Organization

The biggest secret in cleaning

Most of my friends know that I am a clean Freak. I love to walk into my apartment and see everything nice and tidy. I also love that feeling I get after a great deep cleaning. Some people use sage to clear out the unwanted spirits, I use my steam cleaner.

This summer (2017), my friend Xavier told me about this steam cleaner and my life has never been the same (or cleaner) since. I told him I use a steamer for my clothes, instead of an iron. ‘ A steamer?’ he said, and then suggested that I purchase a McCulloch (no endorsements) steam cleaner.  He swore by this product as the end all, be all of cleaners. He bragged about the many attachments and how he used it on everything in his house.

Well what was a neat freak to do? I hopped on Amazon and bought myself a Mcculloch steam cleaner. It arrived in a few days and away I went.

This is AMAZING!

Seriously! amazing…it’s super easy to use and even comes with it’s own cute little funnel. I bought some distilled water (as recommended) and went to work.

I have faux hard word floors in 90% of my apartment and this thing makes them shine. I also have a glass shower with the nasty water marks that accumulate over time. A his and her sink and a guest bath.  All of this would’ve normally required many different cleaning solutions, mops, sponges, etc… No more! I use the different attachments depending on what I’m cleaning and the results are remarkable.

Most importantly, I love not using cleaning products. I have been using essential oils more and more to avoid the harsh chemicals. I save on not using all of the cleaning products. #savingmoney . I’m a frugal person, so it was a big investment, but at the end of the day, I’ve been super happy with this purchase. I’d have to sit down and calculate how much I’ll save in the course of the mcculloch’s life.

Draw-backs

Some of the attachments produce this ear piercing sound. I pull out my noise cancelling headphones and move on with my cleaning.

Positive- points

Unlike swiffers in which you have to buy and buy the cleaning cloths, the Mcculloch cleaner comes with pads that you can wash in the washing machine.

The attachments are easy to use and easy to store.

It’s small and easy to store.

Very easy to use and effective.

The leftover water can be poured down the drain and I don’t feel guilty about polluting the water.

Overall, the Mcculloch steam cleaner is a great product and I love using it.  In fact, I used it today (hence the post) and am reveling in the cleanliness of my home.

Organization

Update on the apple watch

My apple watch sold!

This was my first time selling on eBay and I would say, so far so good. I listed my watch for $150 and it sold for $250. I paid about $420 (including tax) and was wearing the watch maybe 4 days a week. Overall, it wasn’t a bad product, it just wasn’t for me.

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I usually am pretty conscious about the purchases I make and intend to keep things for the long term. However, after giving more thought to the idea of de-cluttering and ridding myself of useless items, I decided this had to go. Now, it may seem like I took a loss on the watch and I guess in some way I did. But when I look in things in total, it was the right move for me.

I put the watch on eBay for a 3 day selling period and shipped it on Saturday morning. I even wrapped it up like a present, so that whoever gets might get some joy from unwrapping something ‘new’.

I had kept all of the original boxes and instructions, so hopefully that will help this person to use the item.

The money was deposited right away into my paypal, but since I am a first time seller, I will have to wait until February 8th to receive payment. I can see the money in my paypal account, but it is ‘on hold’. Hopefully, everything works out as it should and I will receive the funds and the buyer will be happy.

According to the usps tracking information, it should arrive today sometime.

Next item, a beach cruiser bike that an ex bought for me. It also has its own bike rack meant for a suv I no longer have. Where to sell that? Craigslist, perhaps?

Health

January 29

The last week of verses have really given me hope and encouragement in a time when I need it most.

These past few months have been wrought with strife and struggle. Not all struggles are bad and can in fact teach us lessons that we need to learn immediately.

The quicker we learn, the faster we come through the hard times.

It is important to remember this when life seems like an uphill battle. It can be smooth like butter and other times feels like moving through molasses.

When we keep in mind that our hearts are to stay focused on God and working towards our purpose we can feel comfortable and safe in Him.

Health

January 25

I am someone with high anxiety, last night I laid in bed not able to sleep because my thoughts were racing in every direction. Lately, I have had so much on my plate that I really don’t know which direction to go in or when to go. It’s been overwhelming and I am so lost. Sometimes things seem so clear and the path is wide open, other times I feel like I am pushing heavy sludge around and looking through a dense fog never getting anywhere. I know that I need to make changes, one being that I must reduce my stress.

Health

January 24

Our love for our neighbors is in parallel to the Love we have for ourselves. While I think God intends for us to love our neighbors deeply, He also wants us to love ourselves. We are made in His image and perfect in His eyes. It is often the hardest concept to love thyself, and thus love thy neighbor but so increasingly important to keep in mind with our social media society. We have many people around us who do not truly love themselves and thus cannot truly love their neighbors. Seeking validation from others does not allow us to introspectively choose to accept the parts about ourselves we cannot change and love ourselves fully. In theory, everyone understands that we must show love and compassion for those around us but how often do we show the same to ourselves?

We must therefore, learn to have self acceptance and love before we can extend that kindness outwardly to those around us. Some of the best friends I have understand this concept. They do not speak ill in regards to their shortcomings or produce self deprecating images on a daily basis.

I encourage those who read this text and think “yes, I should love my neighbors more ” to first look inwardly and learn to love themselves.

