I’ve been reading The Happiness Project books by Gretchin Rubin. I really like Rubin’s methods and ideas. One habit I’m going to steal from her is the habit of selecting a single word to capture the spirit she wants to set for the year. For 2013, I have selected the word:
This year, i will try to have as many adventures as possible — both on my own and with my kids. We will learn new things, try new things, and revisit some of our favorite things. I will stretch myself a bit to get out on my own and do some new things. Who knows what we’ll find.
The true challenge in this will be to balance Adventure with the sub-theme of the year — get out of credit card debt.
Happy New Year!
Getting back to my blog has been sitting in the back of my mind, nagging me, for a while now. It’s something I really want to do, but it hasn’t been “important enough” to make it to the top of the to do list in a while. I can always think of something more “important” to do than sit and write. After all, i’m not a writer, so why should I spend time on it? And I know no one is reading it (because I’ve not told many people that I’m writing here) but yet this idea sits nagging in the back of my mind as something I want to do.
So, I’m starting again. I’ll write as I can and just see what happens. Here we go…..
Inspired by Laura Vanderkam’s blog post, The Great Unsubscribe, I’ve started unsubscribing from all of the truly junk email that i receive in my personal email account. This is the mail that i get that I just delete and never open to read. It is such a waste of time and a stress to see the emails in my inbox. I check my email on my phone, so I’m always checking to see what the new message is, only to find it’s junk.
So far today, I’ve unsubscribed from:
- Southwest – I don’t fly nearly often enough to care about their deals…and the deals always make me want to go look and buy a flight for a trip i wasn’t planning. This causes me stress over a) not traveling as much as i want, b) not having enough money to buy a trip that’s a ‘deal’ on the spur of the moment, and c) it will prevent me from buying a trip i don’t need/plan to take because it was a good ‘deal’…. Hey..it’s saving me money to not travel at all.
- Costco – I’m not a member anymore. Buying in bulk doesn’t work for my “buy local, buy only what you need” plans. I don’t need to see all the stuff I don’t need to buy.
- Redbox – I don’t care what the new releases are. If i want to rent a movie, i’ll go look what’s available. If i don’t want to rent a movie, there is no sense in seeing what i’m not going to rent.
Hopefully it helps….. now if i can get off of all the ‘informational’ lists at work….