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I have been focusing on getting things organized around the house. This past weekend I started to tackle the knitting stash and unfinished objects. I have lots of just started projects that I need to either finish or toss. So, I’m sorting through the mess. It feels liberating to clean out the mess.



With the new year, I’m recommitting to making this blog work. I’ve been thinking about how to focus the blog so that I can have ideas to post. My previous blogging efforts were first focused on knitting, when I had time to knit. That made sense, but two kids later, the knitting doesn’t take a high priority and I don’t have much knitting to post.

So I’ve been thinking – what kind of blog can I keep that would help me to find some order to my chaotic and busy life, and reflect all of my interests – not just one. So, I’ve created a weekly blog schedule that I’m going to follow. I am not going to pressure myself to post daily, but I figured if I outlined some focus areas, I’d start thinking more about what I could share on the blog. For the new year, I’ve committed to adding variety and fun to my weekly routine, so the blog will help me stay honest and track my successes and challenges along the way.

So here goes…

Mommy Monday: These posts will be about my life as a mom, and will coordinate with my Snap-A-Day photo project that I’ve joined.

Crafty Tuesday: For the new year, I want to be sure to include some kind of crafting in my routine – whether it be kids crafts that we do together, or knitting projects, or whatever. I’ll feature these on Tuesdays.

Wordless Wednesday: This blog meme has been around for awhile, but I think it will be a good way to work on my photography and help break up the week without having to write every day.

Throw-out Thursday: Another new year’s commitment for me is to clear the clutter.  So every Thursday, I’ll record the clutter-busting that’s going on around here.

Foodie/Fitness Friday:  This will be my chance to focus on healthy living.  I’ll be tracking some fitness and food goals this year, and this will give me a chance to focus on those.

Saturday Scholar: This topic will be pretty broad ranging, but will give me a chance to write about topics that I’m interested in and would like to explore more.

Soulful Sunday: The last commitment that I have made to myself this new year is to focus on me. I’m starting by reading Gabrielle Bernstein‘s May Cause Miracles, and implementing the steps to make small changes in my life and focus on getting all that I want and deserve from life.

So – here we go. Off on a new blog adventure.  Hope you find it interesting and inspirational!


wow – it’s been six months since i started my mini-goals and I have had a complete fitness fail.  I’ve realized this week that I hadn’t really truly dedicated myself to getting on the health train. This hit home today when I started thinking about this big formal event that I have to go to this weekend, and I realized that I don’t have anything to wear.  The thought of going to look for something elicits a tremendous amount of fear and uncertainty. And I’m tired of having fear and uncertainty in my life.

I’ve started dealing with this in other parts of my life – clearing out the physical clutter in my house.  I started with tackling the kids toy clutter. The toys have totally taken over the house – especially the living room.  So I set out to get some stuff organized and contained.  I had a great container/shelf unit, but it wasn’t organized very well, so things just got thrown into bins and then you still couldn’t find anything.  So, I did some searching on the web and got inspired to make some simple changes that will help keep things organized and in order – and hopefully both kids can help  keep it organized.

First, we dumped all the toys on the living room floor and sorted through everything.  We threw out a BUNCH of random, broken toys – especially those that you get in fast food kids meals (ashamedly admitting that I buy them more often than I should.)  Then, we started sorting the toys by type – cars, legos, superheroes, balls, logic and learning games, trains – and found containers and bins for each one.  Then I labeled each bin with an appropriate label and… ta da!


A bit more organized and contained.  I still have some work to do on weeding through the toys, but this is a start.


new sneaks!

Brooks Ghost 4

new sneaks!

New sneakers! Brooks Ghost 4

I’m not doing so great either. but with new shoes, i’m hoping I have a new attitude.

Here are my new blog rules for myself –

1) no more complaining about not enough time. if we want to do this – or anything that we decide to tackle – we can’t complain about not finding time. let’s focus on how we make the time and take little steps. If once a week is all you can do for now, then that’s better than nothing.

2) the blog needs some focus. so, lets use it to set mini-goals and then report on them.

For me – first up – starting a running program. The long-term goal might be the half marathon, eventually, but we need to focus right now on getting started.

Step 1: buy new shoes.

I went to Road Runner Sports yesterday afternoon and was fit by the ShoeDog. I hope that the shoes are great. They look nice at least and they have a okay review. What do you think?

Step 2: start on the treadmill.

This is the goal for tomorrow at least. With snow being forecast for tomorrow (yes. snow in October!!) I think my first workout will be on the treadmill.

Step 3: report back here tomorrow.  Ok – look forward to hear more from me tomorrow.

Setting mini-goals – it is at least a start.

Well, I haven’t been too great at the blogging thing either. I thought all weekend about posting. took lots of pictures and just didn’t get to it. the photos are still sitting in the camera. This has been one of my struggles – finding – or I should say making – time to do the things I want to do. By the time I get home from work, get the boys to bed, I’m so tired that I either fall asleep or just sit on the couch not wanting to do much of anything.

If I was there, I’d run or walk with you. Maybe one day we’ll live close enough to exercise together.

Chin up – we’ll figure out how to get balance together. I know I find that keeping a schedule and sticking to it can help. And lots of lists. Setting small goals can also help. Makes it seem more manageable.

I love fall.  It reminds me of new beginnings – and this fall has been full of new beginnings.

Boy#1 started kindergarten.


And Boy#2 is about to start in his new toddler room at daycare – no more babies! wow!

And I’ve started down this new path – to fitness, to health, and to happiness. I’m looking forward to working together on making this journey as easy as possible. Or at least letting us have some fun along the way!