OLW: February

This month my word light was all about the weight. Personal weight. 2 kids down and my midsection could tell you a story or two about pregnancy, stretchmarks, late night snacking and eating on the hoof. My thighs would probably chime in with some cupcake anecdote while it was at it.

And so, after a bit of research here and there, I’ve basically cut down on my carbs (especially from grains) and upped my protein, leafy vegetable and animals fats. I’m only a couple of weeks in but so far so good. I need to have an organized supply of food with me at all times because so many snacks are carb and sugar heavy.

I’m not eating a ton of fruit, I’ve had only small amounts of dark chocolate, a couple of cupcakes (after my decorating class), one small glass of Coke (I actually asked for diet, not that I’m a big fan of that, but the guy didn’t hear), no crisps, biscuits, bread, bagels, pasta (oh, tell a lie one piece of special stripy pasta I got for the kids :D) and only today did I have rice.

I’d like to be a bit stricter about it but with my current work situation, and a lot of travel, I think the 80/20 rule is the way to go here. I’ve also joined my local Curves class and gone for my first session but it is looking a bit sticky for fitting in the recommended three classes a week, purely because of their open hours.

This isn’t a one month project by any means but it is a start.

As for March, I was meant to be light on commitments but that really hasn’t worked out (for all the best reasons) so I think I shall go with light as in sunny disposition. I shall need it. Some positive attitude and lightheartedness all round which will be a nice change from the previous month’s hard slog at work.

Lightening the load.

January was a month of decluttering. We aren’t done yet by a long way but a good number of large bags have been distributed to charity shops far and wide. My parents are big charity shop fans and often go to other towns to poke about, so to ‘share the love’ and because the lady in our local Oxfam was starting to wonder where we were getting all this stuff they took some bags of donations with them.

What did I learn? I do a lot of wishful purchasing sometimes. Mostly of craft projects. Lord knows I barely have time to scrapbook (something I’m very keen on) let alone teach myself beading, modelling, weaving, face cream making, sourdough baking or knitting ten varieties of yoghurt. And yet the dream persists and I find myself with many more kits on my hand than time at my disposal. Particularly poignant were the cross stitch kits that I’ve been meaning to get around to for years. They’ve gone for the most part. I have embroidery silks; patterns are abundant; my time for hours and hours of needlework is not now.

I read a book on decluttering (Paul brought it home. He will admit to being a packrat but he attracts masses and masses of paperwork to him.) and it had a simple system, similar to my own that I have always used to decide on whether belongings are becoming clutter. The nice thing is it stated in black and white what has always been in my head: It’s okay to let something go, realise you need it and buy it back because that will happen for 1 in 1000 items. I got rid of a cookbook a while back and this week I thought, bum, I could have done with some of those now. I went to reorder – only to find there was now a revised Kindle edition. Perfect, a more convenient format, and still only a few pounds. I guess I never was destined to be a hoarder as such. I’m more easy come, easy go but I need to pick my projects and focus a little more.

I started finding ways to lighten the load of finding or putting away. We have a lunchbox basket now for lunch making things. A library bag for our books (complete with library cards). A large bag for everyone’s swimming things (beach towels, cossies, armbands, money for lockers etc). We’ve emptied out all our dvd cases and put the dvds in two large wallets.

I also discovered that really if I want any decluttering doing, I have to do it and ignore the protest squawks. Case in point: six weeks after bringing it up, our office is still full of unsorted paperwork. I also began to think about using up the stuff we like. About thinning down. Being light of load. Having space for more and it not getting lost.

Still a work in progress.

February is all about lightening the body. It’s no longer baby weight if your baby is 18 months old. Botheration. I’m also getting my teeth fixed A good number of fillings, boo, but some lightening of a different sort too – not to mention of my wallet.. March is already set by necessity. That’s all about lightening burden. More to follow I guess

One Little Word 2011: Light.

So, like a ton of other people, I have gone through the process of choosing a word for 2011. I like this better than resolutions, which are too specific and easy to fail without bringing any good.

Last year, I didn’t have a word that stuck because I had too much going on to commit to something new and I didn’t really give it as much thought as I should have done to make it work. The year before I chose complete – and I had it put on a beautiful necklace which I worse almost everyday, and I considered hard what the word meant to me in relation to the goals I had for myself. This year my word is light.

Lighter in weight and frame.
Lighter in commitments.
Light around my environment.
Light at home.
Light as pixels and connections.
Light in photography.
Light in the outside world.
Light and life to all she brings.
Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones.
Light as beauty.
Light in spirit.

(Weirdly, I picked the same word as Ali Edwards (whom I first learned this concept from back in 2006) independently. I saw that she had chosen hers and it was just another sign that light was something I needed.)

So, I’ve bought another necklace with my word on from an Etsy seller. I’ve joined Ali’s class at Big Picture classes and bought up some supplies. I’m set to take on the year and its challenges. I am genuinely excited for 2011.

Let there be light.