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September is National Sewing Month!

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The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

Sewing and I have a love/hate relationship. At times I love it, and at times I hate it. Well hate is a strong word. Let’s just say I have to be in the “mood” to sew.

It can be fun and very gratifying to see a finished project that you made with your own hands. But as with anything else, sometimes it can be frustrating, especially when the projects don’t turn out the way they should 😉

I decided to take advantage of the month of sewing and try to finish a few projects I have sitting around the house. I have some outfits for Chase, and I have material to sew bedding for both Chase and Xander. So I have plenty to keep me busy. I’m sure I won’t get to them all, but if I can knock out one or two I will be pleased.

  


I guess I’m going to have to dust off the sewing table and remove the dust cover from my machine before I can get started. Wish me luck!

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January: “Celebrate Life” and “Be on Purpose” Month

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*As we will see in the next couple of blogs, being the first month to start of the new year, January seems to be the “take stock and make dreams” month. Today we will introduce National “Be on Purpose” and “Celebration of Life” observances.
Now here are two subjects worthy of contemplation. Hmmmm.

Be on Purpose what does that mean?

It’s when we start putting our good intentions into action, personally and professionally, and to incorporate more clarity in our lives by focusing more on “meaning” and “purpose.”

What better time than the beginning of a new year to step back and take a good look at our lives, realize the distractions that are blocking our path, and weeding them out (or at least, spend less time on them.) I know personally how distracting the internet can become (you can surf for hours and not realize it!) or the TV, or just fluttering from one thing to the next around the house – but somehow not really getting anything done – it’s not using time purposefully.

We want to use our time well, put our energy towards things that truly matter, but when we step back and take an honest look at how we’re living . . . most of us are not satisfied. Maybe we’re spending too much time doing things that feel urgent, but in reality we’re just putting out fires and not allowing ourselves to spend the time we need on the things that truly matter. Maybe we find ourselves frequently being pulled off course by our feelings of fear, anxiety, or depression. Or allowing others in our family to dictate what it is we should be doing (You know, when the kids have a way of bringing us into their last minute homework or project crisis.) Or my personal favorite, procrastinating on doing what we know we need to do. Or maybe we’re just confused about what our purpose should be.

The goal is to bring more purpose, and less wasteful drama, in our lives!

“Celebrate Life” Month:  How?

There are many things we can do to remember the importance of our lives and that even though we may not be where we want to be in life, or unhappy with certain aspects of our lives, we are alive! That is something to celebrate in itself. And if we want to be at a better place in life, now is a good time to contemplate where we want to be, is it a worthy aspiration, and what will it take to get there.

Personally I would like to laugh more, and enjoy more. I am easily annoyed and bothered by things that really aren’t worth it, I’ve become . . . grumpy . . . (or that’s how seems to me. Okay – no one needs to validate that) I would like to be how I used to be, a more fun loving person. So I will train myself to remember to celebrate each day of my life, and to appreciate everything (even the less positive experiences) because without the bad, you can’t appreciate the good!

The next round of milk and cookies are on me! Now go and celebrate your Life!!

Celebrate life everyday by doing these 3 simple things:

Laugh – We are all familiar with the power of laughter, how it triggers healthy physical changes in our bodies, strengthens the immune system, boosts our energy, diminishes pain, and protects us from the damaging effects of stress. The best part is, that it’s free, readily available, and easy to use. Have a good “guffaw” and/or “chortle” every day 🙂

Write – Finding time to sit and write is a hard thing to do in our busy lives. But if we can give about 5 minutes a day to jot down the things that happen in our lives, good or bad, and remember to include something that you are grateful for – showing gratitude has a way of making everything else in life seem better.

Learn – Discover a new word like prolix: |prōˈliks|adjective(of speech or writing) using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy: he found the narrative too prolix and discursive. (Sound like a blogger you know?)

Increase your knowledge to celebrate your life.

