TSA #15 – Give Up

Feb 27, 2012 by

I should have done this last week as lent has already started, but its not too late.  Your Truly Simple Action this week is to give up something for 40 days.  No, you don’t have to be Catholic to observe lent.  I’m not Catholic but I like the idea of lent.

Voluntarily sacrificing something helps you realize how much you really have to be thankful for.  The history of lent had parishioners fasting for 40 days.  While most people no longer fast, the tradition has turned into giving up something you love.  Usually its something you enjoy or partake of a lot (read: slightly addicted).  This could be coffee, alcohol, sweets etc.

For lent this year I decided to give up sugar.  I’ve never done it before so I thought I would try it.  I didn’t think I ate a large amount of sugar until I started this process.  The first several days were rough as I had major withdrawal headaches, but that has passed and now I find myself not craving it at all.  Unfortunately I work at the second worst place in the world to give up sugar as our kitchens are FILLED with every treat you could imagine from Costco, but so far I’m doing pretty well.  What has really been hard is my cute old neighbors bringing me over fresh baked apple pie and home made eclairs and me having to say thank you and throwing them away.  That was rough, because A, they make really good apple pie and eclairs, and B, I hate throwing food away.

Don’t worry if you already missed the start of lent.  Start today.  Start now.  Pick something that you could use a break from.  Stop drinking soda, or give up alcohol.  Pick something that you need to cut back on and give it up for 40 days.  You will feel good about yourself and will appreciate all of the things you have just that much more.

Is lent 41 days this year because of leap day?

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 - Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 - Go do something fun
TSA#3 - Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 - Learn something new
TSA#5 - Celebrate Christmas
TSA#6 - Start off the new year with a clean room
TSA#7 - Improve
TSA#8 – Tell someone you love them
TSA#9 – Adopt some grandparents
TSA#10 - Organize your life: Inbox edition
TSA#11 - Try a new local restaurant
TSA#12 – Stop watching one TV show
TSA#13 - Do one thing that needs to be done
TSA#14 – Make a Mess

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TSA #14 – Make a mess

Feb 20, 2012 by

I’m a fairly clean person and try to keep things organized.  I think hope I’m not over doing it, but I really like knowing where things are when I need them, so I keep things neat and try not to make big messes as its also usually me who has to clean them up.  Since I can usually find a hundred other things on my list that is above cleaning up, I try not to make big messes.

But this can be a problem.  Sometimes I get too focused on the mess and avoid doing fun things that create that mess.

Sometimes Its just as little as not wanting to cook to avoid having to clean up the post cooking mess.  Or its not wanting to get packed up to go on a fun adventure knowing there will be a big mess to clean up afterwards.

Last night with all my friends and their families, we packed up and headed to the beach too cook dinner and smores over a bonfire at the beach.  I was excited, yet hesitant as I’m the one who has to unpack all camping gear from the garage and load up the Jeep, knowing that I have to put it all away when I get home and clean it all up etc.  These little thoughts get into my head and then I’m not as excited and am frustrated at the work ahead.

But then the mess leads to great fun.   We had an awesome bonfire at the beach.  We cooked chicken and dumplings in the dutch oven over the fire.  Then we had gourmet s’mores with 3 kinds of chocolate treats to choose from.  The kids ran around on the beach, the adults sat around the fire and it was awesome.  It was so awesome.  It was well worth the mess.  And it usually is.

So this week, your Truly Simple  Action is to make a mess.

Start a project you’ve been putting off because of the mess you’ve been wanting to avoid.  Get out the camping gear and take a road trip.  Get out the neatly organized stuff that isn’t serving its purpose being neat and organized and put it to good use.

Make a mess.  Have fun.  Live your life.  There will always be messes to clean up but the best messes are the ones that are the result of great memories being made.  Making memories can be messy, but they are always worth it.

Go make a mess.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 - Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 - Go do something fun
TSA#3 - Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 - Learn something new
TSA#5 - Celebrate Christmas
TSA#6 - Start off the new year with a clean room
TSA#7 - Improve
TSA#8 – Tell someone you love them
TSA#9 – Adopt some grandparents
TSA#10 - Organize your life: Inbox edition
TSA#11 - Try a new local restaurant
TSA#12 – Stop watching one TV show
TSA#13 - Do one thing that needs to be done

 

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TSA #13 – Do one thing that needs to be done

Feb 13, 2012 by

I had a fun weekend.

