Saturday, January 5, 2013

the little things

So I decided that I dislike resolutions many years ago, but I do still set goals for myself. As a matter of fact, I set them quite frequently. And you know what I always seem to focus on? The big stuff. The huge projects that truly should be about 5 or 6 things on the list instead of just one. And nothing ever seems to get completely finished and I feel that I have failed to meet my goals. 

We often say, or hear others say, that it is the little things that make the biggest difference. So my current goal is to focus on all those little things that I have pushed behind the all-important big items on my lists.  For example: today I finally cleaned the old toaster oven and put it in storage in the basement.  It has been sitting for 6 months on my kitchen counter, unplugged and unused. I cannot begin to tell you the sense of accomplishment I feel when I walk in my kitchen and there is clear counter space! This was one of the many things that previously was lumped into "finish the kitchen" on my list.

"What's next," you ask? Well, I don't know... maybe I'll dare to find a storage space for my baking sheets.

Friday, January 4, 2013

One Little Word

Have you heard of Ali Edwards' One Little Word?  Even if you do not scrapbook, it is a fantastic way to focus yourself for the year without making any silly resolutions that you will forget about by next week.  All you have to do is choose one little word that you will incorporate into your life.

I have chosen the word BALANCE. Balance is an encompassing word: you need time, strength, patience, calm, perseverance, and much more to achieve balance. And sometimes you need to remember to lean on others to gain your own balance. It is a wonderful word that I intend to embrace fully this year! Ans think about all the things we talk about doing that involve balance: balance the budget, eat a balanced diet, work-home life balance, etc.

Now, I don't know if I will be creating an album and following all the scrapbooking prompts that Ali provides (after all, I am trying to find balance in my life). But I will definitely be focused on this main goal of mine for 2013.

If you are interested in what One Little Word is all about, take a look at Ali Edwards' blog.