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Since moving last week I’ve discovered quite a few things about myself and I’m sharing them here with you in hopes that you might find them helpful.
- 1. The biggest thing thing I’ve noticed is that I LOVE clean and open spaces. Okay, that really shouldn’t have surprised me but how much I love it certainly does. I don’t even feel like decorating. I’m sure I’ll decorate as time goes on but right now I’m enjoying the serenity of freshly painted walls.
- 2. I thought I would be disgusted by eating out so much but it gave me an opportunity to seek out those healthier options at restaurants that I usually avoid. …and I liked them! I may not completely revert back to my “go-to” restaurant favorites.
- 3. After a few days of eating out I decided to see what all was possible with my make-shift kitchen consisting of a fridge, toaster oven, microwave, and a wok on a hot plate. It turns out that you can make a lot with those! I’m feeling creative and enjoying the challenge of cooking with less equipment.
- 4. I am enjoying, no absolutely relishing in the amount of things we have out. I feel like I’m on a vacation, just living with the minimum and having the time of my life. We have all of our unopened boxes in one room and we keep the door shut. We go in to get what we need and leave the rest there. Once we have our kitchen cabinets installed and closet systems in place we’ll unpack a bit more but right now I’m loving having less. We donated a lot as we packed up our old house but because of this high that’s coming from seeing and interacting with less I have a feeling I’m going to be donating a lot more in the coming weeks. Less toys means less to put away. Less clothes means more laundry but less choices. Less things to dust around and vacuum around. Less has truly made my spirits brighter. I wish it didn’t take the painstaking ordeal of packing a few hundred boxes to fully convince me but that did the trick. If you want to live with less you can get started with my 200 Things to Throw Away post!
- 5. Because we’re in a new place I want to be at my best for my kids. I don’t want my cranky attitude to make them dislike their new house. I know that seems silly but if you’re a parent you know how your attitude can affect your child’s. To help with my attitude I’ve started going to bed earlier. On purpose. Every night. It has helped my attitude tremendously! I’m still tired through the day because of my narcolepsy but I’m more alert (and happier!) than I have been.
- 6. Along with going to bed earlier I’m trying to prep for the next day by laying out clothes, towels for the morning, and planning and prepping breakfast for the next day. It takes very little time but helps me tremendously as I’m stumbling around in the morning. I started doing this on my own and I had success but a few days ago my blogging friend, Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com released a new 14 day course that provides a step by step system to help you Make Over Your Evening. I immediately bought it, devoured it, and can say that I have truly benefited from it. Here’s my affiliate link if you’d like to check it out for yourself. The course only takes 15 minutes a day…unless you’re like me and go ahead of schedule. 🙂
In just 15 minutes a day over two weeks the course promises you’ll learn how to:
- – Establish a Realistic Evening Routine that works — and that sets you up for amazing success!
- – Design a Prioritized To Do List for each day — one that you’re actually excited to wake up and tackle!
- – Nourish your body, nurture your soul, and no longer put your health on the back burner — even in the middle of a busy and full life.
- – Assemble a wardrobe of simple outfits you love and that make you feel great — so you can finally, as Dear Abby Leigh says, “Dress for the day you want to have, instead of the one that’s trying to have you”!
- – Develop a contagious, positive attitude — so you can experience and express more joy in your everyday life.
- – And more… visit MakeOverYourMorning.com for more information.
- 7. Lastly, I hate to admit that there may possibly be downsides to living in the woods. The only downside so far is that I’ve found way too many spiders to have only been here a little over a week! (Yes, I saved you and shared a picture of my darling daughter instead of a yucky spider. You’re welcome!) I’m seriously thinking of investing in one of these little spider catchers that I’ve seen on Facebook a few times.
If you’ve endured a move and lived to tell about it I would love any advice you have to share! Happy Monday, friends!