It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau
This week it is all about redefining busy.
Thanks to Kym, I am focusing on looking at the busyness in my life and I am well into week two of The Busy Boycott. I have been focusing on redefining and protecting my time. This week’s challenge is “do less” and in total honesty I am struggling with this one! Greatly!!
In this effort to redefine busy in my life, I have been looking at this blog… Are Monday – Friday posts necessary? Do I have something significant to share? Steve had an interesting idea and I am thinking about how to make that work. Lots of things are rambling about my brain and change is coming, but what that change will be I am not exactly sure!
The final thing I am looking at is Knit Night. While I enjoy getting out and the camaraderie of being with other knitters some weeks Tuesday’s just feel so rushed. So, I am pondering a bi-weekly schedule to see if that will alleviate some of the rushed and harried Tuesday’s.
This exercise in busy has truly been eye opening for me. Are you doing The Busy Boycott? If so, how are you feeling?
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I had a moment of panic this morning when I looked at the calendar and realized that we are almost midway though September! Here are some of the things that are on my list this week!
The summer months were so wonderful, and the extended daylight made it so easy to ‘blog in the moment’ and that early morning light worked well for that day’s inspiration. However, darker mornings (as well as the recent spate of grey, rainy days) have really thrown a monkey wrench into that process. I need to get back to Blog Planning and my list includes getting myself back to doing that. Yes, this means less spontaneous posts – but it also means less stress about photos and content for the day!
Likewise, summer meals also fit into the ‘in the moment’ category with practically no planning at all. However, as we enter fall that same meal spontaneity is not working quite the same. I need to get back on track with some actual meal planning. My list today includes doing some of that so there is a reduction in the recurring ‘what’s for dinner tonight’ conversations where the answer is ‘I have no idea’ LOL.
Finally, two weeks from tomorrow we head off to Michigan to visit the kids. Two weeks! I need to get my list going! Every year we take way too much stuff. This year, I am hoping to curb that significantly by curating last year’s list. Yes, past me made notes for future me in my journal! Hopefully, this year we will take just the right amount of stuff!
There you have my things for today! What are you planning this fall?
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Recently, Kym shared some excellent inspiration about checking in on your year. These were excellent reminders for me and have me thinking about some needed “course corrections” to move me back on track.
It is funny how easy it is to think you are on track but when you review where you are you realize that you have drifted off course a bit.
I have let activity slip and have become an expert excuse maker to myself to “make this okay.” And, while walking in gazillion degree heat might not be fun or making time to do Pilates can get lost in the shuffle, these are necessary for feeling good and more importantly – sleeping well – every day!
The Art of Being Busy can be overwhelming. I moved a couple of things off my “things I have to do list” but I am certain that there is more that I can do so I took Kym’s suggestion and have signed up for the “Busy Boycott” and am really looking forward to the changes this will bring! This challenge starts on Monday – so there is still time to sign up!
Finally, the change of seasons brings me to closet organization! (This looks really interesting, but I am not sure I am ready for that level of minimalism…yet!!) But, my plan is to begin Operation Closet Reorganization this weekend and focus on it for the next week or so. Yes, I am also being realistic in understanding that this will not be a quick project – which is a challenge in and of itself. I like to tackle things that will be easy to finish, and I tend to avoid things that are not. But, setting the expectation that this will take time will hopefully help the process!
There you have my things for this week! Want to see more interesting things? Head on over to Carole’s!
Today it’s all about things on PBS you don’t want to miss!
PBS has partnered with Chef Marcus Samuelsson in No Passport Required. The series follows Chef Samuelsson on his journey to some amazing cities across the US highlighting its unique immigrant culture. It comes at the most perfect time as well, this is the America I love living in… rich, diverse, and so delicious! I highly recommend it!
The Great American Read returns September 11 when America’s best-loved novel will be revealed! Have you voted yet? There is still time!
Finally, The Miniaturist debuts in September (at least at my PBS affiliate) and I am so looking forward to it!
There you have my things for this last Thursday in August! Want to see more, then head on over to Carole’s!
My triumvirate today is all about the power of the written word.
Last week The Boston Globe sent out the call and today, approximately 350 newspaper have answered by publishing editorials in support of a free press, decrying the Orange Ogre’s attacks against the media. You will find them here by state; their words are powerful and true.
Maddow shared how important spelling is. I admit to laughing but I was not really surprised at all but the spelling is epic…so epic!
This August seems to be completely fulfilling Derek Walcott’s spectacular poem: Dark August.
There you have my things for today. Want to see more things? Head on over to Carole’s!