Wednesday, April 29, 2009
For me it's my weight. I need to lose 20 lbs, and I just can't seem to find my mo-jo to stay consistent with both my diet and exercise. Yesterday I wasn't motivated to go to the gym, but I really wanted to walk Riley and take Mason to the school to play. I did both of those things AND I took a towel and an exercise band. I worked out while Mason played. I did chair dips from the bench on the picnic table, I did crunches, push-ups, and multiple exercises using the band. I finished up by running two laps around the school with Riley and Mason joined me on his scooter. We all walked home and each of us got to do what we wanted.
Look around you and find one thing you can do to get the wheels turning on improving your life. If conditions are already perfect, than find something that just makes you happy and start doing it!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Pantry After- Ahhh, such a sigh of relief and relaxation. I did the other side, too, but don't want to bore you with TOO many pics! Almost done with upstairs!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Your carefully crafted plans bring value only when you put them into action. The best of intentions are useful only when you follow through on them.
During the course of the day, many thoughts cross your mind. Yet just as easily and quickly as those thoughts come, they recede, so it's crucial to begin acting on the best ones right away.
Before a valuable and meaningful intention gets pushed out of your mind by another thought, do something about it. Set the process irrevocably in motion and begin to bring that intention to life.
When you think of doing something, there's a reason why you have that thought. Listen to what the thought is suggesting, and take action immediately.
Don't let the idea or the intention or the vision slip away. Take action and make it real.
Ralph Marston from The Daily Motivator
with permission http://www.greatday.com
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Friday, April 24, 2009
In 2001, Oprah Winfrey announced that she was going to visit four to six select cities in America as part of her “Live Your Best Life” campaign. Anyone who is a fan of Oprah knows that getting free tickets to see her show is not an easy thing to do, but buying a ticket to this event could prove to be a little easier. Either way, I decided I was going to be at her appearance in San Francisco.
My plan was to call as soon as tickets went on sale, but that proved to be fruitless. The line to the ticket vendor was busy, busy, busy, for over a full hour. I decided to change my strategy, and a few days later, I called the ticket vendor, Ticketmaster, and asked to buy a ticket. I was told by a female employee that the event was sold out. I asked it there was a waiting list, in case more seats became available, and the woman said no; I then asked if she would make one and start it with me. She said she didn’t think she could. With a smile, I asked if I could speak with a supervisor or someone who could create such a list. She put me on hold and when she came back on the line, she agreed to take my name and number and call me if more tickets came available. I thanked her and told her I would be anxiously waiting to hear back.
A few weeks later, Ticketmaster called. A surge of excitement ran through my body as I thought about getting my ticket. The woman calling asked for me, but was calling to sell me a ticket to another event. No, I wanted the Oprah ticket. She couldn’t explain the mix up, but I told her it was okay and that I would be available when she called back with my Oprah ticket.
Finally, the call came; Ticketmaster had two tickets for Oprah. At a ticket price of $185 per seat, I could barely afford one. The woman said she could only sell the tickets to me in pairs. I held my ground and politely insisted she sell me just one ticket. Finally, she said there was a seat, but that it might have a partially-obstructed view. I didn’t hesitate; I somehow knew it would be fine and bought my ticket.
The day of the event was amazing. Seeing Oprah in person was a truly emotional experience. Her presence was like no one else I have ever met. When she came out and said hello, one of the first things she did was congratulate us for “intending” to be there. “Each and every one of you intended to be here today. However you did it, it was not easy and you are here simply because you intended to be here.” Yes! She was exactly right.
Oh, and about that seat with the possibility of an obstructed view… it was on the balcony, an aisle seat right in the center of the theatre, and quite possibly the best seat in the house.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I'm one of those people who didn't realize it had a name, it's just the way I've always lived my life. I determine what I want and as soon as that happens, I already see my life in this light. I take the steps to get me there, and before I know it, whatever the goal was, has manifested itself into reality. Are you like me? If you are, I want to know!
I’m looking for stories of people who have used the law of attraction to create their life. The heart of the subject is taking action, not just the seeing the life you want and use of vision boards, but the actual intention used, and the steps you took to create the life, love, career… fill in the blank, that you’re living today.
I’m really looking for people having already succeeded, or closer to success than just beginning their journey. All subjects wanted! Business, Entrepreneurs, Family, Life, Career, Education. How did you create your dream? Give me your step-by-step process.
