Decluttering from A to Z

A to Z Challenge (2016), Motivation

My mind and space is so full that it is overflowing!  So, I decided to participate in my first ever A to Z Blogging Challenge.  This means I will have to post everyday in April starting tomorrow (except Sundays).  For any of my friends or acquaintances that know my schedule  and may be wondering why I am taking on yet another thing – this is going to actually help me!

My mind and personal space is cluttered!  Unfortunately, that clutter turns into excuses.  I don’t like making or hearing excuses.  

I will not only be challenged to blog, but to eliminate the waste in my environment and deal with the thoughts (good and bad) that plague me.  I am not sure how this will go, but I plan to make it happen!

Each day, I will post using the next letter in the alphabet representing some aspect of decluttering my mind and personal space (at home and in my classroom at work).

I am also looking forward to reading everyone else’s posts in the challenge!

Keep Calling


I liked these words so much I wanted to share them…

The Black Poe

Keep Calling

I am a child of God, and I’m here for a reason. Nothing can’t stop me, not even a bad season. When the pain knocks me to my knees, I get back up. He keeps me moving, anytime I get stuck. Sometimes my mind feels gone, but my heart remains the same. Even in the darkness, I keep calling his name…


Have you ever felt like the more positive moves you make in your life, the more negative things keep happening? I don’t know about you, but I have. It will make you question everything around you and everything that you’re doing. The one thing you can’t do is lose faith. When positive moves seem to bring negative results, that is a test of your faith. Keep calling on God through the tough times and watch you destroy mountains of burden that you thought were impenetrable.

What if your bad…

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Just me…lots of likes!



When I post just my profile picture on my personal Facebook page, I get over 100 likes in a matter of a couple of days.   While that might feed my ego (not a good thing), it makes me wonder what my FB friends and family are thinking.  When I post a meme, it is the same reaction, unless it is controversial. 

When I post anything (with words) I consider to be important or profound (such as education, world peace, religion or even political issues), I get less than 10 likes (sometimes a little better).  Now, I am not driven by likes, but I do notice the patterns.  

So, I ponder these questions:  

  • Are Facebookers different from Bloggers (realizing that many do both as I do)?   
  • Do bloggers prefer short posts as opposed to long?  
  • If so, is it because people are busy and less is better?  
  • Or, do people just like images better than words?

I take the time to read posts (even long ones in social media), then I most often will comment if I can.  I like a lot of stuff on FB and blogs, so that is why I wonder about others.

What do you think?  Please share in comments…

Healthy Foods

Motivation, Nutrition

In the article, 20 Healthiest Foods on Earth, the author reminds us that there are super foods that we can use to nourish our bodies daily.

As you read this list, ask yourself how many of these foods do you eat – once in a while, consistently, or not at all?

  1. Spinach
  2. Goji Berries
  3. Salmon
  4. Avocado
  5. Quinoa
  6. Broccoli
  7. Almonds
  8. Beets
  9. Sweet Potatoes
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Kale
  12. Raspberries
  13. Black beans
  14. Cantaloupe
  15. Artichokes
  16. Watermelon
  17. Grapefruit
  18. Asparagus
  19. Kelp
  20. Cabbage

Lately, I am very aware of the foods that I eat.  My main grocery store is Sprouts (can’t afford Whole Foods) and Trader Joes does not always have enough of what I want.  For some reason, I feel at home with Sprouts.  It feels good to shop alongside like-minded health conscious people who love themselves enough to seek out the best in nutrition (not judging those who aren’t there yet).

I am in this place because I HATE taking medication and I did not like the thought of getting larger in size than I already was.  So, no more excuses for me!  My pain was starting to be greater than my pleasure when it came to dining out and eating whatever I wanted to.

In December of 2015, I started by green smoothie detoxing and graduated to cooking with higher quality foods.  Many on the list I now eat regularly.  Goji berries, raspberries, grapefruit, and kelp are the only things I do not eat.  I have nothing against the berries, hate grapefruit (always have) and haven’t figured out how to incorporate kelp yet.  Everything else I’m pretty consistent with.

