The tail end of my summer was a blur, and it seemed like school started so fast. Actually my summer was shorter because our work calendars changed, but I made the most of it. My summer was spent working on my house. Getting rid of excess stuff. Organizing. Making life better. My goal was to have my house decluttered by the time school started, but I was unable to meet my deadline. I'm not discouraged, but I realized just how much stuff I have and I realized that it's truly hard to go from having all this stuff to being a minimalist. Kinda extreme. What I did realize though is there is an art to organization and it is essential to have the organizational tools/systems in place so that all of your items have a home. That has been my biggest challenge.
Youtube became my other best friend over the summer because of my drive to organize and clean house. I've found so many great channels that focus on organization without borderlining a disorder. I enjoyed this video on how to purge sentimental clutter. Maybe you will too. The other cool thing is that Kathryn is a teacher and her stuff is organized...and she lives in my state (like an hour away). Might run into her at the Dollar Tree one day. Who knows!
In terms of my weight loss goals for the summer...eh. The first attempt earlier in the summer just didn't work for me. At all. Like not one single bit. Then my mom and I started this program at the beginning of August which is not a diet (they don't really work I hear), but is more of a lifestyle change. If you follow the guidelines your metabolism will be turned around in 21 days and then you continue for as long as you need to to meet your goals. What I discovered is that you really start eating on a consistent schedule and your body does adjust accordingly. But what happened to me is that as soon as I went back to work, the schedule I had established crashed. Now I'm having to rethink how to make this work for me. I'm definitely more conscious about the food choices I make and the hidden enemies to weight loss. My attempts to exercise had been thwarted by an overactive sciatic nerve for the last months, but some recent physical therapy appointments, stretches for my specific condition, and a love for ice packs have proven to be helpful. I feel I'm on the upside now!
This video is not from the program, but I found it to be interesting as well. I could relate to so much of what Sarah said.
And as if it life weren't crazy enough with going back to school and going back to work, guess what??? I'm finally going to get my bathroom remodeled. Yes, my bathroom will be torn down in a matter of days. Thankfully my mom lives nearby and I can use hers. It's a crazy time for it to be happening, but still it is the perfect time. I have been waiting for this moment for years now and am looking forward to having a place to truly relax. I'll definitely keep you posted on that process. So, you know how I spent my Labor Day? At Lowe's. :-)
Of course there's always more to share, but that's enough for now. I don't want to bore you. :-)