Closet Clean Up

Well, my plan worked!

I was able to clean out part of the garage and the guest bedroom closets and cabinets in the loft. This is what I started out with (I know….pictures are bad. I’ll work on it, but for now I am working on the closets not the pictures. sigh…)

BEFORE

      And all of THIS had to fit in the closets….

Christmas and Seasonal

All my Christmas and seasonal decorating needed to come out of the garage and into manageable totes for me to handle when I needed them.

AFTER

Space for Guests Clothing
Christmas Decorations
Seasonal Decorations

While I was at it, I cleared out the second guest bedroom closet….

Space for guests clothing and suitcase. I added a bench for extra blankets

I used a cute little IKEA cart to store gift bags, tissue paper and ribbon
Gift wrap storage

So happy to complete this project! I am working on redecorating the large guest room, fireplace redo, master bedroom closet and garage. Whew! Stay tuned….

A Bittersweet Anniversary

It was one year ago today that I got the call that my Dad died.

A death of someone so close to you, whether a parent or a child or a friend or a spouse is one of the most heart wrenching loss a person on earth can live through. In my grief though, I must try to look at the positive side of living a full life without someone I loved so very much.

It’s hard. Extremely hard. 

There are 7 stages of grief:

Shock & Denial

Pain & Guilt

Anger & Bargaining

Reflection &  Loneliness

Upward Turn

Reconstruction

Acceptance & Hope

I don’t know if  have gone through each stage. Grief is a tricky feeling.

I do know that I am able to talk about my Dad with a laugh, a fun memory, a smile on my face. It’s taken awhile.

I have learned moreso this year than any other that life is so precious. My Dad didn’t have to die. His prognosis for a full recovery was good, but his wife chose to withdraw oxygen and food. Because she appointed herself as his agent and he did not have an Advanced Directive, legally she was able to stop his life. Much too soon.

God says CHOOSE LIFE.

There will be a day that she will have to answer to God when asked why she took a man’s life by denying him oxygen and food. I know that my Dad is looking down at me from up above and is giving me the strength to CHOOSE LIFE while going through Breast Cancer. No better way do I have to honor my Dad who has passed than to live my best life here on earth. I will forever be an advocate for Advance Care Directives. I will forever spread the word to Choose Life by sharing the story of my Dad’s death.

His death though, is not a reflection of his life. His life was so important. He loved his three children, He loved his grandchildren. He loved french fries, classic cars, old time rock and roll, laughing, movies, bacon wrapped steak, his truck. He disliked his receding hairline, laziness, loud people, cold weather. This was his life and it mattered.

I love you Dad. I promise to make you proud.

Your daughter always,

The Great Cleanup of 2017 {Home Version}

My belief is that when you organize your spaces, you clear your mind. Being organized helps you to have a sense of calm and control, save money and set goals more easily. 

So, I mentioned last week that Hannah moved to her own little place, chemo ended and I was slowly getting my energy back. My body hasn’t recovered as quickly as my mind. I am moving at a fast pace to do a ton of things, but we will see how it goes.

One things is for sure, things are changing!

I aim to complete one task per week until this house is in order! I read this book by Marie Kondo:


and although I believe I am an organized person, Marie takes it to a new level. I will be organizing and purging A LOT! Three piles: keep, donate and sell! I will be having a yard sale in September and I will share my best tips. Time to get started!

Here’s my master organization list:

  • Move Christmas to large guest room closet (formerly known as Hannah’s room)
  • Move other seasonal decorations to large guest room closet
  • Organize games, crafts and office supplies in loft closet
  • Organize family photos and mementos into small guest closet
  • Rearrange wrapping paper and ribbons ( build a wrapping station?)
  • Complete redo on Master Bedroom Closet (!)
  • Garage Redo including floors!
  • Clean and organize outdoor shed

I hope to get the Christmas and seasonal decorations closet done in twp days and share with you all!

Let’s go! Tell me what closet you need to organize!

My August Goals

Happy August 1! Time to set some goals. I have a hefty list f goals for this month. A lot of changes happening and I can’t wait to get started.

