Spring Cleaning Day 6 – Some Thoughts on Cleaning

April 6th, 2014

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good Sunday and a good weekend. Mine has been full of shopping – not necessarily the fun kind (e.g. jeans ugh). But it does feel good to make progress toward finishing my big closet project. A few weeks ago I cleared out clothes I didn’t like and now I’m trying to carefully purchase items that will be classics as well as versatile.

So that’s a bit about one project on my spring cleaning to-do list! Today I’ve been busy with weekly cleaning. For the past couple of years I’ve followed a to-do list every Sunday where I tidy and clean everything ranging from doing wash, deep-cleaning the bathroom, cleaning my makeup brushes, going through leftover mail from the week, vacuuming, etc. It’s actually so refreshing to go to sleep at the end of Sunday night, seeing everything fresh and clean around me and ready to face a new week.

As I look back over what I’ve read, it seems pretty nerdy and probably not worth a whole blog post…but I actually really do enjoy this routine!

Do you clean every week/month, or am I a little neurotic in this? Regardless – I hope you have an enjoyable and productive week!

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Spring Cleaning: Day 5

April 5th, 2014

These April days are just flying by!! I feel like I blink and another one has gone.

I’m gearing up for a big day of cleaning and studying – it probably doesn’t sound too glamorous but I’m excited to make a dent in my to-do list. For today’s post I thought I’d quickly share something that has less to do with cleaning and more with the idea of simplicity.

A slight context – I’m a Christian, and this thought is definitely coming from that area of my life. A very basic and pivotal aspect of following Jesus is to pray – it’s something obviously that Jesus made a top priority even in his busy life. For some reason, it seems difficult sometimes to set aside time to do that. I’m not sure why that is, especially when it’s so easy to spend time watching TV etc.

This morning I was feeling troubled about something small, and I said a quick prayer about it. I immediately had a breakthrough in the way I was thinking about it, and realized that I was assuming things that weren’t true.

It was a clear reminder to me to simply pray, about everything, and anything that feels troubling. It brings so much peace!

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Spring Cleaning: Week 1

April 4th, 2014

Happy Friday everyone!

I thought for this month of blogging in April, I’ll use Fridays to take a look back on my week – sort of a journal entry.

I didn’t take many pictures this week, but it’s been a full one for me! The biggest event was that I had my last day as a nanny. I’ve cared for two boys for the past two and half years. I remember once one of their preschool teachers told me she became a teacher because leaving the kids she nannied was too difficult, and I see why! It’s absolutely heartbreaking to say goodbye to these boys who have become two of my little best friends. At the same time, looking back I feel that it’s been such an honor and privilege to walk with them during some crucial years of their lives, and see their imaginations open up.

I also started spring quarter. I’m taking Microbiology and Physiology – which is a lot of science for this not-particulary-sciency girl! I have great teachers though (thank you RateMyProfessor.com) and I’m ready to tackle this last step before nursing school.

On a somewhat random note – I have a new TV show! A couple people have recommended Brooklyn Nine-Nine to me, and I can’t believe I’ve never seen it before! I’ve watched two episodes so far and I love it. It’s a comedy about detectives in New York. Andy Samburg obviously has the big personality to carry a show, and the writing is spot-on.

Have a happy weekend everyone!

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Spring Cleaning: Day 3

April 3rd, 2014

apples

I’m trying to eat clean as much as possible these days. With spring coming upon us it just feels right to eat fresh as much as possible.

When I saw this snack on YouTube (video here) I knew I had to try it.

I eat an apple a day anyway, but with vanilla Greek yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon, it feels a little more indulgent and becomes a filling snack that also satisfies my sweet tooth. I might just be eating this every day for awhile! It was seriously delicious!

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