year of living minimally

The Year of Living Minimally: Week Nine

This week was better than the last, overall, but there was some back and forth.

+/- I cooked healthy dinners, but still got sick in the middle of the week. I get a summer cold every year but I always forget, so I’m always moderately outraged when I get sick – “how could this happen to me?!” It was especially frustrating because I ate junk food the week before, then started eating healthy, THEN got sick. I think someone is telling me to not eat my vegetables…

+/- I saved money in some areas of my life, and spent money in other areas… Besides eating out once, the purchases weren’t frivolous, so I guess that’s mostly a positive.

+/- I feel like I have been taking advantage of my free time. I have been reading, but it’s productive reading because they are books I need to read for review or work. I haven’t been taking advantage of using that time to write my book or curriculum, though, which is what I really need to do to meet some deadlines… and because both are related to paychecks! Yikes.

A definite positive is that I have been washing dishes fairly regularly – almost every night, except the night my sickness hit hard. I like getting it done and getting it out of the way so it’s not hanging over my head. It makes the kitchen look nicer and cleaner, of course, and it’s quick and easy to wash up while I’m cooking dinner or after I make our lunches in the morning.

Cleaning the house and getting rid of things have taken a backseat lately. I still have a pile of stuff that will be donated eventually, or once I have a chance to add more, but really my focus right now is my mindset and my routines. It might sound stupid since I’m a grown up and should easily adjust to changes, but it takes me awhile to get used to new routines. The calendar year has brought a lot of job, family, house, and child care changes. It’s taken me some time to adjust to each, and then something else will change. And my summer schedule is different than my school year schedule will be in a few months, so even this is temporary and I am trying to just simplify my life enough to make these changes easier to adjust to, if that makes any sense. I’m not sure it even makes sense to me, but I am trying to make it all work and provide the most stability I can for my son, so that’s my focus right now.


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