Goal #7 Declutter – purging…starting with my closets

February is purging month, OK maybe March too because I have soooo much stuff.  The reason I started this goal was because of the book I’m reading called “The Happiness Project” by Grethchen Rubin. If you haven’t read it, you really need to get it. She’s got some great advice for each month. She talks about each project using herself and her family as the examples. I am loving it. In her book, January is the energy boosting month and one of the ways to do that is to declutter your space. If you want to buy it for cheaper, go to Amazon.ca and buy it used. After all, it’s not something you’re going to treasure forever. So, save your money and get it used.

Do you know what purging means?  For some, it may mean puking up what you just ate, but that’s not what I am talking about. I’m referring to getting rid of things you either no longer use, or are holding on to because it might come back, or because you spent money on it. That’s totally me! Holding on to it because I paid money, but the problem with that is it’s taking up space and making me angry because it’s just sitting there.

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Where can you buy prescription glasses for $33?

My glasses were starting to fall apart because I manage to hit my face somehow. I know when I’m tired I smack into doors, but not always. And, they are over a year old, so it’s time to get a new pair.

I was talking with a few wonderful ladies after volleyball about glasses and they were mentioning how much theirs cost. Sandra said she had progressives and they cost I think she said $300 just for 1 pair of glasses. Tula said something like she gets 2 pairs for $300, and then I said I just ordered 2 pairs for $33, and that includes shipping and anti-reflective coating. They were shocked, so was I  when I found this place. I didn’t believe I would get a good stylish pair of glasses for anything less $100, but I did. In fact, I have bought over 10 pairs from them.

The place I buy from is Zenni Optical. They have frames that are $6.95!!! Just look at the new purple ones I bought for $6.95.

Oh and the fun part about them is I get to customize what I want written on the inside of the arm. I wrote in this pair “You go girl!” Talk about designing my own stile. Did I mention they also come with a case and a clothe.

If you’re looking to save money on glasses, this is the place to do it.  I love my glasses and have never been happier with the service too. They arrive in less then 2 weeks as promised.

 

 

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Goal #7 – De-clutter my house – week 1

If you could only see my house right now. It’s a mess! I have clothes sitting on the floor, laundry piled up, dishes that need to get done, and there are files all over my desk, receipts everywhere. I have a Service Ontario bill to pay for my sticker for the car, which I’ve been trying to do all day, but for some reason I can’t get through the website. I think it might be because of Mozilla. Most government departments use Internet Explorer when they create they sites and they don’t test it with other search engines. My goal this year BEFORE August as advised by my friend and Intuitive Numerologist Laura Young said that I need to de-clutter everything in my life from my space, clothes, and relationships. She never mentioned anything about Ma Man…so I think I’ll keep him.lol

OK, so Goal #7 is to de-clutter my house, but that’s a big order. I have sooo MANY things to do. In order for me to not freak out, I am going to start with one pile at at a time, but before I do that I need to write down which rooms I need to work on and what do I need to do.

I tried to add the image, but it wouldn’t work, so I have attached a link to it here.

If you want to learn more about what Laura does, she sends out a monthly newsletter with really great information to help you move forward. If you want to be added to her email, simply email her at Laura Young lbaird@istar.ca. Or if you ready for a reading, email her and if you wouldn’t mind letting her know that you heard about her from me, that would be great. Thanks.

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I’m bored! Where do I look to see what’s going on in the city?

I’m trying to find fun things to do in Ottawa that are not too pricey and are fun. I like to look for deals or coupons for dates, but when I do a search on Google, they come up with thousands of pages. Then, you have to go to each one because there isn’t one site that contains everything. I wish there was a site that contained ALL the deals and maybe it could be a mobile app? Hint hint for those that like to create apps. I would use this app for sure…if someone created it.bored

I remember there was a website for online coupons that compiled all the deals online into one location.  I can’t remember what it’s called. If you know of it, please share.

I like to try different things to learn, but with so many places to look, I forget where I found the deal or what the place was called. Then I have to go and start my search all over, until now. I am going to use this page to continuously update where I find things. No more trying to find things all over. It will be one click away.

Here you go. Hope it helps you as well.

Event Brite

Ottawa Tonight

Apt 613

Ottawa Start

Groupon (I LOVE IT.)

https://www.livingsocial.com/ca/cities/83-ottawa

http://www.wagjag.com/deal/ottawa (not really good deals)

Also, if you have other sites, please share in the comments below. I am always looking for new ideas.

 

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Updated – I have 136 things on my bucket list, do you?

