Friday, July 06, 2007

When Life pokes you with a sharp stick

Snatch it back and keep knitting.

The Adored One and I have received several swift kicks in the sitter lately. Did I mention that my bank canceled my credit card without telling me? I bought shoes. This is apparently a suspicious change in my spending habit, and they thought the card had been stolen. Guess I need to stop buying yarn and books and start buying clothes. TAO has received such a cascade that he is beginning to develop a little bit of a complex about it. I believe that after a little wallowing it's time to get up and kung fu back.

I know a lot of smart funny women. And traveling the way I do, I see alot of patterns played out. And with the new (Hebrew) year coming up in September I decided to end on a high note, not drag myself gasping across the finish line.

What does this have to do with y'all? Anonymity and Accountability. Not for public consumption. I would like to invite you to join me in a 10 week clean up. Why that new year and not the Secular New Year? Let's face it, we're all too busy in November and December to actually accomplish anything.

Here's the concept:
If you're interested click on my paperdoll in the sidebar and send me an email. If the group is small we will just email. If it gets big (unlikely) I'll set up a YahooGroup. Jot down some goals for the next 10 weeks.

Choose one Habit - something that needs to be done daily for at least 21 days to make it a habit (taking a vitamin, going to bed with a clean sink, taking the trash out of the car when you get out, using a Frownie, whatever).

Choose one Luxury - something that is for you on a regular basis (locking the door and soaking in the tub once a week, getting a beauty school manicure weekly, using a masque, buying a luxury coffee or new knitting needles, trying a new tea)

Pick something to Declutter - Set a box next to the trash bin and mark it charity. Choose your closet, your bathroom, a junk drawer. Everyday on the way out the door either put something in the trash bin or the charity box. (clothes, expired medications, expired cosmetics, gadgets) Be real about who you are today and release the Stuff.

Pick a Project - Do you want a photo album of your Stash to take to Stitches to keep your purchases on track? Is that recipe impossible to find? Do the flower beds need raising? Are you so far behind in your podcasts that Beegee's are still together? Need to brush up on your spanish before a cruise? Have you been putting something off because there's so many steps?

You will notice there was no mention of penalty. This is just going to be a little weekly check up to remind each other of those things that we let fall through the cracks and then beat ourselves up over. Not even 90 days long, just a little something to be proud of before the holiday craziness starts.

Hope you'll join me.


Shelly in Omaha said...

Count me in sister! I will have to give a little thought to come up with something in all those catagories. Give me a little time like this weekend.

ChelleC said...

Count me in as well - I already sent you an email. : ) Thanks for the idea. I've been meaning to do something like this but now I have the framework and support ot do it. Thanks

Jennifer said...

What a great idea! I'd like to join as well. I've got a cross-stitch birth record that I need to finish for my daughter. I mean, she's three. Sheesh.

melanie said...

Just what the doctor ordered. Count me in. E-mail is on it's way.

Abigail said...

This is a great idea. Are you by any chance a FLY gal?

Elysbeth said...

Not an official FLY baby. Back in 2001 I spent sometime being a "Flyer" but it didn't work with the Traveling Lifestyle. Enjoyed it immensely though. Are you a flyer? Or will you be one in the new home?