Business & Finance

I am so excited that we have been really concentrating on getting debt free. We followed the Dave Ramey Total Money Makeover for many years. It works if YOU work the plan! We were debt free two years ago. We made careless choices and struggled a bit with multiple surgeries and found ourselves back with debt. We simply didn’t have enough saved to cover our emergencies and debt walked back into our lives after we opened the door to it. We are making a lot of progress. We are able to tithe our full amount to our church, paid off several bills and have “only” four bills left to pay off. I’ll share more of our TMMO story this month. Our business and financial goals for this month are:

Household

  • Pay off two credit cards (hope to pay them off by Friday of this week!)

Business

  • Pay off our Errors & Omission Insurance in full. To make monthly payments will cost us 22.49% interest.
  • Update all social media marketing for the rest of the year.
  • Send letters  for marketing purposes

Family & Relationships

Our daughter moved to her own place yesterday. She is almost 21 and deserves all the happiness in the world. Her heart is pure and her work ethic is spectacular! She returned from a mission trip to Nicaragua yesterday morning. She paid for most of her trip on her own. She works full-time as an EMT and is studying to be a nurse. She was ready to fly from the nest, but this Mama’s heart still aches over all the memories of her growing up here. Life has a way of getting in your face and showing you what is important.

  • Having lunch with Hannah once a week to catch up
  • Writing and sending cards once a week to at least one my friends and family.
  • Date night once a month intentionally(no phones, no talks about money, no talks about the business)  concentrating on quiet time with my husband.
  • Completing Operation Solid Lives Bible Study at church.

Health & Fitness

  • Radiation starts daily 5 days a week this month. Enough said. You can read ll about my Breast Cancer journey HERE.

Organization

  • Time to overhaul the organization in my house. With Hannah moving out, I find myself with plenty of closet space! (Thanks Hannah) We started cleaning the garage last weekend. I will be sharing my HUGE to do list with you this week and dividing the organization into sections and posting about my accomplishments!

She Can Do It! 

  • How about learning how to budget? Every person should have a budget. It is quite liberating to handle your money instead of it handling you. I’ll show you how. Coming up!

Next up, The HUGE To Do List! What are your goals this month?

 

 

What do I do now?

Hi Friends!

Its been awhile. Dealing with life while struggling to live is a weird situation. I finished my last round of chemotherapy in June. It was a bittersweet time. I had grown used to seeing my oncology nurses and fellow cancer patients each week. When I found out I was having my last chemo treatment, not seeing everyone each week made me a little sad.

Not gonna lie.

Since I developed neuropathy in my feet and hands, my doctor decided to forgo the rest of my “light” treatments in favor of  one strong treatment and it threw me off.

Both physically and emotionally.

I am happy to report I am feeling so much better after taking the month of July off to recover. I am ready for radiation in the next two weeks. I will have a CT Scan and am hopeful the news will be great and I will share more of my Breast Cancer journey with you soon, but it’s time to change gears!

More happy. More projects. More encouragement.  

As you can imagine, being ill for 2 years brings about neglect in many areas. Household projects, family events, business responsibilities. It is time for me to organize my time and my life. I am ready to share how I am going to do that right here on the blog!

Tomorrow is August 1! (Can you believe it?) Time to share some goals.

Join Me here! We will do this together! 

June Goals {Free Printables}

Is it “officially” Summer yet? To me it is even though the calendar says Summer starts June 21.

I love seeing the flowers blooming, the lawn mower humming, and the sun shining!

The biggest for June is this is my last full month of chemotherapy! I will shout it from the mountaintops! Thanks to everyone cheering me on!

Now for a recap of May Goals and looking forward to June Goals:

Business & Finance

  1. May is a no spend month for our family. We have had several no spend months. Some successful, but even the not so successful end up being okay because we end up spending less than normal.  It has been really easy for us to eat out because of my lack of energy and “don’t care right now” attitude while undergoing chemotherapy. I am going to give our family some grace on this because Wayne works so hard at our business and Hannah works full-time and is a student full-time. We are doing a study at church about “Breaking the Yolk of Debt”. Its a reality check for us though. If we want to reach our financial goals, we must stick to a plan. We will use cash envelopes and only spend from the cash we have in our envelopes for our essentials. I have made our monthly food menu and eating at home is the main agenda.