So, why does this matter?  Well, my last physical checkup results are the proof in the matter.  I had perfect results!  Not one aspect of my blood work was positive for anything abnormal – in other words – all thumbs up!  This is the first time that has happened since my 20’s in age.  I am now 51 years old.  Let me be clear:  I was previously diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder, Lupus (twice falsely), Rhuematoid Arthritis, Edema, and Hypothyroidism.  When I was self-employed, I was uninsurable based on these so-called pre-existing conditions.

Now, after eliminating refined sugar, white flour, other simple carbohydrates from my diet, and eating from this healthy foods list, I am healthy!  The only thing I have to be careful about is my blood pressure (hypertension).  This has a lot to do with my schedule and stress reduction (working on it).

So, as a believer in eating well to improve your overall health and extend your life, I care and share this with you.  Check this site out for full details about the foods on the list: There are a lot of informative lists and helpful tips that are well worth the read!

Peace and blessings!


Reboot me…


I have not blogged for a few days.  Perhaps because I am overwhelmed with tasks and responsibility.  Oh! That is an excuse!  I’m been listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer’s audiobook, Excuses Begone and reading Organize Now!, written by Jennifer Ford Berry.

I started listening to Excuses Begone first which led me to realize that I am often excusing myself or making excuses for why I can not or have not done something.  It’s the usual: I am in school; I am tired; I teach school; I am a mother; I am overweight; I have a hernia; I am 51 years old; blah, blah, blah…

So, as I began to eliminate excuses from my repertoire, it was only in word – my deeds were still cluttered and confusing.  What to do and when.  In addition to that, I realized I was not blogging.  I love to blog!  I love reading blogs!  So,  I am falling behind in school.  Teaching is becoming frustrating (not because of the kids) because of the administrative side.  My new healthy nutritional lifestyle was starting to slip and I was diagnosed at a recent emergency room visit as hypertensive (high blood pressure).  Really?

I found Organize Now! on a bookshelf at Fedex at a moment when I was searching for a message or something to inspire me to make another change in my life.   That is my pattern: pain, passion, and purpose.

It’s painful for me to feel out of control and detached from what I love.  My son is graduating from high school and he needs me to help him navigate at this critical point in his life.  My husband and I are reconciling after a two year separation.  My mother and I are finally “getting along” enough to have a friendship at this stage in our lives.  I desire to be the best Middle School Teacher I can be for the kids.  This means finishing the teaching internship and graduating in December, 2016.  There is so much more to me and what I am capable of.  I am passionate about helping people, but I must help myself first.

I just read on a blog, Survivor Road, “I am grateful for their willingness to go beyond simple text and actually give glimpses into the person behind the words.”  The author, Marcus, was referring to blogs he nominated for an award.  I realize that it is risky to actually give glimpses into one’s self, but it is therapuetic.

Today, I am challenged to do an enormous amount of coursework in an effort to catch up for my teaching internship.  Not an excuse, but reality.  I must reboot and make it happen.  I realize that blogging inspires me because I am passionate about people and connectedness – whether one or fifty people read this post, I have connected with someone and that feels good.

Thanks Marcus for inspiring me to give a glimpse of myself today!  I believe I will continue…



A Good Day to Die


Wow…I was thinking about this topic recently! Whenever I think of my death, my greatest concern is my son. I only think of his life without me and how it would impact him. Of course my mother and husband also concern me. Then my thoughts drift to “ultimately, they will be fine.” In the context of this reblogged post, I must value every moment with my mother, husband and son while living – bottom line!

Peace Hacks

Imagine that you have one week to live.  I know – sorry – that’s such a cheesy way to start a post.  If you were really dying though, you’d feel anything but cheese.  In our culture we like to pretend that death’s not real.  We invent all manner of fantasy to insulate us from the idea that our time here is so desperately short.

Close your computer, take 15 minutes of silence and imagine that this is your last week – give it enough time.  Make it real.

If you do a good job, you’ll look at everything differently – friendship, marriage, kids, possessions, career, worries, fears, goals, broken relationships, values. You’ll find that death brings a quality to life that “immortality” can’t.

Living with death is a quick remedy for the bullshit that we allow to move into our minds, our tendency to feel like the very cosmos has set…

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