “this time it will be different” because that is a set-up for failure. This time, I am just not doing the same things that lead to nowhere because that’s just crazy.

What are you doing this Lenten season? Leave a comment below and let me know.

lissy

 

 

 

 

 

Four Tips to Start Fresh, Again

Anyone care for a do-over? I could really use one right now. I had written out this post and when I pulled it up to edit…it was gone. Oy! If I ever wanted to throw a computer through a window, it was today.  It seems I’m not the only one either. I have seen a lot of social media lately with that theme. January was just a trial month apparently.

Consistency seems to be lost on me right now. My one job was to write weekly for this blog. Where I have I been then? On my bed, watching a Netflix binge. This is not how this works! Right? So we first, thank the Lord we have the tenacity to do what it takes to get it done.

Listening has helped tremendously lately. I was introduced to a podcast called The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo. I adore her. I am slowing working my way through her two hundred plus podcasts. I shuffled thru her list and picked out thirty shows with topics I wanted to delve into personally. My top picks thus far are #6 Vulnerability vs. Victim Mentality and #15 Other People’s Opinions. In my list are also topics on weight loss and entrepreneurship.

Gratitude Log – do you have one? This is not a new concept. I started mine years ago while reading one of many of the Sarah Ban Breathnach’s books. Which, if my faulty memory serves, is one of the chapters in her first book Simple Abundance. She recommended writing no less that five things you are grateful for each and every day.  If am tired, I will navigate to writing a small sentence for the day.  Even on my worse days, there is always something to be grateful for.

When in doubt, eat a frog. Ok, now don’t take me literally. I am talking about the one task you have been putting off forever. I am here to tell you that there is nothing more invigorating than finishing off that nagging something you don’t want to do. Whether that hateful task is making the bed or doing your taxes. Just do it people!

I truly hope these quick tips help you get started again in February. Comment below on what helps you when you feel like you are due a do-over.

lissy

Four Tips to Starting, Again

19 before 2019

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?

Goal Setting, 19 before 2019

 

Sentimental Feelings

Kon Mari Method - Sentimental

 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

lissy

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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.

Shaping Up For Fall

Now that the days are shorter and life is getting cozy again, I’ve been reflecting on my goals. This past summer has been a rough one with my own motivation going slightly array. It has taken all that I possess to get in front of my computer lately and keep this blog going.

I know that compared to five years ago, I’ve come a long way health wise. I know I still push myself, my eating habit are crap and exercise is a laugh. With this in mind, I sat down this past weekend to work out some goals in three areas that I had the most concern about with my health.

This has led me to a three-part series that I will be sharing with you over the next few months.  Frist, I will be working on Tracking My Illness with paper and an app. Then, onto two very critical aspects to keeping me well – Fitness and Food. This girl really needs a plan when it comes to fitness and food. With this, I will also be working out “Plan B” for the days when my illness flares and it halt’s any game plans I have lined up.

I hope you will join me on this trek as I am so very excited to get moving!

lissy

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