I struggled a lot last year with finding a rhythm - not a routine, but an overall system of what I want my life to follow. Maybe it was turning 40, maybe it was dealing with parental health issues, maybe it was living at the same address for the longest period of my life yet or maybe it was just one of those points you hit in life where you go "something needs to change"
Change can be such an ugly word. "Ack no - change!!" said everyone at some point. What did I want to change? My hair? (the answer is god no - I've done all teh colors and really, I am most comfortable in my blonde. Give me a wig to change it up now and then - but please don't take my blonde away!!) My weight? Sure, I would love to change my weight (lower not higher for the record). My job? I think I like my job - I mean I don't hate it. I still can get up in the morning and not cry...so that is a positive. My house? I like my house - am I here longer than I ever dreamed? yes. Do I want to update parts of it - yes. Do I feel cluttered? YES!! my ah-ha moment came when I was taking about 180 books to a local charity that helps fight illiteracy. My "project" came together. I could hear A-Ha actually singing "Take On Me" i needed to declutter, to donate, to rediscover what I have shoved away in drawers and boxes and bags...you know those bags that you toss everything in to sort through later when your guests have left....yeah I have like 50.
Having tried this a few times before and having it fizzle out before it got started I knew I needed to attack it like a debt snowball. Ie start with the smallest thing adn work up. SO my first project should not be uploading all my cds onto itunes, or going through all my photos and organizing them and adding them to my flickr. no my first project was go through all my blank cards and sort them. I realized that I have enough birthday, anniversary, thank you, baby, wedding, condolances and just plain funny cards to last me a few years. I also found lots of cards that I addressed.....BUT NEVER SENT. So if you know me, you might be getting some random mail over the next few weeks.