Friday’s Fave Five October 27, 2017

I am going on vacation on Sunday. With packing, finishing up things at work, decluttering, writing my decluttering and #wWrite31Days posts and dealing with asthma/allergies, I thought I didn’t have time to write my weekly 5 Blessings post. I am glad I rethought that idea and put this together. To join us for Susanne’s Friday’s Fave Five, go here.

ONE. I finished my series of 43 gratitude prompts. Go here to see why I was grateful for this writing endeavor. I am going on vacation and won’t be back until mid-November. So I decided to do my gratitude project early.

These are the boxes I collected for this year. As you can tell, I LOVE this ministry.

TWO. Operation Christmas Child Boxes. Since I am going on vacation on Sunday and coming back after our church collects the boxes, my OCC sewing group met to finish up odds-and-ends for the boxes. We also made sure the boxes were FULL and put the rubber bands and labels in the correct spot. Our OCC group made enough items and our church collected enough items to fill 47 boxes. This is even before individual church members fill up their own boxes.

THREE. Last movie of the year. Every 5th Tuesday (which happens 4 times a year), the senior group from church watches one of Pastor Mike’s favourite movies. This past Tuesday 20 of us watched Breaking Away. While the language is naughty, there are some worthwhile themes to ponder. We also laughed, chatted and ate some tasty snacks together. We had our movie on the 4th Tuesday because of scheduling conflicts.

FOUR. Decluttering. I have stayed true to my 31 minutes a day of decluttering. I am actually seeing progress. Now I am getting down to the hardest layer to declutter: Christmas items, books and art/crafts supplies. Since I am going on vacation, I will finish up my decluttering series for #Write31Days in mid-November. I can’t write them ahead, because I need to declutter for each post, too.

FIVE. Unexpected time with family. I have been advertising on my Facebook page what our OCC group is collecting and making for this year’s boxes. Two folks not associated with my church contacted me and donated items. One lady is my precious niece, Jennifer. We haven’t seen each other in a year. So we met up at Chick-Fil-A, made the handoff and the five of us had linner together. She is a patient, happy mommy and has a caring, generous heart.

Your Turn . . . Share what tops your gratitude chart for this week.

WHAT I WROTE LAST WEEK . . . 

#Write31Days Series

43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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MORE vs less: There is No Perfect Moment to Begin

Day 25 – There is no perfect moment to begin. Sometimes you have to “trick” yourself into starting.

Sometimes I feel motivated to declutter and lots of times I don’t. And when I don’t, I seem to be waiting for SOMETHING to push me into the right set of circumstances that will get me to WANT to get to work.

But I am learning that there is no perfect moment to begin.

I just could not get into the decluttering mood tonight. I came home and had a little nap. And woke up feeling I was just going to forget tonight’s 31 minutes. Oh, yes, I was.

Then I thought, “Just see what’s on the closet floor. Maybe you can put a few more things in the recycling pile.”

Well more than an hour later I had sorted everything on my side of the closet. I would still like to declutter more, but I am very HAPPY with tonight’s session.

There was no perfect moment to begin.

  • The clutter fairy didn’t sprinkle motivation dust on my head.
  • After my nap, I still didn’t feel like working.
  • Every time I checked the closet, it was still messy.
  • No one was going to do this for me.
  • My circumstances didn’t change.

But I did change my thoughts. I prodded myself with the sentence, “Just see what’s on the floor.”

Once I put all the stuff on my bed*, I KNEW I could do some decluttering. In fact, it was kind of fun seeing what was there. And it was fun seeing what I could get OUT of the closet.

*I put the stuff on my bed because bending over a lot hurts my back. And getting up and down from the floor is hard on my body, too.

Day 25 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = I worked in my closet about 90 minutes. I am not done in there but it sure looks pretty good. I am encouraged by the work I did. I stopped because I want to do my laundry and see if I can donate any more clothes.

Your Turn . . . How is your closet? . . . How do you get yourself into a decluttering mode when you are not in one?

Go here for the landing page with all the posts for MORE vs less: 31 Days of Decluttering. #write31days  . . . I am joining 100’s of bloggers who are determined to write every day in October on one topic. To read more about #Write31Days, go here.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less. If you’d like, you can join our private Facebook group that is encouraging one another in this task.

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Grateful 43 – Things From This Series

Day 43 – Things From This Series

Today is my last day of responding to gratitude prompts. This has been a meaningful practice. If you joined along, I hope you found it meaningful as well. Please be sure to tell us about your experience with these prompts.

I am grateful for these three things from this series.

ONE. It is easy to complain. It is hard to be grateful. This gratitude practice MADE me think about WHY I was grateful for things. It was easy to come up with 2 reasons why. I had to really think HARD for many items to find my 3rd why. This practice helped me to focus (more) on my surroundings. And it helped me to pinpoint why these surroundings should be appreciated. It helped kill my negativity buzz.

TWO. I am more grateful now than when I started. I turned this into a game, frequently looking around me and answering the question, “What are 3 reasons I am grateful “this” item”? This game and the hard thinking about why, helped me appreciate things, people, and events more. I stopped taking things for granted. This post explains why We Cannot Be Grateful Without Being Thoughtful.

THREE. I did it! For 43 days I shared why I was grateful 4 3-things about a person, event, or thing. I stuck out this challenge. I am glad that I will be going into the Holiday season with my gratitude tank overflowing. With my gratitude attitude in place, I will be able to better focus on people and their needs and on the Reason for the Season.

Your Turn . . . How is your gratitude tank? If it is low, what can you do to increase your appreciation for people, events, and things around you?

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE?  Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL.

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Grateful 43 – Things That Will Happen Soon

Day 42 – Things That Will Happen Soon

Looking forward to things is a HUGE activity I like to do. So it is with great pleasure that I share the answer to this gratitude prompt: I am grateful about 3 things that will happen soon.

