Another Thursday Purgeday

  • Walk into my home and most of the time and it will look clean and uncluttered. It may seem I am one of those people with great tips for organizing and clearing out the clutter.  (I wish!) With admiration I borrow Feng Shui and organization tips from others.

We have heard things may not always seem as they appear on the surface. That is definitely true in my home!  I am about to show you one of my deepest,  darkest secrets. Warning: the following photo is graphic!
One of my prides has been that I’m great at going through my clothing and accessories every 2 to 3 months and donating them.  Meanwhile,  (Ahem!) I am not so great at holding off on shopping for more. Another pride is my organized home ( which you now know is a facade).

Obviously I need to purge and that task began a few days ago. The hallway closet had been my stash for anything I didn’t want to part with or deal with at the moment. I began with taking everything out and created piles for keep,  toss and donate.  Lo and behold,  I had tax receipts from 10 years ago! No way had I envisioned that I was that disorganized!

The good news is as I shredded each receipt,  I literally felt lighter in spirit and body. A house fire and other memories seemed to float away. As each item was dealt with, my energy increased. In order to not feel overwhelmed, I am working on my closet project in increments.  The anticipation of an organized,  roomy closet gives me a feeling of peace.

For more peace in your life, set aside just 10 minutes today to have a Thursday Purgeday! It can be as simple as going through this weeks mail. Enjoy!

Wednesday Words 

As we hit midweek, many of us pause to reflect on our accomplishments. The weekend is beckoning us with the promise of fun, relaxation or chores completed. The “to-do ” lists,  words people have spoken and events are looping through our brains, oftentimes stealing our focus.

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“Should  have,  would have” and other words that discourage  occupy our thoughts. Which words predominate? Are they affirmations,  or words of blame and hopelessness?

By now we all have heard that “Thoughts become things” and other Law of Attraction tidbits.  As creatures of habit,  we may go through our days slipping into self sabotage, thinking phrases like ” when I have the money, when I have time,” etc. Do we realize we are telling our subconscious we do not have those things now? It may be “realistic, ” but we are not going to move forward thinking that way.

There are small,  simple ways to make our thinking more productive. When we start thinking ” I don’t have the time,  change it to ” I don’t have the time now, but I will later today.”  Flip the switch! We can switch any thought to being more productive

Following are some ” Wednesday Words ”  and phrases to practice:” I can, I have, I am, happy,  joy, wealthy, healthy, organized,” etc. Say these aloud. ( I practice in the shower as to not be overheard). It truly makes a positive difference in my day,  and I hope it also will in yours.’

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Thursday Purge Day!

Yes, I really am writing about purging on Thanksgiving, a day of abundance and thanks. There will be no recommendation here of purging food or martyrdom.  Nor will I suggest a day of purging your closets on a holiday.  What we should purge today are detrimental feelings!Thanksgiving

We all have unhappy memories attached to certain people or events in our lives that may surface when we gather with family. Feelings of loss, inadequacy or haunting memories may linger beneath our outward appearance of contentment. How may we purge those feelings to make the most of our day of thanks?

In feelings of loved ones lost, focus on the times they were with us instead of the lack of their physical presence. Forget the “would have, should have” thoughts.  We cannot change the past. We can focus on today and who is with us now.

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We may feel inadequate at times being around people that appear to have more success than we do.  As Don Miguel Ruiz says in his book,  The Four Agreements: never make assumptions. Plus, being happy for others brings joy to ourselves.  Have you ever had a feel good feeling from a “not as good as” thought? Don’t measure yourself against others.  You are not them!  Purge your negative self talk  with gratitude for everything you have, starting with thankfulness you woke up today.

 

Many of us have had expectations of a happy holiday celebration crash and burn due to a variety of events:  illness, death, vehicle breakdowns, misbehavior and more. Although very unfortunate and difficult to forget, they are done. Again, we are back to the thought that we only have today. Make the goal that today will be so amazing, that no bad memories have room to roost in our brains!

My wish for you is that you may successfully purge feelings that do not serve you today; bringing you joy,  contentment and a lasting happy memory! I am truly thankful you took the time to read this.  Happy Thanksgiving today and every day!

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Wacky Wednesday

Usually my musings are on health and spiritual matters.  Today, let’s lighten the mood with a Wacky Wednesday!  First, I will start with some  family lore.  Here is the first story:  We were sitting at the table having lunch with my Grandma Froberg.  There was a loaf of homemade bread on the table.  She said to my uncle:  “Bob, throw me the bread.”  He did as his mother requested and out the open window it went!untitled

The second story involves bread also.  My mom was casually dating my dad in high school.  As he resembled Elvis at the time, girls vied for his attention.  Dad took a girl other than my mom to a movie.  My mother approached the girl in the lunch room, called her a name and shoved an egg salad sandwich down the front of her shirt! Now, this may not seem funny; but imagine a bespectacled girl in 1950s style clothing, very prim and proper, a Latin scholar and” straight A” student doing that!

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Here are some Wacky Wednesday facts: People spend an average of 6 months of their lives waiting for a red light to turn green. Mc. Donald’s calls its’ frequent customers “heavy users.”  A broken clock is correct two times a day. Wouldn’t it be great to safely drive while asleep?  An albatross can fly while asleep!  Every five years, a woman that uses lipstick daily uses her height in lipstick every five years. Cows kill more people than sharks do. On Jupiter and Saturn it rains diamonds.

