I Think Murphy Took a Day Off!

I’ve had a migraine for 2 days, and it’s not showing any signs of letting up anytime soon.

However, I actually woke up to some good news today:

  • Quite a few of our items sold on eBay, including a few things that I thought would never sell!

The best news I received though is:

  • I got my four-star rating back on Textbroker!! YA WOOHOO!! 😀

    Our Old Huge TV

    Our Old Huge TV

Today was also quite productive. We got the old, ugly entertainment center out of the bedroom, along with the old tube TV we had before we got our HDTV. I also cleaned my desk, and it is even more clutter free than it was when I cleaned it the last time.

The only problem with this productive day? Since my hubby can’t lift the TV because of his hernia, I had to do it. It’s a 27″ huge CRT TV.

About 6 months ago, I was able to lift that TV with absolutely NO problem. Today, I was able to lift it from the stand it was on, but I was too weak to hold it for very long. In fact, I almost dropped the damn thing on my foot.

That REALLY sucks.

But, surprisingly, it didn’t depress me. If anything, I think it helped motivate me. During that 18 months I was working out, I found myself doing it for strength, endurance and weight loss. I wasn’t doing it to look the way society thinks I should (even though its kind of an unavoidable side effect). I actually enjoyed the strength I had. I could lift something heavy without the fear of pulling a muscle of giving myself a hernia. Continue reading

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Murphy Hates Me

Murphy’s law has been kicking my ass as of late. You know, that law that states:

Anything That Can Go Wrong, WILL!

This guy, Murphy, whoever the fuck he is, totally hates me.

Or 2013 just isn’t going to be my year…

Frits Ahlefeldt PD, via Public Domain Pictures

I prefer to think Murphy hates me because at least then I have someone to blame.

As if it wasn’t bad enough, my landlord decides to make it worse. We’ve lived in the same house for seven years and never once has she EVER done an inspection. But all of a sudden, she’s gotten a bug up her ass and will be inspecting the house this month.

She said she’d give us 48 hours notice… How kind of her…

We’re hoarders clutter bugs… and while our house isn’t as bad as some, we haven’t quite made it to minimalism as of yet. But we’re working on it. However, we do have 6 cats, and the carpet hasn’t been cleaned in seven years. It’s not pristine if you get my drift. Napalm would be the easiest solution, but I’ll hold off on bombing the place temporarily.

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The Book: Simple Living 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life

I’ve been wanting to get rid of my stuff for awhile. I have a lot of STUFF, and that’s all it is: STUFF.

Getting rid of this stuff that clutters not only my home, but my mind as well, isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. There’s this sentimental attachment thing that tends to get in the way every time I decide I want to throw out a paperclip (so it seems). It was a good paperclip, it served me well, I can’t part with it…

Really?The Book Simple Living...

In all seriousness, I do have this problem (not with paperclips, I swear). I have a hard time getting rid of things like old books I’ll never read, paperwork (you never know when you’ll need that electric bill from 2007!), and old electronics that don’t even work anymore (my palm finally died, but I’m still holding onto it in the hopes that I can somehow resurrect it!)

I was recently invited to do a launch for the book Simple Living 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life. I’ve never done a book launch, so when Lorilee Lippincott invited me, I was psyched! I really wanted to read the book, and I knew if I joined the launch I’d have a reason to force myself to read it. It was a win-win for me!

Now, I’m not just saying this because I was on the book launch team. I refuse to support anything that doesn’t live up to my expectations, and I haven’t been compensated in anyway for writing this post. This book is short and sweet, but is jam packed with ways to help you minimize your stuff. It actually changed the way I do things.

One chapter in particular hit a nerve. The chapter on weeding out unwanted emails and organizing your inbox was brilliant. I’m constantly getting news letters, and all I ever do is delete them. I very rarely ever read any of them. So, I followed the instructions in the book and unsubscribed to almost all of them (except my knitting and scrapbooking ones). I proceeded to “organize my inbox” by adding a bunch of folders. Now, this is an ongoing process, but I’ve considerably reduced the amount of email I have to read on a daily basis and that has freed up a bunch of time I can use for writing. I was really surprised by how much time email was sucking out of my available writing time!

I also went through all the stuff on my desk (and in the cabinet next to it) and took everything off that I didn’t truly need. The cabinet was so full of junk I couldn’t fit anything else in it, and if I pulled something out I created an avalanche! Now the cabinet is full of books that I use quite often (but not everyday) when I’m writing. I now have room on my desk for some spiritual inspiration, and I have gotten so much more writing done! In fact, I’ve been writing so much I haven’t had time to read any of my friends blogs!!

Anyway, if you want to start to minimize the amount of stuff you have, I highly recommend this book. I’m about to begin reading (if I ever get a break from writing that is) her first book 3-2-1 Stop: Stop Running and Start Living. It’s a more in depth version of Simple Living. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to the rest of the house and get rid of even more stuff!