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500 Words Challenge brings me two steps forward…Finally.

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500 Words Challenge brings me two steps forward…Finally.

500 words. 31 days. 1 giddy writer.
I actually accomplished a challenge.

FINALLY!

Some of you out there in bloggerland might not appreciate my accomplishment. “Big deal!” you say. You’re on day 523, you say. You get up at 4 am so that you can write using your antique quill pen and inkwell and watch the sunrise while drinking your favorite warm beverage by the fireplace. Ok, I have to admit, that’s impressive. But I am still excited for me because achieving your goals should be an exciting and celebratory experience because you did it.

And this time I did it! 

~Determination leads to Success~

~Determination leads to Success~

Achieving success is a great feeling for me. Validating. Purpose-giving. I expected these feelings. What I didn’t anticipate was the sense of connection that propelled me to my goals. My challenge started out as my own, but once my community connected with my goal, it became ours. And I wasn’t going to let us down.

Are you facing a challenge today, maybe a personal goal or a lifelong hardship? Can I encourage in a few ways that helped me move forward?

1. Be your first team member. Commit to yourself. Believe in what success will bring you.

2. Recruit a team for support, both people you know and those you don’t. For me this goal was not just about completing a task but one of the first steps in rebirthing a dream. My husband, daughters, family, and friends have been tremendous supports in my writing goals. But those who love me are a bit biased…and I love that about them. I needed to take a bolder step.  The 500 words community with Jeff Goins 500wordssq-150x150and the coachme app helped me step forward a bit more into the unknown. Would they support me? If I stumble, would they judge? All of these questions I had no answer for until I started. I realized the bigger my team, the more motivated I became to focus on the finish and not the excuses to fail.  My next venture has teamed me up with a blogging class through Blogelina (no shame is honing skills!). I am hopeful that with more accountability and more support will come more success.

3. Find a rhythm all your own. Ever watch 3 year olds dance? They move and baby-shake in ways that are all their own. They don’t look to the other preschoolers to see how they move. They find their own rhythm. I get stuck sometimes trying to do my own thing how someone else does theirs. Selfishly, I think this method will make the work easier and bring the success faster. In actuality, I will become a unoriginal; the shortcut will stunt my creative growth and the loss of myself will mute my voice before it ever gets a chance to speak. Some things I will gain by learning and by being mentored, but some risks I am going to have to take by dancing to my own beat.freedigitalphotos.net photo by sattva

What items would add to this list to step towards success? I would love to hear them!

What’s next for me? I will let you know

…after I finish celebrating!

Until next time, here’s to YOUR success!

Hugs!

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I am a successful failure

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I am a successful failure.

I guess 2014 was more challenging than I thought. I can not believe with the momentum I had created, that I dropped the preverbal blog-ball. More like the “blog ball” was actually a bomb that I could hear ticking but ignored it until it blew up in my face. The blow up made me realize something…

I was not ready.

Not that my heart wasn’t ready. I am the Queen of passionate endeavors. Everything I start, I dive in…and most times over my head. The ironic thing is I really don’t know how to swim. And obviously, I didn’t know how to sustain this blog beast either.

So why am I back? Two reasons.

1. Though I failed in attempt, God never let my heart concede defeat. Yes, the GOD I hope in was the only reason I could look at this page again without feeling like a total waste of blog space. My husband is a great support. Always has been. My family and friends, especially my kids, encouraged me all the time. But I needed something bigger than flesh to spark in me something greater than fear. HE did that for me.

2. Though the fall failure marked my first step, I acknowledge the success that I got up and I am still stepping. I am still trying. I am still learning. I am so glad that I failed so that I could learn about myself, about this work, and about the process. I am a successful failure; and I’m better for it.

So my next endeavor is helping me with me. It’s a challenge by Jeff Goins, an author and pusher of all things writing. In order to motivate others to achieve their passions in writing, he has written several books dedicated to that end and has organized a challenge for people like myself to hone their skills while at the same time shaking off the excuses that stop us from succeeding. The My 500 Words challenge challenges writers to write 500 words for 31 days. The words do not have to be published, just written out, on purpose. Again, Queen of New Starts here embarking on another journey. But a bit wiser, a bit more humble, but also a bit more hopeful that this time…

This time success will come with the win.

“My 500 Words is a 31-day challenge designed to help you answer that question. It will help you get more disciplined, hone your craft, and finally become the writer you’ve dreamed of being.”

