January Resolutions Summary

For my new followers, who may not know about this, I have been working on my Happiness Project. I have become inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s book titled The Happiness Project. In case you haven’t heard about the book, it’s where she made monthly resolutions in order to improve herself and her lives. Each month she focused on a different aspect in her life. I sort of mimicked her style. In January she focused on ways she can boost her energy.

On the first of every month, I will write about my resolutions are, and why. And then on the last day of the month, I will write about my successes and my not so successful resolutions. It has been an exciting journey so far.

For more information about my own Happiness Project, feel free to click here;

https://threeyellowdaisies.ca/category/my-happiness-project/

This has been a bit of a difficult month for me, a lot of stresses, to be honest. But I think I was able to handle those stresses because I have been working on my Happiness Project. I dealt with helping my mom move, and she has a lot of things. Another thing that was stressful to me, at least, was babysitting my niece. I don’t have children, so the thought of having to watch someone else’s child(ren) gives me anxiety. But now that I have done it more times, I am getting used to it. But some days it’s hard because I have to say no to her, since she can’t climb on to the table.

My January resolutions were…

  1. Go to bed early
  2. Exercise more
  3. Organize
  4. Tackle a nagging task

I was able to do these resolutions, but for me the hardest one was going to bed late, mostly because my boyfriend likes to stay up late playing video games. So it is sometimes hard for me to go to bed when I like to. We live with other people, so we can’t really use the living room for his video game. So he has to play in our room, which is basically all we have to ourselves.

The easiest resolution that I was able to follow was organizing. I love organizing things, so it was easy for me to keep things organized, and get organized.

Tackling a nagging project is any projects that I need to get done, or should get should, but for whatever I keep putting off. I have brainstormed some ideas already, so I am able to do some of them when I have the time. I like to keep track of everything using a piece of paper, and when I accomplish a resolution, I put a red check mark beside all of the resolutions I have completed for the day.

I know that with as time goes by, I will find it easier to accomplish this in the upcoming weeks. I am starting to feel a bit more happier. Which is something I was hoping for. I can’t wait to be even more happier. I feel like these resolutions have been helpful, and I can’t wait to partake in the resolutions that I have made for myself in February. More to come about that tomorrow!

Day 12

Hey, sorry everyone. I had a busy day yesterday. I was helping my mom out with her packing for her move. And before I helped I had made chicken noodle soup and took a shower before seeing her.

I feel like her and I were able to get a lot done. I was trying to teach her how it was important to pack like items into a box, instead of what fits. I feel from experience, that packing like items in the same boxes makes things a lot easier when you are trying to unpack.

Today, I will try my best to organize things as I go. I will try to keep like items together in my house. I will try to find a “home” for every item, as well. Whenever I am finish with that item, I will be sure to put it back where I got it from.

Thankful Thursdays #25 – December 17th, 2020

I can’t believe I have been doing this for the past 25 weeks now. I feel so much better about myself. I hope you have been working on trying to feel more grateful with everything in your life. It may be challenging, but it gets easier to think of ways to express more gratitude.

Here is a list of things I am grateful for.

  1. I hung out with my sister earlier this week, it was extra quiet since that was the first time her and I hung out since the birth of her daughter. It felt odd, because my niece adds so much joy to their house. But I did get to see her after day care.
  2. I helped my sister organize her clothes, and I helped folded my niece’s laundry, as well. My sister organized my niece’s clothes since she has been growing.
  3. In my containers of things I had at my own at my mom’s house, I found a lot of older shirts that I haven’t worn in a bit, It was quite refreshing to see them and wear them again.
  4. I found my older mugs, including two more Christmas/winter mugs, and my giraffe mug.
  5. Getting my room ready for the new year. I’m doing that by moving some of my furniture to dust the baseboards and clean the walls. I’m also finding a new home for some of my new belongings.

Thankful Thursdays #24 – December 10th, 2020

It’s hard to believe that I have been doing this for six months now. I feel like this activity has benefited me in more ways than one. I encourage everyone to express gratitude at least once a week. You don’t have to write it down, or type it out, even just thinking or talking about what you are grateful is helpful, too.

Every Thursday, I write about what I am thankful for.

Here is a list of the things I am thankful for this week.