We had a VERY successful no spend month! We were able to stick to our cash envelope system. We had a few days where we visited the drive thru for meals when I was too sick to cook and Wayne was too tired to cook. We were able to decrease our spending by 75%, put money in savings and tithe our full amount.

In June we will continue to use only cash envelopes. Our goal is to tithe our full amount, put an additional amount into savings to fully fund our emergency fund and decrease our spending by 75%. We will be going a few places in June that will require more eating out, but the times we are at home, we will be eating from freezer and pantry to decrease our grocery envelope spending.

2. This blog needs some love. I am scheduling a couple of hours a day to devote to sharing and inspiring! I have so many ideas to share with you. I hope you will stick around and connect! I will be starting a new series called She Can Do It! I will show you basic skills such as writing a budget, changing a tire, sewing a button, simple glazed cookies. We will have fun learning new things!

I didn’t quite accomplish She Can Do It! like I wanted. I am going to give myself grace while i am undergoing chemo. My body hurts and my brain can only take so much thinking. Its coming though I promise! I did add a lot of new content and updated posts.

I am happy to report that I was chosen by Karianne from Thistlewood Farms to review her new book coming out in September! She is a fabulous writer and I look forward to sharing my review of her inspirational story!

Family & Relationships

  1. I am so blessed for the family and friends that have supported me throughout My Breast cancer Journey.  Without their help, I would be lost. I have spent a great deal of time one on one with each of my family members. I am just going to love on them this month!

Wayne and I were able to get away for a couple of days and go to Ventura Beach and Solvang, Ca. I don’t have a lot of energy, but just driving and seeing the ocean was enough to recharge my system a little bit. Breathing the ocean air does a body good! 

I spent time with Hannah going to lunch and just talking about nothing and everything!

I always spend time with my Mom each day talking and we were able to go shopping a couple of times. So nice to do normal things once in awhile.

I had a very dear friend Cheryl come by for breakfast. She came at 9:00am and we talked until 1:30 in the afternoon! It was fantastic!

I hope to continue the momentum I have started with getaways and lunches and time with my friends and family. My Mom, Hannah and me are going to Las vegas for an overnight trip. I hope to grab Wayne and head out for an overnight stay or just a drive for the day. I cherish these moments,

2. I have a story that needs to be told. It is about my Dad and his untimely death. His death is heart-breaking, but I am determined to share his story so that it may help others. I am in the process of writing a book and will share the first chapter here on the blog this month.  I hope it will inspire you to write a Last Will & Testament/ Trust and an Advanced Care Directive.

I was able to write part of the first chapter of my book. I am also starting another book that tells of my Breast Cancer journey.

I will share the first chapter of the book about my Dad here on the blog. I may even need help with the title!

Health & Fitness

1. I am not setting any exercise or diet goals this month. My doctor  wants me to watch what I eat, but not deprive myself of any certain food. I have NO energy for exercise. My doctor wants to me to conserve all the energy I have. My goal this month will be to keep my positive attitude in check.  My prognosis is good and I want to do everything the doctor tells me to do.

I am losing about 2 pounds a week. Now in my former life (before BC, breast cancer) I would be jumping for joy. However, too much weight loss can affect my immune system. I am trying to eat healthy and simply care for my body.

I cannot wait to finish chemo in the first week of July. A celebration for sure!

She Can Do It!

  1. I have set a goal to read two books this month and I will share my reviews with you here. I am excited to read Unashamed by Christine Caine and Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

Well…I didn’t read either book. Bummed. However, all is not lost. I read two other books this month. 

I finished the 28 day devotional and I can’t tell you enough about how life changing my perspective is on comparing myself to others. It was raw and stepped on my toes a bit. I will share more on this book in a review.

A biblical program offered by my church called Operation Solid Lives is another study I started in May. 

I hope to read Unashamed and Uninvited this month and share my reviews.

So there you have it! A few successes and a few misses. Overall a good month.

What do you want to accomplish this month? Print out the printables below and write down your goals and meet back here to share!

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Enjoy!