What are you attempting this year? Are you willing to fail if it will eventually lead to your success?

Keep challenging yourself and always stay,

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The Challenge of a Lifetime

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2014 is shaping up to be challenging already.  Not because of this challenge blog, but the challenge lies within life itself.

It’s the big things. It’s the little things. It’s everything. My children are growing up. My husband and I are getting older. Our house is in continual need of repair. So is our cars. My waistband expands. My checking account shrinks. My desires grow.

And it’s not just me.

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image courtesy of suphakit73: freedigitalphotos.net

The world fights with words and with weapons. A world of despair and desperation faces challenges of life day to day. Some challenges may seem superficial to me, but to the ones facing them, the situations hold life and death. Others face challenges that haunt my nightmares as an adult; and those who are facing them are just children.

My goal for this year’s challenge blog is presenting it’s own challenge: how do I sort through life and pick one challenge? My answer: I won’t.

I will choose life in its entirety  as my challenge.

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image courtesy of scottchan: freedigitalphotos.net

How can I best live it, love it, dream it, do it, celebrate it, OWN IT!

My challenge of a lifetime this year will be to take on challenges (some 31 days and some longer) to tackle the major areas of my life: Spirit, Health, Emotions, and Finance.  I’ve got a vision board and everything!

Right now I am in still working on the health aspect. I have until February 14th to lose my 6 pounds of excess that I have ingested. I will also be training for a 5K in March. (OK marathoners, I know it isn’t much TO YOU, but to me it may as well be 100 miles). But like I said in articles past, I need challenges in chunks that I can actually digest. So here it goes. I will post to you every couple of weeks so that I can stay accountable. I’ll let you know what I am reading or learning. Please check my Facebook page or tweet @justpeachiemenu . Connect with me on this journey will ya?

I hope you will!

Go on! Take the challenge! We’ll be

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The Insane Holiday Challenge: THE CHALLENGE AFTER THE CHALLENGE THAT ALMOST ENDED ALL CHALLENGES

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The Holidays are on us already?

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What happened to the Grand Summer Challenge of 2013?

The failure turned into a game changer for me.

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freedigitalphotos.net, courtesy of Stuart Miles

Before I tell you my new insane challenge, let me bring you up to speed in my life challenges. Summer 2013 posed itself for grand adventures and goals. Hopeful hearts! Daring dreams! I thought I was ready to tackle them all..

I was not.

My grand challenge was to do several thousand things: write 1000 words a week, run 1000 miles as a family (between 4 of us), read 1000 minutes…you get the idea. Sounds awesome doesn’t it? I was so excited for the finish line. I lined up some great activities. I told you guys about them. I knew I would feel so accomplished when I looked back at my victories. But…I didn’t finish ONE. My devastation and feeling of utter failure was so extensive that it literally stopped my blogging in its tracks. Not because I failed the challenge (check the blog, I’ve done that before), it was due to the fact that the confidence in myself  plummeted. This grand challenge became a metaphor for all I as doing. I thought, “If I can’t finish this, what am I doing? I have started and left undone so many projects. When will it end?” I was almost through…almost.

pixtawan.booksMy 10-year-old, on the other hand, had her own goal. She joined up with our local library to read 20 minutes a day all summer.She wanted to win the prize they offered for any kids who would accomplish this goal. So, she signed up on the official list. Next, she gathered some good books. She made sure we got her to the library every week for her check in. When she checked in every week, she received a little prize of sorts and she met with other kids who were doing the same thing. Usually there was also a neat presentation (except the bug one…yuck!) Before you knew it, the end of the summer came and she did it! She was so proud and so were we. Her summer was actually grand!

When I look back, I can tell the difference. My grand summer failed before it started. The complete lack of self-discipline that reared up in my life and caused my forced hiatus (I haven’t blogged since June!) served as a wake up scream not just call. The wise proverb cautions to “count the cost” before diving into anything. Wise words indeed.

