The Daleks Have Arrived! Exterminate…

Check out what I passed on my way to work! I have some creative neighbors…

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An Old Dog Learns New Trick

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I just got home from doing something I’ve never done before…wait for it. Oh, its good. Here it is: I walked out of Target without buying anything! Nothing. Not a thing. I had coupons. I had a plan. But the coupons didn’t match the merchandise so no good deals were to be had. Years ago I would have still used the coupons on lesser items because it was “saving money” but I’ve learned a lot about actually saving money. You know, like NOT spending any. Little things like that.

My mother did and continues to do a lot of shopping. I picked up some real bad genes from that one. Even though now I am a budget shopper and enjoy my local thrift stores, I can’t help but notice that the root of the issue is still the same: consumption. It must fill a void in me or something. Wanting to have more. Wanting to have security of some sort. While I would never consider myself a hoarder (I get rid of stuff like C-R-A-Z-Y) I like the security of knowing that Aaron’s got deodorant covered for a couple of months. And that’s as far as I take it.

As silly as it sounds, I felt proud of myself today for walking out on things that were unnecessary. I felt a sense of well-earned control and it helped me realize that I can reach my goals if I just practice a little control.

Monday’s Mindfulness Musings…

Motivation

Hey folks! It’s been awhile and I’ve missed you.

I’ve been climbing out of a rut. I get in a good rut every once in a while. How about you? For me, they usually start with my lack of being present. I get stuck in my head. Get caught up in the “what ifs” and daydream about the way things could be. Its not exactly living in the moment. And it doesn’t lead to contentment.

I struggle with mindfulness and athough it is the most grounding technique at my disposal it is usually one of the last tools I bring out of my toolbox. I prefer to use the more frequently accessed tools such as “worry”, “panic”, and my husband’s favorite “cling”. Yes, when I feel ungrounded and adrift…I cling. I cling real good. But I don’t like feeling and behaving this way so I need to get back at it. Get back to living. For me, that means I need to start doing the things I don’t like doing. Well, I take that back, I like doing all of them. It’s the lack of consistency that continually throws me off course. I need to meditate in the mornings, do yoga, write and be creative. ON. A. DAILY. BASIS. This is what will bring me back. Maybe if I blog about it…it will give my new found resolution some staying power. Wish me luck!

A Walk in my Favorite Spot

 

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Truly “Something Nice For Now”

I love this boy! I teared up when I heard him say “if every person would do that we’d have such a great world. It’d be awesome!”. Yes! I agree! Let’s not lose our optimism! Every little act DOES make a difference.