Monthly Archives: January 2016

What Does the Foot Say?

The internet has taught us that the fox says … 

Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!

Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!

Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!

WHAT THE FOX SAY?

Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!

Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!

Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!

WHAT THE FOX SAY?

Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!

Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!

Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!

WHAT THE FOX SAY?

Joff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!

Joff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!

Joff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!

WHAT THE FOX SAY?

But the internet neglected to mention that my foot was talking to me. Ye olde foot has been hurting for a few months. 

I am from a long line of people who believe that walking a mile with a broken leg is the most logical solution. With the bone sticking out. 

I thought I was aware of my tendency to do that. I thought I was getting so super good at listening to my body. Well, hahahahahasob.

So maybe I walked three miles yesterday with a hurting foot. There was no bone sticking out, so it made sense at the time. And maybe three miles was a bit much. Possibly. An atom of potential overdoing it.

But I have no reference point of any actual injury. There is nothing visibly swollen, bruised, stapled, spindled, or mutilated. 

What is this nonsense of having an injury I can’t see? And, oh by the way, it is the SECOND such injury. The other pain site is my left wrist. So, apparently, my physical temple is telling me I can’t write; I can’t walk; I can’t run. I do not like this. Very much not like it, do I.

The other part of this is I am in the middle of 30 days of exercise. Today is the 17th day. I committed to a kaizen exercise routine of at least 3 minutes per day exercising outside for 30 days in a row. 

Honestly! 

I suppose exasperation isn’t actually the mindful awareness response I’m going for. Just goes to show that attitudinal habits can be so deeply ingrained that we aren’t even always aware of how much we are living out of that lack of awareness. 

Perhaps I have been pushing myself too hard for too long. Perhaps *cough, duh* maybe I have. But what am I supposed to do with a foot that doesn’t want to walk and a hand that doesn’t want to write? Those are two activities I need and want and enjoy and are part of what I do when I am thriving. 

I guess I’m about to find out. I always said I have a high pain tolerance, but maybe it’s just I have learned to ignore pain, at my peril, I’d say. Thank you, The Universe, for continuing to bring these things to my attention and continuing to try to GET my attention when I am distracted. I’m listening. 

My Money Tree

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Somewhere along the path of 2015, I saw an idea that appealed to me. You create a drawing of a tree with leaves, with each leaf representing an amount of money that you are in debt. Each time you pay off that amount, you color in a leaf.

I bought the canvas a couple of months ago at least, but it sat, neglected, beside my desk day after day. My Simpleology process today helped me get in touch with the short-term goal of creating my visual tree. I put a kaizen step on my daily task list to simply get the canvas and the markers out and in front of me.

As so often happens when I actually start something, I was motivated to keep going with the momentum. I enlisted the Resident Artist, aka my daughter, to create the tree, and then I made all the leaves. This thing might not qualify to be hung in the MOMA, but it works just beautifully in my family room.

If you would like to create your own tree, all you need is a work surface, the data you are working with, and some type of medium for drawing. I used a wrapped canvas 12″x36″, and some Prismacolor markers. Decide what quantity each of your leaves will represent. Draw the basic tree, then add the number of leaves which equals the total you are trying to save or pay off.

If you are saving, as you save one leaf’s worth, color in one leaf. If you are reducing debt, as you pay off one leaf’s worth, color in one leaf. We were able to color in two leaves today. I always knew I was a visual person, but I am pleasantly surprised just how motivating this is to me. Every time I see it, I think of how I might be able to color in more of the leaves.

There are free debt repayment calculators online. I know because we used one to get the facts. Ooh, the facts are not nearly as fun as combining creativity and color and a visual reminder. The facts may not change since they are based on loan amounts and interest rates and certain payment amounts, but I can see the changes on my little tree.

I took a picture of it today and will be taking a picture every month to see the progress. Question of the day: how soon can we get all the leaves on our tree colored in?