Looking at my daughter’s success  has taught me several keys to a successful life challenge:
  • Start with the payoff: My daughter really wanted to win a prize. In doing so she could take it home, look at it, have a physical reminder of what she accomplished. I never had a prize outside of the ethereal “good feeling”. I love gifts. I should have had something tangible to help myself keep that goal in mind.
  • Involve other people, especially an expert: The librarian that my baby had to check in with every week was extremely affective for motivation. She didn’t want to let her down. Meeting with her friends every week was also extremely helpful. I had no one (I don’t remember you sending me any words of encouragement…but I didn’t exactly reach out either.)
  • Break down your goal into small steps and reward those milestones: Again, I did nothing to that effect. My daughter got something every week with her check ins. She had a little pass-book in which she would give herself a sticker every day she read. Stickers are great rewards! (Are you telling me you would pass up a gold star even today? I would love if the star were made of real gold nowadays though.)
  •  Make it routine: I am so proud that my kid made her daily reading part of her every day. Right after lunch, every day. If we had a trip, she read earlier. Got it done. Me, I waited. I would put it off. I would let life dictate my actions to me instead of me dictating life.

Just taking these few steps would have perhaps totally revised the course of my summer. A grand plan would have led to the completion of the grand challenge. I told my daughter this summer that I didn’t know if I would blog again. In the depths of utter disgust and despair, what you ask brought me back?

That actually has to do with my daughter, too.

Her middle name is Hope.

I just checked my pulse. I’m not dead yet. I have another chance. There’s always another challenge. I may be back to square one, but this time I’m planning, prepping, and yes for me praying. I believe in hope. I am not saying challenges won’t go uncompleted. That may happen. But more than that I will give this challenge, this blog, this life an actual chance. I have to count the cost to the finish, not just in for the beginning. And if I go down, it will be in a blaze of glory (great song, right?) and I will incinerate knowing I gave it the best chance I could. No what ifs. No do-overs. No regrets. I’ll just move on.

I believe we are all meant for great purposes, but often those purposes still need planning. Chance won’t bring continued success. Thank you, my daughter, for your example and for your belief in your momma. I write again, I believe again, I start again in part because of you.

So what is the new insane holiday challenge you ask? I am in the midst of an insane holiday challenge:


Lose 10 pounds by January 1st
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Looking for something more? Sorry. It’s crazy enough for me. Yes through the holidays. Yes in the face of sugar cookies. Yes in the midst of eggnog, hot chocolate, Christmas parties, fudge, and all other forms of fattiness you can imagine. Yes in the business and stress. Yes with all the kids around.

And yes, I will lose ten pounds. I am already down 5. 5 to go.

The planning

  • My payoff: New clothes. I have a pair of jeans I can’t wait to fit into! 
  • The other people: Well, there’s you (can I count on ya?) I have a Facebook group that I have joined and the women involved are extremely inspiring, especially our leader Pam who is a friend of mine. I would hate to let her down. I also pray about it. Prayer covers everything, even this. I need His help.
  • Small steps: I have to check in every Friday with my weight count. There are several bonus challenges. One of which I won a coffee gift card. That was definitely motivation. I could use another small step reward. You can help me with that at the end of the post.
  • Make it routine: I have decided not to make this about a diet but about real life. I am not depriving myself but more just watching what I eat and how often I do it. Exercise has been a bit of a challenge. I still need to work that into my everyday. Right now I have told myself no fun foods though unless I exercise. That has helped. Now if I could just remember that wake up challenge…and get my rear in gear! My goal is to work out right away in the morning for at least 30 minutes.

So that’s my insanity for the season. Here’s to living a full life! I hope that you don’t wait for next year to start making choices to fulfill your goals. Count the cost and meet the challenge head on.

I hope you will!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you will the results in 2014!

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Grand Summer Challenge 2013

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Summertime is here, finally!

However, the term summer break is a lie. In my house, summer brings just as much activity as school does, except we have to go to several different places to be a part of them. At least when school was in session, we could drop the ankle-biters off in one spot. I think summer break should be renamed as teacher’s revenge.

So for this teacher’s revenge session, I have been inspired by a blogger friend of mine.

bucket listOver in Mommyville, this wonderful mom of four has laid out a beautiful summer plan for her family. Reading her list of summer fun-filled with water bombs, lemonade stands, gardening…ahh the memories her family will make motivated me! I got a little over excited living through her eyes and thus summer theme for my family was born.

It’s going to be a GRAND SUMMER!

I am springboarding off my inspiration and making it my summer challenge. A challenge so big it will take three months to finish! We  are going to be undertaking several mini challenges that add up to a thousand, making it one big grand summer!

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freedigitalphotos.net, courtesy of Stuart Miles

  • A thousand pages read
  • A thousand minutes ran
  • A thousand minutes creating
And, hopefully, a thousand memories made, which is the most important challenge of them all. 

