Thursday, June 24, 2010

Change (TTT 132)

I am sitting by the computer, sipping on my morning coffee. It is 7:45 and I have been up for 2 hours. I am wide awake and happy and it's morning. I have already worked out and gone to the grocery store. It's shocking how good it feels. It is certainly shocking to my husband.

Change. I am thankful for change.

I am changing my routine. I am working out in the morning before my husband leaves for work. I was already waking up early quite often, anyway, due to the sunshine and my allergies. Now I am just putting the morning to good use. And, it feels good.

Don't hold your breath for me to become a morning person. That's not going to happen. But, since I have started this morning workout, I have started going to bed before midnight. That's a change.

I am changing my environment. Quick, anyone that has ever wanted to see my bedroom, come over now! No, really, I am not going to let it get messy or cluttered again. I've heard it takes 40 days to make a habit stick. I am going to make sure this is the new norm. My room is the cleanest it has been since we moved in this house. It feels wonderful. I smile when it's time to retire for the night. I like being in my room.

I mentioned this in a previous post: I have too much stuff. I am changing that. I am going from room to room cleaning out and organizing. The change feels fantastic. I know it will be amazing when it is all gone. I'll try not to write about this too much... but it will probably keep coming up for a while.

I'm changing my menu. I'm limiting soda intake and trying to eat healthier. I'm adding salads with many of our dinner meals. I am also cleaning my refrigerator regularly.

I am changing how I relate to my kids. A friend of mine mentioned yesterday that she was trying to hug her kids more. Immediately (as in, last night) I began hugging my kids more. I hugged them before but I am going to make sure to do it daily. I'm trying to change the way I encourage them, too. I realize that each of my children respond to different kinds of encouragement. I'm trying to recognize the differences and relate to them in an individual way. I don't have this figured out. I am being more aware (and that's a change).

I am changing the age of my house. What I mean is, I am taking down and putting up baby stuff. Since summer started, I took the baby gate off the stairs. This morning, I took down the baby swing outside. I don't know why, but it makes me smile. Maybe it's because my little girl is growing cuter each day.

Today I am thankful for change.

This is my Thursday Thanks Tank (TTT 132).


McCrakensx4 said...

What a great post! I need to declutter and reorganize the rooms in my house as well. And awesome for you about your morning workout!

Alicia said...

I can totally relate to this post!!!!! I started walking, but I'm trying to sleep before midnight! I'm a total night owl!!

Nicole said...

Sounds like some great changes at your house--and some that I need to make as well. Don't you just sleep better when your room is so peacefully tidy? I notice a huge difference in myself when my house is neat and tidy versus when it's messy and chaotic. It's part of why I feel frustrated on the days when I just can't keep everything in its place.

He & Me + 3 said...

Change is good Jane Anne. Your Changes are positive ones and I hope that they all become habits for you.

Brandi said...

This all sounds great! I'm not a morning person either, but I really enjoy the early morning quiet and getting my thoughts together... maybe even watching the news uninterrupted. And coffee. Especially coffee! :)

Mimi said...

I need to get some of your change in my life!

Missy said...


Change is often hard, but change is usually good.

I have had sickness in the house this week, but I am hoping to get started on getting rid of the clutter next week.

Artsy Artisan said...

love this post...I hear you about purging it does lighten the load. Have you read the book "Seven Love languages"? I think you may really enjoy it as these apply to all relationships (Kid's, husbands, wives). One of my favorite!