Health

Seltzer Water

My obsession with seltzer water began in 2002, nearly 16 years ago.  My aunts drink an obscene amount of the stuff and it was readily available when I was at their homes. They always had seltzer instead of any kind of soda and I was not a soda drinker anyways.  Growing up my mom preferred the fizzy taste of diet pepsi, while I was not allowed to have any kind of soda. When I started to learn about the dangers of substitute sugar, I kindly suggested my mom try seltzer instead. She was reluctant at first, but then developed some rather strange neurologic symptoms. Not entirely sure if it was related to her soda drinking habit, she decided that switching vices might not be a bad idea. Slowly, she made the transition fully and all of her problems abated. Hooked, she began to stock the house full of the stuff. This made it easy for me to become an instant addict as well.

Opening up the fridge and pulling out one of those happy little cans, became a daily ritual and now I can’t imagine not having my preferred water. Now I know that all brands are not made equal. I myself, prefer Waterloo, the taste is unparalleled. Second runner up is Polar, but that is hard to find in Michigan. My most convenient choice is La Croix, while not superb in taste, it is readily available at local grocers. Lastly, I will drink the generic variety, the most favorite of my wallet.

Sitting here tonight, I am truly perplexed at my love for seltzer water. What is it about this fizzing drink that has absolutely bewitched?

Health

Ketogenic Diet

My ketogenic diet journey began in June 2017 at the advice of my friend and colleague. She knew I had recently been struggling with my weight and had talked about how I used to be in ‘better shape’. She kindly suggested that I try the ketogenic diet, what did I have to lose?

All of my life I had ranged from 125-135lbs, without much effort. I was a swimmer in grade/high school and in college, I kept a rigorous exercise routine. My parents are both marathoners and nutritionally conscious. I grew up on a diet rich with fruits, vegetables, lean meats and few grains. Needless to say, physical fitness/health was ingrained into my psyche. In college, I pursued a degree in kinesiology, believing that true wellness comes from within.

In 2015, I met my ex-fiance and by 2016  we were engaged and living together. We dined on a diet full of carbs, carbs and more carbs. I decided in 2016 to run a marathon, and thus embarked and a tireless journey of self improvement. I had this vision when I started, that by the end, I would lose my swimmer’s physique of broad shoulders and change into this running goddess. WRONG. I binged on carbs, thinking that I would need them to keep up my energy; unfortunately, the slow steady state cardio did not burn off the carbs at the rate I thought. By the time, fall 2016 approached I was up to 155lbs, feeling sluggish, and completely unhappy with the state of my health.

I was working long hours and filling myself up with all of the carbs I could find. This is when my very wise friend kindly suggested I try keto. She talked of this fabulous lifestyle where you can eat cheese, meat, coconut oil, and all of the delicious fats I could find, all I had to do was keep my carbs to a minimum. No problem! In 3 months time, I was back down to 130lbs and a very happy camper. I wish I could sympathize with people on a painful weightloss track, but I simply cannot.

It has been 7 months and I am proud to say that I have kept my carbs to a minimum and am reaping the rewards. Not to mention, the keto diet is endorsed by some big names in holistic health and has peer-reviewed research to back it’s efficacy.

While my story is not wrought with pain and heartache that pulls at the strings of your heart, I hope it inspires you to give keto a try.

Health

January 23

Today’s bible verse reminds us that God has plans for us that we can’t fathom. We are so focused on what we can physically see, hear, or think of that we don’t realize big things or small are in store for us.

There’s the saying “I don’t know what I don’t know” and this is the perfect summation to this verse. Be open today to what you don’t know and keep vigilant for new opportunities and new paths that God has laid before you.

Spiritual

January 22

Trusting in Him is a hard concept to accept. Many of us prefer to think that we can control everything and when we things don’t go our way, we feel lost.

God tells us that we need to trust in Him and put confidence in Him. So often, we see challenges and struggles as insurmountable, but usually they are there to teach us a lesson and help us to grow.

I have had my fair share of troubles where I found myself down and out. It’s easier to sit on the couch, eat my feelings or drown myself in Netflix binge watching. It’s important to keep our eyes focused on moving forward and trust that there is a plan for you and me. We are taught the lessons that we need to learn.

This is never easy and it’s not meant to be! Iron is strengthened in fire.

Organization

De-cluttering

There is a book about de-cluttering and tidying up. I think it’s called “The life changing magic of tidying up” and then there is Dave Ramsey who talks about selling all of the un-necessary stuff you have accumulated in order to pay off debts faster. All in all, the best of the best suggest that you must give up, in order to gain.

Heading into 2018 makes me give these ideas serious consideration. In 2017, I bought an apple watch and while it definitely made keeping in touch with people much easier, I started to worry about harmful EMF waves. Anyways, that’s not really important, what is however, is the fact, that I really don’t think I want to keep it and as such I am going to sell it on Ebay.  The thought of selling something on Ebay gives me anxiety, but the freedom of not being tied down to this watch is kind of exciting.  Unfortunately, I can’t get back everything that I paid, but I something is better than nothing.

I also have a beach cruiser bike, that an ex bought for me, that I really don’t need. It was a great gift when I lived at the beach, but now that I live in the frozen tundra, it’s quite superfluous. It has sat in a garage for the past 2 years, becoming a great dust collector.  Time for it to go. Along with the bike carrier fit for the SUV I no longer own.

While all of this won’t add up to much, I think I will find the magic in tidying up. So with that, I encourage you to find what you don’t need and consider selling it or giving it away.

After I muster up the courage to actually rid myself of these belongings, I will update this post.