On my own,  I am also hoping to accomplish 10,000 words written, either in blogging or some personal projects I’m developing. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you what they are in due time.

Your job: keep me on track. Every week I will give you a post on where we are in “grand total” and what bumps and triumphs we encounter along the way. I may even have some special guest bloggers.Will we make the 1000? Time will tell. The countdown has already begun. Our summer is off and running. Hopefully it will be a grand one. If not, I’m totally stealing all Mommyville‘s summer pictures.

Another challenge accepted and I’m staying,

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freedigitalphotos.net: courtesy of stuart miles

freedigitalphotos.net: courtesy of stuart miles

Peachie Cleans Challenge Week 4: Canned

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And that’s a wrap.

51IqGL1H61L._AA160_I’m done. I’ve thrown in the proverbial dustrag as my sign that I have officially canned this challenge. I tried, Sarah Mae. I really did. Your book  31 days to Clean  is inspiring, heartfelt, knowledgeable…everything a guided challenge book should be. Nonetheless, I had to let it go.

 It’s not you, it’s me.

freedigitalphotos.net: Stuart Miles

freedigitalphotos.net: Stuart Miles

If you go back to week 2 and week 3 of this challenge, you can see that there has been a struggle throughout Peachie Cleans. I have had to fight through my attitude. I have had to conquer my schedule and life complications. This past week, I just came to make peace with the inevitable and can the challenge…as in throw it in the garbage can like I was supposed to be doing with the trash and clutter this week.

So what does this mean…Did I fail?

I am very much a pass or fail person. Give me the checklist and I’ll make my marks. When I complete an assignment, it better be handed back to me with a gold star. So when you ask me did I fail this challenge? It’s hard to answer yes. And no.

The goal of this blog was always to perform a challenge so that I could better myself. I have succeeded at the bettering despite my checklist being completed. Sara Mae does a great job reminding her readers that our homes are not badges to wear or status symbols for acknowledgement’s sake. My mission was simple: gain more skills so that my home can be: a safe place where my kids can dream and develop and flourish, a loving place for my family, friends, and neighbors, a tranquil haven amidst the chaos of life, and a recycling center where we give back as much as or more than we take out of life. My mission is to honor the purpose of this physical structure and not to be trapped by its upkeep.

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freedigitalphotos.net contributed by njaj

The message of this book did change a lot how I viewed housework and gave me some thoughtful insights on my perception of myself while doing these not so mundane but absolutely necessary and honorable tasks.

But according to my very own (why did I ever make these) rules, as you can see when it came to checklists of the challenge I bombed.

  1.  Don’t skip any tasks no matter what. (Which makes this officially a bonus challenge since we will crest 31 days because of week 3 repeating) FAILED: I TOTALLY SKIPPED DAYS
  2. Don’t move on to the next task if the former isn’t completed. (See above footnote)
    FAILED: I TOTALLY MOVED ON WHEN I SKIPPED DAYS
  3. Do tell the blogging world how many (or how few) of the challenges I was able to master that week (check Facebook page Just Peachie or twitter @justpeachiemenu for updates or rantings, whatever you choose to see)
    FAILED: DIDN’T TELL ANYTHING BECAUSE I WAS SO BEHIND ALL THE TIME
  4. Do all tasks with a good going-to-try-my best attitude
    NEUTRAL: WELL…I TRIED.
  5. Do find a life lesson each week to share
    PASS: LIFE LESSONS ARE EASY TO FIND IN FAILURE BECAUSE THAT’S ALL YOU HAVE

So there you have it. Challenge canned. I’m not going to make excuses and I’m not going to sugar coat my failings. I don’t have to do that. I don’t want to do that. I want the failure to sting a little. I want to imagine you shaking your head as you read this, a little disappointed and a little miffed. I want to think on what went wrong because I want to grow as a person. 

I’m tired of having it all together. I need to fail sometimes. And I need others to know about it.

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How awesome could life be if we weren’t ashamed to wear our failures? What if showing our scarlet letters didn’t separate us from each other through condemnation but brought us closer through empathy, compassion, and connectedness. I believe that they can. I want my challenges to inspire you to make and meet your own challenges in life as well. As we conquer them, we will celebrate. As we struggle in them, we can support. As we fail, we can them. I am not done with this challenge for life; I am just canning it for now. I will put it on my shelf of challenges yet to meet. And one day, I will open it up again and the Peachy Clean challenge will be fresh again.

