It's interesting when you decide to document a journey. While I want to be completely transparent about the ups and downs of minimizing, I don't want to get so bogged down in the details. It's a delicate balance.
In addition to my blog here, I write on a platform called Medium. That's where I'm primarily documenting our journey and I just wrote Part 3 in the series. You can find it here. There are links to the first two parts at the bottom of the post.
While I document our journey on Medium, I will continue to write pieces for Everyday Life Uncluttered. My goal is to step it up and two posts each week consistently on daily happenings.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement! My goal is to write in such a way that it connects with you in a meaningful way. I would love to hear how it does.
I've never been the type of person to have a one track mind where I obsess over one thing until it's done. I've always been the type that basically shifts from one thing to the next like a bouncy ball.
My mind has been focused on preparing our home to sell. While it has been a positive endeavor on one hand, I seem to be completely obsessed. Each time I finish one task, I look at something else that could be painted, fixed, or moved.
If I'm honest with myself, this will always be the case in our home. It was built in 1946, and even though it is so charming and unique, there is always something that could be changed in it. Right now I'm working on painting in the bathroom, and in the back of my mind I realize that the next owners might come in and decide that painting the bathroom a different color is the first thing they are going to do.
So, why am I obsessing over it? I think much of it has to do with wanting the next owners to have as much happiness and love that we've had in our home for the last decade. I want it to be perfect for them. I want them to be able to move right in and not think about changing a thing if they don't want to.
Inevitably they will want to though. We did. Don't get me wrong, there are a couple of rooms that we didn't change at all, but we did customize other areas that were more fitting to our personalities and tastes. And that's the way it should be. That's what makes it a home.
Soon, the obsessing will be over. We meet with our realtor on Monday and then will hopefully have it on the market within a week or so after our meeting.
In the mean time, I have a bathroom to finish painting...and what else???
Daily I write down three things I'm grateful for in the morning and another three things in the evening as part of my journal writing for the day. It's a great way to bookend the day.
Occasionally, I like to expand on the list to remind myself of all the amazing parts of my life that I often take for granted.
1. The stuffed animal sloth my mom brought me from her non-profit thrift store makes me smile. I mean, how can you not smile at a smiling sloth? Seriously?! Just look at him.
2. I think my stepdad is MacGyver. He finds ways to create something out of nothing, and he pulled off some shear "geniusness" when he helped with getting our house ready to sell.
3. I'm beyond thankful that my dad and I text every morning. It's like we're having breakfast together even though we live an hour and a half apart.
4. I finally made it back to the gym today for a workout and I'm glad I did. It's been awhile, and I have stayed away because I've been embarrassed about my weight gain. That was all me though. No one cares how I look, because everyone is there working out doing their own thing. I feel better now.
5. I'm glad I decided to paint the kitchen cabinets.
6. I'm tired of painting overall, but I like the fresh look it's giving our home. Why didn't we do this sooner?
7. Having amazing neighbors is the best! We know we can knock on their doors to ask for help with something and know that they will help if they can. I hope they reciprocate if there's something we can do for them.
8. Our cat Chloe is thankful to have the house back to her "normal."
9. March Madness starts this week! Next to the NHL playoffs, it's the best time of the year for me. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!!
10. Reading other posts on medium.com reminds me how we writers are using our voices on a platform that promotes support, encouragement, and constructive criticism. I love networking and connecting with other writers!
Sometimes detours happen.
On February 17, I took a before photo of myself as the beginning of my mission to lose 10 pounds. Fast forward 15 days later and I haven't made much progress at all.
I hit a detour. That doesn't mean an excuse. I fully own that I haven't made progress.
However, there was a pretty great reason for my lack of progress. I landed a new job! After a whirlwind of two weeks, I had a preliminary interview, a second interview, a job offer, accepted said job offer, and then wrote a resignation letter to take effect at the end of the school year.
And for those who are curious about the job, I will be a high school counselor at Omaha Burke High School. While I have enjoyed the littles for the last seven years as an elementary school counselor, it was always my intent to work with high school students when the opportunity presented itself. This is it, and I'm so excited for this next adventure!
But I digress.
What happened was a detour. I focused on the job process and neglected my goal of losing weight by eating more nutritionally and working out on a regular basis. While I know I should have and could have been working on both, I didn't, and I own that.
When you have a detour, here is the first step: OWN IT. Don't make excuses, don't place blame elsewhere, and don't beat yourself up over it. Pull yourself up by your boot straps, put on your big girl/boy pants, and restart.
Secondly, figure out what went wrong during the detour. Why did you get completely derailed? Was your plan not firmly in place? Is your reasoning clear for the goal you have set?
With me, I had a clear workout plan but not a strong nutritional plan. However, on the days I didn't make it to the gym, I didn't have an alternative home workout prepared. Instead, I skipped it altogether. So, the workouts dropped by the wayside. And, because I didn't have a strong nutritional plan to begin with, it was doomed from the beginning, even without the detour.
Once you have the first two steps figured out, it then becomes a matter of setting a concrete plan with small incentives along the way to motivate yourself. For example, each day my goal is to drink six to eight glasses of water, get in a 20-30 minute workout minimum, and eat at least 4-5 fruits/veggies. Each day that happens, I will reward myself with a piece of dark chocolate.
The final step is execution. Once the plan is in place, then the action must happen. In terms of working out, I have placed a schedule where I can see it daily. I have a new fitbook where I will track my workouts and nutrition each day. I can also reflect on the day and make adjustments as I go.
Hitting detours is inevitable. We have the best intentions, but sometimes things happen and that's okay. Just reflect on why it happened, course correct, and keep moving!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.