Our youngest daughter is grade 3 and it’s the first year she is able to participate in school athletics. I recall the significant impact sports had on my childhood and upbringing. Of course I hoped and wished our children would embrace the same passion, however we made the decision to encourage not enforce. This year Little B came home and said she needed to be at school at 8am on Wednesday for track & field practice…I was stoked! I have had the opportunity to accompany her to the track meets and each time my eyes swell and my heart pounds with joy. B may be pint size, but this kid has an incredible attitude and marvellous desire.
Spent the entire day visiting garden stores and home decor places to outfit our first balcony garden and fairy garden. The girls were thrilled, mama was uber impressed!
I am a firm believer in a higher power. I have no doubt we cross each others paths for a reason and ideas are shared at crazy perfect times (coincidentally spooky perhaps, I think not).
Last night while enjoying some vino with a gal pal, I learn of the 40 Bags in 40 Days. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am – EXACTLY what I needed! I love challenges, I love community, I love having a game plan, and I love accomplishing something near and dear.
I began my morning reading Ann Marie’s blog and am energized to embark on my own 40 in 40 challenge. No time like the present to start something right?
So I have printed off the chart she provides and am stoked to finally CONQUER THE CLUTTER!
Last night’s initial reaction, was I don’t know if I could actually get to 40. I live in a 1000 sq ft apartment consisting of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a den, a kitchen, a large storage closet and a living room. (8 spaces to tend to) We drastically downsized and de-cluttered when we moved in 2.5 years ago, yet my home was no longer feeling like a place I felt thoroughly at peace. After reading Ann Marie’s post, I am feeling jazzed to achieve the 40!
I have my immediate living space, I have a storage unit, I have electronics, I have loads of areas that could use some attention. Our family has a goal to live abroad, so we are fairly simple when it comes to material needs, BUT I have a severe case of ‘Shifter Syndrome‘. I have loads of random little things shoved places, items we no longer need or use that I just find a space for. Things get cleaned and our living space is nice, however who needs a bed side table that is so jammed with stuff, that it hasn’t been opened for an entire year? Who needs drawers of single socks to sort thru each morning? Who has a closet that has no clue what is on the one side because the piled boxes haven’t been touched for who knows how long? (I am guessing the boxes are full of items I once ‘shifted’ out of sight, obviously very important items worth keeping, lol)
I feel extremely optimistic that this years ‘spring cleaning’ will be a true TSN Turning Point for me and I will enter the next season on a lighter, thriving, and winning note! I also took Ann Marie’s suggestions and found a weekly cleaning schedule I am excited to try and have created a daily habits checklist!
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I strongly disliked early mornings! Period. Much like a night club bartender, early mornings and me didn’t mix. At least not until…
November 2013, almost 3 months in to working my first Monday to Friday 9-5 gig, I personally needed something to change. I no longer could neglect ‘me’ in life, I knew better. I had spent years associating with people who think differently, who refuse to settle, who understand the benefits of personal development, and who desire more out of life. Don’t get me wrong, I was thoroughly enjoying my new routine. I loved getting dressed up, having lunches prepared, leaving the house as a family each morning, I found my work stimulating and inviting, my relationship with my family wasn’t suffering, however something was missing and needed to change.
The first 2 months were a temporary contract, which developed into a 1 year contract, so though a couple months of neglecting certain pieces of my life and avoiding the ‘to-do’ list was manageable, continuing on this path was only setting myself up for regret, and I knew better. For those that may already be on the path of regret, a decision to change and implementing action is a great place to start.
I saw friends post early morning pics and updates on Facebook (oh the ever powerful tool of social media), I had read and heard enough great leaders speak of the power of early mornings, and from my previous 90-day track record, I knew beginning my day earlier would benefit me and everyone I care about. My own husband had been starting his day around 5am for the past year (not going to lie, I would make fun of his ‘just because’ ridiculously early start), but I had personally witnessed extreme advancements in his personal self and career. I typically struggle waking up when it’s still dark (unless I’mcatching an airplane), I tend to leave things to the last minute knowing what I didn’t do in the morning could be put off until nighttime (I’d convinced myself that I did my best work late in the day versus early morning), and I truly enjoy my sleep! SO why on earth would I be considering waking up at 5am (2 hours sooner than I currently was)?
Great things were on the horizon, so began my weekday 5am journey. It’s a process. I definitely wasn’t a rock star fresh out of the gate, but have faith I’m conquering the 5am start. Some can go cold turkey and be bang on with a 180 degree change. Challenging my comfort zone, but not overwhelming myself completely seems to work best when personally creating a lifestyle change. I began with committing to go to bed by 10pm every night for the first week. The following week, I set my alarm for 5am wake up calls, but with NO expectations of productive time (after all, just opening my eyes period was an accomplishment). I then committed to actually getting out of bed, whether I did anything I was planning on doing or not, choosing to celebrate my accomplishment of being upright at 5am itself. THEN, lastly, the #5amClub was born…
A lovely gal had requested a few minutes of my time. So I made a cup of tea and answered the phone call on a Saturday morning in December. Little did I know I wasn’t the only one that was struggling finding time to focus on her aspirations outside of motherhood and daily commitments. So I shared my 5am vision and the purpose behind my commitment. She wanted to do it as well, and accepted my offer to keep her accountable. I hung up from that call, created a facebook group, recruited a few others I knew had similar interests and voila…we had formed an accountability group to keep us on track. ‘Teamwork makes the dreamwork‘ definitely rings strong when it comes to making significant life changes. I couldn’t be more proud of the group we have formed, the inspiration, the insight, the respect and admiration we all share. I am beyond stoked for what’s ahead and all this journey has to unfold.
Since engaging in this new routine, a number of others have inquired what exactly does this #5amClub entail. Check back for ‘The What, The Why, and The How of the #5amClub’ for tips and tricks to conquering early mornings, and stay connected as I share my progress in my weekly #5amClub post. Curious in engaging with the #5amClub? Connect with me on facebook, I’d love to hear from you.
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