2013 – A Year of Adventures

I’ve been reading The Happiness Project books by Gretchin Rubin.   I really like Rubin’s methods and ideas.  One habit I’m going to steal from her is the habit of selecting a single word to capture the spirit she wants to set for the year.  For 2013, I have selected the word:


This year, i will try to have as many adventures as possible — both on my own and with my kids. We will learn new things, try new things, and revisit some of our favorite things. I will stretch myself a bit to get out on my own and do some new things.  Who knows what we’ll find.

The true challenge in this will be to balance Adventure with the sub-theme of the year — get out of credit card debt.

Happy New Year!

Starting Again

Getting back to my blog has been sitting in the back of my mind, nagging me, for a while now.  It’s something I really want to do, but it hasn’t been “important enough” to make it to the top of the to do list in a while. I can always think of something more “important” to do than sit and write.  After all, i’m not a writer, so why should I spend time on it? And I know no one is reading it (because I’ve not told many people that I’m writing here) but yet this idea sits nagging in the back of my mind as something I want to do.

So, I’m starting again.  I’ll write as I can and just see what happens.  Here we go…..

Reducing the clutter

Inspired by Laura Vanderkam’s blog post, The Great Unsubscribe, I’ve started unsubscribing from all of the truly junk email that i receive in my personal email account.  This is the mail that i get that I just delete and never open to read. It is such a waste of time and a stress to see the emails in my inbox.  I check my email on my phone, so I’m always checking to see what the new message is, only to find it’s junk.

So far today, I’ve unsubscribed from:

  • Southwest – I don’t fly nearly often enough to care about their deals…and the deals always make me want to go look and buy a flight for a trip i wasn’t planning.  This causes me stress over a) not traveling as much as i want, b) not having enough money to buy a trip that’s a ‘deal’ on the spur of the moment, and c) it will prevent me from buying a trip i don’t need/plan to take because it was a good ‘deal’…. Hey..it’s saving me money to not travel at all.
  • Costco – I’m not a member anymore. Buying in bulk doesn’t work for my “buy local, buy only what you need” plans.  I don’t need to see all the stuff I don’t need to buy.
  • Redbox – I don’t care what the new releases are.  If i want to rent a movie, i’ll go look what’s available.  If i don’t want to rent a movie, there is no sense in seeing what i’m not going to rent.

Hopefully it helps….. now if i can get off of all the ‘informational’ lists at work….