  1. I am happy and appreciate the love and kindness from my followers by liking my posts, and having conversation throughout the comment section. I have gained another 100 followers in three and a half weeks, and I am now over 600 followers. I had no idea I was going to have this many followers when I first started out.
  2. My boyfriend and I have stopped having take out for a bit. That way we can save some more money, and eat more healthier. We have had a lot of delicious home cooked meals this week. I love cooking, so that makes me happy.
  3. I got to see my sister and niece today. She is part of my bubble, and our boyfriends work together, so it’s okay for us to see each other. We had a lot of fun together. My niece got her bangs cut, just beforehand. She looks extra cute.
  4. I got my last container from my sister’s house. I am so excited, because now I can finally go through my belongings. It makes me really proud of myself. I’ll be working through that this weekend.
  5. I got to play with my niece earlier tonight, she was showing me all of her toys in her room while my sister was making us dinner.

Let me know some of the things you are grateful for this week. šŸ™‚

Write in a Journal

In this edition of Feel Good Fridays, I’m hear to talk about the benefits of writing in a journal. If you aren’t much a writer, you can draw a picture, or just jot down some ideas and feelings.

This is a post where I try to encourage us to incorporate small ways to make healthy choices and feel good about ourselves even on what appears to the worst day ever.

Writing in a journal is so simple. It has the power to help calm our minds from racing. You can write out a to-do list, which helps you organize your tasks and shows you which ones to prioritize the important ones, and what needs to be done next. You can write about your goals, and how to make them come true. You can use it to keep your goals on track.

It helps reduce stress, while increasing your creativity as well. It’s your journal, so you can decorate it, however you see fits your style. You can decide when and how often you wish to write in it. You can write every day, or weekly. There are no rules, make your own.

Day 96 of 192

This is more miscellaneous stuff from the container I had carelessly set aside some of my belongings into a container. Clearly not a lot of thought was put into this. To be fair, I was pressed for time to pack up my room.

I often wondered why I allowed myself to be weighed down by all of these unnecessary objects.

Digital Declutter: I am making it a habit to spend ten minutes organizing and deleting my photos from my laptop.

Day 66 of 192

This decluttering journey has been liberating. I am so happy with the progress I have been making.

Today, I am donating this pencil sharpener, that I no longer need or use.

Digital Declutter: I have also deleted ten photos from my phone that I no longer need. It’s a start for finally (digitally) organizing my photos into albums onto my phone. It’s long overdue.

Quarantine

So, where do I begin… I have been off work since mid March due to medical reasons and anxiety. I must say, I have learned a lot of myself that I wouldn’t have gotten to known without all of this extra time. I am really thankful to have had this spare time.

I understand that these were uncertain times for others, but I tried to do my part by limiting the spread of the virus, and perhaps passing it off to others, by staying home. And I know that not everyone had this opportunity, so I hope everyone stays safe.

My boyfriend and I just moved in with one of his friend’s a month prior to my time off from work. I was able to organize and reorganize our room. I was able to remove things that didn’t have much value in our lives. That was a really fun experience.

I am returning back to work tomorrow, so I am little nervous. I know that where I am, there are still cases, but it’s not a relatively large number of cases. It still makes me nervous, but I will make it my priority to stay safe.

These are the things I am going to miss, when I return to work…

  1. Being able to sleep whenever I am tired, and not worrying about having to set an alarm. I can fall asleep at any time. Some days I took full advantage of that. I know this wasn’t healthy, but some nights I slept for ten hours. It was such a luxury to stay in bed until I wanted to do something else.
  2. Having time to exercise. I enjoyed going for a walk in the neighbourhood, especially since it is a new neighbourhood. I was able to make space in my room for my yoga mat to practice yoga routines, and meditation. I live pretty far from where I work, so by the time I leave in the morning, work, come back it’s basically dinner time. I know, I am not the only one who has this problem, and I know that some people have children to take care of as well. But I see the problem, and I have solutions to fix this situation.
  3. The feeling of not being stressed or anxious about a work related problem. It has been peaceful to not have to deal with any of these problems.
  4. The freedom of having spare time. I had time to declutter, read books, clean and blog again. I am so thankful for using this time for good use for myself.
  5. It made me realize that I can do and be anything I want. I would love to be my own boss, and have freedom doing whatever I like. I loved creating my own schedule and my own to-do list. That is probably the thing I am going to miss the most from the whole quarantine. It was such a luxury. The whole experience made me realize that I am always one decision from a different life.

I will try to continue to do the things I have learnt during this spare time. I will also try to coordinate the things I had time to do, into my new schedule.

Day Eleven

We are almost done with the 21 Day Challenge.

I have always been a book worm my whole life. I would always sacrifice my sleep just to find out how my book ends.

My boyfriend and I have a tradition which is we go out to a book store and buy a book for our birthday as well as a hot beverage or a cold beverage from a local coffee shop.