My wife went to grab something out of the bottom of the hall closet the other day and noticed it was wet.  That’s weird.  There shouldn’t be water in the bottom of the closet.   So I take everything out from down there and lo and behold the carpet is wet.  That’s not good. I also notice some mold on the drywall of the closet.  That’s really not good.

So I assume a water pipe has sprung a leak that runs through the wall of the closet and set out to repair it.  I remove everything from the closet and tear out the carpet and remove the moldy drywall.  Not fun.  I inspect the pipes to find no leak.  That’s not a good sign because now I don’t know where the water is coming from, except that in removing the drywall and such I notice more mold on the other side of the wall, which is where the bathroom is.  So now I am assuming the toilet is leaking and is leaking water into all of the walls around it.  Awesome.  So I remove the toilet and notice a lot of water below it.  I then proceed to remove the toilet, surrounding tile and all of the drywall around it.  Good times.

That was my fun weekend.  It will be a small project to get that all back in working order, but I will get it done.

Second story.  Cut to this morning, and I’m on my way to catch the train to work and I notice my Jeep is driving a bit odd and making a noise when I’m on the freeway.  I have a flat tire.  So I pull over, inspect the damage and set about changing it.  Its not terribly hard, but not super easy either.  But I get it done and make it to the train station to catch the next train.

There are things that we don’t want to do.  Sometimes we can put them off.  Sometimes we are forced to do them.  I was forced to change the tire this morning.  I could have put off the bathroom remodel project til a a later date, but I knew it had to be done, so I did it.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is to pick out that one thing on your list that you know has to be done and do it.  Pick that one thing that you really don’t want to do.  Pick the one item that has been causing you stress for days, weeks, hopefully not months and just get it done.  Start doing that one thing and you will realize something.  You wil learn that it wasn’t so big and scary as you thought it was.  It will prove to be easier than you had made it out to be in your head.  And when you check off that item from your list you will feel amazing and empowered to conquer anything else that might be on your list.

Whenever we have a list of things to do, we tend to sometimes put the big scary items at the end of the list.  Or we tend to do all the little easy ones first, just dancing around that big one, knowing that we will have to get to it someday.  This is a bad way to do things, because the entire time your mind is thinking about that big item. Its obsessing, worrying, stressing out over that one thing.  We make it into such a big deal that it causes us to be distracted and stressed out until its done.  Don’t do that.

Tackle the big thing first.  Identify that one item that you know you have to do, but have been putting off.  Put a firm deadline on it of sometime this week.  It could take you an hour, or a day, just put a date and time by which you will have it done.  Now go do it.  No more excuses.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 - Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 - Go do something fun
TSA#3 - Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 - Learn something new
TSA#5 - Celebrate Christmas
TSA#6 - Start off the new year with a clean room
TSA#7 - Improve
TSA#8 – Tell someone you love them
TSA#9 – Adopt some grandparents
TSA#10 - Organize your life: Inbox edition
TSA#11 - Try a new local restaurant
TSA#12 – Stop watching one TV show   

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TSA #12 – Stop watching one TV show

Feb 6, 2012 by

This weeks Truly Simple Action is very simple.  Just stop watching one TV show.

You don’t have to stop watching TV completely, although thats not a bad idea.  This week you only need to cut out one show.  Pick a show that you just don’t watch that much any more.  Pick a show that you have several episodes backlogged on your DVR and just stop watching it. Pick a show that you only watch when there is nothing on and that has no redeeming value and just stop watching it.

We just watch too much TV.  I know I go through phases where I watch too much and then I try to scale it back and do other things.

This method helps me do this in small steps.  Just pick one show.  It could be a great show that you really like but somehow haven’t been keeping up with.  That gives you a nice chance to say, obviously its not THAT important or I would be watching it.  So stop watching it.  Or just cut out any silly “reality” show on MTV/VH1/E etc.  And I put reality in quotes because you know it isn’t real.  Its not even close to being real.

So this week, your Truly Simple Action is to pick one show and stop watching it.  Quite an easy task really because its actually requiring you to do no work.

So take that extra time that you have and take a walk or read a book or go do something nice for someone else.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 - Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 - Go do something fun
TSA#3 - Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 - Learn something new
TSA#5 - Celebrate Christmas
TSA#6 - Start off the new year with a clean room
TSA#7 - Improve
TSA#8 – Tell someone you love them
TSA#9 – Adopt some grandparents
TSA#10 - Organize your life: Inbox edition
TSA#11 - Try a new local restaurant

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