Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cleaning House And Cleansing Thoughts

Would y'all believe this is the first time in my adult life that I have not had my Christmas tree down before New Year's eve? Guess what? Who cares? Not me for dern tootin' Skippy! I've enjoyed looking at it and I'm not taking it down 'til tomorrow or the day after...whenever...doesn't matter. My New Year's resolution (if you want to call it that...I prefer not to make 'em...why set myself up for failure) is to not let the trivial set me back. Instead I am setting goals for myself...attainable goals like leaving my Christmas tree up longer than I should simply because it brings me joy to look at it. Martha may not approve, but until she is paying the bills around the Casita de Trash...I make the rules!I am also not just decluttering my home in the New Year, but I'm going to declutter my life. This means no more people who only take and never give. Be gone Hoovers who suck all my energy and leave me exhausted with the daily drama that never ends. Now don't get me wrong...if a friend truly has a crisis or is just having one of those days, I am on it most ricky tick. It's the ones who always see the glass has half empty...never half full that have exhausted me. They wouldn't be happy if they were hung with a gold rope. My goal is to search out people who, like so many of y'all, when life hands out lemons...they make lemoncellos! My main focus this year is to be ready...to continue plowing my field so when a new opportunity or idea comes along...I am ready. I am planning on reading Debra's posts daily and changing my direction to where ever God plans on leading me, but first I need to clear my home, head, and heart so that when He speaks I can hear Him. I truly believe when He feels I am ready, there won't be any static in my life to interfere with reception. I want to be able to hear Him loud and clear!

This will be the last year before I have to change which box I check for my age on those magazine survey cards...y'all know which ones I'm talking about. I don't want to waste one more minute thinking about shoulda, coulda, woulda, 'cause frankly, I just don't have as many as I used to. Simply put...time's a wastin'! I gotta shake my tail feathers and get this old girl ready for new adventures...just as soon as I get these Christmas decorations down!

On a lesser note...is anyone besides me having trouble leaving comments? I can't seem to click on and folks, it is driving me crazy! Y'all know me...I got lots to say!

35 comments:

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Sweetie:
I made some of the same goals for this year...purging the "drains" and keeping the "faucets"; visiting Debra's inspirational blog daily; and decluttering. Were we twins separated at birth, perhaps? ;-)
Looking forward to a wonderful 2010. Hope you stop in and visit Brynwood from time to time, too. I'll be back to say "hey" and check on your progress, for sure!
xoxo
Donna

Debbie's Garden said...

I hear ya sista! Sometimes the world has to revolve around YOU for a while!

donna baker said...

Are you talking about me? You shakin' a tail feather makes me laugh. Please tell me how you are going to do these things. And I never understood the glass thing. It's half. It is what it is. What does that make me? I know you are but what am I...

Malisa said...

Thank goodness...you have come to your senses! Girlfriend, you have had one heck of a year and have gone full speed ahead 24/7! You have so much love around you with family and friends, so I am glad that you are going to learn to slow down and enjoy! You, of all people, deserve that!

Sit back, put your feet up and have a drink...I"ll come over in a month or two and we will sit around the Christmas tree and have a drink!

Malisa

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I know you are ready for what ever God calls you to do. He works through you on a daily basis.

Amy

P.S. I haven't noticed any commenting issues.

Cottage Rose said...

What a great positive post... I wish you all the best in this New Year,,, I am trying the same thing in my life.... must be in the air,,,, lol have a great weekend...

Hugs;
Alaura

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

I hear ya!!! Live life, follow your dreams, learn to say NO!!

Cheers! Here's to 2010!!!

((Hugs))

P.S. Knock on wood, no problems with comments!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Debbie, you are soooo right. It's taken me way too many years, but finally I'm gettin' it. A theme seems to be going around, "don't sweat the small stuff"! This year I've had to say, "God, whatever you say, I'll do it", and stop dragging my feet. So have your hot Dr. Pep ready Monday morning and we'll start rollin'! Thank you for always being there for me.
love you!!!!
Debra

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

You go girl! One of the hardest, but most valuable lessons I ever learned...it's okay to say no. I just visited Debra's blog and am excited about visiting on a daily basis.

Have fun purging and decluttering! We have plans to do some of that ourselves!

Happy New Year to you and Cat Daddy! ~LA

The Tattered Cottage said...

You hit the nail on the head and I love the way Donna expressed it...purge the drains and keep the faucets! I have been doing this for a couple of years (I had ALOT of clogged drains!) But I feel my life is coming around to where He wants it :)
Happy New Year!
Toni

The Green Pea said...

Hello Debbie, Happy New Year. I think you are right on for the New Year. Just let us see what God has planned for us. It will be the best for us. I am trying to pile so much on myself and look forward to Debra's blog daily too. Let's all enjoy this life on earth. sandi

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

How right you are! Dance to your own tune and be gone, those who 'drag' instead of push their way through life. I've done the same over the years.

I was never really into New Years Eve and all the stuff that goes with it. However, New Years day always leaves me with a sense of peace and hope.

I've spent the weekend doing, practically nothing, small stuff around the house and watching movies (the weather isn't great), but it's kind of cleansing...resting and enjoying my own company for a change.
Tami

Frippery said...

So true Debbie. No resolutions just better ways of living. A shiny clean New Year lays ahead. Let's make the best of every moment. I know you always do. Hugs, Pam

Lee said...

Hi Deb,
I got rid of the hoovers years ago...all but one ...a permanent one, but...I tell it like it is...in a nice way. Then pray that it sinks in. A real thorn in my side. Avoid, avoid, avoid...it is a major time waster... stuborn, unteachable belly ache'rs...
Grow up all ready!

I am with ya!

I had trouble with comments a couple of weeks ago.

