Friday, August 21, 2015
5 things I want less of this year
You guys seem to really like these kinds of posts!
If you missed the 5 things I want more of post, here you go.
1. Stuff in my house
I'm busy doing Konmari on my house. OH, I am loving it. Go read the full story on my other blog.
At the moment, I have a couch in my study FULL of my clothes, my dining room table is full of stuff, and I have a huge bag of puzzles/ games and another of clothes for a children's home.
If this is something that interests you, keep following that blog - I have enough for about 8 posts but I need to cap it at 5.
Every year I put "lose weight" on my list and strangely it doesn't frustrate me...much. I know it's not a big deal because I am healthy and strong, and that's what matters, but it would be nice to hit my number. Which is far off the Weigh-less number, but there you go.
I'm also aware that if nothing else changes (fitness levels and eating habits), every decade adds an automatic 5 kg due to a slowing down of metabolism....
3. Mental weight
During the first half of this year, many things weighed very heavy on my heart. I've shared small snippets of some of them here on the blog, and others remain unshared (except I shared a few snippets with Pamela in PE - maybe these are things to talk to people face-to-face instead of through words?)
My word of the year is enough. I've put into place a lot of boundaries because I've had enough of many things.
It's not easy and some of this mental weight has hurt me in the short term (this is still the short term), but I need to respect myself more in some areas by just letting go.
One quick example - at work, I've been working like a slave because somehow that was always my way. But this is a different environment and it's not possible to turn around things in 24 hours all the time, so I'm re-training my clients to have more reasonable turnaround times.
4. Untried recipes on my Pinterest board
I know some just use it for fun but I still see my boards as a target :)
For fun, I want less of the unrealistic pinning and more taking action and trying. I love it when I try things and they stick, or I can toss the recipe.
I want to go through my recipe folders (flip files) and if it doesn't spark joy, out it goes.
On that note, I'm ready to finally concede - I can't make fudge! Not even with a candy thermometer. I'm willing to give it one more bash IF I can do the next batch with someone.
Any fudge-makers out there?
5. Physical books on my shelf
I read a ton - fiction from the library and I buy books for my Kindle when I go on holiday - and of course, non-fiction. My new favourite (FAVOURITE!) way of reading non-fiction is through Audible which means I have lots of books on my shelves not getting read.
I'm going to be going through my books in the next couple of months to see which don't spark joy but in any case, I want fewer physical books unread and more read.
On another note, I really need to learn to stop reading stuff that I hate.
Now, what do you want less of for the remaining 4.5 months of 2015?
PS These are photos from Ballito - the kind of photos I love to take. Do you have a favourite?