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Birthday Challenge!

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Birthday Challenge!

Happy Birthday to..ME! bday cake copy

This year, I am challenging myself to give steps to my dreams and giftings. I am literally giving myself PERMISSION (click to read personal Just Peachie post) to move forward into success and failure…but ultimately to LIFE! And this blog will continue to be a lifeline for me in doing so. As I name goals, I will take steps here to reach them.

Believe it or not, you all reading this have been an invisible support for all I have attempted these last two years. Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing. I look forward to another year of challenges!

As a birthday wish, I am asking all my friends and readers to share my blog post to anyone and everyone you know. It would be a great present…and practically free for you! Thank you and as you do, please have a piece of cake on me!

TO LIFE!

–Peachie

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Peachie Cleans Challenge Week 4: Canned

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Tin Can Cheese Press in Action

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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.

freedigitalphotos.net contributed by njaj
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.

Bad Grade

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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…

Complications…bday cake copy

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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