TCOY Lessons From My Favorite Bloggers (Mar10)

While cleaning out some old files on my computer, I found a little bit of wisdom from Leanne Ely that I had saved from either her emailed newsletter or from her contribution to Flylady's mailing list. I really wanted to share it on here and looked from an online link to it. I found that she just reposted it recently on her own website. What timing!

From 11 Worthy Things, here is the little nugget of wisdom that I felt must be shared. We sometimes need the reminder!

I’m talking about the basics: reducing stress, living a life of gratitude, eating well, moving. I am worth more than nutritionally negative food, a sluggish, sedentary life, and holding on to resentment, anger and grudges that result in a cold, bitter heart. I am worthy of loving self care and so are you.
Self-Improvement by The Rat Race Trap:

Personally, I've already been applying something like Stephen's post (Change Made Simple – Direct the Rider) during the past few months as I work to regain some inner peace but the combination of the book's message and Stephen's take on it have really inspired me. I feel more focused on what I am putting my attention towards these days, in regards to life changes I am making. The Quote to Reflect Upon for March was selected before reading this post but I find it quite interesting how they are both playing off each other quite well.

Awareness from Raptitude:

One of my favorite bloggers ever is David Cain. The title of his blog explains its purpose succinctly: Raptitude - Getting Better At Being Human. David's posts draw me in with his storytelling style, hook me in the middle with whatever the topic or 'problem' is, if you will, and inspire me at the end as he teaches by his own example how to go about making some sort of change to grow. Or as he would say, "To take responsibility for the quality of your experience in life".

David's away doing some much anticipated traveling and, as he learned, the circumstances of which aren't that conducive for keeping up his regular posting schedule. Thankfully, though, he still manages to share his wisdom at least once a week and continues to hold his audience's rapt attention. Recently he shared something so amazing, so wonderful, and so simple. Well, simple in it's design but not necessarily in its integration in life. That's where the growing comes from!

Here are a few tidbits from How to Make Mindfulness a Habit With Only a Tiny Commitment.

Unfortunately most of life passes that way for most of us. We’re in one place doing one thing, thinking of things we aren’t doing and places we aren’t at...Only when we’re present do we see beauty, enjoy gratitude, and experience happiness. It’s the moments we’re present for that make life good, so it only stands to reason that being present is something we’d do well to get better at...We all know this already. Yet most of us — normal people with errands, work and to-do lists — spend most of our time considering the past and future rather than the present. Why doesn’t it click?

...I must reiterate how small a commitment you have to actually make here. The dividends it pays are incredible. We’re talking maybe five seconds at a time, a handful of times a day, to plant one foot firmly in the realm of greater ease, happiness and gratitude. If you’ve been looking for an easy and powerful way to love yourself, there it is.
House & Family from Small Notebook:

Rachel reminded us that "We’re not taking care of stuff, we’re taking care of people" in Changing Lives One Laundry Load at a Time.

About Suzanne:

Earlier this month I shared one area of my life that I'm working to improve which is to stop eating "nutrtitionally negative food" such as processed and boxed whatever and increase the amount of fresh food I use to power my body. On the subject of nutrition, here are 2 great reads: The 100 Year Diet, Economy & Good Eating Tips by Suzen and Soaking Nuts from The Nourishing Gourmet.

Life Clutter:

A guest post on Unclutterer by the insightful Sherri from Serene Journey and Zen Family Habits titled "10 more uncluttering things to do every day" is the perfect addition to Erin's post. No matter which of the 20 things you decide to add into your life, all would be helpful.

Taking Care Of You on the outside:

On the topic of Taking Care Of You on the outside (because it reflects how you feel on the inside!), I found this inspiring website called My Body Gallery via the always inspiring Sally of Already Pretty.

In a world full of images of how we "should" look it can get difficult to tell how we DO look. Our hope is to build a site where women can see what real women look like. What we really look like. Most women have spent so many years looking at themselves in mirrors that we can no longer see what's really there. The My Body Gallery project's goal is to help women objectively see what we look like and come to some acceptance that we are all beautiful.
In an "Other" sort of way, because being inspired by decor and/or organizing isn't thought of as "Taking Care Of You" by most people (though making our living spaces beautiful and welcoming sure count in my book!), here are a few things that I couldn't help but share.

Organization/Clutter Control
Organize and Hide Your TV Cords
5 Ways to Organize and Display Your Child's Artwork

I am also becoming addicted to sites that illustrate how to use or repurpose dollar store items. As Just Lisa knows, I love going to the dollar stores in the area!

Until next time...Take Care Of You!

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Suzanne Sergis said...

I love, LOVE the comment that "we're not taking care of stuff, we're taking care of people." In the organizing world, it dovetails perfectly with professional organizer Peter Walsh's mantra, "It's not about the stuff." In other words, getting your house organized doesn't mean buying a bunch of matching containers from Storables -- it means making room for the people in your life to breathe, relax and live.

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