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The Last Book on Decluttering You'll Ever Need
Saturday, February 27, 2021      6 comments

That's the bold subtitle of Tracy McCubbin's 2019 organizing book Making Space, Clutter Free. Big thanks to my sister for finding and sharing it. I just picked it up from the library this morning, and loved what she has to say in the introductor... Read more
Pre-sorting Pep Talk
Sunday, February 21, 2021      6 comments

I have struggled with clutter and organization for decades. I know there is a strong link to the childhood abuse, where I had no control over my environment. I'm learning how trauma affects brain function, which can make the process especially c... Read more
Keoni, kitties, and a flopping fish toy
Monday, February 01, 2021      8 comments

I gave a shout out to Amy of BodyFit by Amy some months ago. Now I have to urge you to check out Keoni Tamayo's free YouTube videos. Most are walking workouts, though he has a few ST ones. His shortest was 8 minutes, his longest 1 hour 25 minute... Read more
Challenge, don’t push
Saturday, January 30, 2021      8 comments

I will say up front I refuse to use the Spark People emoticon “Keep Pushing.” I find it triggering and have wanted to explain why in a blog for a while now. I tense up when a YouTube instructor uses those words as well. I get defensive and ... Read more
An open letter to victims of sexual abuse & their loved ones
Thursday, January 14, 2021      11 comments

[In sorting through old papers, I found a copy of a letter I wrote in 2001 to my aunts and cousins. I don’t know if any of them took action based on my urging. When I read the letter to my new therapist last week, we both teared up and she appla... Read more
Let’s make the holidays OK
Wednesday, December 02, 2020      7 comments

I am *really* embracing the concept and goal of doing OK, as opposed to trying (and failing) to do “my best” (because with my brain, I can always imagine a way to improve or do better). Recently I had wanted to go for a walk, but saw it was gett... Read more
Let's Do OK Today
Thursday, November 26, 2020      7 comments

I made a new emoticon from a comment on my previous blog 'Does it have to be my "best"?' (Although when I reread th... Read more
Remaining focused on our priorities and values
Thursday, November 05, 2020      4 comments

I've shared communications before from Dow Constantine, King County Executive (like the mayor for the county--Washington's most populous one, & home to Seattle). Today, 11/4/20, he shared with county employees many excellent and eloquent points.... Read more
Does it have to be “my best”?
Sunday, November 01, 2020      7 comments

I’ve been putting pressure on myself and feeling guilty for not getting more done or making more progress. When I journaled about the feelings, I discovered there was both guilt and shame around not doing enough or doing a better job at the thin... Read more
Letting Go Again
Saturday, October 31, 2020      6 comments

Funny, I’ve been thinking about Halloween—celebrated in Latin America as part of Dias de los Muertos, or Days of the Dead. In pagan tradition too, it is a time for honoring those who have passed. I was thinking to acknowledge my father’s passing... Read more
Getting out of a funk with a great self-help book
Monday, August 17, 2020      6 comments

I just figured out on last Thursday that I’m suffering from burnout. After 5 months of telecommuting, I had to go in to the office to swap out laptops, and was able to read flyers for the few remaining employees. Some of these had tips for self-... Read more
Juneteenth Google Doodle
Friday, June 19, 2020      2 comments

Here's the doodle itself
watch?v=GNEPwwv56DY&featur And this tells about making it
watch?v=ipodBEnW9Hk I first learned about Goog... Read more
(Updated) Powerful words on the protests by King County Executive
Tuesday, June 02, 2020      6 comments

In an employee newsletter, we got the full body of Dow Constantine's Twitter from Sunday (used here with permission). "A message from the Exec (Preface: I’m sorry for the many people who gathered to peacefully, earnestly protest injus... Read more
Mental Health Month #4: Supporting Others
Monday, June 01, 2020      4 comments

Yes, it’s a new month, but I figure mental health is always worth discussing, especially during the pandemic with extra fears, changes, and stress. So here is the final blog King County’s wellness group sent to employees: For the last week ... Read more
Racism: Another public health crisis
Saturday, May 30, 2020      7 comments

I don't watch the news; it is too depressing. So I did not recognize the names mentioned in my union's special member email with the subject "PROTEC17 stands for justice. We cannot sit in silence." I admit I don't read everything my union sends... Read more

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