Thursday, December 29, 2016

Re-Reading My Blog: Interesting Thoughts.

So I'm blogging as a hobby, and I've realized, that I like this more as a journal of sorts. I focus on the mundane aspects of my life, but I like that.

I forgot when I first heard about Bullet Journaling: Found out here.

I observed a quirky, colorful, younger personality. -I was not properly medicated, but I kind of miss that girl.

I go into a different mode when I update here versus trying to keep a "Dear Diary" type journal. I feel the urge to write (in my "Dear Diary -see: Miss Vicky Bee on YouTube), then nothing meaningful comes out. It's more of a call of pen to paper. It's a ramble that I don't enjoy looking back on. My personal journaling practice (not including my BuJo) has devolved to small entries about nothing.

And at least this is something. It's mundane, everyday stuff. But it's my life. I can see my progress here better than my current journal. I really hope I didn't just jinx that.

As for a Life Lately: I've broken my own blog post rule and have indulged in coffee on my vacation. Hence, an update at 11:37 pm.

Things to think about before you donate.

This post only scratches the surface.

Stigmas against shopping at thrift stores are long gone, and now it is a popular option to donate your clothes.

I'm tired of the myth that you can and should donate anything to the thrift store.

I worked at a thrift store pricing clothing for several months, and went through tons and tons of what essentially amounted to trash.

There are people who want to save money and there are people who shop there out of need. There's one thing about all these people that must be honored: dignity.

People's styles and tastes are different, but if you're donating old clothing because, well it's old and in horrible condition, why? Why do we believe the underserved would be grateful for our trash?

Only donate clothes in good condition:
No rips, tears, stains, or pilling
In season is best.
Launder first.
Take things off the hangers. They can probably sell wire hangers for scrap metal. Maybe they can sell plastic hangers, but please, just take your clothes off them.
And please. No old underwear (WHY? Just WHY?). Someone has to go through it, even if they're putting on gloves and putting them in the salvage/trash.

If you're local thrift store recycles textiles, perhaps you will donate them to recycle, but maybe mark them as "salvage."

These and your ephemeral high school t-shirts get sent to Africa. They are putting local African textile industries out of business. As for the other countries receiving these, the market is saturated. They don't need anymore of our old clothes!

I say, turn your old t-shirts into rags. For me, I get more use out of them cleaning than I did wearing them, and I still feel happy to see the logos, even while I'm wiping down a counter. It also makes it easier to toss once you've worn down your rag to threadbare.

Now, when I buy, I am "investing" in a product that will last much longer than something bought at a big box store. "Use it up and wear it out. Make it do or do without."

I am also concerned about filling landfills. Biodegradable waste isn't so bad until it's all put together, releasing harmful gasses cumulatively as it all breaks down. But one step at a time.

The solution to the landfill problem is to simply buy less and buy better.

TL;DR:
Support everyone's dignity, by not donating your trash.
Repurpose as much as possible to try not to fill the landfills.
Buy less, but buy better.

I am, by no means, eco-conscious superstar, but I am trying. :-D

Live Lovely.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Make early mornings your cup of tea... or coffee.

I've come to think up a couple tips on how to really get ready to early morning GTD from a morning hater. I have to be at work at 7 in the morning, so after several months, I have finally adapted to a morning schedule. I'm now on vacation, so I hope I don't backslide!

Firstly, make breakfast. Make it something easy and something delicious. Even if it's not quick, that might be a plus. When I was forced to eat breakfast for school, I was never hungry and would feel sickish after I ate. If it takes longer to make, you might actually be hungry.

Doing something productive and useful (morning fuel up!) will get you roarin' for more accomplishments! I like making breakfast because you're doing something for yourself (and maybe others!).

Maybe you'll go workout. I like yoga. You're supposed to practice on an empty stomach anyway. I like early classes, but I have a tendency to go back to sleep. A hot, but not highly flow-based class is a treat on these cold mornings. Sometimes, I'll wake up early enough to go to a 6 am, but afterwards, I'm back in bed. :-D

Limit yourself to one to two cups of coffee. Withdrawals contribute to a weary afternoon. I think everyone gets tired again at this time, so don't help it!

Personally, I am very sensitive to caffeine, so I've switched over to tea. Coffee to me now is a treat, and I try not to have any past 10 am. (Yes. I am THAT sensitive.)

Put on some clothes and makeup. Wear shoes. If you don't shower, at least wash your face. Think of this as the transition from wake up mode to GTD Beast Mode. Your tasks for the day might just be a Target run, but it takes the same amount of time to put on jeans as it does yoga pants. Plus, who knows who you might run into. Classic excuse for looking presentable.

Lastly, try to get on a schedule. Even if you need to catch up, having a schedule won't let you sleep in too much, thereby screwing up your schedule even more.

Coming from a former night owl (or as I like to say, night hawk), it's also a mental boost to be on the same schedule as most of the world.

Implement slowly. Like any habit, you have to cultivate it, not blast off and crash and burn. And don't get perturbed when you were feeling optimistic on Sunday, but then just... Eh. We can't be everything always.

On that note, I feel as if I have just found my word for 2017: cultivate.

I like that. :-D