Monday, September 24, 2012

Mamavation Monday: Baby Steps Work!

I was going to post something super educational as my picture for this week...right up until I saw this. It makes me wonder if this is a serious issue around this country. Do people randomly urinate and deficate in public so much that we need signs? Or is this like hot McDonalds coffee and it was just this one person, this one time? Granted, a couple of summers ago, I had to ask my neighbor to ask their friend to stop peeing on the side of their house (the back door was mere feet away, I kid you not) because I was getting tired of looking out the window and seeing it. I guess you just never know, huh?

Anyway, enough about public toileting and on to something far more fun and least for me! Remember how we talked about baby steps last week and I showed you the before picture of my weekly project? I have an after picture! I warn you that it kind of sucks because my camera batteries died and I had to use my phone, but it's a picture! Ready? Here goes....

Ta da! It actually looks even better now. The clear space under holds my potting soil bucket, the lawnmower gas can and the shop vac. All super accessible and not buried under mounds of stuff! I've had people coming out from Freecycle for the past few days and things are finding new homes. And you know what? It feels good! It feels good to be shedding physical weight from this home. It feels good to watch the garbage go and the things left behind are only things we love and use.

Similarly, I know it's going to be a great feeling when I start shedding the food garbage from this house and start bringing in only what my body needs and loves. It's going to feel great when my body starts shedding the unneeded and unwanted garbage (weight) from itself. Just like it took baby steps to create that happy space in my barn/garage, it's going to take baby steps to get healthy. It's ok because I can do it!

My next project is to get my kitchen back in useable order. Each day this week, I'll take baby steps to get it functional and beautiful. Before we know it, it's going to be another happy space that makes us smile to walk into it!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mamavation Monday: Baby Steps

Most of you know that I've been a bit out of the look for the past..well year or so. Life handed me some rougher times and my focus was on surviving those. If you've been reading here, you might have seen or maybe sensed that I'm coming out of the darker times and back into the light. I'm not rushing in but taking baby steps to get back to where I left off.

One of those baby steps is my home. I learned a long time ago that when my home is in chaos, more often than not so is my brain and my life. If you asked me right now about working out, I would probably snort, look around and ask where? That's right. There isn't a single spot in my home right now where I could work out. It's messy. It's overflowing and it's chaotic...and that's ok.

Yep, I said that's ok. Now, before you shake your head and think that I've finally gone off the deep end, let me explain. Just like the extra weight that I carry, my house didn't get like this overnight. So, just like I'm babystepping my way back into healthier habits, I'm babystepping my way around the house. Right now, I'm taking this :

and working on turning it into something more like this:

My thanks to for this picture!
Clearly this is a project that has a whole lot of babysteps! It's ok because I can do it. I'll start by making sure that I have a full bottle of water to go outside with me because that's the healthy babystep that I'm working on! 

~When life seems like everything is piling on, just remember that all of those things can also be removed again. Don't give up, just take it one piece at a time. ~

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mamavation Monday: Procrastination

We all know that putting things off only hurts ourselves in the end. Let's face it, it doesn't matter how good we get at independent study, it really just cannot replace a good round of homework with the right person. Doing something, be it getting in a good workout, eating right or even completing a project can be the same way. There's a natural high that comes with finishing something. Plus, if it's a workout that you just finished, you may also be sweaty and glowing just like a good round of homework.

So, instead of putting things off and in the end only falling further and further behind, let's jump right into life and get things done. In the end, we'll only feel better for it!

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