Blessings,
Lee

Sue said...

Great post! I truly enjoyed each and every word. I've got lots, and lots of "Hoovers" in my life, especially having about 85 dealers in the store! But, the "Hoover Count" gets less and less each year. Good luck on slowing down, I have a feeling you a bit like me, a bit wired? But like you, this new year is about me and what "I" want to do! Here's to 2010!

Welcome to Yaya Chique! said...

Hey girlfriend!

GREAT post! I too HATE resolutions, so this year I am doing a "hope journal". :) Have a beautiful and loving 2010! xo...deb

Wizard of Was said...

Boy oh boy I for one needed that pep talk! Seems like my commiment level is a little high right now....I sometimes just need to learn one simple word...no! Thanks for putting some thoughts into perspective....
As far as leaving comments...yes, had that problem too...I found that if you can't click and leave the comment then left click the comments left and open the file you should then be able to leave a comment..don't know why but so far it has helped/worked...
Happy cleaning/cleansing
Gale

Wizard of Was said...

So sorry...haven't had enough coffee yet and that last post was way too wordy...but you get it, right?
Gale

sweetpea said...

lemoncello? when and where? on a serious note though, I hear ya and totally agree with all you said. I am off to check out Debra's blog. And no Donna, you and Deb are not twins. Deb and I are... Unless we're triplets...

Hugs,

Shelley

Lou Cinda said...

I just took my tree down yesterday! I miss it! I enjoyed looking at it all month and just left her up too!

I know what you mean about decluttering your life. I always think I can "save" people and they end up stressing me out to the max! In the end, only they can make the decision to change their lives. They have to save themselves...along with the Good Lord!

Lookng forward to this New Year!!

Have a great one!

Lou Cinda :)

~Amy Rose said...

Great post!! I have similar goals for 2010 too! Happy New year!!

FILIGREE MOON said...

Yep. Great post and food for thought. ..."Casita de Trash" (hardeeharhar) ~ thanks for the giggle. ~ Angela

Found Around said...

WOW! WHAT A GREAT ATTITUDE YOU HAVE! OURS HAS STARTED OUT WITH SOME GOOD SALES! HOPING THIS A GREAT START FOR THE NEW YEAR. HAVE A GREAT ONE. SUSAN

Dixie said...

Debbie... I love this post! I was on the phone listening to my sweet sister moaning and groaning about life... and I read your post to her... by the time I finished, she was laughing and telling me that my blog friends sure have a good handle on life...

Yes they do... at least some of them... You are a blessing... thanks for those effervescent thoughts that always seem to pour from your mind to the virtual page...

God bless... Dixie

Janean said...

One day it just hit me: i am an adult and can do what I dern tootin' Skippy want. LOL.

summersundays-jw said...

Amen, sista!!!! We'd all be better off if we could turn it over to Him -- but I always have a tendency to yank it back. This will be my big goal this year. So far, no problems with comments. Jan

red.neck chic said...

I shy away from the hoovers... I have an oreck and love it! oh wait...
yep, no hoovers for me. I love to give, but I hate it when people take advantage of me. And, if I'm ever a hoover, please change my bag. Seriously... I think they are available at Wal Mart.

Okay dear Gorgeous Trash Woman... leave your tree up for as long as your heart desires - it is BEEEEEAUTIFUL!!! You know... a true redneck leaves their Christmas decor up all year 'round... I'm positive it's so they can enjoy it even more. LOLOL

Happy New Year - and Happy Monday!!!
;-) robelyn

Six divided by two..... said...

I feel ya sister!!! I am not taking my tree down until tomorrow. The girls will be gone to school and I can turn on some music and do it in Peace!!!
Have a blessed and Happy New Year!!!!!!!

Susan S. said...

Thanks for the great post......You put into words exactly what I'm thinking I'm trying to LISTEN more for God's word instead of darting out on my own. :)

Happy New Year from Houston, TX

Sweet Repose said...

I know what you mean 'bout that one...do you remember back in the day when you never saw Google ads on the computer, now I think they slow everything down...but it least it gives me my beauty sleep, 'cept how do you get those key pad prints outta yer forehead???

I LOVE MY COOZIE!!!! One for winter and one for summer...CD, man you da bomb!!! And the lil' Mrs. ain't too shabby either. You two never fail to put a smile on my face and a tingle in my heart...here's a big ol' virtual hug for both of ya from Ioway, the frozen tundra of the Midwest.

Blessings for a prosperous and healthy New Year!

NUT

The Texas Woman said...

You not gonna declutter and get rid of Cat Daddy, are you? If so, let me and a hundred other gals know!

Pat said...

I just found your blog and I love this post! I adopted this way of doing things, i.e., clearing out the Negative Nellies, a long time ago and it's soooooo much better! Life hands us some tough deals at times but hey, we do have a choice as to how we react. Some people seem to enjoy the "victim" role but it gets really old to everyone else.

Well, I guess I could have made my first comment here a bit differently but hey, this is me. I do appreciate your wit! I look forward to reading your blog often.

Wishing you the happiest New Year ~ full of love, laughter, good health and abundance!

Cactus Creek said...

Just a little note to say Happy New Year!!! I can't wait to get back to Texas and see y'all again... just 12 weeks. WEEHAW!!! holey cow, 12 weeks. xoxooxoxxo, fancy

The Flying Bee said...

I love this post! I feel the exact same way right now. I had a long talk with my hubby telling him some of those very same things. Thanks for always keeping it real, Debbie.

Hugs,
Adrienne

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Be gone Hoovers..... I LOVE it and this post!!! No New Years resolutions for me, heck I will forget them by the next week!! I hope you snd you family have a wonderful New Year! Big NC Hugs and Blessings, Janna