Going on a Field Trip

Ok, I’m going to date myself here on this one. Does anyone remember the Siouxsie & The Banshees song Cities in Dust? I remember it as my first history lesson on Pompeii. I can recall the interest that the video on MTV provoked as it was my first glimpse of the Pompeiian body casts. (you know, way way, back in the day when MTV actually had videos.)

Well, this Spring I got to visit Pompeii.  No, not the actual site but slice of it at the Arizona Science Center. A nice tidy exhibit of over two hundred artifacts from the Naples National Archaeological Museum. My parental unit (aka Mom) is avid newspaper reader. She came across an article last November letting us Phoenicians know that Pompeii would be coming to our desert town. It’s basically been on the family to do list for months. When asked what she wanted for her most recent birthday, she just said “Pompeii”.

With a gorgeous Spring day, we headed out for our adventure. Since I hate parking in unfamiliar places, I suggested we take the light rail to our destination. It was a forty minute ride into downtown Phoenix from a local park and ride.   Our destination was just a block and half from the rail stop so walking didn’t tire us out too much. We planned ahead and since the exhibit was a timed event, we picked a late morning viewing.

It starts with a video component that gives the audience the day in question (August 24th, 79 AD) and then leads you into villa.  For me, I will always remember the beautiful black and white marble mosaic. It is always so breathtaking to see such artistry from another place and time. The exhibit it’s self gave you an overview of daily life within Pompeii giving a brief historical view of their culture, the food they ate, the places they visited during a typical day and of course the body casts.

Before going into the gallery that had the body casts there was a dramatization of the impact that the eruption would have been like. At this point of my day, I was already pretty anxious but the noise of the eruption was almost too much for me to handle. Then again, it’s not too much worse than going to action movie with surround sound.

All in all, given my propensity of getting way tired, I actually did far better than I thought I would. It helped that we took the light rail, which meant no traffic/parking stress. We also pre-paid for the event, meaning less time in a line. We even took time to have a rather awesome lunch at The Rose and Crown before heading back home.

I had a wonderful day with my beautiful family.  Share your adventures in the comments below.

 

Weighty Issues

I am consumed with one thing right now in my life. It is my elephant in the room. It’s the thing that people politely not say to you. “Your fat, Lissy.”

It goes without saying that the pharmaceuticals that we take to help manage our illnesses can either load you up or skinny you down. I am the one who always seems to get the one that adds weight. I have tipped the scales pretty high in my adult life and have been ultra skinny on occasion as well. For me, what finally woke me up to get “healthy” was the recognition that I was no longer cute.

I’ve got sass to me that comes with a bit of class, I’m petite, got the red hair to match my fiery disposition and I know how to get back on my feet when I get knocked done. Granted, over the past few years, it just takes a bit longer to get back up.  I’ve always considered myself as a cute girl. There is a bit on tomboy in me but I do clean up well.

Mirrors don’t lie and neither do scales. Reality has come to the forefront recently when I realized that for the first time in our adult lives my sister and I are at the same weight. My sis (the most creative person I know) has always dealt with weight issues for most of her life. As she enters a new phase of womanhood (that would be menopause people) her body is currently shedding the weight – but not me.  OY! I’m so done being this fat. My BMI is obese and that just will not do. I just want to be healthy.

For me, healthy means eating more veggies (gah), being conscious of when I am storm eating, and overall daily movement like walking. Learning what foods makes my tummy hurt and do I really need that candy bar. It means that I will probably have pizza once every 180 months instead of once a week. Upping my water consumption and lowering my soda’s to once a week. Treating myself to a bad day with something other than comfort food. Need I go on?

As I sip my green smoothie today, I going to tell you about my recent trip to Revolution Health Medical Center. I have been a patient of theirs previously (in fact, they were the ones who dealt we me when I first developed symptoms of chronic fatigue). Though my previous naturopath is not seeing new patients, (technically, I fall under this category) I was able to get a Saturday appointment with Dr. Johnson.

His background in emergency medicine, conventional medicine and then alternative medicine is extraordinary. With this, I received the first honest to goodness review of my own medical history. People, an hour and half with my doctor.  When is the last time you received that much attention from one doctor.

On the right track, though. I learned that my concerns are valid, that yes, my meds play a part but so do other factors such as what I eat, what I drink and how I sleep. I know this stuff, and I had already implemented a lot of his suggestions. Go me! However, implementing and carrying out are two different things. Right?

Woah! Due! So much information was given that I don’t really think it is all sunk in. I tell ya what – next months health update will be where I will collect my thoughts and let you in on what has been working and what hasn’t. How’s that?

Do you go to an “alternative” health practitioner? Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions, let me know. If you are in the Phoenix, AZ area and would like a referral to Revolution Health you can leave me a message at dragonflykeepls@gmail.com

laters,

lissy

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Paper, Paper Everywhere

I have officially left the first three stages of The Kon Mari Method, ending August on a high note. Last month I got rid of my most favorite things – paper. Well, I got rid of old used bank registers, club cards, past six years of insurance policies and every single receipt that didn’t have a tax purpose. Buh bye! My file cabinet now has only about a half dozen files hanging out. All the old, used a billion times folders are off to the recyclers and a myriad of old personal papers – shredded.

