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Getting Ready For An At Home Vacation

Starting Thursday I will be off work for almost 2 weeks. The plan is to get some things done around the house, do some reading, and enjoy myself. I have never been big on going places. Being home when you have worked 40+ years can be a treat. I wish I could work on the yard but it’s too hot in the Phoenix area this time of year. Come late September and October I will be able to enjoy the outdoors again.

The first item on my “To Do List” will be organizing. I’m a Virgo, an earth sign, that loves order but never has it that together. I have been reading Organize Now!: A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life by Jennifer Berry. It a great book to break down larger projects into smaller more manageable tasks. Ms. Berry is a professional organizer with a special talent for making the most complicated chore feel achievable. I liked the step by step method she uses, checklists and space to make notes were very helpful. Ms. Berry also has a web site that has lots of helpful hints http://www.jenniferfordberry.com/.

Let take my laundry room, it could be at home craft room or office. The room is large enough with built-in cabinets . The cabinet doors need some work , and a think a new coat of paint on the walls would give the decor a fresh new look. When we first moved in, 9 years ago, I painted the room in southwest colors. Now I would I want a more traditional modern look. The room has a large window that could use some curtains and I have a new shelf that I have never taken the time to mount.  I’ll post some before pictures of the roomon Friday

My Xanadu

After working the weekend shift at the hospital I though I might just rest, but after a short trip to Safeway I took a look at my bedroom and knew it needed a cleaning.

What I would love to do is take a year to clean, organize, and decorate my home. This project would include the house, the garage, attic storage, and yard. What makes it a huge job is all this has to happen on a tight budget and will require a lot of creative growth.

The creative part of myself has been dormant for the past 20 years, but I remember finding personal fulfilment and joy from creating things in my 20’s.

Today I felt a very simple pleasure from just getting my bedroom cleaned. I’m a Virgo, an earth sign, which enjoys putting everything in its place. I want to make my home my “Xanadu”, my space that reflects personality.

The easiest way is to pick a picture from a magazine and then copy that style. But that would not be me. Each item, each color, and every part of a real home reflects the souls that live there. Living is as much a “work of art” as a painting. And my life is a gallery.

What Do You Want For Your Life

It does not matter what part of life you face, “TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE”.  With the changes we, as a culture, have faced the past year it may require that you continue work pass your planned retirement.  If that is the case this blog may be for you!

It’s important to add enjoyable pastimes along with tips to make your life  fulfilling. It’s your journey and it up to you to make of it what you will. I want to share my journey with you. Plus I want to share some tips (and hopefully you will share tips) that has made my life an adventure in self discovery. I’m a BABY BOOMER, my parents were children of the depression and a part of WWII. Their stories are a part of my being.  Your stories will become a part of our children’s (we can talk about that later).

Passion, I want to talk about passion for life. What’s your passion???

Dreams. what have you done with life? What do you want to do?

What do I want to do????