UPDATED: August 13, 2017.

Also, this is NOT for children!

Do you remember the GREAT movie the Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? I do and it gave me a kick in the pants to make changes.

Is there a list of things you’ve been wanting to do, but never really wrote them down and forgot about them. Then, all of a sudden you ran into someone who talked about a painting class they took and how much fun it was, or maybe you ran into a fun party friend who told you she (you know who you are…lol) she makes homemade wine, and you suddenly remembered these were things you wanted to do. Well, why aren’t you doing them? For me, it was because I put the list aside and forgot about them, but I am reading a book from Jack Canfield called The Success Principles – How to get from where you are to where you want to be. One of the exercises in the book is to write out 101 lists of things you want to do before you die. Well, I went to town on this list, but at one point I couldn’t get past 30. I won’t tell you how to do it. You can get that from the book as it’s really a good book and, you can get it for free from the public library. Ya, they still exist and…FREE books. The best part I like about the library is it forces me to read the book from start to finish in 3 weeks or else if I don’t bring it back in time, I pay a fine PER DAY! No thanks.

Here’s my list and there are now 136 I think and counting.

REMEMBER…this is before you die. NOT get it done in a week.

101(+) Life goals to do before I die

  1. Do Stand up paddle – DONE July 29, 2016 at the trailer – Thanks John & Cindy
  2. NEW – Speak at 1 event about one of my stories from my book – I cancelled an event because i wasnt ready and my book isnt ready.
  3. Be a comedian at a comedy show
  4. Go to a magic show…now that would be awesome to take part – DONE October 28, 2016 with ma man, Patty B & Jamie.
  5. Go see a live hypnotist – Done August 18, 2016 and sad it didn’t work on me:(
  6. Be a contestant on a game show Family Feud with Steve Harvey. He’s funny
  7. NEW – Add a lock to the lock bridge in Paris or somewhere in Ottawa? I have been debating on this because the lock was for lost love, but those I love are still here. Wait, I am going to do it for Carl & George…the beautiful men whom I call Dads.
  8. Get up close to see an alligator in Florida, Louisiana, New Orleans, Dallas, and/or Alabama
  9. Go hand gliding
  10. Go on 1 date a week with the Man to have 52 fun memories – So far so good.
  11. Ride in a Hot air balloon
  12. Build a storage or small cottage using free wood pallets
  13. Scuba Dive in the ocean and find treasure
  14. Celebrate my 10 year anniversary (year 2021) with the Man with family/friends that is so much fun doing games, eating, laughing
  15. Take part in a New Years Eve scavenger hunt
  16. Attend my high school reunion in 2020
  17. Go portaging
  18. Go horseback riding with friends and loving the ride and the air – DONE July 2017but did it alone and well, I didn’t get to run the horse. While it was nice, it wasn’t the best ride I’ve been on.
  19. Go see a US football game
  20. Have 4 orgasms in 1 day – Hey it’s my bucket list and KIDS should not be reading this!
  21. Do a weekend camping trip where you sleep outside and ride horses all day
  22. Go zip lining and scream “I love my life”
  23. Learn to windsurf
  24. Take part in a polar bear dunk
  25. Attend a drum camp with Camp Ocanto (drumcamps.ca)
  26. Attend an Eco Expo and learn and be open (ecoexpo.ca)
  27. Take a bar/ballet class (insideoutstudio.ca)
  28. Make a pattern and sew a beautiful dress to wear anytime
  29. Go see the Summer Olympics in a foreign country and explore the culture
  30. Have my body painted made to look like I’m wearing clothes
  31. Host a dinner party for friends, family and business partners to say thank you for being part of our life and supporting me along the way.
  32. Perform in a play that helps women take charge of their future and laugh watching it
  33. Take my best friends on a girls get away where we get massage, do yoga and eat amazing food and meditate.
  34. Ride an elephant
  35. Experience floating in space
  36. See Tony Robbins live and do the fire walk
  37. NEW – ride a bull – DONE October 21, 2016 , but it was a mechanical bull and I am totally OK with that
  38. Break a world record
  39. Get a meaningful tattoo that shows how far I’ve come and loving life
  40. Paint beautiful images to hang in our new home on the lake – Still a work in progress. I wrote article on this called “I think I’m Picaso”
  41. Create a calendar or journal with beautiful, inspirational, motivational and action quotes
  42. Get a professional modelling portfolio done (make up, hair, clothing)
  43. Take part in a fun fashion show
  44. Complete a Tri-tri marathon for my 50th birthday in January 2022
  45. Learn to scuba dive
  46. Sing a country song for a live audience
  47. Stomping on grapes for wine or just for fun
  48. Make homemade wine or champagne ( go see deals at: www.groupon.com/deals/wine-butler-6)
  49. Build a bench with cushion for our bedroom or closet
  50. Knit a hat, scarf and mittens
  51. Get free tickets to Watch the Harlem Globe Trotters
  52. Be a model in a fun fashion show
  53. Run a 1/2 marathon by the age of 50
  54. Take part in a fun fitness competition
  55. Get a massage every week
  56. NEW – Do a sweat lodge clearing
  57. NEW – See the Northern Lights
  58. NEW – Try Yoga on Stand Up paddle (SUP.com)
  59. NEW – Do Nail art
  60. NEW – appear in a movie. OMG, that would be so much fun, unless it’s a scary movie, which I will then have nightmares about.
  61. NEW – Get a fitness wrist band tracker like Fitbit or Garmon. Still working on finding good price. Used one is good to, but not sure which one to buy.

