[Champagne & Chocolate Fridays] Safety

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I’m toasting the safe return of my husband and in-laws after a week on the road. You??

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Smug isn’t pretty.

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As I’ve mentioned before, one of the things on my 100 Things to Do this Year List is to do 100 acts of kindness.  I sure do like the number 100, it seems.  Well, I just love when I learn something about myself while working through my list.

For instance, I don’t enjoy going home and writing down that I did something nice for someone on a list, as if it’s a pat on the back or a “hey, look at me!  I’m being nice!  100 times!”.  It feels….smug.  And smug isn’t pretty.  Of course I was doing it to keep track of the number of things, so I’d know when I get to a hundred, but I’ve decided that I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing 100 – hopefully more, and so I’ll just consider that one done at the end of the year.  And it won’t just be some list thing, but a life thing.  The more I’ve looked for ways to be kind to others, the easier it is and it doesn’t need to be a “special act”.  It needs to be a way of being for me.

Growing!  Love it!

Don’t Overdo

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Always do your best, but don’t overdo! When you overdo, you deplete your body and go against yourself, and it will take you longer to accomplish your goal.

I saw this picture on The Four Agreements Facebook page, and it hit me kind of hard because the second before I saw it I thought to myself, “My stomach hurts.  But I have so much to do.”  After I stared at it and thought it over, I cancelled my plans for tonight and closed all the windows on my computer except this one to write this post.

I fight with the sense of “overdo” all the time.  When I had my super ugly depression a couple summers ago I didn’t do squat and I regretted it later.  I finally feel like I know what I want to be doing, how to spend my time, what to contribute to my family, myself, the world, and I want to do-do-do.  But I also don’t want stomach aches.  I don’t want to do things when I’m not feeling well because I’m pushing myself too hard.

See you later, To Do List.

I’m going to go lay down.

P.S.  For several nights in a row I’ve dreamt that I keep forgetting to decorate for Christmas.  What does it MEAN?

 

Redecorating my home office.

A few years ago a friend of mine who is a professional organizer came over and helped me get my home office organized.  I loved the work she did (I’m still using a lot of the organizational systems she taught me), but what I did not love after actually WORKING in the office for a few days was that she had moved my gigantic desk underneath the window.  At first I thought, oh how nice!  But when actually working there, I had to dodge the sun in the mornings as it beamed straight in the window and I found myself working there less and less due to the constant glare.

I knew the solution would be to flip the large U-shaped desk around to face the opposite wall, but there were three large bookcases there.  The project just seemed too large to do and I knew I’d need my husband to help me.

FIVE YEARS LATER and ta-da, we finally did it.  I’m posting pictures here because a few friends have asked to see it.  I absolutely love it – all the colors, the brightness of the room (without the glare in my face all day!), how relaxing and calm it all is.  I love working in it.  WIN!

 

Click pictures to make bigger if you want to see detail.

 

Where the work gets done.

Where the work gets done.

 

Gigantic u-shaped desk that I painted and distressed.

Gigantic u-shaped desk that I painted and distressed.

 

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The shelves behind me and the window of LIGHT!

 

A closer look at the selves - color, color, color!

A closer look at the selves – color, color, color!

 

For a little added color/interest I papered the back of the shelves.

For a little added color/interest I papered the back of the shelves.

 

Color!

Color!

 

My desk.

My desk.

 

Mr. P protects my office.

Mr. P protects my office.

 

To the left of my desk is my whiteboard usually with my month's tasks outlined for me to check off.

To the left of my desk is my whiteboard usually with my month’s tasks outlined for me to check off.

 

To the right of my desk - I papered this extremely boring cork board and put pink washi tape around the edges.

To the right of my desk – I papered this extremely boring cork board and put pink washi tape around the edges.

 

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The file cabinet is in a weird spot but it’s just craft storage. True file storage is in a gigantic lateral file cabinet behind the mysterious green curtain.

 

And of course my office is not complete without a space for my doggie.

And of course my office is not complete without a space for my doggie.