We don’t have to let our failures beat us forever. Can ’em. Grow some more. Train some more. Get more support. Then attack that can again. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be opening up a can of you know what on that challenge the next time around!

That’s what I’m gonna do! And pass or fail I’m gonna stay

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NEW CHALLENGE COMING!

SO BIG IT WILL TAKE THE

WHOLE SUMMER TO FINISH IT!

LOOK FOR IT NEXT WEEK! IT’S GONNA BE GRAND!

Peachie Cleans Challenge Week 3: Confessions and Complications

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Just Don’t Ask.

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I mean it. Don’t even ask about the week I had and how well I did with this challenge. Ok ask away. Let me start by saying…it’s complicated. If you are counting, I should be updating you on my third week of cleaning and growing through Sarah Mae’s 31 days to Clean . However, because I set up those nasty guidelines for a successful challenge experience, knowing full well that this project was a bit overwhelming, I am not up to date.

 Confession time…

freedigitalphotos.net: Stuart Miles

freedigitalphotos.net: Stuart Miles

Dear readers, please forgive me. I have never had to confess like this! I progressed so poorly on this challenge that a point came where I did not even remember which day I was skipping. Clearly, I am confessing to you because I have to do so. I told you I would. I want to be honest. Well, honestly, I want someone else to clean my life while I live life. The cleaning challenge got lost in the chaos that is my life. More confessions…

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We had a week of birthdays, school year-end programs, summer start of programs, and my wedding anniversary. And graduation parties. Lots of graduation parties. Cleaning was replaced by cake. And I can’t say that I am sorry about it. The complications took over life at the preparation for my daughter’s birthday party which included a sleepover. A sleepover which grew from a friend or two to most of the girls from the party. I would call that a complication. A loud, shrieking, sugar filled complication with hormones attached. Forget the challenge. I am just glad our house survived!

Cleaning through  Chaos

My biggest confession is that my house is more clean at the end of this week than it would have been if it had not been for the complications.As I blog through, I am see that the complications were not challenge busters at all. As a matter of fact, my life chaos actually HELPED me clean.

Let me repeat my mission: I don’t want my house just to become a drop zone between school, work, church, and activities. I want my HOME to be: a safe place where my kids can dream and develop and flourish, a loving place for my family, friends, and neighbors, a tranquil haven amidst the chaos of life, and a recycling center where we give back as much as or more than we take out of life. My mission to honor the purpose of this physical structure and not to be trapped by its upkeep has given new motivation to my tasks.

freedigitalphotos.net contributed by njaj

freedigitalphotos.net contributed by njaj

Because of my complications to the challenge, I was able to live life and allow my home to be what I wanted. Friends came in and out. Moments were shared. Memories were made. We loved. We laughed. We ate way too much cake. And confession time…

I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF NOT MEETING THE CHALLENGE

And I cleaned.. I cleaned a lot…not to meet a challenge, but to meet life. I had to put the challenge in its proper place. I want to enhance my life. That’s why I am spilling my secret confessions to you. You want to make life the best it can be too, don’t you? We pour ourselves into self-help, home improvement, and health transforming challenges all the time to grow ourselves. But we can’t let these future aspirations remove us from the joy of the here and now.

I want to become better at cleaning in the every day. Obviously I am not good at that. I am very good at

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cleaning. I need to merge these two mindsets. I am not quitting (I said that last week ) but I have to keep reminding myself that it is the journey that I makes me who I am. The destination is the end. I’m not ready to end just yet. I will take hope in that tomorrow, my house will still need cleaning. Tomorrow, my challenge will still await me. If today I need to invest in just me, as I am doing right now, it’s ok. That to me IS growth. That to me IS meeting this challenge. Last week was complicated. Last week is over. Let’s never speak of its chaos again and move on!

Let’s review my challenge rules.

  1.  Don’t skip any tasks no matter what. (Which makes this officially a bonus challenge since we will crest 31 days because of week 3 repeating)
  2. Don’t move on to the next task if the former isn’t completed. (See above footnote)
  3. Do tell the blogging world how many (or how few) of the challenges I was able to master that week (check Facebook page Just Peachie or twitter @justpeachiemenu for updates or rantings, whatever you choose to see)
  4. Do all tasks with a good going-to-try-my best attitude
  5. Do find a life lesson each week to share

Confession…I am looking forward to a retake of week 3. I am thankful for retakes in life. More on second chances, second glances, and my dirty laundry of course.

