Friday, 31 October 2014

Wake up early & get shit done

I am back in the treadmill. Finally! It feels so damn good to sweat it out. Getting up early to exercise before I can make excuses has been the key. No time to second guess if I want to exercise. No time to say I am too busy. I get up & get shit done!

I have been going to bed at 9:30pm. The same time the teenagers are going to bed. For some reason, it has made the whole house run a little smoothly of a night time. I set the alarm for 5:30am. That gives me time to get up, have a cup of tea, a light breakfast and watch the news. I then wake the kids up and while they are getting ready for school, I get on the treadmill. 

I pop on the headphones & crank up the music. I find that music is great for motivation. I have playlist made just for exercise. I have no idea what is happening outside of myself and that treadmill. I do intervals of fast walking, jogging & running. It just depends on what song comes on. It gets me pumped & ready for the day ahead.

By getting up early to exercise, I am making my fitness my number one priority. Then no matter what happens for the rest of the day, I know that the exercise is done. If I have time in the afternoon, then I can jump on the treadmill and do another session. That is a bonus!

It really does feel good to just get shit done!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

What I have been making. Crochet Christmas tree.

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree! Is she crazy? It's not even November & she is already singing Christmas carols! Yes, yes I am crazy. Christmas crazy! I have started making Christmas gifts already. These gorgeous little crochet granny Christmas trees are super cute! 
You can find the free pattern HERE.

I made a whole stack of these while I was chatting to friends who came over for a craft morning yesterday. They would make a great garland to hang on a window. They would also make great ornaments to give to teachers as gifts. If you have overseas pen pals like I do, they are nice and light so they don't cost a lot in postage to send.

Have you been thinking about Christmas yet?
I would love to hear about any handmade gifts you are making this year.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The red leather bag that changed the way I think. Living simple

The red leather bag that changed the way I think. Seriously, this bag is responsible for my current need to declutter.

It is a simple red leather tote bag that I made for myself. It has 2 handles & no pockets. It is about as simple as a bag can get. I purchased the leather from ebay a little while back. I had been searching for a simple leather tote bag to use for every day. The problem was that the more simple they were, the more expensive they are. So I decided to make my own. It was around $40 for the leather & postage from America. About the cost of a fake leather handbag that would be lucky to last a season. I love how it turned out. Exactly the way I had hoped. 

Now I can hear you ask, " But how did it change the way you think?" Let me tell you, because of its simplicity & size, I no longer pack for a week. Yep, my handbag used to be so full that I have a permanently sore shoulder. It even clicks when I lift my arm. Now I only carry what I need. My wallet, car keys, lip balm, mints & sunnies. That is it. Gone is the makeup, mirror, hairbrush, note pad, pen, food, receipts and anything else that I could shove in. 

After realizing how little I needed to get by, I started thinking that it was a much happier way to live. No excess baggage to deal with. No heavy burden. It made me understand that you don't need to fill your life with more stuff than you actually need. I am on a mission to declutter my life, my possessions & anything in my life that is weighing me down. It is such a liberating feeling to clear things from my home. I love beautiful things but I had filled my home with so many beautiful things that you could no longer see the beauty. Things were hidden, things were forgotten about & things no longer had a purpose for what I had originally intended. 

Over the month of November, I am going to be switching gear & going into a decluttering overdrive! I will share my tips, tricks & my progress. Who knew that a simple red leather tote could have changed the way I think!