Throw that confetti in the air – like you just don’t care!

Now onto Komono, which I consider the bulk of the Kon Mari Method. I broke mine down into 1) Hobby/Office, 2) Bathroom/Linen Closet, 3) Tools and 4) Sentimental/Christmas. Depending upon your current situation – Komono can be whatever obstacle of clutter you want to attack. Be it the spare bedroom or the kitchen. By the time you have reached these areas however, your obstacle may look a bit thin. With her method, you would have already pulled out the clothes, books and papers from these areas. That overwhelming spare bedroom is getting closer and closer to being your sewing room! Or craft room. She den.  How incredibly awesome is that?

I’m a starting to see areas of my living space getting light and fluffy instead of bulked down with the weight of Stuff. My once colossal mountain of washi tape is now a small mound of quality and manageable quantity. So delightful!

This coming month I will tackling the office supplies and my hobby materials. Envelopes, binders, folders, calendars, planners, and stickers (oh my). Whoever is getting my donations must be beside themselves!

I’m Just Not Into Summer

I long for #pumpkinspiceeverything

Summer is hard enough when you live in the armpit of hell (aka Phoenix, AZ). On a record breaking day, it could be as hot as 116 degrees. Then, we get this crazy a$$ weather situation called Monsoon Season which adds a lovely layer of humidity to the mix. Delightful isn’t it?

No matter what, I love this desert and have called it home for most of my adult life. I cope the best that I can when it comes to the heat.  I long for cooler days. I’ve struggled with my motivation this summer in regards to my health. Concentrating on building a foundation to my healthy self has become increasingly harder. Is it too much to ask for the world to stop for a bit so I can take a nap?

 

Dealing with Clutter

There are all sorts of clutter to deal with – some you create yourself and some created by others.  I will never embrace minimalism, it’s not in my bones. However, I’ve noticed lately that I am spending quality energy and way too many spoons moving my crap around. I was recently talking this over with my research assistant Mrs. Monkey and she is dealing with the same issue.

What to do? I have help each month with the vacuuming of the stairs, vacuuming my bedroom, and cleaning my master bath. This is just one less thing that I have to deal with. However, my packrat tendencies are starting to become too much to deal with.  Srsly, how much washi tape does this girl need? I believe that I truly want for nothing. I’m very lucky to be able to wipe my own a$$ and take care of my most basic needs (a place to rest, cover my bills, etc).

What used to be a simple task of tidying up is now a battle between my self and my energy. There are many weekend mornings when I get up before everyone else and I will cleanup my messes…but that also means that I have spent a great amount of my energy for the day – and if I have errands and appointments, egads I’m done for.

This has now become intervention level crisis (in my mind at least) and I’m looking for a solution.  How do I do this without becoming a hoarder!?

 

 

Unplugged

Last year I took on this challenge and failed miserably.  I can honestly say that I don’t think I made it eight hours.

So why do it again? Because I can. At 6:30pm today I will be handing over My Precious into the capable hands of Mother Superior and will be begging on my hands and knees for it back at 6:30pm Saturday.  TWENTY-FOUR hours!

I will be occupying my time doing things I should be doing all along…reading a good book, painting, crafting, plannernating (that’s a word for the creative planning) and maybe a nap…or two.

You still have time to join.

And if I make it the whole day…I’M BUYING A PLANNER!

lissy

Urgent

Now that I have your attention…let’s talk about planning.

I know for my self that the best laid plans of mice and women often go astray! This has lead me to the Eisenhower Method for planning and I want to share it with you. There is a quote out there in the world attributed to the General Dwight D. Eisenhower that loosely states “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

I have seen many systems of time management over the course of my professional career. Franklin Covey, Bullet Journal, Crisis Management, you name it.  I work in an industry that is driven by time sensitive data and date driven closing days. Though I personally have moved to other departments…this is my daily life.

For this series, I wanted to share with you my quirky version of this method. Depending upon the multitude of sources, the Eisenhower method generally consists of four parts: 1) Urgent  2) Important 3) Delegate and 4) Stop.  Since my life comprises of no support staff, I’ve removed Delegate and have Note To Self and Stop is now Some Day.

In this post, I will begin with Urgent.  What would be an urgent task? For me, it is making doctor appointments, refilling medications, calling the doctor to make sure the medications are refilled, filling an empty gas tank and so forth. These are the “kitchen is on fire” type of tasks. Think of it as tasks that need to be completed immediately. When I plan, these tasks are notated with a red star next to it so my fogged-up brain knows to deal with that task first.

Determining what is Urgent versus Important will be up to the individual. What may be Urgent to me could be a Note To Self for others. {Which is the whole point to this method}. For example, let’s take going to the post office. Would this be Urgent or Important. The scenario is this…I have four medical co-payments to mail and a birthday card to mail but the date is two weeks away – and of course, I forgot stamps.  I would list “Pay med bills” and “purchase stamps” with a little red star on my planner while “mail birthday card” would be listed later as it doesn’t carry urgency for me.

As you review your daily to do’s, begin to ask yourself, “Is this Important?” “Is this Urgent?”

Next month, let’s delve into determining what is Important.

lissy

Here’s the song that is playing in my head as I write this

 

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