Sunday, January 14, 2018

Are you up for the challenge?

Clutter....clutter....clutter! Do you have it in your life? In your mind? In your house?  I have come to loathe the word itself.  Mostly because I realize it is so tied to my spirit and mental attitude towards life.  I firmly believe that physical clutter increases the mental and emotional clutter we have in our lives.  During these first couple of weeks of 2018 I have done a lot of reading and spent time looking around my world for the ways it is is tripping me up. 

According to Psychology Today:

  1. Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren't necessary or important.
  2. Clutter distracts us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be on.
  3. Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
  4. Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done.
  5. Clutter makes us anxious because we're never sure what it's going to take to get through to the bottom of the pile.
  6. Clutter creates feelings of guilt ("I should be more organized") and embarrassment, especially when others unexpectedly drop by our homes or work spaces.
  7. Clutter inhibits creativity and productivity by invading the open spaces that allow most people to think, brain storm, and problem solve.
  8. Clutter frustrates us by preventing us from locating what we need quickly (e.g. files and paperwork lost in the "pile" or keys swallowed up by the clutter). 
I have always had a sentimental side, which helped me keep every piece of artwork my children made, and hold on to things that I thought would mean something one day. As my life has changed over the last few years, I have had to look at many things that I thought would surely have been family heirlooms and realize that they are now just clutter in the scheme of my journey.  It definitely feels funny to think of ridding myself of items that seemed to mean so much to me at one time. Although, I have been doing that little by little over the last few years, I am making 2018 the year to clean out and clear out.  It will help me in so many ways! So I am picking up the Declutter 2018 Challenge!  Rachel Jones over at Nourishing Minialism has a great Declutter Challenge and I hope you will join me on this journey...not just about getting rid of extra "junk" around the house but also extra "junk' around our hearts and minds!
Join Rachel and declutter 2018 things in 2018!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Not loving this weather...

This is going to sound very petty, and to those of you who live in this for several months out of the year I apologize, but I am so sick of this weather.  It isn't the snow I dislike but the extreme cold.  When we aren't even hitting 32  degrees for days on end, it is getting old.  I live in the SOUTH for a reason....and this is not it.  Not only is is crazy cold but we have moved from the pretty snow to the ugly dirty icy mess.  Not. Loving . It. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome 2018!

Today marks the beginning of a bright New Year!  I have been looking forward to today; not for some particular reason, but I just placed it as a marker for myself...kind of jumping off place.  I have goals (not resolutions!) that I will be pursuing and one of them is finding my voice, on my blog.  Blogging used to be a great joy and release for me, but I let myself lose focus, direction and the muse just seemed to disappear. 

This year I hope to find my voice, remembering the why I started to blog in the first place and what I enjoyed sharing.  I want peace and quiet joy in my world and I hope to be able to translate that here. Also, I intend to find my way back to things I truly love...home, hearth, fashion, make-up and, of course, laughter. 

I am declaring the color of 2018 as sparkle (who needs just one color if the one you love sparkles?)
 Sparkle in 2018!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Christmas Eve 2017!

Happy Christmas Eve!!!!  I hope you find joy and peace on this day and 
carry it with you forward into the New Year.  

 For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government is upon his shoulders, and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 

Sunday, December 10, 2017


My prayer for today.  Though, I fail and fall again and again....I still have hope in Him.  
Seeking Hope.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas is coming! Are you ready?

Now that we are officially into December, I thought I would pop in and check on how everyone is doing with Christmas preparations?  Me? Getting there....s-l-o-w-l-y.  I am taking this weekend off from homework and using the time for cleaning house and decorating.  We put up our main tree today and hopefully tomorrow can get the outside done (fingers crossed!)  Of course,  I don't do nearly as much decorating as I did in the past, mostly from a lack of time but some from a lack of help in some of the harder to do decorating.  Either way, this year we are again revamping our holiday traditions as it seems change never seems to stop.  

Last night my youngest son, his girlfriend and I enjoyed our town's tree lighting ceremony, complete with Christmas music, beautifully decorated storefronts, and even a Christmas Sweater Contest (my son entered!)  There was snow...yes, snow magically fell from the sky, even with the temperatures in the 60s!  Maybe Santa had something to do with that?  

It did put us in the mood for putting up our tree and beginning to decorate.  So today we decorated and baked cookies and had a relaxed day (very much needed!) But, like everyone else, I have wondered what goodies you may have found that you love for gifting this year or you might want to receive?  Of course, I love jewelry and as I have gotten "more mature" I find I like my jewelry to have some sentimental value.  A day doesn't go by when I don't wear something that connects to my children.  It just makes me feel closer to them.  Along those lines I have seen these beautiful circle necklaces lately and just think they would make a great couples gift or family gift.  

I love these!  Wouldn't they be the perfect, meaningful gift for someone on your Christmas list? 
 Find them here: My Name Necklace

By the way, this is not an affiliated post, I truly just wanted to share something I thought was unique and help you out with those hard to buy for people on your shopping list!  Happy Shopping....and remember this season is about more than gifts!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Revamping my thankful tradition on the blog.

After I wrote my first "thankful" post of the year, I decided that this is the year to stop that tradition.  No, I don't mean I don't want to be thankful but I am not going to log in on the blog as I have for the last many years.  Truth be told...I don't have much time to do that as I am lucky to post once a week.  I am also in a place where I am thankful for every last thing...but my heart isn't into sharing right now. My heart and life in general, is very pulled in close right now so sharing is not coming easily.  I still encourage you to share what your are thankful for this year.