Family and Friends

  1. UPDATE – Organize a fun night of games and invite the neighbors, friends, business women – DONE Aug 19 – I organize mini Olympics at our camp ground for the ladies. Its sooo much fun. Its become an annual thing.
  2. Spend time with my fun girls at a getaway every year – DONE Nov 4 – Fiddler Lake In with Patty cakes, Patty Payne, Carol – So much fun
  3. Send a personal card to a different friend every month to say thanks for being my friend and wishing them everything they dream of for the new year – changing it to when I feel it and not every month. Otherwise it feels forced. NOTE, if you see this Shelly Smith, thank you for always sending me a card. I look forward to them every year. Love you TONS!
  4. Send a personal card to a military personnel who needs to know that they are thought of by strangers

NEW – Try to fix some of my family relationships – I have met with one of my sisters in July and it was nice.

Travel

  1. Go on a fun cruise ship vacation with great food and lots of ports to visit – BOOKED. That’s the first step. Next is getting on the plane and taking off😊
  2. Travel to Italy, ride the gondola and eat real pizza
  3. Travel to Greece, eat Greek food and swim in the crystal water and sit on the edge of mountain looking out
  4. Travel to Thailand – eat, meditate and ride the boat and ride an elephant
  5. Travel to India – meditate and take a yoga class
  6. Travel to Las Vegas to people watch and go and see Cirque du soleil
  7. Travel to Nashville to listen to country bands like Garth Brooks, Tim Magraw
  8. Travel to San Francisco and ride the trolley

 

