Welcome to Week 18 of our real life travel and adventure diary. It feels a bit weird this week to label it a travel and adventure diary when I never really left home this week. I spent the entire week in Spokane getting caught up on life. So the real life portion is what happened this week and the adventure part well that may have been me continuing to tear my house apart.
Have you ever had a moment when something inside of you snaps, a moment when you can’t take it anymore, and it has to be fixed now? There can be no waiting it needs to be fixed, and you are going to make it happen. That is how I feel about our house the past week or so. Over the past few years I have been trying to de-clutter, streamline, and get organized but it just never seemed to happen fully.
Sure I would move things around in the house and tell myself I was de-cluttering by putting it in a storage box but I never really let anything go. I held so many emotions to the things in my house. I felt like by having more in my house I was more secure, we couldn’t run out of food or comforts if we had it. When I first lost my job years ago, I think I went into a bit of a squirrel mode and wanted to stockpile everything I possible could just in case. I lived more in fear of running out of food than I did in actually enjoying the things we had.
I truly felt like if I had things around me than I was safe and we could ride any storm that came our way. Fast forward a few years ago, and I am now feeling the polar opposite of this feeling. I physically need the things in my house to be cleaned out. I can’t handle the clutter or stuff anymore. I am not sure if I am in a different place in my life where I am not as worried about riding the wave or what is happening.
It truly feels like something in me has snapped a bit and I just need it to go. With that being said this week has been filled with trips to the Goodwill, UPS store and garbage can.
I have learned a couple of really cool things this week that I am excited to share. Did you know you can sell your old phones to Gazelle and they will send you a pre-paid shipping label and box to send them in? While cleaning my office, I found our old phones and found out that they are worth over $200! Woohoo! Not only are they out of the house but I am making money for our travel fun.
I also learned that you could trade in electronics and other items to Amazon. You can search for the products and see if there is a trade in a box on the right-hand side. If there is you can see the price that Amazon offers and then agree to it. Print a pre-paid shipping label and Amazon will pay you in credit to the site. This has been an amazing find and I have sent so many boxes to Amazon this week. I can’t wait to see the credit start to add up. I am dreaming of a new camera lens I think.
The one thing I can say about deep cleaning/gutting the house is I have realized there was a ton of stuff in the house that I didn’t even know we had. I am pretty sure it has actually been costing us money having too much stuff. We didn’t know we had things so we went out and bought them again and again. A vicious cycle of more and more things adding up in the house.
I am not done yet going through the house but I am starting to feel so much better about it. The things that we love and use are staying and the things that just take up space are going away. When I first read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up I have to admit I rolled my eyes a few times but in the end the messages stuck with me.
Have you ever had a book you have never read stick in your mind for years and years? I remember Oprah having Peter Walsh on a show probably 10+ years ago and he was talking about his book Does this clutter make my butt look fat? I can vividly remember watching the show and thinking, of course, it doesn’t! My clutter makes me feel safe and secure. Yet, over the years this book title has stuck with me and I think of it randomly. I haven’t read it and I wonder if that is because I was scared of what I might learn about myself in the book.
I ordered the book this week and I finally feel like I am in a place that I need to read it. I will let you know in the coming weeks what I thought of the book and if it was a needed read.
This week I also read Grace not Perfection and loved it. The book is a great reminder that not everything can be perfect all the time and we all have to find ways to make our lives what we want them to be. I saw it while we were at Cracker Barrel and couldn’t stop this feeling of needing to read it so I ended up ordering it and having it delivered so it was at the house when I got home last week. I couldn’t stop thinking about the title and how much of a reminder I need some days that it is ok to not be perfect and to live with grace.
Being home this week has been a much-needed break and a chance to truly get caught up on life. I love traveling weekly and wouldn’t give it up for anything but I do have to remind myself that life stuff also has to happen. You know those pesky things like dentist appointments and grocery shopping. LOL!
This next week I am heading out on two amazing adventures. First I will be in Austin for the Be Conference.
Influential women in Media, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship and Technology will gather for VIP networking, workshops, panels and mentor sessions with top industry executives, thought leaders and creatives in a first-class setting for networking, mentorship and ideas.
I am so excited for this event! Some of my favorite female entrepreneurs will be there will me and I can’t wait to give them huge hugs and share this experience with them. After Austin I will be back in Spokane for a few days working on packing for my next big international adventure. I will be heading to Jerusalem to speak at the TBEX International event. This is my first time in the Middle East and I am so excited to see what it is going to be like.
I hope that you have a truly amazing week! Have you taken on the 40 bags in 40 days challenge that we have been talking about? How is it going?
Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.