Sunday, September 26, 2010

10 days down!

I have just passed the 10 day mark on the OCM and No-Poo.

My skin has never looked better, my hair has never felt better. I hope I never have to put soap on my face or shampoo on my hair again.

On the home front - we've shown the house 5 times and today we had a couple come back for a second time! I hope that's a good sign!

On the hook right now - Just finished an ami for a swap over at the Ville. I'd love to put up a picture but I can't until my swap partner gets it. Ohhhhh....the anxiety. I hope she likes it.

I'm way behind on Christmas stuff and on squares for swaps. My brain has been here there and everywhere. I have to get focused.

Well, it's pouring rain and gloomy today. Maybe that's contributing to my fogginess.

Off to hook for a bit.

Give'um heaven!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Voluntary Simplicity -

It's Saturday. Today my DH and I are going to tackle the bedroom closet. I started my side this week and got brutal about what to keep and what to give away. It was liberating! Seeing all those clothes that I wanted to keep just in case I dropped 10 lbs and could wear them again go to Goodwill was like a sigh of relief. Every time I looked in my closet those items would jump out at me and remind me of past failures. Life is too short to walk through it feeling like you've failed!!!

I'm flippin' that script! Instead I can say that I win! I win because I gave someone some new clothes, a job and a chance to feel good. I win because I just let go of the negative feelings. I win because my journey to simplicity just took a giant step forward!

Matt 10:9,10 -Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I like Burgundy and gold together.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Ok - I had to post - my hair is super soft. There are no tangles!!!!! Hear me! I have at least 4 products for detangling on my shelf right now. I am wild about this! Tomorrow is a purge day for sure! I can yard sale all the hair products that claim to soften, defrizz and do miracles. YA-HOOOOOOO!!!!!

Time to get serious

After boxing up many things and preparing a little here and there for the move I thought we may have to be inconvenienced by having to 'make do' with less things. Well guess what? We haven't missed anything!

For weeks my head has been in the get rid of it mode. I despise clutter! But I'm always afraid to get rid of too much because DH like things...lots of things. Well, I'm on the downhill slide to turning 50 and moving into a new house and starting a ministry. All these new beginnings have opened my heart. In the quiet times when I am crocheting the Spirit tells me and shows me how much can be stripped down. Simplicity is the motto now.
When Jesus called His disciples He told them to just come. Don't pack a suitcase, don't go by the ATM, don't make elaborate preparations - just come. Simple, so simple.

I always thought that our house was pretty simple, not too cluttered, etc.. but.. when you start opening closets, looking in the basement, pulling out drawers and looking in cabinets you see how much junk you've pushed out of sight and out of mind. I realized that I have over 20 pairs of socks. WHY!?! Some of them are ratty but I won't part with them. They take up a whole drawer in the dresser. This makes no sense because I only wear them in cold weather and I only wear the ones I like. So that means that about 12 pairs that need to go.

I tried the No Poo method of washing my hair today. Incredible! It's soft and had the least amount of tangles that it's had in years! Right now, I probably have 15 hair products. I didn't like any of them but I kept looking for the Holy Grail of hair care, buying more things that didn't work and watching the shelf in the bathroom closet fill up.

I'm on day 3 of the OCM for my face. Fantastic! Skin is releasing blackheads, whiteheads and feels super soft. That being said, I don't even want to tell you how many facial lotions and potions I have accumulated.

A huge purge is coming!

Voluntary simplicity, Minimalism, Minsumer, Purgist - Call it what you want, that's what my spirit tells me that I need. It feels good.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

OCM and No Poo

I read an article about cleaning your face with the Oil Cleansing Method. So I started researching it and I was impressed. The other thing I came across was the No Poo method of hair care. Both of these are going to be implemented and tried for 1 month.

1. OCM - A mixture of Castor Oil, EVOO and Jojoba oil. Rub a quarter size amount of the oil onto face and massage for at least one minute. Wet a face cloth with very hot water and wring out. Lay the cloth on the face and let steam until cool. Rinse face with warm water and towel dry.

This is day 2 of the OCM. I had a few white heads and a black head on my chin. They have come up and are coming out. My face is a lot softer and I didn't need moisturizer.

2. The No Poo method of hair care.
My hair is wirey and dry and the more stuff I try the worse it gets. There has been a bunch of hair fall and breakage.
Ok - the no poo method.
too lazy to type it out so here is the deal...

I'll do oil treatments once a week and the no poo twice a week. I'll start this tomorrow. Was going to start today but had a house showing and it messed up my afternoon.

I am so ready to get rid of things and stuff and just all the clutter and junk in our lives. I'm reading about the Clothing diet, Simple Living and Declutter/Destressing.

My crochet is coming along and there is no desire to pare down my giving away squares, making things for others or relaxing with a hook in my hands. Those are the things that make life grand.

Stay tuned for the OCM and No Poo trial.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Even in my dreams.

For the third time I dreamed I was frogging a piece of crochet. Three times I've had that dream and have no idea why.Anyone want to weight in on that?

In real crochet I have been in such a funk. I make a square and then not like it. Make something different and then not like it. I want to make myself something but I don't know what to make.

I got my kit swap partner over at Crochetville. Now that is going to be fun! I can't wait to decide on what to make her. I'm pretty sure I know what tote to do. Maybe if I start on that it will un-funk-a-fy me. :)

Well today I get to go to a coffee with some ladies from church. It'll be good to get out and be with some friends.

Still waiting to sell this house...getting a little blue about it not selling. But it will come.