My House is gonna be Peachie Clean (eventually) and I’m gonna stay

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Peachie Cleans Challenge Week 2: Floundering and Flourishing

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I quit twice this week

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Yup. I did. Even with Sarah Mae’s 31 days to Clean  guiding me through two challenges at once the cleaning task and the motives behind the cleaning as a foundation), I am still floundering through this challenge.  Some of the past week’s tasks were not too hard. Mostly remained tweaking the kitchen, which was not bad since my sis in law did that for me only six months ago! However I came across a word that stopped me in my tracks. M.O.P. I own a swiffer and thoroughly enjoy using it as we children and parents spill clumsily throughout our day. All day. Every day. I can’t tell you the last time my kitchen floor got a good ol’ on-the-hands-and-knees scrubbing. And I still can’t, because I didn’t do it.

 I almost quit then.

My next roadblock on this challenge came when I was supposed to sit for an extra ten minutes to journal on how I would like my house to operate. Find an extra what? If I could find a quiet ten minutes extra, I would do that every day! I already took the Wakey Wakey Challenge

and waking earlier than I ever did in my life! I wake up earlier now than I did when I took at 7 am college class…I woke up for that at 6:45 am! I don’t have time for this, I spoke strongly to myself.

And I really did almost quit, again.

I came to this blog to tell you that I am putting the Peachie Cleans challenge to rest for now.

But I changed my mind.

How?Why? Not because I was doing a great job, that is for certain. But it is because I came to grasp that I am not in this challenge to check off a list but to change my life. If I quit, I will not change. If I press on, I may not go one hundred percent by the book, but I will gain momentum on life. So what is my take from this week?

Floundering and flourishing are two parts of the same coin. 

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Floundering is just exposing an area that needs attention to grow.

The day I stop changing and growing is the day I die and I am not trying to get there quickly, even though I know the place to come is far better than this one. I still have things to do and ways to get better. I took this challenge because I am lacking in areas that this book can not only uncover but help me to conquer. If these areas are not exposed, I can not grow. And just like any good plant, in order to grow, you have to push past some dirt. And in my house, there is a lot of dirt to push. So of course, this may take a while.

Floundering does not have to be the sign of the end. It could be the breath before the breakthrough.

You can not have a Flourish Finish until you have the floundering flop. As I hit rock bottom, I can honestly say I am going to gain momentum by using that bottom to push-off into success instead of laying still and getting buried.

And the finish is my goal, not checking some task off a list. I am seeking to build a foundation for KEEPING a clean house not just checking off chores, cleaning this now and in another month having the same habits, the same defeating mindsets, bring the return of the same chaos and clutter.

I accepted this dreaded challenge because I want a clean house and I want to be motivated to keep it clean…because my house has purpose. My life has purpose. Not by chance and not just because I exist. I was created for purpose and I will live that purpose out.

Let me repeat my mission: I don’t want my house just to become a drop zone between school, work, church, and activities. I want my HOME: a safe place where my kids can dream and develop and flourish, a loving place for my family, friends, and neighbors, a tranquil haven amidst the chaos of life, and a recycling center where we give back as much as or more than we take out of life. My mission to honor the purpose of this physical structure and not to be trapped by its upkeep has given new motivation to my tasks.

freedigitalphotos.net contributed by njaj

freedigitalphotos.net contributed by njaj

I may need to keep that up every week. Sarah Mae, the author, does give us the task to print out this statement and hang it so that one can refer back to it as necessary. Count yourself as my pin board.

The great thing about floundering is that the flourish is going to look that much better. I will not perfect these tasks, but I will give my thought life a workout everyday. If I can get my mind under control, I will flourish to the finish. Not just of this challenge either. I want to flourish every day until my finish here on earth is complete.

Before we go, let’s review my challenge rules.

  1.  Don’t skip any tasks no matter what.
  2. Don’t move on to the next task if the former isn’t completed.
  3. Do tell the blogging world how many (or how few) of the challenges I was able to master that week (check Facebook page Just Peachie or twitter @justpeachiemenu for updates or daily rants, whatever you choose to see)
  4. Do all tasks with a good going-to-try-my best attitude
  5. Do find a life lesson each week to share

As this week closes, I look forward to cleaning something other than my kitchen, and to finish with a flourish (it may look like I’m tripping, but it really is a flourish).

