Do You Love Your Job TOO Much?

It’s wonderful to have a job that you love. One that makes you happy and productive, with talented people you enjoy working with. A job that springs you out of bed early and pays you well. One that you don’t mind staying late for, giving up weekends for, hanging up your shoes for. One that is more satisfying than a good book, a creative hobby. One that reliably substitutes for family and friends and the potential for a romantic life. One that has taken possession of your life and soul and time and identity. Wait a minute….what?

If some things ring true, see my latest post – Do You Love Your Job Too Much? on Huffington

 

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Weeding the Stash for a Cause

If you’re a crafter of any sort, you have a stash – or stashes – hiding in various corners of your house. Be it yarn, fabric, paper, boxes of photos, canvas, paint ….. it sits there waiting. This isn’t something you can get rid of easily…cause you never know when inspiration will hit and that half skein of yarn will add the perfect burst of color to a neckline. You’ll get to it someday…yeah.

I have an attachment to my yarns. I remember the item knit, the smooth feel of the yarn over my fingers, the pleasure in the finished garment, the sweaters I imagined in my head. But the stash takes too much room, inflicts too much guilt and I need to make space in my closets.

I find it easier to give things up to a cause. When it’s time to weed out some skeins, I take a half dozen or so and put them in a basket with some needles and put it where I can see it. When I’m watching TV or on the phone, I’ll pick up the basket and start a baby hat. They’re small, work up easily and keep your hands busy. And, they’re easy to give away or donate. Think new babies, school fairs, fund raisers.

There are plenty of places that will accept donations of yarn or finished items. The Lion Brand web site lists over 200 places you can send your donations to. They have a store on 15th Street in New York. I like the fact that they give back to their community and help their customers give back to theirs. And, they have some new lines that work up beautifully.

To learn more about how to donate your items, and find easy, free patterns, click http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/pg.fcgi?page=charityConnectionTemplate.html

Giving back and making room….two good feelings.

Spring Cleaning Life

April just days away. Spring cleaning season begins. I’m going to do it a bit differently this year. I’m going to spend the next six months clearing my house and my life. Four children and lots of their old things. A basement loaded with stuff not used in years. Bookshelves overflowing. Closets and desks. Not to mention getting some clutter out of my mind.

It’s a big job that will have to be broken down into manageable tasks. There are going to be lots of lists. Suri will play a big part in this.

First, I have to remove the clutter so I can see the junk. Little things first and eye glasses are little. I’ve found quite a few pair on shelves, in closets, in drawers – prescription and non-prescription. Clear glass, tinted, transition and really dark.Two pair of ‘vacation sunglasses’ in the ‘what was I thinking category’? They were nice on that tropical beach, when I was more relaxed and uninhibited, but once home, they just didn’t work.

So, eleven pair of glasses in all. Hate to throw them away, they weren’t cheap and are still in good condition.

“Suri, where can I donate eye glasses?”

Make sure your location services is active and turned on for Suri so she can find you someplace nearby to drop the glasses off.

Small amount of space cleared out and useful items donated. A little thing for me, but hopefully not for someone else.

Take a hike….or a bike

Move the body. Sweat. Keep up your exercise routine. Jog. Run. It doesn’t have to hurt and you don’t need to dread doing it. If you’re going to do something, find something you like to do and you’re more likely to find the time to do it.

Living in New York City, I do walk a lot. Greenwich Village is a good place to wander about, with quiet winding streets, beautiful houses and the river just a few blocks away. My bicycle usually comes out before my Spring clothes. Even when I don’t bike by myself, I’m in control of my immediate space and if I don’t like the conversation I can slow down or speed up and get out of earshot.

The Hudson River Park on the West side is a beautiful place with the most fabulous views you could wish for. There is a turn just shortly after entering Battery Park City where the view of the harbor suddenly opens up and I gasp at the beauty of it. Gasp. Every time. I feel my body relax and my mind clear. The water, the Verranzo Bridge, Lady Liberty, Governor’s Island. I stop for a moment and feel the calm. If I’ve timed it right with my playlist, Andrea Bocelli is singing a beautiful aria in my ears and the majesty of the moment intensifies. That view alone can get me on my bike, especially when I’m stressed.

If not a gasp, find your pleasure. Find something that gets you moving that you love…even if it’s just a seasonal opportunity that replaces your regular workout. Mix it up and take advantage of what you have. Trade in the weights for a dance class, hikes and bike rides. Finally try yoga. Give a purpose to your walks, get a team together and walk for a good cause with good company. Most of all, enjoy the time and how good you feel after.