Wednesday, August 26, 2015

3 of 52 Weeks of Living Full!!

Hi all!
  
  Into week two of Living Full, and I'm getting better each week at reaching some of my goals!  I'm on vacation this week, so the cleaning schedule has not been followed exactly, but basic things are being kept up which is just fine with me.  We have definitely done more things outside this week!  We cleaned up the boat, and ventured out on the ATV in the 3500 acres of hunting land that is a stone's throw from our driveway.  Well, not literally a stone's throw, but we could easily walk to it if we wanted to. ;)  TV has hardly been on at all the past few days.  It is amazing what you can do in a day when it's not wasted away on mindless tv watching!  Even though we are on vacation, we have opted to not sleep in too late and have been out and about.  We are gathering gear for the hunting season quickly approaching and are looking forward to setting up our new camera for capturing photos of the wildlife nearby this week.  We recently saw an unbelievable picture of a large black bear captured on one of our neighbors camera.  As I mentioned previously…we live in a neighborhood with manicured yards, and kids riding bikes in the cul de sac, and it's amazing to think we have so much wildlife surrounding us that we have barely noticed due to our face paced lives!

  I have also had a chance to crochet some more dishcloths like these for the prize bucket at work……


  Well, off to enjoying the rest of our vacation.  I want to soak up as much family time as I can!  See you next week.

Be sure to join in on the link up that I shared my post on here….

Raising Homemakers

Happy Living Full!
Jennifer

Thursday, August 20, 2015

2 of 52 Weeks of Living Full!



Good Morning all!

  Week one down, and I was successful at checking off a couple of things on my original goal list. I pulled out my journal and jotted down a new Flylady schedule for myself that I think will be much more realistic with my current work schedule. You can see my original post in that series here.

Here's my new plan…subject to change as necessary…(tweaked even further before putting in this blog)


Daily (Sunday's will be beds, kitchen, Hot spots only)
~Make bed
~Clean/Maintain clean kitchen
~What's for Dinner?
~15 minutes tackling any Hot Spots
~15 minutes of Zone cleaning
~15 minutes of Decluttering
~Swish & Swipe
~1 Load of Laundry

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
~Vacuum
~1 Hour Home Blessing (Wednesday Only)
A home blessing will consist of: sweep/mop, clean mirrors, clean purse, any Zone or Decluttering that can fit into the remaining time left in the hour

Tuesday, Thursday
~Dust
~empty garbage (Tuesday)

  I think these cleaning goals will be much more manageable.  My house will stay in good condition, company ready in 15 minutes or less, which makes me very happy. :)  Having my home in much better order will allow me to do things I love guilt free.  Like this great free crochet pattern I stumbled across (searching with intent, of course)…..


Face Scrubbies for Prize Bucket at work
Hmmmm…..I think I need to add "more personal pampering" to my goals….as I am in desperate need of a manicure!

  Changing your lifestyle and/or bad habits can be a bit harder than expected.   While I did significantly cut down on the mindless web surfing and tv watching, I feel I could have done much better.  I'll highlight some successes from my original list.

Living full during my free time by…..
~Watching less TV (can do even better)
~Rearranging my Flylady cleaning schedule to better suit my current schedule (may need further adjustments)
~Spending more time outside
~Getting in fun exercise (ie: walking our dog, practice clogging with my daughter, seeing how many steps I can really squeeze in a day, etc.)
~Crafting (crochet, candles, repurposing, sewing, maybe something new) Already started others ;)
~Learning to make as many things possible all natural and from scratch (food, cleaning supplies, makeup, beauty products, etc.)
~Learning how to be more self sustaining (gardening, living off the land)


Hopes and dreams…..
~Become even more minimalistic (will post on how we made the decision to downsize out of want rather than necessity)
~Find a house on land and out of a neighborhood
~Have a nice size garden
~Have farm animals

  So all in all, not a bad start on this Living Full journey I'd say!  Hope you all had a wonderful week as well!

  Be sure to join in on the fun here where I shared my post…

Happy Full Living!
Jennifer

Thursday, August 13, 2015

1 of 52 Weeks of Living Full!!

 Hello all,

 Wow!  Has it truly almost been a year since my last post?!  I miss blogging!  I'm ready to come back.  So many things I want to blog about bouncing around in my head and not quite sure where to start.  I think I'll start at the beginning…..

