Day 24 Item: Organize one drawer or closet.
I’m all for making tedious chores fun, so today’s item was an excuse for me to buy a drawer organizer kit from Ikea. Okay, maybe this is not everyone’s idea of ‘fun’ but it is for me. The kit is a package of various sized containers made out of, most likely cardboard, covered with nylon, in my favorite colour, purple. I organized one drawer of scarves using 4 of the containers. I had forgotten about some of them the way they were buried in there! All 6 containers from the kit didn’t fit into one drawer, so I used one container to house some of my ‘delicates’ in another drawer and the last I used to hold some costume jewelry in another drawer. I ended up tripling my goal of one drawer and did three. I listened to inspirational talk radio on my mp3 player while I did today’s project.
Because I made the project small, I found it was much more manageable as well as enjoyable. I had set out to do only one drawer so, moving onto 2 more felt like I went above and beyond on the accomplishment scale today. And it feels great. No pics! I don’t think anyone wants to see my drawers. You’re welcome.
Day 25: Draw, doodle or colour for 10 minutes
Day 23 Item: Buy $1 scratch and win ticket
I bought the last available $1 scratch ticket at my nearby drug store. The ‘game’ ticket was called “Lucky Charm.” Winning entailed finding 3 matching dollar amounts. I scratched off the covering and revealed dollar amounts that appeared only once or twice. Then I scratched the ‘bonus’ area and it said I won $1. Yes! I got my money back.
I then redeemed the ticket, got my winning dollar, added one more dollar and purchased a lottery ticket. That was some added spark to a very usual day. I’ll let you know if I win.
Did anyone else win anything today?
Day 24: Organize one drawer or closet.
Day 22 Item: Download lyrics to that song you always sing, but aren’t sure of the words and sing it out loud
I chose “Moves Like Jagger” (Maroon 5) as my song lyrics to learn. How many times a day is this song played? The only song played more often than this one, these days, is “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” (LMFAO) I attempt singing along to “Moves” every time as if I know the words. I don’t.
Reading the lyrics instead of singing them puts the meaning in a starker light. No surprise the song is about sex. I was trying to find the poetic gist of it, but there really isn’t any. It’s all “you want me, you got me, I’ll do it to you, you do it to me, but, when I show you mine, you can’t tell.” At least that’s what I got out of it.
Speaking lyrics is my daughter’s favourite comedy routine. It’s hilarious hearing them spoken like they are a real conversation. Try it!
I’m going to go download ‘Sexy & I Know It’ and say it to someone. (not.)
Day 23: Buy $1 scratch and win ticket
Day 21 Item: Throw out old underwear &/or socks
My first thought when I pulled out my sock drawer was “Why do I have so many socks?” I dumped them all out, found 4 socks that had no mates, several pair that weren’t even mine(?) and surprisingly, not many with holes in them – I’m pretty good at throwing them out when holes happen – I so do not darn socks! I threw out several pair that had seen better days and or had lost their ability to stay up. I decided to colour code them and lined them all back in the drawer like soldiers. When I’d finished that, I discovered another drawer ½ full of socks that I’d completely forgotten about! Obviously, I did not miss them so out they went.
As I was finishing my to-do list this a.m. I was pondering my ‘why do I have so many socks?’ question. If my drawer of socks were a metaphor for my life what would it mean? I asked myself. Socks cover my feet, which is my foundation for moving about. And I have covering for any probable/possible occasion. So, my foundation is ‘covered.’ Which is true in my life. I have more than the basic necessities of life, in fact, like my socks, I have a luxury of necessities to choose from for any likely situation. In the way I hoard socks that I don’t use or no longer need, maybe in life I hoard more than I need? This leads me to ask myself; In what ways can I pare down what I think I ‘need’ to exist? I also suspect that it represents a common basic fear of having enough covering for the future. I stock pile socks as security literally and figuratively. Can I really be prepared for the future by trying to ‘cover’ every possibility? I do not believe I can. I do know that I have resources available when I need them, but even more importantly, I have my internal resources that have always guided me and will continue to guide me in every situation. I will certainly give more thought to purchasing socks in the future.
Item 22: Download lyrics to that song you always sing, but aren’t sure of the words and sing it out loud
Day 20 Item: Learn a joke and tell it today at least once. http://www.coolfunnyjokes.com/
I learned 4 jokes today from the website link above. I told them and this one got the biggest laugh: Wittle Wabbit A little girl walks into a pet shop and asks in the sweetest little lisp: "Excuthe me, mithter, do you keep wittle wabbits?" And the shopkeeper gets down on his knees, so that he's on her level, and asks: "Do you want a wittle white wabby or a soft and fuwwy bwack wabby or maybe one like that cute wittle bwown wabby over there?" The little girl puts her hands on her knees, leans forward and says in a quiet voice: "I don't fink my pyfon really giveths a thit."