My House is gonna be Peachie Clean and I’m gonna stay

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Peachie Cleans Challenge Week 1: Mission Kitchen and Mission Statement

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First week of cleaning and I’m already cutting corners…

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As I dive into Sarah Mae’s 31 days to Clean , she guides me, the participant, through two challenges at once. As if cleaning wasn’t enough! She challenges us not just to tackle the physical state of the house, but also the emotional heart and mission behind the home. I immediately begin to realize two things.

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1. Some parts of my house aren’t as bad as I thought. Emergency clean up jobs really keep things in order. For example, cleaning the kitchen this week one of my assignments was to clean the microwave. Lo and behold when I opened the door, my microwave glistened in all its clean glory already.

Then I remembered, that I just recently scrubbed this monstrosity last week when my children blew up their leftover spaghetti meal inside. Maybe it was mac and cheese. Either way, it was ugly. But that did give me one less task to do this week. Thanks, kids!

2. My focus needs to be on the mission, not the tasks, that this book offers. If I want this challenge to really bring permanent changes into my life…and so far, I think that I do want this change, then i need to make my home’s purpose my motivation. In writing the mission behind my cleaning goals, I began to finally put to words what my heart longs to see when I enter my home. I didn’t embark on this challenge to create a showplace house. I have five kids now, that dream has long since come to reality.

I accepted this dreaded challenge because I want a clean house and I want to be motivated to keep it clean…because I want my house to have purpose.

I don’t want my house just to become a drop zone between school, work, church, and activities. I want my HOME: a safe place where my kids can dream and develop and flourish, a loving place for my family, friends, and neighbors, a tranquil haven amidst the chaos of life, and a recycling center where we give back as much as or more than we take out of life. My mission to honor the purpose of this physical structure and not to be trapped by its upkeep has given new motivation to my tasks.

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My life lesson this week is to remember my motivation. The why outweighs the whines. The mission statement gives foundation to the entire challenge much like the foundation of my house supports the whole structure. I must embrace the mission. The mission is my friend.

However, the tasks are still my enemies.

Somehow, through diligent and purposeful mind work,  I have got to give the tasks my 100%. I have to confess that I have not. I haven’t skipped anything, but I have cut a few corners, bent a few rules, said “Oh, that’s good enough” a few times. Yeah, I gotta stop that. And I will.

Don’t forget about our deal. You are going to comment and connect with me as much as possible. I may need to hear just what you have to say!

Before we go, let’s review my challenge rules.

  1.  Don’t skip any tasks no matter what.
  2. Don’t move on to the next task if the former isn’t completed.
  3. Do tell the blogging world how many (or how few) of the challenges I was able to master that week (check Facebook page Just Peachie or twitter @justpeachiemenu for updates or daily rants, whatever you choose to see)
  4. Do all tasks with a good going-to-try-my best attitude
  5. Do find a life lesson each week to share

With Mission in mind and a bright, sunny kitchen, I’m ready to face week 2. As long as there are no toilets involved…

Think Mission. Think Mission.

My House is gonna be Peachie Clean and I’m

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May Challenge: Peachie Clean (?)

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I have never dreaded a challenge as I do this one.

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31 days to Clean by Sarah Mae. Sarah, what were you thinking? How did I even come across this one? I’m the challenger…why would I go to this dark place?

Now don’t get me wrong. I like things clean. If I were alone, I would have an amazing time with this book. I’d probably hum like Cinderella while cleaning or maybe whistled while I worked. But I don’t live alone. There are many hands in this house and they all know how to anti-clean very well. I am very concerned already that I will quit this challenge.

But YOU won’t let that happen, will you?

If you are reading this you are hereby bound to help me. You may try not to, but there will be a nagging voice in your head that speaks ever so often, I wonder how that poor Peachie girl is doing in her cleaning challenge? You are one of my only bright spots in this ever so dirty escapade. You will help me conquer the clean.

BUT…

I do feel as though I may need to hold myself to some rules.

  1.  Don’t skip any tasks no matter what.
  2. Don’t move on to the next task if the former isn’t completed.
  3. Do tell the blogging world how many (or how few) of the challenges I was able to master that week (check facebook page Just Peachie or twitter @justpeachiemenu for those specific daily updates)
  4. Do all tasks with a good going-to-try-my best attitude
  5. Do find a life lesson each week to share

Ok, I have my rules (check), I have the challenge book (check), now on to the first chapter. DEEP CLEANSING BREATH…Here we go…

This may just change my life … or not.

We’ll find out and I’ll be,

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