Posts Tagged ‘Project’

Farming Friday–Do a Lot with a Little

This is what we started with when we moved in last June.  We decided with just two horses we would put off building a barn until such time as it became absolutely necessary and economically feasible.  Instead we took the little carport off the garage and turned it into this:

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Sometimes my perfectionism stops me.  Often I think if I can’t have exactly what I want, I should wait until I can.  This time we took the little that we had and improved it to the point where it serves our needs to perfection.  Is it that perfect barn of my dreams?  Nope, it is simple and minimalist, but it’ll do and the mares are happy.

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Pollyanna Project Day One


Pollyanna had it easy! She started the Glad Game at a young age and thus it was an entrenched habit. Negativity and a quick temper are practically part of my DNA! Needless to say Day One of the Project was easier said than done. I found myself engaged in a negative conversation before 9 o’clock. I had made at least four hundred and 16 negative mental judgments before lunch. I had one full on blood pressure rising outpouring of anger before 5 o’clock and exactly one poor me pity party before I went to bed. Any suggestions?

This was not the start for which I had hoped. So with Monday behind me, I will let you know I started off Tuesday mainly trying to keep my mouth shut since that seems to be the best way to stay the flow of negativity. How do you think that worked for me?

BTW the blog does not count towards my negativity quotient!

Pollyanna Project

One of the primary reasons I am simplifying my life is Happiness. Happiness can be such an ephemeral thing. Something that has been preventing me from receiving it is my anger and negativity. I had always thought that sharing feelings of anger with others was cathartic. Instead what I have discovered is that each time I “vent” my anger increases exponentially. If I do not give in to my anger and negative feelings, then they dissipate!

So this week kicks off my Pollyanna Project! I am going to try to make it through a whole week without venting, complaining or speaking negatively. I will act cheerful until I FEEL cheerful! I will be kind to others. And above all I will not yell at my children (no matter how hardcore they provoke me!).

Stay tuned!