We need to keep those synapses firing: (Synapse: the place where brain cells communicate with each other, they don’t actually touch but are separated by a space called the synaptic cleft where brain chemicals or neurotransmitters cross to stimulate the adjoining brain cells and trigger further electrical messages to be passed along forming neural circuits or pathways.) The lesson here, people, is that without synapses – brain cells are unable to communicate to each other. And that’s not good!

So Stimulate that brain!! Try to do a word or sudoku puzzle, read, or find something that stimulates the brain (and no, coffee isn’t what we’re going for here) on a daily basis.

January: “Get Organized” Month

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January: “Get Organized” Month

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, next to losing weight, getting organized is the most common new year’s resolution. And it’s not like I can do without either one! So in my never ending quest to get more organized, which theoretically should cut down on my stress, I came across a couple of websites the other day on pinterest (gotta love it.) That might offer some aid and know how, and break the sometimes overwhelming task down into smaller easier tasks.

Home Storage Solution 101 has a 52 week Home Organization Challenge. All you have to do is sign up, I did, and it’s free! It should be more fun and easier to handle with a more bite sized portions approach to organizing your home.

Another website I found that kind of makes organization and cleaning (which goes along with organization to make it work) a no brainer is Get Organized Now which has a monthly check list that walks you through things to do everyday for the month. For me, it has to be simple and easy or I won’t do it. Not that I’m lazy (ehem . . . ) but as mentioned before, it can be a bit overwhelming which makes diving right in kind of scary. So if you don’t have to think about it . . . Like I said “no brainer!”


Now most of us know our problem areas, but sometimes those problem areas might take some major work, or many of us have too many problem areas to deal with, and we feel lost because we can’t see the starting point over the mountain of “stuff.” Where do I start? Do not fear! I found these tips on the Southern Home Organizers website:

Don’t know where to begin? Here are 15 ideas to get you started:

1. Update your planner with important dates: birthdays, anniversaries, doctor’s appointments and other annual appointments, annual veterinary appointment for your pet’s vaccinations, vacation days,vehicle license tag renewal date
2. Go through your household files and pull tax related papers
3. Make an appointment with your tax preparer
4. Archive 2010 and earlier papers
5. Set up files for 2011 bills and receipts
6. Set up a mail-handling system – no more piles of unopened mail this year
7. Clean out desk drawers and organize the essentials
8. Turn your kitchen junk drawer into a utility drawer and fill it with items you use often
9. Update phone lists and contact information
10. Renew your driver’s license, professional license, passport, dog license, etc.
11. Organize all closets and donate old, unwanted items
12. Organize one room per month by clearing out clutter and getting rid of items you no longer need, use or love.
13. Recycle or donate old magazines
14. Update your home inventory using a digital camera or video recorder
15. File your digital photos in online albums or electronic files

January: A new beginning

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For many of us (including myself),  we just want to collapse after the rush and bustle of the holidays, while fun and enjoyable, it still lends to stress and just plain tiredness.

But let’s face it: January is the new beginning for us all to a new year, and would we be doing ourselves any favors by not taking advantage of what this month has to offer? Sure you can make goals and find projects to do any time of the year, but why not start now? But – – let us keep in mind – – not go crazy and overload ourselves with too much and almost secure our failure by not getting it all done! 

To be honest, I’m not really one for resolutions because in the end I don’t really accomplish many of them. But that doesn’t mean I should give up, right? Maybe I should find another way of going about it. There may be a future blog on this . . .

Anyway, I did a search and found that January is chock full of “National” themes. You name it, it’s there. There are 10 that I found interesting and thought I’d share a couple of these per day, so as not to overwhelm you with too much information at one time. Most of these are month long themes. But I did come across something I thought might be fun to kick the month off with:

Starting today, January 2nd through the 8th, it’s “Some day we’ll laugh about this” week. With the premise that when things happen to us, we may choose to stress or to laugh about them. You know the mantra: “Laugh more, Stress less.”

I would like to share a personal experience of my own, but amazingly I can’t come up with anything yet. But if I do remember something I will share it. If you per chance have an experience please share it with us by clicking on “comment” below. We’d love to laugh at your misfortunes, well you know what I mean. Remember this is all week so we should get some good “shares” in here.