I'll tell your stories here first, and then it's my intention to compile them into the next great anthology series of books.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I love this time of year and I thoroughly enjoy that every moment is so unpredictable. Most people like a plan, they like to know what to expect, and I suppose in some respects, I do too.
In this case, I like that what's just around the corner may be completely different than what's happening right now. Maybe it's because I'm older and feel better equipped to deal with what comes my way, or even more so, that I know I can't change it anyway, so I might as well enjoy the moment. For better - like the spring thunderstorm that created a romantic light show and a cuddle-up environment, and for worse, the ninety-one degree heat that melted my favorite lipstick that I left in the car. Oh well, it's just another day in the life...a wonderful day in an intentional life!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
For Day thirty, let me share with you what I found. In cleaning and decluttering our home, I found what I'm sure many of you would find as well. I had multiples of so many things. The list as it stands today is as follows:
- 7 Pop-up timers for a turkey (they come in two packs, I only use one)
- 6 Corkscrews (go on vacation and need one, it ends up in the drawer when you get home)
- 5 Mach III razor handles (it's cheaper to buy the new set than it is to buy refills)
- 3 Quattro razor handles (same note as above, but likely had a coupon)
- 5 bottles of nail polish remover (I know I bought 1 on vacation, ?? about the other 4)
- 7 brand new tubes of mascara
- 3 sets of fake eyelashes
- 8 bottles (worth keeping) of sunscreen
- Too much "extra" makeup to list. I only kept what I know I will use.
- 3 Toby Keith CD's - all 3 the same title, can explain 2, ??? about #3.
It became very apparent to me that we buy what we need when we need it even when we already have it. It only stands to reason that we don't keep what we're not using when in fact, it's using us. Clutter uses our emotions, our attention, our memory, and our physical space.
I'll post one last time when I'm done. I'll recap what I think is important and would love to know what you think of my realizations. I'll also show you a picture of all the accumulated clutter before it goes away for good. If you want to follow the rest of the journey, you can join the group "Give Away Ten A Day" on facebook. Here's that link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=58323423842&ref=ts
Have a great day and thanks for taking this journey with me!
Monday, April 20, 2009
See below the before and after pics of the laundry area!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Today I finished the guest bedroom. It was a big job but when it was done, the payoff has been so much more than I ever could have expected. When I finished my work for the day, I was walking through our home feeling like it had more space. The hallways seemed bigger, the space felt (feels) lighter & brighter, and things just feel crystal clear! It's as if you are physically weighted down by the things you posses even when it's all stuffed under beds, in closets, and drawers. As much as I would like to go on and on about how good this feels, I simply can't articulate how wonderful it feels to let go of excess stuff.
The list is so much longer than 10 items, so I'm not going to make a formal list. Just scroll down and take a gander at what this room yielded in terms of getting the lead out! Happy Sunday!
In progress, it gets worse before it gets better!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
- Melon colored suit I bought at a thrift store and never wore. Still has the price tag on it.
- Sully costume Mason never wore.
- Chore chart that was a gift with purchase.
- Plastic cauldron.
- Red basket I received as a gift.
- Blue boa/scarf.
- 80's CD.
- Fairy statue
- Christmas gift boxes
- Big box of excess and unused make-up.5 tubes of used lip balm.
- Rodeo coral w/bull and horses
- No Diet and Exercise book
- 15 picture frames
- Mary Engelbreit print
- 5 window panels
- 3 pair REI pants
- 1 pair Rockies jeans
- 1 pair boys jeans
- 1 mosquito net for over a bed
- 2 Real Estate books
- Misc. stuff filling the cauldron - a belt buckle, silk flowers, and more!
- Oprah's Live Your Best Life book - Sorry Oprah!
Friday, April 17, 2009
I'm in the depths of the project right now and it feels worse than it did when I started. It must be because everything has been pulled out, sorted, piled, bagged or boxed and now needs to go...somewhere, anywhere, it just can't stay here.
Some good news is that there has not been a single thing that I've thought twice about, or been tempted to go back and save. Honestly, I can't remember much of what I've let go. What does that tell you? Exactly!
The things I'm choosing to keep are several nice luggage tags, a collectible Disney mug, a pair of gloves, and several nice writing implements.
The rest of the junk, a sun glass case, several old hair ties, two Brighton tins, five postcards, an ear piece for a cell phone I don't have anymore, and three cassette tapes. These are the thing that make up today's list of things to give away. That's fourteen things that I say, "Bye-bye!" to.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
This is a big job and I'm not even close to finished. I'll post a before and after pic when I'm done but for today, here's a picture of the stuff that came out of the the closet so far! I told you I had to do more than 10 each day or I'd be doing this forever! I'm really ready to be living a clutter-free, simple life. I'm one day closer!