To end this piece on Wacky Wednesday, here is a wacky joke courtesy of  http://jokes-best.com/

ROBOT FOR SALE:

A father buys a lie detector robot that slaps people when they lie.
He decides to test it out at dinner one night.
The father asks his son what he did that afternoon.
The son says, “I did some homework.”
The robot slaps the son.
The son says, “Ok, Ok, I was at a friend’s house watching movies.”
Dad asks, “What movie did you watch?”
Son says, “Toy Story.”
The robot slaps the son.
Son says, “Ok, Ok, we were watching p*rn.”
Dad says, “What? At your age I didn’t even know what p*rn was.”
The robot slaps the father.
Mom laughs and says, “Well, he certainly is your son.”
The robot slaps the mother.

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Tuesday Tips

Today I made a decision to blog more.  I enjoy it, so why not?  What do you enjoy that you need more of?  My first Tuesday  Tip is take time from your routine to do something you love, even if only for a half an hour.  We made it through Monday; Hooray! Now it is time to have a Terrific Tuesday!

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My second Tuesday Tip is about a wonderful herb to help you feel well!  (no, not Cannabis)  It is Cilantro!   Cilantro is loaded with antioxidants and some practitioners claim it can detox heavy metals from our bodies.  Take a look at the RDA nutritional benefits:

This humble backyard herb provides (% of RDA/100g):
15% of folates,
11% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),
45% of vitamin C,
225% of vitamin A,
258% of vitamin K,
22% of iron and
18% of manganese.

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Cilantro leaves are widely used in salsa and Mexican foods. You may also throw a handful in your green smoothies.  In its’ powdered form, it is called Coriander and used as a spice throughout the world. One can also purchase Cilantro essential oil and either ingest it or apply it topically. A great way to keep fresh Cilantro on hand is to grow some in a container year round.  Keep your cilantro in the sun, do not overwater and keep in mind it is an annual.

A popular side dish is cilantro-lime rice.  To each 4 servings of rice, simply stir in 2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice and 1/2 cup cilantro.  Whole grains provide optimal nutrition, so experiment with quinoa, brown rice or a combination

of whole grains. Now you know you don’t have to go to Chipotle to enjoy wonderful cilantro rice (although most of us love the Chipotle experience!)

My hope is you will enjoy my Tuesday Tips and other upcoming blogs. Let’s share the love and “follow” each other!

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How to Reclaim our Identities

Previously I pointed out that we had different identities as children and over time they were lost.  This loss was mostly due to words spoken to us by those guiding us; placing their expectations on us as to who we should be. Although we do choose our own paths, did we really choose what we truly wanted to do, or did we place limitations upon ourselves?

Are you content where you are?  If so, wonderful!  There is no need to continue reading this. If you are interested in reclaiming your lost identity and do not know where to start, read on:

A great starting point is to read the Toltec Wisdom books by:  Don Miguel Ruiz.  The first book I recommend starting with is The Four Agreements.  Those agreements are:th

“The Four Agreements
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best. ”

Do not assume what the book is about based upon these agreements.  You will delve deep into why you are who you are and your place in life.  Afterward, a good follow up is to read The Voice of Knowledge by the same author.

 

More words of wisdom come from Shad Helmstetter;  in particular his book What to Say when You talk to Yourself.  Before you think of these authors as more new-age philosophers in a bevy of Law of Attraction choices, both of these gentlemen are doctors. These philosophies in how to come back to who we really are and to live in happiness are backed by research.

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Reading these books are just a start in reclaiming identity.  However, once you start and have the desire to continue, the effects will snowball and you will seek out  more inspiration. Many people find a life coach helps them to stay focused on their desires.  To find a life coach, ask successful and happy people for recommendations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One more thing you can do is play!  Why should we stop playing as adults?  Swing on a swing, skip, pick up a basketball or Frisbee, run a race, get a game of tag going. We are promised now only, so enjoy your now!

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Identity Theft

We are all victims of identity theft!  If you thought I was going to discuss ways to identity theftprevent identity theft, you are partially correct. However, as I stated in the first sentence, we already have been victims of identity theft. No, there hasn’t been another Equifax-type breach or the hacking of another major retailer (that I know of at this point.) The IRS and Social Security systems are safe from web  invaders as far as we know.  There is no concrete proof that we all have a doppelgangerHow then, have our identities been stolen?

Think way back when you were a child.  Were you a ballerina, a football player, a famous actor or adventurer? What were your interests and aspirations?  When you played “pretend” with your friends, which scenarios did you play out?  Are you living those now?  Are you what you were going to be when you “grew up”? Some of you may answer “yes,” but are you still within your true, authentic identity you had has a child?  If not, why?children playing

Perhaps adults in out lives told us to be “realistic.”  Maybe we weren’t as “good” or smart” as we thought we needed to be.  Somewhere down the road, words directed at us manifested into things.  Think about it:  we have all by now heard the phrase “thoughts become things” and may have dismissed it as a catchy trendy saying. Now, thoroughly examine the most used phrases your brain carries.  Do you tell yourself you are fat or fit, broke or abundant, happy or sad, well or sick, unfortunate or lucky?  Can you deny you are not what you tell yourself?  Are your predominant thoughts manifesting in your life? I am talking about real thoughts backed by feeling, by your subconscious, not phrases randomly tossed about.  Who has control of your thoughts and your life?  We may feel like puppets and blame others, but ultimately we have the power!  tired lady

Who stole our identity?  We did! Is it our fault?  Of course not!  Society, parents and teachers all meant well in providing us guidance.  It may be too late to change some aspects of our life, but we have now, today, to start a new chapter.  We are highly conditioned and it is difficult to break patterns, but we can.  There are many books and people to help us along the way.  Many people find a life coach beneficial.  The past is over, the future is not here yet, but we have NOW!

In the near future, I will be discussing helpful books and practices to reclaim our lives.  Stay tuned ! Be the change you wish to see!

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