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May Bootcamp 2012: Keep it Simple

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kaleidoscopelady has written 7 entries about this goal

in light of

this month’s drama, simple is exactly what I needed.

work: I pretty much set it up and don’t put too much thought into it. I set out a few activities, plenty to do, let them play and that’s that. I’m not trying to impress anyone. I post photos now and again on facebook page but the same fans are looking so impressing people is no longer my goal. Simply do good work. Nothing fancy. :)

Money: Money is tight. I have not had a choice but to simplify. I just need to really get through this rough patch. I have taken some later at night clients even though I worked so hard to get my hours shortened. I realize that quality clients are far better than cush hours.

Home: paper plates and daily routines have streamlined my job tremendously.

Relationships: getting the teenager out of here and giving him the push he needed to get moving was great for us. Furthermore, not bombarded by the stress of him being here I have been able to choose to listen to him and really improve the quality of our relationship and get my son back.

No need to over think things. This has been a big test for me this month. Just take things as they come. Remain present.

I still need to work on simplifying the upstairs area, particularly my closet. The main room is fairly organized. Everything has a place but my clothes get thrown onto the loveseat and it’s messy. That will be for next month, and getting the new room set up.


I’ve gotten my situation all screwed up somehow.

I feel like with the teens moving out and a few summer kids coming I can turn it around if I play my cards right.

So, I will be extremely careful with all purchases. I’m not a shopper. I already live quite modestly but I am letting the cash flow through my hands a bit carelessly somehow.

I need to keep better track.

I need to get all the bills caught up. I’d been doing quite well and getting behind is stressing me a bit.

I need to put back some savings for a cheap-o car, insurance , etc.


Drama: I’m making the custody thing way harder than it needs to be. I keep waffling on my decision and it’s more harmful that way. I haven’t allowed him to see them yet but I keep feeling this tug of guilt for both them and him. My gut tells me that it is just a momentary thing and that in the long run they are better without him….at least insomuch as I can control. So, I think the plan is simple…keep doing what I’m doing until someone comes to me to determine otherwise.

Work: I’ve simplified my work plan and even got most of the supplies in order already. There’s a tiny bit of prep involved but it’s easily accomplished to great effect, I hope.

Home: I’ve been keeping the housework under control but the dryer is broken and I need a clothesline system in the meantime. For some reason, anything hardware or construction related gives me anxiety. It’s ridiculous. I think a clothesline is a good thing anyway, even when I do get the dryer repaired or replaced.

Flowers/Garden: I searched the nurseries and didn’t find anything I liked. I bought several herbs to pop in the raised beds and a few tomato plants. I think it’s better I hold off on flowers until I find what I want. Patience….


custody stuff: according to my client, there is not wait period so I will try again equipped with a more thought out plan. I just need to find the funds for parking and whatnot. sheesh. This will be two birds with one stone. I won’t stress, I will just follow through, again and see what happens.

work: change out centers weekly…that is all. Simple changes and provocations but well thought out and relevant.
-daily story/circle time
-daily stretching/”yoga” time with kiddos

Home: I’m losing A soon so I’ll be on my own. I must streamline and find time for daily cleaning tasks.

Body/Spirit: -continue 30/day hooping
-morning sitting/prayer


I could easily become overwhelmed with this custody business. I had a moment of clarity and have hopefully simplified a solid plan. I suppose it wouldn’t be good to outline it here just in case but step one begins Monday so I can track the progress.

I nearly feel like I can’t move forward with anything else because this drama is so intense that it is very difficult to focus on anything else.

I have told everyone “I’m trying to be zen about it”. If I stop and think about it’s not a big deal. The barrage of insults and threats create a constant struggle to stay on track with everything else.

I’m hoping after I get Monday behind me I will be at a bit more ease.

I’m hoping the system is on my side.

in motion

the cleaning schedules and menus are posted. When A works she will start the momentum needed to get them going. I can follow through on her days off.

My room and closet are set in motion to be much simplified. I’m working on it a little each night.

at first glance

I thought this boot camp wouldn’t push me enough.

After a bit of consideration, I suspect it’s exactly what I need.

Everything is in such chaos at the moment inside and outside of me.

I’m working on trying to be the most efficient with my helper so that the business can run more smoothly. Simplify cleaning lists, menus and activity plans.

Moving forward with my plan to sit alone each day. Simple…simple surroundings in my dressing room…simple…sit…be.

The bedroom space is not getting better. My emotional state is trying to sabatoge me. The very first burst of energy and I have plans to simplify a LOT. One box of toys, simple simple, organized, tidy.

Those are my main goals but I think I will find as the month progresses that for me, keeping it simple is key. Don’t over think…

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