Having a good joke and telling it is instantly gratifying. ‘makes one feel good about themselves even if it’s just for a moment. I also admire anyone who can tell a joke and tell it well.
Hope you enjoyed a laugh today!Day 21: Throw out old underwear &/or socks
Day 19 Item: Go to Youtube and watch funny pet videos for at least 10 minutes
This is my favorite one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhyeyoC-TxU&feature=fvwrel
All of the BBC ones are fun.
Any one out there got some better ones?Day 20: Learn a joke and tell it today at least once. http://www.coolfunnyjokes.com/
Day 18 Item: Remove one item from each room in the house.
I visited each room with a critical eye looking for anything I could toss. I was thinking pare down, minimize, make space. I mostly just found things in one room that belonged in another. I re-organized items more than removed items.
I put this on my list as a catalyst to getting things streamlined and organized. I know from experience that just getting started is the hardest part. So, by bribing myself to remove just ‘one’ item, there may have been the chance that many unnecessary objects would get tossed. I discovered, however, that everything in every room is either utilized or enjoyed, which I’m pretty pleased about. My closets are another matter - but that’s on the list for another day.
Today things got put back in their place. Just think, if I did that every day? Or..I could just put things back where they go when I’m done with them…? See, these exercises are so surprisingly helpful!
Day 19: Go to Youtube and watch funny pet videos for at least 10 minutes
Day 17 Item: Send someone an e-card, just because.
Sending cards of any kind is time consuming! Finding a good, appropriate one on the internet is just as challenging as standing in front of a wall of cards in any card store. Then there’s the addressing and the sending.
I like sending/giving greeting cards because I like the communication of my sentiments to be illustrated and or decorated. I have, in the past, made and sent my own cards and if I had nothing else to do all day, I think I would make more. I understand why cards are so very expensive. There is a lot of time and effort put in to creating one.
I truly believe that card giving and receiving is taken for granted and it’s a shame. If you are the receiver of a card, of any kind, I ask you to kindly consider the effort which was put forth so that you could be told something by someone. The person I sent my card to today, is most definitely worth the effort.
Day 18: Remove one item from each room in the house.
Day 16 Item: Spend 10 minutes alone sending forgiveness to every person you are mad at or who has hurt you.
I don’t know about you, but the whole ‘forgiveness thing’ is pretty standard equipment these days. There are lots of explanations, methods, recommendations, etc out there and if you’ve never investigated this ‘forgiveness thing’ please, do not hesitate, go directly and find info regarding forgiveness and the whys and what for’s related to it.
I have been practicing forgiveness for lo this many, many years, that I’m pretty sure it is part of my DNA. I think I understand the precepts and repercussions and I do hold people, myself and events a lot lighter than I used to, that is for sure! Whenever I feel a ‘disturbance in my force,’ it is usually because my expectations have not been met. Who am I to demand others measure up, or deliver to my standards? I tend to these occurrences almost immediately and either make amends, ask for forgiveness, or forgive readily.
I find it funny, or coincidental, or not(?) that just this week I read a piece that described unforgiveness as ‘playing the victim.’ So, today when I went into my prayer room to ‘do’ forgiveness for 10 minutes, I specifically asked to be notified or reminded of where I have made myself the victim. Things rapidly and easily came to my remembrance. With grace that I know is real, I released the ‘victimhood’ and also asked that everyone I’ve offended forgive me.
No surprise, the top person on my list is myself. My expectations of me persist in being borderline unreasonable. I asked for grace to forgive myself for not measuring up and I forgave myself for asking the near impossible of me.
Like exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, being kind, forgiveness is one of those things that we must think about less and just do it!
Day 17) Send someone an e-card, just because.
Day 15 Item: Comment on someone’s blog or Facebook page (everyone loves comments).
I had an inspiring chat with a very interesting woman today. Her profession is promotions. She is now channelling
her talent into her current interest which is her two children and their education, but even more importantly their self worth.
She is a living, breathing testimony to the fact that we advertise with our energy. Because she is asking for
and willing to listen for help in the area of education and child welfare, she is very literally attracting people and programs to answer her call. I was so inspired by her and her endeavour that I visited her website that she created specifically for putting the ‘word’out. It is brilliant. And I told her so. I commented on her blog and I recommended her link on my Facebook page. You can check it out here : www.confidentcalgarykids.com
The World Wide Web is most certainly the New Wild West. There are a lot of voices out there in the seeming wilderness. We have the luxury of tuning into what truly appeals to us and our choices are pretty much limitless.
For those of us putting our voices ‘out there’ it is tough to talk into a void. We are unsure if what we are saying is of any use. Of course we get the satisfaction of creative outlet, but it is a lonely work sometimes.
If you are a regular visitor to someone’s website or blog, please let them know you are out there, that you are hearing them. Your ‘comments’ will be like water on dry ground.Day 16: Spend 10 minutes alone sending
forgiveness to every person you are mad at or who has hurt