Clean Your Home

It began as a challenge to myself. To see what I could do physically, after Chemo and Radiation. Those two things turn your body into mush.

A friend of mine owns a house cleaning business.

I helped her clean houses, and learned my limits.

I could write a book about what I learned within the cleaning industry in a short amount of time. I went into it with a 30 day goal in mind, but stayed for 40. It was well worth the time invested, plus I sweated everyday. You don’t sweat working from home.

Yesterday, I cleaned someones home for them.

This morning I woke up feeling great! Like I really made a difference in someones life. They texted me lastnight and said, “My home looks awesome. You have a gift. It even has a good vibe feel. Thank you!”

When I started this Blog it was to show people a beautiful life. Maybe it’s time to go into their home, and do it for real. Would you let me clean your home?

Rumpled Up Blanket

I am calling it a day with a cup of tea.

The house is clean, all but the floors, but I will take care of those in the morning. That is when you can see all the dust bunnies.

It was fun caring for the house today. Putting things back in place that we had left undone for a while. I didn’t rearrange one stick of furniture, but I feel my daughter will be blown away when she walks in.

I stripped her bed, and realized, she would want those same sheets. They are her favorite, even though they are plain white. They are one of her favorite brands, and they feel good, so in the washer they went. It wasn’t so much about the sheets, as it was the blanket.

As I wrote in Rule Breaker, about the candles, this blanket was also at Target.

My daughter ran down the clearance aisle to see if there were any treasures to be found. She gasped, and grabbed this one, lonely blanket laying on the end cap. I knew it was trouble by the way she scooped it up in her arms, and wrapped it around her like a cocoon. Her face was pure Bliss.

The blanket was made by another one of her favorite brands. The same designer who made her simplistic style bedroom furniture, made this blanket. She squealed that it was 75% off! This blanket gives you the feeling of sleeping in your favorite sweater.

She loved it for so many reasons, but I noticed it was ginormous. My daughter has this thing about her blankets not touching the floor when the bed is made. It’s a valid fear. Out here, we have scorpions, and she doesn’t want to hand them a ladder. This blanket hangs to the floor. I have never put clean sheets on a bed, and made it up to look like this before.

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By looking at it, you wouldn’t guess it has clean sheets!

Oh, I tried to fold the blanket in half, and make it suit my expectations, but it didn’t look right. I tried a couple of more ideas, but then had the pleasure of pulling it off the floor and leaving it rumpled. This is how she left it, so this is how she wants it.

I couldn’t bring myself to place my expectations of what a clean bed should look like on hers. If she’s happy, then I’m happy. Even with with this rumpled up blanket.

Back To Basics

God has given my daughter and me a beautiful life. This Blog is that journey of the lessons learned and divine intervention along the way. I sit here this evening with a heart full of love and gratitude for you reading my Blog.

Cannon RebelSL1 006 edit (500x490)I’m an ordinary woman, living an extraordinary life.  Why? Because almost 17 years ago, my alcoholism was killing me and destroying what looked to be a beautiful life. The fancy cars, house on the hill, jewelry, designer clothes and one dinner party after another. The status quo.

The morning of November 10th, I handed my wine glass to God, half full at the time, and have not desired another drink since.

This picture is my life today. My daughter and I recently moved into this quaint little farm house and we’re sharing this new beginning, again.

He started our monumental new beginning 2 years ago and you can read about it throughout this site. If you want to see how pretty life can be, take a look at my Facebook page. All the pretty pictures are there. I’m not independently wealthy, but I have a God that has given me a life more beautiful than any amount of money can buy.

I am starting a little series of Blogs this week and invite you to join in. They will be listed under the category of “Quality of Life” and  “Stealing My Joy.” I love to show people they can have quality of life without quantity. God showed me a long time ago how much joy I received taking care of all my stuff. I had a lot of stuff but no joy.

Today, I want to reach as many people as possible and encourage them through their life. What I write about is whatever God puts on my heart to share. Right now, He is showing me I need to clean house and get back to the basics of living. It’s going to be a great adventure to live it and an honor to write it. Feel free to join in and share.

 

blackandwhiteBarbara is a writer and loves being a Mom to her 15 year old daughter. It’s a dream come true for her to be a Let It Go Coach and help others enjoy their lives. She hosts Workshops, does one on one Coaching and is working on her first book.  You may connect with her via email. Letitgocoach@gmail.com

 

Time to Sweep

I woke up this morning to a pounding headache.

This has been happening more than usual, so I sat down to ponder. Eying my Yoga mat in the corner, I rolled it out and got into child’s pose. That is how I feel this morning, like a child.

There was a day when I woke up feeling worse than this every morning. On November 10th, I get to celebrate 17 years sober. When I wake up like this, it makes me grateful that it’s not a self induced feeling. This too shall pass.

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I went in search of something pretty and found this on one of my favorite Facebook pages, Rantings of a Beautiful Mind. Even the name of the page is pretty and I always find something there. I thought about taking a Facebook fast, but enjoy encouraging people there. Maybe God is trying to remind me this morning, it’s not all about me.

As I sit here and look at my hard wood floors, I see dog hair and grass. This is hard on me because I enjoy clean floors. I have learned to handle dirt and clutter at times, but I just swept yesterday.

What else needs sweeping from my life?

I have allowed it to become unbalanced and off center. God is my center and everything about Him is good. What in my life is not good? I won’t burden you with the list. God is working in my life and He has out the broom. I have a broom, and know how to use it.