I kept my apartment totally clean this week. Everyday, I picked up my stuff, cleaned the kitchen, put things where they belong, and made the bed (well, Joe might have done that).
Does this sound like a big deal? Because it was. And it was easy too.
That’s not to say I never made a mess.
But I did clean it up.
I practiced my Mom’s advice from my childhood when I was whiny about not wanting to do something.
It’s quite simple.
“Do it not wanting to.”
As frustrating and non-enabling as that statement can feel, it helps me a lot (especially when I picture my Mom saying it in her sing-song-y voice). It takes the choice out of doing a task. And it reminds me to be more positive in general, like my mom is (we call her Pollyanna and The Glad Game…a post for another time!).
Work out? Do I want to? Sometimes, sometimes not. When I don’t want to, it doesn’t matter—-wanting or not wanting has nothing to do with doing!
Sometimes it even feels good to say, I don’t want to do this, and I’m going to do it and not enjoy it!
…Then, it’s not actually that bad. I stop thinking about why I don’t want to wash the dishes and what I could be doing instead…and I just wash the dishes.
What strategies do you have to do cleaning and other things when you don’t want to?
I’m going to Florida tomorrow! It’s quite possible I’ll be doing work half the time I’m there, but at least it will not be snowy!
Joe made me dinner last night: His best ever sauce. I’m going to have him share the recipe soon–he makes it almost every week and has adapted it from a recipe he got from The Bible (Runner’s World). Simple dinner…the best I had all week.
One of my clients had a huge wellness success this week–he had super high blood pressure, and I helped him find some good strategies for improving it without medication. His BP dropped 40 points in a month! I don’t think he even knows what a big deal that is, but if it wasn’t totally inappropriate, I would have hugged him today.
Have you seen these?
I made taco-lasagna with them, and the pics are ugly, but it was so good….layered 4 sheets of this stuff in a square pan with black beans, salsa, and Daiya in between each layer. Am I the only person who is concerned about Daiya being a processed healthy food? I read the ingredient label, and nothing scary jumps out, but I have to wonder about it a little…
I also had another great girl-talk session with one of my guy friends/clients. 🙂 I know that doesn’t make sense, but it’s true. I also had two people tell me today that I’m easy to talk to, and I said thank you…but I don’t think they know how much that really means to me.
What compliments have you gotten lately?