FINISH in ’15

Tiny Lavender Miracles

Tiny Lavender Miracles from 2015

“FINISH” was my 2015 One Word Resolution and it has served me well! I am a procrastinator from birth so large projects usually feel overwhelming and impossible. As much as I am future dreamer and big picture gal, the large scope jobs and the follow up/follow through are my biggest challenges…loads of great ideas and then the details start to block me from completion. Somehow it gets done BUT, I am learning to minimize the pain of START to get to the joy of FINISH – sooner and with less sweat and tears.

I am a Finisher-in-Training. Yes, I am a F.I.T.

Everyday I ask myself, “What can I finish today”? Even if it is a smaller piece of a larger project, I can say, “I am going to finish raking THIS part of the yard, painting THIS section of the cupboards, tidying up THIS section of my office, putting THIS pile of files away, THIS section of the report. Knowing there is a finite chunk of the project to get me started and underway is a motivator to get to the finish.

I finished a few small tasks this past weekend with large gratitude…see above 🙂 Plus, harvested the dried lavender (see pic) I cut all summer/fall for future projects, decluttered 2 drawers resulting in many items to donate, and am about to wrap up an article on “The DNA of Leadership” for Alpha Lambda Delta’s magazine (a class act national honor society for first year college students – yay!) The article was broken down into 5 steps to finish one at a time:

  1. Outline (DONE)
  2. Draft #1 (DONE)
  3. Share with a few trusted friends and allies 🙂
  4. Draft #2
  5. Send for approval

I originally had Write ALD Article on my to do list and it was there for weeks – even though I was “writing it in my mind” and I was confident in the content, the article was not writing itself – if only! Thankful for a kind reminder, I lifted the dam and created the outline – hallelujah! When I broke it down into 5 steps, I enjoyed the “check it off” process more frequently and it keeps me moving along…and now almost done – more yay!

When I finish the article, I will reward myself with a tiny and extraordinarily delicious cup of Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate.  All is well.

What can you finish today?

Have a Nothing New Day! ~Kristin

 

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HYGGE

Breaking Vegan

Breaking Vegan

Greetings Loved Ones,

Thinking of you all and how you are getting along these days…so much happening in the world – so complicated – then in glaring contrast my simple daily living is still in progress. My decisions right now – this week, today – are around what to bring for Thanksgiving, what to eat for breakfast, what work project to start on first and what stuff to donate as I continue to pack up for a move…simple. Thankful x infinity.

Reminded (and thankful) there is plenty of house-work to do as well before “it” (in whispered voice, “winter”…) arrives. I look out on the fresh dusting of “S” on my garage roof this morning am reminded of the space underneath that roof that still needs some cleaning attention before it gets too cold. Oh and more thankful for the garage place to store stuff and space to shelter my vehicle…oh and that I have a vehicle…that works….ah, the Gratitude Spiral and a positive Havitude!  I truly have so much….

Up North as we prepare for “W”, I have given into the urgency of buttoning up and hunkering down for the next 4 months of dark, gray, cold, and wet days….oh and crisp mornings, bright blue skies, warm woolen mittens and the happier side of winter…the cosy-ing up side of winter, the pleasure in the routine of bringing thing inside and putting things away for a while…warmer food, warmer clothes, warmer hugs, warmer feelings….in spite of (or because of?) the cold.

The Danes call it HYGGE (pronounced hYOOguh) – the idea of “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. There’s nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life.” (from the Visit Denmark website)…I am also sure that hygge is eating half of a kringle from the O&H Danish Bakery in Racine, WI (available at Trader Joe’s in Rochester, NY  – in one day. Yasss.

http://www.visitdenmark.com/danish-meaning-hygge

And from this article in the UK newspaper The Telegraph…

“the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/mood-and-mind/Danish-cosy-hygge-lifestyle-cosiness-winter-warmth-Nordic-Danes-Scandi-home-interiors/

Which means I must start referring to Winter by its full name and Snow by its proper title to fully embrace the season instead of dreading it or trying to survive it! Ok, then Denmark, I am on board.  Bring on the warm and keep my heart focused on the happy, the positive, the cosy, the joy and the bright side….light overcomes dark, warm tramples cold, peace envelopes hate and love wins.

Have a Hygge Day! Kristin

 

 

 

 

 

CHOICE

Choosing  homemade vegan biscuit stones today

Choosing homemade vegan biscuits today even though they are like tiny little rocks…

Appreciating the freedom to choose today…and having access to the resources to allow the choice (financial, social, emotional, intellectual, political, religious)….

To read or not read, engage or not, voice or stay silent, what and when to eat, buy used or new, buy fresh produce or canned, worship or not, share or not share, be there or opt out, look or look away, turn off the TV, what route to drive, to drive at all, respond with kind/neutral/mean behavior, choice to use credit/bankcard/cash, to read in my first language or have to translate…

Pondering this…did you have choice today?

Have a Nothing New Day! ~Kristin

AFTER…

Someday....

Someday….

I had an internet hangover this morning. Created it myself. Yesterday, I got into looking deeper and deeper into the Paris attacks along with the accompanying conspiracy theories about Friday’s events and other world violence that made my brain twirl. All negative, hopeless, fear-producing sites and links and videos and audio…down the rabbit hole. Hung out there for way too long. Even some information that seemed accurate (?) was not really helpful to me nor did it allow me to share anything of value with others. Oh I did change my FB profile pic to a beautiful blue world peace image…insignificant on the surface perhaps but I think it was the small step that got me up and moving out of the hole. Mostly wasted time and scary, irrelevant information filling my mind and heart, it was highly unproductive and I am not smarter for it. Or more safe, or less safe.

I was resuscitated by an uplifting conversation with my Sis which led me to the exact right scripture verse for comfort. A dark day brightened. Where does your help come from? Where is your bright spot? How can you share it? Who needs a day brightener?

I vow to stay positive, kind, open, fearless and hopeful….join me?

Have a Nothing Internet News Day! ~Kristin

 

 

 

PET BEDS AND WORLD PEACE

 

World Peace

World Peace

As I worked alone (with help from Curtis and Buddy) in my quiet home yesterday – making pet beds and other goodies to share on Good Day ROC this morning – I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the luxuries I enjoy on a daily basis…Food, clothing, shelter, love, security.

It was a sunny, warm(er) day, windows open a bit for some fresh pre-Winter air. A day to rest. I could hear neighbor kids a few doors down, rustling leaves, flag flapping, squirrels on the porch “hiding” walnuts from the trees in back, wind in my big pine tree out front. All luxuries.

Peace….and prayers for peace…

and Pet Beds….

sweater pillowshttp://www.brassyapple.com/2011/01/diy-sweater-pillows-cozy-up.html

Have a No Where To Be, Nothing New, Peace-Filled, Pet Bed Day ~Kristin