I have a passion of collecting books as well. My favourite books are the Harry Potter series. Iā€™m a huge fan of J.K. Rowlingā€™s work. She is a brilliant author. I also enjoy reading self help books and hearing other people overcome their triumphs and struggles. It gives me a lot of inspiration and motivation to do and be better. These books help me have better habits and routines.

Which books are you mostly grateful for? And how do you organize your books?

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Hi there!

Since we are at the end of the week, I thought I would address how I like to begin my week.

Mondays

Bathrooms: I normally begin with placing the toilet cleaner inside the bowl of the toilet. I move on to cleaning the mirrors and sink while the toilet cleaner is setting in. My Grandma told me this trick to clean out the drain. It’s a real simple trick, and you only need two ingredients – baking soda and vinegar. I use white vinegar because I find it more acidic than the others. Let hot water run down the sink for about 30 seconds or so, and then turn off the water add some baking soda and wait for it to form a paste. After it becomes a paste, I combine vinegar, which makes a little volcano. Wait a little bit for it to go down the drain. Once that is completed, I finish off with turning the faucet on to hot water, leave it running for a minute. After that I wipe down the sink, the faucet and around the sink. Next I begin to spray my shower cleaner onto the shower walls, while I tend to the toilet. Afterwards I tend to the shower walls and tub. I like to finish cleaning the tub with placing baking soda and vinegar, the same method from above in the tub, because I find that’s what the tub sparkle. I use this method for all the sinks and the shower drain as well. I also like to change my bath tub curtain. I also dust the blinds and baseboards. I like to finish cleaning the bathroom by sweeping and mopping. I find it easier to place my shower gear (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc.) in a container under the sink, so the bottles don’t get covered in soap build up. I just clean them up after each shower.

Laundry: I like to split up my laundry by doing a few loads throughout the week. On Mondays I like to wash my towels and my cleaning rags,

Tuesdays

Living Room: I personally only allow myself to eat snacks in the living room, and one beverage. I normally eat my meals at the dining room. Unless something major is on TV, than I make the exception. Although, I do try to limit myself from eating in the living room. I find that this helps with keeping things cleaned when I don’t eat in the living room as much. I dust off the TV, dust the walls and blinds and the baseboards. I like to finish with a thorough sweep and mop.

Wednesdays

Bedroom(s): I make sure everything is in its place. I clean and change my sheets, pillowcases and curtains. I don’t like having much clutter on my dresser and night stand. I make sure that any important mail and emails are placed in its binder. During my tax season, I receive my important documents and ensure they kept safe until I need to file my taxes. I dust my walls, baseboards, then I finish by sweeping and mopping. There is nothing better than crawling into a bed of fresh sheets.

Laundry: Linens

Thursdays

Kitchen: Because where I live, Thursdays are when the new flyer comes out for the grocery stores. So I make sure I check my fridge and pantry to ensure my salad dressings, broth, spices, and other kitchen staples are still good. And it also gives me a sense as to what is expiring soon, so I can incorporate them in the upcoming meals. Next, after checking for spoiled food, which I try my best to not waste any food, I wash down my cupboards and my fridge. I clean my sink and drain. I like to replace my sponge once a week because of how often I wash dishes. I then sweep and mop the floors.

After I clean up my kitchen, I then prepare my grocery list, and decide what we are going to have for the week.

Fridays

Grocery Shop: Whenever my boyfriend comes back home from work, we go out to the grocery store with our list. We have Take-Out Fridays, it’s a nice way to end the week and we tend to watch a movie or watch our of our shows together. And it works out well because we don’t have a lot of time after we finish grocery shopping to come back and make dinner.

Saturdays

Laundry: We spend our day doing our clothes laundry. Because I did the chores throughout the week, I find that we are able to enjoy our time better with each other.

Sundays

Meal Prep: As the week comes to a close, I like to make some of our dinners and lunches as well as snacks for the week. This way I just place everything in the freezer with aluminium foil to seal in the freshness. I like to make a big container of salad (although I slice tomatoes and place them in a separate container, so they don’t make my salad soggy). That way throughout the day I just scoop the salad in a bowl and add croutons and dressing. I don’t add the croutons to the container because they are known to become soggy. I like using my crock pot on Mondays because I can chop up everything on Sundays and it’s practically good to go Monday morning.

This schedule may not be for everyone, and that’s okay. So don’t feel bad if you can’t do these chores on these certain days. You know yourself, so never be afraid to always try your best.