 Just over 42 years ago I was born……JUST KIDDING!!!  Ha! Ha!  How about I just start back to when this blog began?  A little reflection on what was before moving forward to what's to come.  My first post was almost exactly five years ago.  So much has happened in that time!  I have gone from being a stay at home Mom, who spent my days homemaking and homeschooling to going back to work part time as a Sales Associate, then promoted to a Keyholder, to Assistant Manager, to Store Manager.   What can I say….my type A personality just doesn't allow me to hold back.  It's a constant full boar sprint to any new adventure! Now throw in two moves (one of which was just temporary until we found the right home), my daughter becoming a competition clogger, traveling for clogging and store manager training that included getting on a flight going out of state, renting a car to drive around somewhere I have never been, which is a BIG endeavor for someone who rarely even leaves the county I live in! All the while still homeschooling my daughter with the help of my husband.  My homemaking has definitely suffered as I find myself so tempted to just collapse on the sofa with the family, in front of the TV instead of keeping up with things like the laundry, much more regular sweeping/dusting/vacuuming, well…the list just goes on.

  Where does the time go?  I often find myself pondering on what I've spent my time on. I've discovered that I spend my time on a lot of useless crap!  I'm really fed up with spending my precious free time with wasteful things!  Yep, here we go with the Type A coming out…..again!  Seriously though, there are so many things that I find relaxing, fun, enjoyable that I'm not doing because I've opted to just veg out in front of the TV, or mindlessly scroll through Pinterest (not looking for anything in particular mind you), wasting time on Facebook looking at what other people are doing with their lives, instead of living my own.  I have discovered that I spend a lot of my time full of nothing in particular rather than living full.  I'm sick and tired of it!  Tired of keeping things stashed away in an armoire, or closet to use for a repurposing craft that I never get to, finding crochet patterns that I never use,  reading about how to make more things naturally from scratch on Pinterest, reading about all the ways I could live/eat healthier but never following through.  I'm taking my free time back!  Am I saying that I will never plop in front of the TV, or scroll through Pinterest……No….but I will be much more selective of my TV time/watching, and scroll for things with a purpose of finding something in particular rather than aimless, randomness.  Hence, my new series of blogs…..52 Weeks of Living Full!

  Seeing as I want to spend more time bettering myself and the lives of my husband and daughter, I want to blog about it to help keep myself accountable, but I don't want to spend too much time on the computer either.  This is why I am choosing to just commit to posting once a week with updates on things I've learned how to do, projects I've completed, or goals I have achieved in making better use of my free time.

  With that being said, I'm going to list some things that I would like to achieve during the 52 week journey.  I'll also throw in some hopes and dreams, just to see where life may end up a year from now. ;)

Living full during my free time by…..
~Watching less TV
~Rearranging my Flylady cleaning schedule to better suit my current schedule
~Spending more time outside
~Getting in fun exercise (ie: walking our dog, practice clogging with my daughter, seeing how many steps I can really squeeze in a day, etc.)
~Crafting (crochet, candles, repurposing, sewing, maybe something new)
~Learning to make as many things possible all natural and from scratch (food, cleaning supplies, makeup, beauty products, etc.)
~Learning how to be more self sustaining (gardening, living off the land)


Hopes and dreams…..
~Become even more minimalistic (will post on how we made the decision to downsize out of want rather than necessity)
~Find a house on land and out of a neighborhood
~Have a nice size garden
~Have farm animals

  I'm sure I'll probably think of some more things, but that's a good start I think. :)  I look forward to seeing how many of these aspirations I can achieve from week to week and where things are a year from now.  Until next week…..

  Be sure to check out the Link Up on Raising Homemakers where I linked this post.  Just click on the link below.


Enjoy living full!
Jennifer


Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Wings Need a Tune Up...Day 31 of 31

Hi all!

  Well, I made it...31 days of baby stepping my way back to a manageable cleaning routine.  You can read my original post on this here.Today I plan to do my list to it's fullest so that I will begin my week next week with a clean slate.  I will remember that's it's ok to miss a thing here are there, as long as I just get back on it the next day.  I hope you all enjoyed tuning up your wings or learning the Flylady way.

  Happy Cleaning!

Jennifer

Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Wings Need A Tune Up...Day 30 of 31

Good morning all!

  Almost there.....only one more day to go!  Today I will be taking a look at my calendar for upcoming events that need cards or gift giving and make a plan to take care of those things ahead of time instead of scrambling around last minute.  You can read my original post on this here.  I have tried to be more diligent in sending good ol' fashioned cards through the mail.  Don't you remember how nice it was to get something in the "real outside at the end of your driveway" mailbox that someone hand wrote something in?  I know it sure means a lot to me.  By planning ahead this should be a much easier and enjoyable task.

Have a great day!

Jennifer

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