2018 Items In 90 Days – Week 1

We have officially finished week one of the 90 day challenge. How has it gone on your end?

We have made some progress, we haven’t went through stuff every day of the week but we have made progress. I have enlisted the help of my family to go through stuff. I figure that I need the help and encouragement that they bring when going through stuff so they need to help.

We have gotten rid of 140 items this week. Not a bad start. I am hoping that we will get rid of more this coming week.

Remember as you are going through stuff that your house didn’t get like this overnight and it will take time to go through stuff. Our goal is to make progress, even if we see little good from it. Take our 140 items for example, we have 140 items less than what we had but we really haven’t made a dent in the clutter that we have accumulated over the years. The point is we are making progress.

Let’s start going through stuff.

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Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary

We recently went to Dauphin Island in Alabama for the day for the sole purpose of going to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. All though we have been to Dauphin Island a few times before, we didn’t know about this hidden jem.

Once we found the bird sanctuary, it was fairly simple since it is on the main road, we made our way down the dirt road into the parking lot. Once we parked and got out, we looked at the map of the trail. They had some paper maps that you could take also, which we made sure we had one to bring along with us.

Once we were ready, it was time to start our adventure for the day. There are 6 trails that you can do, each one kind of connecting to another one. The longest one is 1.7 miles, but the others are about half a mile long.

 

You can even get to the beach from the trails and you can walk along the beach for a while.

We didn’t get to do all the trails the day we went here, but we will be going back to explore some of the other trails sometime soon.

Our family has done some hiking before going on these trails,we actually go 2-3 times a month walking somewhere. We were really impressed with this trail system. It was well kept and very well marked. There was several markers, marking what trees were what as well as some animals that you can see.

Since this is a bird sanctuary, there are many places where you can stop along the way to look at the birds. Daughin Island is actually one of the top 4 locations for bird viewing in North America, so you will see birds.

Even if you don’t like bird watching, this is an excellent place to go and walk around. I know most people would thoroughly enjoy it. I know we did and we will be exploring some more of the trails in the near future.

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This is my Mississippi – At one of the Biloxi Piers

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Welcome to the 2018 Items in 90 Days Challenge

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2018 Items in 90 Days challenge!

Who else is excited to start this challenge? I know I am. This is going to be the year I get rid of lots of clutter. We ended last year by getting rid of a lot of stuff and I am hoping to continue that momentum during this challenge.

 

As you are going through stuff I want you to look at stuff and ask yourself, “Do I need this?”, and “Do I  love this item?”  Asking myself those questions usually helps me determine if I am going to keep this item.  Sometimes I Just can’t decide, so I just keep the item. I know I can’t do that all the time, but my plan right now is that I will be going back through stuff eventually this year. My goal right now is to just get rid of some of the easy stuff. The hard stuff will be coming later.

So let’s get going on this challenge. We can do this. Let’s make 2018 our year to get rid of clutter.

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2018 Items in 90 Days – Three Month Challenge

One of the things I will be working on this year is getting rid of stuff. Over the years we have collected way too much stuff and it is beginning to get a little out of hand. I am getting a little bit anxious about it also. So this year I am planning to go through the whole house and get rid of stuff that we no longer need or want. Let me tell you that living in the same house for 22 years we have collected a lot of stuff. The time has come that we need to clean house, so to speak and get rid of stuff.

Since this is my mission for this year, I decided that I need to jump start this goal by having a 90 day challenge. The challenge will be 90 days and the goal is to get rid of at least 2018 items, since we are in the year 2018. I am hoping to surpass that goal, so we will see.

If you want to join me, in this 90 day challenge and I hope you will, it will start on January 8th and go through April 7th. I will not be assigning anything over the course of the challenge, but I will be updating you on my progress and encouraging you along the way on Monday’s throughout the challenge.

Again I hope you will join me and we can get rid of some clutter that is in our homes.

Let me know in the comments if you will be joining me n this challenge.

 

 

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Looking forward into the new year…

This past year has been a hard one for our family,  but we are making the best of it and moving forward. We realize that we need to change a lot of things on so many fronts and we are going to make the best of it and try to make the changes that need to be done.

Every year I usually pick a theme for the new year and this year I have chosen the theme Learning to Soar. I thought this theme was perfect for this coming year since I have so much that needs to be worked on that I need to stop just surviving and actually learn to live more freely.

For several years I have done a list of goals on a paper in different categories, but this year I decided to change it up some and instead of the usual way I list my goals I have listed them in list form. I thought this would be so much easier for me to have a list and cross it off when I accomplish it. So far I have a list of 20 items on my list and I am starting to work on that list.

I am looking forward to this coming year and hoping to accomplish many things as well as learn some thing along the way.

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This is my Mississippi – Ship Island Beach

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This is my Mississippi – Christmas Tree from the Tree Farm

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Your not boring, it is just called stability.

It was that time of the year again to go to the hospital to get some blood work done. I gave my doctor’s office a hard time when I had to give blood one time that after having 4 people try to find my veins, they sent me to the hospital lab. So now after several years of going to the hospital every 6 months for lab work, I am accustomed to how things work there. I am usually in and out within 15 minutes.

First stop is to sign in, then see another person to get checked in and then finally off to the lab for them to attempt to find my veins. If  am lucky they find it on the first try. Then afterwards it is time to leave. This has been my life for years now, every six months just like clockwork. We jokingly say my husband and I are going on a date to the hospital to get our blood work done. He now get his done there since we have to go there for mine. We just wish it was 2 for the price of one, but I guess that won’t happen.

This last time we went, as we were getting checked in, one of the questions they ask you, is your address and insurance still the same? I said yes, and quickly said, “I guess we are just boring, nothing ever changes.” The lady checking us in looked at me and said, “No that is called stability.” I was just taken back that that statement.

We have as a family been through some rough times here lately and I wouldn’t consider our circumstances having any stability at all. It seems like we have been in a state of upheaval for some time. It has been one giant roller coaster ride for about 4 months now. So when she sad it was called stability, I couldn’t believe what she told me.

The more I thought about it, I realized she was right. Things could be rougher, but thankfully we have a house, insurance as well as food, electricity, water, a car and other things as well. Our lives could look a lot different than what it does. So I guess we do have stability in our life right now.

After we left the hospital, I told my husband that the lady didn’t know she was a therapist this morning. We both had to laugh at that. Then it was off to get some coffee and continue on our regular 6 month date to get our blood work done and be thankful that we had some stability in our lives.

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This is my Mississippi – Snowfall

This past week we saw some snow, which for some of us is a big deal. We haven’t seen any snow here in several years now, so this was a treat.

Living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we hardly ever see snow and when we do it is a big deal. This time we didn’t see much, but we will take anything we can get even if it is just a dusting at our house.

It sure was fun to get outside and enjoy the snow while it lasted.

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