Personal achievements

  1. Created a website that’s fun – DONE April 9, 2016 “lafemmeottawa.com”
  2. NEW – Be a guest on the Marilyn Dennis show and have drinks with her. She Rocks. Congrats Marilyn on your 1000 episode. Maybe I will be there for 1,100?
  3. Written an inspiration book that helps thousands of people change their life – the chapters are being written as we speak – hope to have it finished by Dec. 31st. – Oh boy, well, this didn’t happen because while I want to write the book I need to really think about why I’m writing it. Right now, the stories have just been very therapeutic and that’s good enough for me right now.
  4. Have a plaque for being recognized for helping someone or an organization in my community
  5. Have 100 of my stories published in newspapers, magazines, and other author books where I am credited
  6. Write 352 fun date ideas for us to do – I’m at 135 I think, but some might be duplicates.
  7. Buy an investment cottage and have it paid in full
  8. Move into a beautiful 3 bedroom beautifully decorated and very cozy home with a basement and garage for the Man and an office for my business.
  9. Make $1 Million dollars in 1 year
  10. Host a recognition-awards night for part-time business owners to show off their accomplishments.
  11. Speak at 100 events, workshops or anywhere else they will have me
  12. Speak to an audience of over 1,000 people where I’m having and people are laughing and enjoying my speech
  13. Create a business that helps other less fortunate women learn to start their own business
  14. Join a mentoring group with women who are doing work they love that gives them over $100,000 a year and learn from them
  15. Create a mobile app that keeps you in check with your goals and gives you suggestions on ways to keep going, inspiration, actions and a plan
  16. Write over 50 bestselling books – decided it doesn’t have to be best sellers, but rather just written 50 books. So one down “Turn your cottage into money”, and only 49 more to go.
  17. Have over 100 companies calling me to speak at their events. I’m a well sought out speaker
  18. Teach monthly workshops that I get paid very well – I taught 3 workshops this year
  19. Be a teacher/facilitator at workshops across the world that pay me and my expenses
  20. Interview experts on my radio/podcast show
  21. I’m a successful author having written over 100 bestselling books (hey, I did say lifetime)
  22. I’m interviewed by kind journalists who believe in self development
  23. Created inspiring videos
  24. Speak at TedTalk about my life and inspire people to keep going
  25. Invest in other small businesses
  26. Buy a new trailer with an add-a-room and an patio to sit outside
  27. Make $100,000 + a year doing things I love
  28. Get a free membership at a gym that’s close to home – OK, I didn’t get a free one, but I got free stuff from Movati. Glad I signed up because they have awesome yoga classes.
  29. Earning $5,000 a month coming in through residual income and use part of it for business and part for fun with life.
  30. Have $1 million in savings for retirement at 55 years’ old
  31. NEW – Take a writing workshop –
  32. Take self-esteem classes or get counseling to help heal my past and release my insecurities – this is a work in progress and I’m working on it and it’s really helping
  33. NEW – Learn to speak Spanish fluently –
  34. Learn to teach yoga
  35. NEW – Learn 1 magic trick and show others
  36. Drink only on the weekends – working on it, but still needs work
  37. Learn to belly dance
  38. Learn to play piano
  39. Learn to play sax
  40. Play a musical instrument at a concert
  41. Read each religion of each country
  42. Write a country song that inspires people
  43. Pay for an all-inclusive trip for Brian, Rachel
  44. Learn to read faster
  45. Learn how to memorize – bought the DVD at the Motivate Me conference in September. Now just need to learn it.
  46. Hire a coach that is doing what I want to do
  47. Live in a warm, safe (free of crime) climate where they speak English, are friendly and willing to help me grow my business
  48. Speak at 50+ women’s event and inspire them/motivate them with my stories to believe they can have their dreams too
  49. Have my fortune read by a clairvoyant
  50. Meet Oprah Winfrey and say thank you for all her stories and the wonderful speakers she brings on her show
  51. Be on Oprah’s show and Steve Harvey and thank them for introducing my book to the world
  52. Meet Brene Brown and thank her for being vulnerable and telling us it’s ok to be
  53. Meet Lisa Nichols and thank her for changing the path for the rest of us
  54. Own a beautiful wardrobe that is professional and casual at the same time
  55. Have my own name on designer clothes that are affordable and fun
  56. Get my degree in psychology
  57. Get my degree in nutrition/dietician/fitness training
  58. Take a home staging course
  59. UPDATE – Decorate our home with beautiful furniture, art and pieces we found along our adventures – This is the project I’m working on right now to decorate our home for under$500 Canadian. – I’ve spent about 150 so far, but some of the decisions I am not happy with because they didn’t turn out.
  60. Black belt in martial arts. Hey, I still have lots of time to complete this one.
  61. Traveled all over the world after we retire from government (year 2024 or sooner) staying in places with friends and business friends we met along the way and not pay a cent!
  62. Get a personal assistant that will help my business grow…aaarrrrg
  63. Go See Jack Canfield live and learn from him
  64. NEW – Buy a newer park model trailer that we both love for under $25K. DONE! We take possession August 13, 2017. It’s not really new as it was on my vision board, but I somehow didn’t add it to my bucket list.

If you have more fun ideas, please share in the comments below.

Here’s to your bucket list.

Tina

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Do you want a make over? I know I do

Do you have any plans on Saturday, October 1st?

Do you have little me time to pamper yourself?

Or, maybe you have an event to go to and need a little help.

Well, I just got informed by my new friend Teri McCoy from  Digital Oyster that there is something wonderful going on.  Pamper Me is doing an event for Cancer. The event is called Pamper me for Breast Cancer. I don’t want to spoil it, so click on the link above to see what treats you will get that day:)

pamperme

Go out and pamper yourself and…why not support a great cause at the same time.

Have a fabulous time.

Tina

 

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DYI – Saved $100 on my hair colouring at the salon

OK, so I’m a bit frugal because…well, I don’t like to pay a lot for someone to cut my hair or colour it. I know it costs money to rent the space, the products, the furniture, but I don’t believe it should cost $110 to get a cut and colour, which was bad hair diemy experience last summer. I told myself that I would never pay that again because I hated the cut and style. Others liked it, but I didn’t and went back to have him fix it so that I looked like me.

The hard part of dying the hair was making sure I didn’t get it all over my skin and the floor. As you can see here, that didn’t exactly work out as planned. To top it off, when the man got home he saw the stains on the floor before he saw my hair color. So, he was a bit sad, but no biggy. I found a great product that takes the stains out.

