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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

joy and sparkle


With the start of the new year, I've once again declared myself smoke free, and I'm back to strapping on the pedometer and getting my healthy money.  Another quarter, another round of health incentives.

In addition to giving us credit for the number of steps we take each day, the program sometimes offers supplemental "challenges" for bonus points.  This week, we have the "Aim High Challenge" where we set our "number-1 priority" each day.  I don't even have to meet the goal, just have to set it.  Heck, in reality, I don't even really have to set it.  Just say that I did, and *BAM*, points.

But it wouldn't feel right to cheat.  And I've actually been trying to do this anyway.  Spring semester doesn't start until next week.  We get a long winter break because the university does this "winterim" session where they offer a few one-week long concentrated classes.  That's going on now.

So, in the meantime, I'm taking care of a few necessary mundane things while also continuing to call upon my "fresh eyes" to make a few simple home improvements.  This has mainly involved getting rid of crap, and I'm enjoying that immensely.


I've heard of this popular book, but haven't yet read it.  I do get a kick out of reading some of the reviews.  From them, I get a feel of how this book is written and why it may cause a few snickers.

In short, the author apparently advises to get rid of anything that doesn't "spark joy".   My fresh eyes are finding a lot of non-sparking things.







I thought I would get into the spirit of the Aim High Challenge along with this life-changing tidying magic and set a few number-1 priorities to outline my week.

  • Monday: Go through dresser drawers - (got rid of two joyless pairs of pants, yay)
  • Tuesday:  Go through the food storage.  I've got a feeling there are some joylessly expired items in there.
  • Wednesday:  Win the Powerball Jackpot
  • Thursday: Research joyously sparkling islands for purchase
  • Friday:  Make a list of things to do with the rest of 500+ million dollars (after taxes)

Okay then.  All pretty doable, I'd say.  Should be a productive week.

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14 comments:

  1. We have the same goal for Wednesday. I better buy a ticket so my chances increase a little microscopic bit! I did win $9 last week on a scratcher I got for Christmas.

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    1. Same Wednesday goal? Really? What are the odds...

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  2. Blimey most of my house is full of things that don't spark joy. If I could rid of them all I'd be sitting here alone in a house with a computer. :D

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    1. It's tempting sometimes isn't it.

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  3. I'm hoping to win the Powerball too. But not enough to buy a ticket. If you win, remember your friends in Illinois???
    Congrats on committing to another year of good health. Something tells me you'll rock it.

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    1. "When" we win, you guys are invited to the party!

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  4. Winning the lottery is part of things to do?
    Ha, I always wish to conquer the planet. But only achieved doing so one class at a time :)

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    1. Win the Powerball jackpot, conquer the planet. Your odds of succeeding are likely better than mine.

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  5. Sounds like doable goals. "Aim high". But I hate to break it to you, I've already got the winning tickets.

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    1. Impossible. I specifically requested a "winning" ticket.

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  6. That book is all the rage, it seems. I'm all for decreasing clutter but I like my socks in potatoe balls so I can't embrace the entire concept. Good for you for walking and good luck in the Powerball! No lottery here in Nevada, so chance of winning for us.

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    1. I'm fine with potato socks. Aw, no powerball in Nevada. I suppose you have plenty of other ways to lose money there.

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  7. Those of us who are Virgos (and have OCD) have no need for those books...maybe we write them? ;)

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  8. I have some "improve the household" type goals as well this year. My walls are screaming for fresh paint. But I don't think I need a book to tell me that the bread making machine we haven't used in years can go. And if I get rid of everything that doesn't spark joy, the vacuum goes and that kind of defeats the overall purpose of the book, doesn't it?

    Sorry you didn't win the jackpot, but look on the bright side. Now you don't have to deal with all the hassles of lawyers and long-lost relatives wanting a piece of the pie.

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