Close your eyes and imagine...

I don't remember where, but a while back I read an article about visualizing the outcome of something you want to achieve in order to help you truly achieve it. For example, if you want to lose weight, you should visualize yourself at your goal weight, how you would look and feel, and this will help you on your journey. I've been thinking about what I want my home life to look like.

I see myself sitting on the couch each morning reading my bible and talking with my God. Then I spend time readying the house for the day. I see Dylan and I sitting at the breakfast table each morning. We chat about the day ahead. We both get ready for the day and leave the house on time. Evenings are spent eating dinner together as a family. Then we do the dishes and spend the rest of the evening together talking, reading and playing games.

Gee, does that sound a little 'Waltonesque' or what? I can't help it. I love watching that show and seeing the whole family together in the living room after dinner. They gather around the radio to listen to a favorite show. John is reading the paper, a couple of children play checkers and Olivia and Grandma are mending clothes or kintting. That's what I want my world to look like. Now I just have to figure out how to get there.

I think it's going to take quite a while to get to where I want to be. Each and every inch of this house needs to be cleaned and the excess stuff that has accumulated tossed out or donated. There is so much stuff crowding our very small house that we can't enjoy the things that we love. I've started on the basement and oh my word it's going to take much more time than I thought. I'm afraid that a New Year's Eve party won't be happening this year. There is so much cleaning to do. Our basement gets damp when we have a lot of rain and this past spring was wetter than normal. As I'm pulling out boxes I'm finding that I'm going to have to wash down everything with bleach. Furniture will have to be moved and carpets cleaned. There just won't be enough time over the next 3-4 weeks for me to get it all done. I think we'll have to shoot for spring break instead.

Between now and New Year's Eve I'm going to work on my 2009 plan. It will be my year of learning to life a simpler life. 2009 is all mine.


Lori - The Simple Life at Home said...

Mary, I think it sounds like you are making good steps towards your goal. I'd encourage you to google "the grand plan" for a great tool to use to go room by room through your house to organize it. It's very detailed and you can do it over as much time as you need (I think it recommends a week per room, but with working you might want to stretch it out if need be).

I'm so glad you got to see that little peek of Dylan being happy with his friend over. Just let that be your goal - providing a home for him (and all of you!!) that is welcoming and fun. Keep at it!!

Elizabeth said...

This is such an inspiring post. I always enjoy reading your blog but here, you have me thinking... and planning. Lots of luck on reaching your goals!

Megan O. said...

I was having some of these same visions today....a home that is warm and relaxing rather than just a dumping ground, spending time proactively with my kids instead of just reactively, etc. I'm exhausted just thinking about how to get there. Don't you love Joanne? I just started reading "Living Simply" and I've got a lot to aspire to.