Reflection and direction

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This chick has a lot of running shoes, no? (But you should see her husband’s collection!)

Today I want to share a couple of neat things that have been happening and a couple of teasers about things to come, all mooshed in together.

I almost called this the Weekly Wrap-up, but I don’t think it would be fair to you because the info is mostly about what I’m going to do coming up.

Here are the highlights:

LET’S GET ORGANIZED

As I wrote last week on my other blog, To Well With You, I read an awesome book that’s the kick in the fanny I’ve been needing to get to work in earnest, with laser focus, on the clutter in my house. It was one of those “10 things you need to know about me” revelations that I don’t like to admit. I’ll write a book review this weekend — I promise — that will include before-and-after pictures, but the one above is a teaser. It’s my pitiful closet exactly seven days ago. By the end of that day, my closet was awesome and I’ll share that photo with you when I review the book.

In the spirit of reflection and direction, though, I’ll say that the book has caused me to think about why I can’t seem to get rid of stuff, and it has sent me on the path to permanent change in that area — a very positive direction that’s long overdue.

But why am I telling you this now? I have to save some of it for the book review, right?

Besides, it’s time to go tackle my dresser and the two bookcases that flank it. They are piled with stuff, mostly books and magazines. That’s today’s laser-focus project.

FARMERS MARKET SERIES

The farmers market series I put on hold seems to be back on.

It turns out, through a miscommunication, the Batesville-area farmers never received my questionnaire, and thus I didn’t have enough information to write about each of them. But now we’re getting the momentum back; next Saturday you’ll get to meet Garden Girl, and we’ll go from there.

A RECIPE YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS

I’m going to share my mom’s totally awesome vegetable soup, which she cooks up for us occasionally, but first I want to shop for a good blog plug-in that will allow for printer-friendly recipes. I tend not to print anything I don’t have to (saving trees and ink), but I do like to save online recipes in a printer-friendly format so that they’re easy to follow from my laptop or iPad.

I’ll keep you posted. You won’t want to miss this recipe; the ingredients can be adapted to your particular tastes and whatever veggies are seasonal. (But the most delicious ingredient? My mom makes it for me whenever I ask, just because she loves me. 🙂 )

Until next time, here’s hoping you have an awesome weekend!

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10 things you need to know about me, Part 1

This is the first in a 10-part series of things you need to know about me. Also, I’m reserving the logo for other series on ‘10 things you need to know’ about other stuff. (This could get fun!)

10 ThingsLogoI follow a weird guy named James Althucher on some social media channels. I read his blog and sometimes listen to his podcasts; he pops up in my Twitter feed occasionally.

James definitely thinks outside the box, and he’s an odd combination of brave and vulnerable. I think that’s why his work resonates with me.

Here’s one of his “33 Unusual Tips to Being a Better Writer”:

Don’t be afraid of what people think. For each single person you worry about, deduct 1% in quality from your writing. Everyone has deductions. I have to deduct about 10% right off the top. Maybe there’s 10 people I’m worried about. Some of them are evil people. Some of them are people I just don’t want to offend. So my writing is only about 90% of what it could be. But I think most people write at about 20% of what it could be. Believe it or not, clients, customers, friends, family, will love you more if you are honest with them. So we all have our boundaries. But try this: for the next ten things you write, tell people something that nobody knows about you.

I tend to be pretty honest; I calls it how I sees it. That doesn’t mean I open my mouth at every opportunity to express an opinion; sometimes I remain silent. But it means that, when I do open my mouth, it takes a lot of work not to blurt out what I see, how I feel.

I hold back a lot, especially in public forums such as social media, for a few reasons: 1) I don’t have the energy to fight a losing battle, 2) fighting on social media is usually a losing battle; it’s just not the place to have a decent, intelligent, mutually respectful conversation and 3) I realize that I’m not always right. (Shocking, I know.)

So I hold back.

But one of my goals is to be brave, and I feel a lot safer doing that on my two blogs.

Here (and here), I can express my opinions, take my time in explaining (or not), and not fear being interrupted by blowhards.

So here, today, I’m taking up James Altucher’s challenge to “tell people something that nobody knows about [me]” (although the people really, really close to me won’t be surprised):

If I had my way, I would be a happy homemaker, a domestic diva, instead of working in a bank. I’d bake pies, cakes and cookies, make quilts, can vegetables that I’ve grown in my garden, plant flowers all over the yard and have people over for swim parties all the time (if we had a pool). I would be the Martha Stewart of the South. You wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the crafts I would make; all my friends would have homemade totes and sock monkeys for Christmas and so many crocheted scarves they’d hate to see me coming (if I could crochet), and we’d all be fat from all the sugar and butter in the Christmas desserts and birthday cakes and “just because” goodies.

I’d spend my spare time (!) volunteering for all the causes I’ve neglected since I had to quit full-time freelancing and get a “real job.” I’d wear bluejeans and shorts and running shirts and flip-flops.

I’d go on mission trips to Guatemala and Kenya and Haiti and anywhere else I could go, all because my time would be more flexible than it is now.

Of course I’d have to be independently wealthy to do this.

Which means I’ll have to keep at the writing.

Good thing I love it.

What about you? Tell us one thing nobody knows about you. We’ll keep this going for 9 more rounds, so be thinking about what you want to share. Be brave, my friend. We can keep a secret.

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