I realized I have two of everything to share in every category today. Here we go!
Grateful for Books:
Book One: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo
This book is about exactly what it appears to be about, tidying. I am literally just reading this book one tiny 2-page section at a time, but I’m getting through it. It is slowly jazzing me up to do a complete over haul of my apartment and we just moved in two months ago! She said it is normally a 6 month process for her clients to tidy their entire living spaces, but I think since we only have 700 square feet plus storage in the garage that it won’t take us that long. Plus, we just moved so we have already purged A LOT.
Although this may not be the correct method, I decided to not start tidying until I finish reading the book, so every time my husband has asked me about cleaning in the last week, I told him, I’m still reading the book, I'll do it when I'm finished!
Book Two: “Crucial Accountability” by Al Switzler, David Maxfield, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, and Ron McMillan.
I'm reading this book for work and it is energizing, full of studies, and facts and it tells you what to do when deciding whether to confront somebody, why to confront somebody, how to confront somebody and how to get what you want out of other people. By the time I was 20 pages into this book I already knew it was going to be incredibly influential in my work life and personal life. I'm not finished yet and will provide a longer description once I've wrapped it up.
Grateful for Projects:
Project One: The Pineapple Painting
We bought a pineapple on Sunday to make pineapple juice and have had it sitting on our ledge all week. Every time I pass by it I see the reflection of the pineapple on the wall and I think, man that looks cool! This gave me the inspiration to paint 4 pineapples in quadrants on a canvas. Due to my lack of real artistic ability and my husband being amazingly skilled in this department I have passed this project on to him. I want the pineapples to be almost neon and I am envisioning some gold lines in the spiky parts at the top. More to come once this is actually completed!
Project Two: Starbucks' Freebies
Starbucks comes out with these beautiful cards for every one of their coffees, at least for the time being. I’ve grabbed some of these already to decorate my coffee holders, but when I saw the one for the Congo blend, I stopped in my tracks and decided I needed to recreate it, but bigger, so my sister, her girlfriend and my husband have all agreed to get together and paint 4 large versions that I am envisioning hanging on our tall walls in the kitchen. I also want to frame a bunch of them collaged together. There will be more to come as this actually comes to life.
Grateful for Outings:
Monday I went to an event at Unity Church in Omaha that happens every Monday and always features a new speaker. This week’s speaker was Amy McCae and she spoke about Five Spiritual Practices for Creating Authentic Relationships. These are the main takeaways I took home with me:
1. Bring people you are mad at into your meditation to try to help you forgive them, discover what it is in you that makes you mad at them, and then help you forgive yourself.
“Forgiveness work is so incredibly powerful.”
4. Ways to show gratitude.
-A Joy Jar: Every time you are grateful for something, or something wonderful happens in your life, write it down and put it in your Joy Jar, on January 1st you can read all of the great things that happened in your year.
-Be kind to somebody else
“Gratitude is one of the easiest ways to change energy.”
5. On a monthly basis you should clear out the clutter in your head. Write down everything you want to release on pieces of paper and burn them.
“You have to sit down once a month and clean out your cupboards inside of you.”
23rd Annual ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference
My entire Sunday post next week will be dedicated to what I learned and experienced at this conference. In a nutshell it was fantastic. The speakers were all incredibly moving and inspiring. I think being able to write down, analyze, and think about the experience the more I will, in the end, get out of it.
Expect notes from speakers such as Amy Cuddy and Carla Harris and motivation to make you want to conquer any of the mountains in your life. More on this on Sunday.
Today I am Grateful for:
- Being fortunate enough to attend the ICAN conference this week
- Healthy eating
- Sunny days
- Books, books, books!