Friday, December 17, 2010

#reverb10 - Day 11 - Things

“December 11 – 11 Things. What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?” (Author: Sam Davidson)

  1. Procrastination
  2. Self-loathing
  3. Negative Thinking
  4. Anger
  5. Fast Food
  6. Clutter
  7. Control
  8. Resentment
  9. Cigarettes
  10. Excess Weight
  11. Perfection
Don’t hate me because I am a smoker. Yes, I said it. I am a smoker. The odd thing is I was the anti-smoker of all anti-smokers back in the day. Serves me right, I suppose. When my friends were smoking in high school, I did not. Sure, I puffed on one now and again to look cool and be included, but I never inhaled. Sound familiar? LOL. When I finished high school and no longer associated with those people, I didn’t smoke. I didn’t smoke when my mother smoked and I would not allow her to smoke in my car, nor would I go buy her cigarettes for her….as I did as a kid. Back in the day it didn’t mean anything to send your child up to the drug store of all places with seventy-five cents to buy a pack of smokes. It’s also how I earned a little pocket change growing up when my uncle would send me to the store for his pack of Kools. I bargained to keep the change. Something happened around the time I turned 24. Heartbroken and drunk I borrowed a smoke off of a friend and before I knew it I had purchased a pack and so began the habit. I do not smoke around my daughter, although she does know that I do smoke. I do not smoke in my car or in my home or when I’m around non-smokers. I have tried quitting, but as of yet I have been unsuccessful at doing so. Perhaps I will discover the way that works for me this year. I have a couple of options/resources that I have yet to diligently try. They just might be what I need to supplement my efforts.

I procrastinate a lot. Particularly if I don’t write it down, whatever it may be. I love using my electronic to-do list app and calendar, but they don’t always keep me on track. Yesterday I purchased a new day planner. It isn’t exactly what I want, but for now it’ll have to do. One of my goals in 2011 is to take a sketch I created in my journal and develop my own custom planner. You know those paper-book-like things where you actually use a pen to write stuff down? You might be too young to remember how popular Day Runner, Day Timer and FranklinCovey Planners were before the invention of PDAs and Smartphones. LOL.

Many of the remaining eleven things can be managed, alleviated or eliminated by journaling and getting back to my once daily habit of writing down acknowledgments, affirmations and gratitude’s. I filled a journal with such delightful lists and never started a new one. It’s time. (In fact, my custom planner sketch includes a place for these daily notes). I don’t know what it is about letting go of the things that work for me. I guess it’s sort of like taking medication. You get to feeling good and think you don’t need it anymore. But you do. So I’m writing myself a prescription.

If I eliminated even some of these eleven things I would be clearing a path to more authenticity, confidence, passion, joy, peace; love….the list goes on. I would feel healthier and more in tune with who I am as a woman; as a person. I would find comfort in my own skin, be full-ON open to new experiences and feel connected to the people around me. Eliminating this list would bring out the absolute best in me and allow me to Live My Best Life.

1 comment:

  1. >Love this!! I was a smoker. I quit and you will too. And of course I have to say, I am the proud owner of a Franklin Planner. LOL In the past I had Day Timer and Day Runner. Now I am getting a sacred journal/calendar. I like to have everything in one place. Missed you. Love the post!! XOXOXO

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