Here's a partial list of all that went today:
- 72 books
- 2 Pairs of snow boots
- 1 Scrap booking travel bag
- 2 Rolls of Christmas cellophane
- Oodles of glitter
- 1 "learn to crochet" kit
- Many squares of felt
- 12 CD's
- 1 Hoodie
- 1 Russian-like fur hat with matching gloves
- Additionally, 10 Mortgage Planning DVD's, 1 Learn the language of Exotic Dancing DVD - (I didn't), Many tubes of fabric paint, and a deck of cards of "52 fun things to do in San Francisco."
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I have stuff that I need to give to specific people, so it sits on a table waiting for me to package and mail it. You might be wondering why I feel the need to give things to specific people instead of donating them to charity. It's not many things, but as an example, I dated a man for 5 years back in the late 80's-early 90's. He has a daughter who I'm still close to. When his grandmother died, I was given a lovely crystal serving dish. His daughter is now in her 20's and I want to give her this dish.
SO, I feel like I'm getting rid of stuff at breakneck speed, and I'm still surrounded by clutter! I'm not quitting! Today I bought some new t-shirts from Old Navy, seven of them to be exact. As soon as I got home, I went through my t-shirt drawer and got rid of 10 shirts! I'm already implementing my "bring one in, one has to go out" policy.
- 3 shirts (didn't count the seven I exchanged)
- 10 CD's
- 4 magazines
- Dinosaur toy
- Mini soccer net
- Extra car booster seat
- Large box of Christmas flowers
- Small picnic cooler
- 3 Coffee mugs
- Lg bottle of poor quality body lotion
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Decisions in my bathroom cabinet are easy. I don't find that I get to the cabinet and ask myself what I'm there for. All this time I thought I was premenopausal and my memory was the first to go! It turns out I just couldn't think clearly through all the clutter! I may still be premenopausal, but at least I'll know when my memory is really going because I won't have all this stuff distracting me.
As I sit here writing, I see a purple box on one of the shelves in my closet. I recently went through it and decided I needed to keep what's there. I haven't been in that box since I deemed it "clean and necessary." I suspect if I just take it to the pile of stuff to donate, I won't even miss what's there. I can't tell you what's in it without looking. How important can it be? I'll let you know tomorrow what I ended up doing with it. I bet you already know the answer!
Here's today's list:
- 12 cups from Poobah's past.
- 7 bags of cookie cutters
- 1 Dog gate for the back of your car (for sale)
- 1 Motorcycle helmet (sold)
- 1 pair motorcycle gloves (sold)
- 1 Insert style dog door (sold)
- 1 Adult Western saddle (sold)
- 1 Pony saddle (sold)
- 3 Egyptian rugs (for sale)
- 1 Box full of miscellaneous tack (for sale)
Monday, April 13, 2009
Additionally today, I have some Christmas excess, and craft stuff that I said good-bye to. See pics below.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
- Tub of putty my therapist gave me to rehab my finger.
- Piece of junk mail that made it's way into the house.
- Coupons I thought I "might" use. If it's not "going" to use, it's gone!
- Pen the only writes sometimes.
- Bendy straw I kept for Mason.
- Extra pull chain for ceiling fan.
- Costco magazine I keep meaning to thumb through.
- Plastic ware for Mason's lunch - going green and using the real stuff.
- Old collar I kept 'cause it was Riley's as a puppy.
- Extra envelopes I don't need.
Today, Dave and I are working on the garage. That project will not produce just 10 a day...many more! If we only did 10 each day, we'd be in this project forever! We're gonna have some long lists in the coming week. For today, have a very happy Easter!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Here's the list for today:
1 Stuffed bunny Easter basket
1 large plastic egg
1 Easter banner
4 stuffed bunnies (there's 5 in the box, but Mason gets to keep 1)
1 boy Easter prize
1 bag plastic eggs
1 Easter purse
1 plastic egg bucket
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Today I tackled the main cabinet and a narrow shelf-space in my bathroom behind the door. Because the one space is behind the door, it's out of sight-out of mind. Today it is organized, orderly, and functional! Way more than ten items went, but I'll list the top ten. You can also see pics below.
