Struggling to Simplify Stuff

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The motivation to slim down all our stuff began with the prospect of moving to Florida in spring of 2014. For many months throughout my struggles with Crohns Disease, I have been trying to get rid of all the stuff that has built up in our house.Plus trying to keep up with housework, kids, a part-time job and stay well.

It has been a very long cold winter here which didn’t help the motivation. My Spring cleaning has continued even though it is still abnormally cold for Wisconsin. A few years ago my grandmother passed away and left me with many of her things. In addition my husband finally brought most or all of his stuff that was stored at his parents house and the crazy part is that we have been together for 9 years. Getting the family to sort and clean after school and work has been very difficult. Not to mention adding all the TV programs, phone chat/texts,computer, I pad and video games that they think can’t be postponed till later.

My kids did sort through there rooms full of clothes and toys. On one of our warmer days my husband cleaned part of the basement too. The garage has also became a catchall collector so that we can’t even park a vehicle in it.

Now my front porch is a garage sale, with stuff everywhere. It is still too cold to have a real sale, so I have been selling things on buy sell trade and other selling sites. It’s a lot of work to take pictures, post and chat back n forth with people interested in your stuff. There have been good and bad experiences with people.

Spring has arrived so Racing, baseball and softball practice has begun. Also there is only a month and a half left until school gets out. If we were having a bake sale my stepdaughter would be more excited. Things are getting done, but I’d appreciate more help selling and pricing things!

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Balance your Passion and Potential

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Is it your time to be happy and healthy? Let’s admit that most of us need to learn to take time to Relax, Rest and Rejuvinate. Everyday we should have a routine to take the time to destress with yoga,meditation, a soothing bath, find a quiet place or whatever it takes to calm our mind and body.

For a long time, I have been going through the motions of day to day life just to pay bills and keep my family happy. When I was in my 20’s and 30’s life was all about friends, family and fun. Still I didn’t fully realize I was pursuing dreams, but not fulfilling the potential and passion to be successful for who I am. You have to be happy with who you are and be healthy. I had to connect all the dots of what I have been missing about Who I am.

First of all writing, art and animals have always been my biggest passions.Out of high school I went to MATC in Madison, WI for the Veterinary Technician program. For many years I had jobs that involved taking care of animals. In my early 20’s I attended at San Francisco City College, where I took some fine art and journalism classes. Then at 30 I went back to college again for Graphic Design at MPTC in Fond du Lac, WI. During this time I settled for a day to day¬† job that still isn’t working for my health and wellness because that’s what so many people deem acceptable. I let my family and material things spiral out of my control.

Even though I love a lot of today’s technology, I must admit that the Amish simple ways of life have also influenced me too. I remember all the simple old time pleasures that my great grandparents shared with me as a little girl.I’m now focused to eat healthier and love what I do to make a living. It’s time for me to balance my passion and potential.