Halfway home: January Cure

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{ Assignment #10: The 10-minute task to keep you on track }

Exhilarated.  Excited.  Accomplished.  Strong emotions that I feel right now after completing this task.  I’m not even kidding.  We are nearly half-way to the end of the January Cure.  My house, especially the kitchen (thanks to the pantry reorganization), is in a bit of disarray, but I’m working towards the goal of getting my home improved.  Improved, not perfect.

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“Fill in the blank” day: January Cure

My “fill in the blank” task is just beyond that door… the bedroom!

{ Assignment #9: Begin work on your selected project }

Our next January Cure assignment is to revisit the project we selected after our 10-minute quiet room observation and “move it forward.”  If we can complete the assignment, that’s wonderful.  If we can start the assignment, that’s wonderful.  If we can make little or big strides, that’s wonderful.  It’s all about the momentum.

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How would my life change if I won the lottery – a “PEA” exercise

The shortlist


Did you win the Powerball?  I haven’t checked my ticket or read any news about it yet.  If you did win, I wrote earlier about what I would do immediately if I won the lottery.

There are things I would do with the money, and I have a fair amount of ideas.  Dreaming about ‘what would you do if you won a million dollars’ helps to bring about Positive Emotional Attractors, or PEA for short. 

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What I would do if I won the lottery

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My first lottery ticket.

You may be taking a gamble and purchasing a Powerball ticket, or two, for today’s drawing.  I never played the lotto in my life until last Saturday.

I rationalized, “With the prize money being so large, how could I not take the chance?”  My husband told me that I’m more likely to be hit with a meteorite.  Except, I’ve never met anyone who was hit by a meteorite.  I do know people who have won the lottery.  Well, “know” is a loose term, I’ve seen people with large checks on TV.  I’ve had family who have won large sums from the lottery.  I know they exist.  When was the last time the news covered someone being hit by a meteorite?  Exactly.
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An Inside or Out Plan: January Cure

The cleanest the refrigerator will be all year!

{ Assignment #6: A Realistic Kitchen Refresh }

This past weekend, starting on Friday, the January Cure had us focus on two things: flowers and kitchen.

Each Friday the Cure calls for flowers to be brought into the home.  The idea is that we should brighten up and enjoy our home, and flowers are an inexpensive environment enhancer.

As for the kitchen, this year we had to pick the “inside or out track.”  Meaning, we had to pick whether or not we would focus on the inside organizing or the outside cleaning. 

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Home organizing secret weapon: January Cure


{ Assignment #4: The Outbox! }

The Outbox has helped me immensely with my behavior towards material goods, and has helped me with detachment.  I need to detach from things.  That’s for certain.  Detaching from things is good for me, good for my relationship with my husband, good for our small home, and good to keep greed and consumerism at bay. 

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One simple step to a healthier year: January Cure


{ Assignment #3: Purge the Pantry }

I knew it was coming. Tuesday. I saw it on the January Cure calendar. I was excited and dreaded it at the same time. PANTRY day. This is one major trouble spot in my house.  It looks worse than it is.  The pantry is like a game of Jenga, items are not packed in but placed haphazardly throughout and tossed-in, and last week something presumably from the top came crashing down.

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