- 1/2 large bottle of low quality conditioner
- Dusting mitt
- Body washing puff
- Back washing puff-long
- Cosmetics bag
- Blue mascara
- Lip balm
- Back-up hair dryer I've never used
- Hot rollers
- And the hardest to part with, The Toilet Monster, practical joke.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I'm planning to continue decluttering until I feel good about the space we live in. However long that takes. The good news for you is that I'll only keep up the log here at Intentional Winning until the end of the month. So you can see when I reach my goal, I'll do an update and a "I'm finished" entry. In the meantime, I'll toss in some interesting things that will help you win a few more in your day to day life. Things like this handy little resource:
Tired of not knowing how to reach a live person? Here's how to skip the guesswork, courtesy of http://www.gethuman.com/ as printed in Real Simple Magazine.
How to get a human on the line:
Amazon.com: 800-201-7575 Don't press or say anything.
American Express: 800-528-4800 Press 0 at prompts, ignore messages.
Apple: 800-275-2273 Press 0 at prompts, ignore messages.
Bank of America: 877-231-9372 This number goes directly to an operator.
Capital One: 800-548-4593 Press 0
Citibank: 800-756-7047 Press 0# at each prompt, ignore messages.
Dell Tech Support: 800-624-9896 Press 3, then say "agent" at each additional prompt, ignoring messages.
Dish Network: 800-333-3474 Press 0 at each prompt, ignoring messages.
Equifax: 866-640-2273 Press 3 at each prompt, ignoring messages.
FedEx: 800-463-3339 Say "representative" at each prompt, ignoring messages.
Hewlett-Packard: 800-474-6836 Say "agent" at each prompt, ignoring messages.
Macy's Credit: 800-280-4356 Press 9, then press 0 at each prompt thereafter, ignoring messages.
Mastercard: 800-622-7747 Press 000 at each prompt, ignoring messages.
Netflix: 888-638-3549 Press 0 at each prompt.
Nordstrom: 888-282-6060 This number goes directly to an operator.
Overstock.com: 800-843-2446 Press 0 at each prompt, ignoring messages.
Petco: 888-824-7257 Don't press or say anything.
Target Online: 800-591-3869 Don't press or say anything. Ignore messages.
Visa: 800-847-2911 Press 0 at each prompt, ignoring messages.
Wachovia: 800-922-4684 Press 00 at each prompt, ignoring messages.
Wal-Mart.com: 800-966-6546 Press 5 to speak to a customer service rep.
White House: 202-456-1414 This number goes directly to an operator.
Left side drawer - After
Monday, April 6, 2009
When he was done, these were the pictures from years gone by that were duplicates, poor quality, and envelopes they came in.
Today is Dave's day. He spend most of last night sorting through a VERY big box of old pictures. Not shoe box size, more like 12X12X16, pretty big for old pictures. He went through them one by one and down sized to less than a shoe box. Bravo Dave!
We're going to list the ten today by the years past that he sorted through, shared with me, reminisced about, and finally sorted to go into an album. It was really fun learning about him. Especially the pic of him and Lori Adam! Laughing! All this without any prompting from me!
I spend yesterday starting on the garage. I cleaned all four saddles that will be going in the coming weeks. For now, here are the years that we covered in Dave's stories of days gone by.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I noticed something the other day that had slipped off my radar. When I noticed it again, a light bulb went off and reminded me how important the "action" step is when the law of attraction goes to work. A year ago I made a vision board. It hangs in my bedroom where I see it each day, multiple times. As I lay here a day or so ago, I noticed the big square in the right hand corner. It reads very simply. "Order in the House" and it was the very first thing I put on the board. I also remember Dave laughing when he saw that. He said, "Now that's a good one! Likely impossible, but a good one." I'm feeling like it's completely possible to declutter and maintain order. I can. I will!
Finally, let me say one more time how easy it's getting to let go. I can barley remember a handful of the things I've already parted with and I am feeling so much better having organization. Also, I've lost five pounds since I started this project! Julie may have been on to something with the letting go of stuff could have something to do with letting go of other weights and measures of who and what we are. These are just a few of my most profound realizations. There really have been light bulbs going off all around me as I simplify and declutter!
My list for today will be added after I take Mason to the Easter egg hunt this morning.
- Plaid shirt
- Plaid shirt
- Plaid shirt
- Plaid shirt
- Hawaiian shirt
- Dress pants
- Jean shorts
- Khaki shorts
- Swim shorts
- Swim shorts
Saturday, April 4, 2009
This is the contents of just one cabinet.
We thoroughly cleaned each drawer and cabinet, including the top of the refrigerator!