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.

 

 

One Little Word 2018

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.

lissy

Allie Edwards One Little Word 2018

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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!

lissy

 

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

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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!

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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

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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?