ONE. Vacation. I am going on a unique vacation: a cruise. This is the first cruise I’ll have been on  I’ll leave in four days and come back mid November. I look forward to telling y’all why I am grateful for this vacation.

TWO. Another grandchild. Children are a blessing. And I think that grandchildren are a double blessing. In late March there will be a brand new baby in our family.

THREE. Sundays. I look forward to every Sunday; yes, every Sunday. A small reason is because I usually get a nap. The BIG reason, though, is because I get to worship GOD with my church FAMILY.

Your Turn . . . What are you looking forward to?

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE?  Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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MORE vs Less: Decluttering Doesn’t Have To Be Linear; You Can Zigzag

Day 23 – I am a zigzag declutterer. I am okay with that.

I am a decluttering rebel.

The decluttering books I’ve read say to do one room or area at a time. And once you are done, THEN move on to a different area. That doesn’t work for me. I lose all motivation if I stay in the same area too long.

So far in this 23 day journey, I have not worked more than 2 days in a row in the same area. And yet I am seeing places decluttered.

So I say, know what motivates you. Set YOUR rules up in advance.

My rules . . .

  • Set the timer for 31 minutes. When it goes off, I stop. Although a few times I have worked longer.
  • I don’t have a set plan for what gets decluttered when. Well, I did plan to declutter my porch last week because it was supposed to rain. It DID rain and I DID declutter in time.

I have been all over the place from bathroom to art supplies to porch to digital clutter and so on. I don’t see huge improvement – yet. And I probably would’ve seen more improvement if I stayed in one room and finished that one room.

  • But I am still motivated every day – yes every day.
  • I am getting stuff moved OUT of my house.
  • I own LESS that when I started on October 1st.
  • I am sensing a change in the relationship between me and my stuff. I am feeling less connection to things; the “my” in “my stuff” is weaker. Does that make sense?
  • My decluttering plan does not have to be linear, going from one completed area to another, in order for me to be successful.

Your Turn . . .  What are your rules? . . . Are you a linear or zigzag declutterer?

Day 23 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = One container of miscellanies stuff – mainly paper memories from my 4th/5th grade. I don’t need to keep report cards and pictures/cards I made for my mom. It is sweet that she kept these items, but in the trash they went. I am feeling fatigued because of going through all these paper memories. Does that happen to you, too?

Go here for the landing page with all the posts for MORE vs less: 31 Days of Decluttering. #write31days  . . . I am joining 100’s of bloggers who are determined to write every day in October on one topic. To read more about #Write31Days, go here.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less. If you’d like, you can join our private Facebook group that is encouraging one another in this task.

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MORE vs less: Grateful 4 3 Reasons about Decluttering

Day 24 – How does being grateful impact your decluttering?

I have been on a dedicated decluttering journey for 24 days now. It’s long enough to see how decluttering is impacting my life. In fact I am grateful 4 3 things about decluttering.

ONE. Living a decluttered life shows me I have enough for today. I can see why the Bible says to live for today. When I keep (lots of extra) things for “just in case,” I am living in fear or guilt.

  • Fearful that if I don’t save this, I will need it and not be able to get it when I need/want it.
  • Guilt because I paid good money for it and I HAVE to use it up or else I wasted money.

I can peacefully live in the now with the knowledge that I have enough for today.

TWO. Living a decluttered life helps me become pickier with what’s in my space. And as I become more and more decluttered, I am becoming more and more “in like” with the things I do have. I am narrowing down my possessions to what’s most useful, needed, and beautiful.

THREE. As I become more and more decluttered, it is more about de-owning than decluttering. Possessions no longer own me like they used to. Things go back to being things that have a use instead of being something that fills a void or communicates a burdensome memory-emotion.

Your Turn . . . Why are you grateful 4 your decluttering journey?

Day 24 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = One tub of stuff – miscellaneous papers and office supplies. I love office supplies! In this post I wrote 3 Reasons I Am Grateful For Office Supplies. But there are only so many staples, notebooks, dice (???), post-it notes, binder & paper clips a gal can use in one lifetime. It is now all DECLUTTERED.

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Go here for the landing page with all the posts for MORE vs less: 31 Days of Decluttering. #write31days  . . . I am joining 100’s of bloggers who are determined to write every day in October on one topic. To read more about #Write31Days, go here.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less. If you’d like, you can join our private Facebook group that is encouraging one another in this task.

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Grateful 43 – Things about My Daughter-in-Law

Day 41 – Things about My Daughter-in-Law

Part of the wonderful thing about having grandchildren, is that they come with parents. My son and his wife (my daughter-in-law) are awesome parents. They are thoughtful, playful, consistent, and dedicated to each other and their girls. I am blessed to have Daniella as a daughter-in-law.

I am grateful for three things about my daughter-in-law.

ONE. Parenting style. Daniella is a wonderful mother to two (soon three) children.

  • She patiently and consistently guides them.
  • Daniella researches answers when unsure of what to do.
  • She genuinely enjoys spending time with her kiddos.
  • She ensures that I get time with them.

As a result, my granddaughters are a pleasure to be around. And we are getting to know each other.

TWO. Self-Care. Daniella is smart and capable. She does things that improve her life as a woman, mom, and wife. She is a great role-model for her daughters.

THREE. Hospitable. Daniella is open to having an open home to family and friends. We can come for the day or stay longer. She is kind and welcoming. It is a pleasure to be in her home.

Your Turn . . . Do you have a DIL? If yes, why are you grateful for her? … If you are a DIL, do you feel that your MIL appreciates you? Why do you believe this?

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE?  Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

Related Post . . . I am grateful for three things about my children.

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