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Do you have a list of things you want to do before you die?

I’ve been reading Jack Canfield’s book The Success PrinciplesHow to get from where you are to where you want to be. One of the activities he ask you to do is to write out a list of 101  goals you want to accomplish before you die. At first I thought it was fun because I love writing lists, but then I got stumped. I think I got to 53 and then nothing. No more fun ideas came. So, I put it asside and asked my mastermind group, which is only 1 person and myself, what he put on his list. This helped get the juices flowing again and I managed to come up with 123.

Here’s what I plan do to before I die. Now, I need to warn you because there’s one on the list that I had to remove because it’s rated R for adults.

  1. Written weekly blog that describe my life and how I achieved and had fun
  2. Go on 365 fun dates with the Man
  3. Go on a fun cruise ship vacation with great food and lots of ports to visit
  4. Ride in a Hot air balloon
  5. Build a storage or small cottage using free pallets
  6. Buy an investment cottage paid in full
  7. Scuba Dive in the ocean and find treasure
  8. Celebrate my 10 year anniversary (year 2021) with the Man with family/friends that is so much fun doing games, eating, laughing
  9. Take part in a New Years Eve scavenger hunt
  10. Attend my high school reunion in 2020
  11. Go portaging
  12. Move into a beautiful 3 bedroom beautifully decorated and very cozy home with a basement and garage for the Man and an office for my business.
  13. Go horseback riding with friends and loving the ride and the air
  14. Go see a US football game
  15. Travel to Italy, ride the gondola and eat real pizza
  16. Travel to Greece, eat greek food and swim in the crystal water and sit on the edge of mountain looking out
  17. Travel to Thailand – eat, meditate and ride the boat and ride an elephant
  18. Travel to India – meditate and take a yoga class
  19. Travel to Las Vegas to people watch and go and see Cirque du soleil
  20. Travel to Nashville to listen to country bands like Garth Brooks, Tim Magraw
  21. Travel to San Francisco and ride the trolley
  22. REMOVED, but still on my person list to do…RATED R
  23. Go see a live circus

    circus
    Photo by Becky Phan
  24. Do a weekend camping trip where you sleep outside and ride horses all day
  25. Go zip lining and scream “I love my life”
  26. Learn to surf
  27. Take part in a polar bear dunk
  28. Attend a drum camp with Camp Ocanto (drumcamps.ca)
  29. Attend an Eco Expo and learn and be open (ecoexpo.ca)
  30. Take a bar/ballet class (insideoutstudio.ca)
  31. Make a pattern and sew a beautiful dress to wear anytime
  32. Go see the Summer Olympics in a foreign country and explore the culture
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Before and after of a cluttered office and mind

2 weeks ago I set out to make some changes, one in particular was to change my office set up because it was getting crowded and ugly. This is what it looked liked:

office before

 

And this is what it looks like now. I feel like I can work alllll night. Actually, that’s not true. I’m tired today, but will be sure to keep it clean.

office after

So, what did I do to get it looking organized? I did 1 thing at a time and I didn’t try to do it all in one day. It took me a few weeks and it was ugly in my office. Gotta love a patient hubby. Thanks honey:)

  1. move the bookshelf
  2. take the books off the bookshelf before moving it…he he
  3. put books in a box if i’m not going to read them for the next 6 months.
  4. go through the files on my desk and look at 10 papers or 1 folder ONLY
  5. organize the tasks in folders for each month and do only those things. So, right now May is fun things and reading about marketing and website design, which you might notice I keep changing, but that’s what this website is all about…having fun and trying things.

Here’s to hoping your projects turn out.

Tina

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I want a new wardrobe, but how do I get one without spending money?

Are you like me and you have clothes that don’t fit, but you just don’t want to just give them up. After all, you did buy them. What about your office or home? Does it need a good cleaning too.  Well, I am in the process of clearing my clutter in my mind and house and while it’s suppose to make me feel better, it’s not. I have pardon the word “SHIT” all over the place and it’s driving me crazy.I read in Jack Canfields Success Principles book to go through every room in your house, identify what needs action and do one of these 4 things:

1-Do it…if it will only take you 10 minutes

2-Delegate it…if you don’t have time or don’t want to do it. (That’s most of my office stuff right now)

3-Delay it…if you need to do it, but don’t have time right now, create a folder for each month and put the action in each. Well, that doesn’t work for boxes..which are now sitting in my storage and my man is going to say something because my boxes are becoming more and more.

and finally…4-Dump it…if you are not going to do, read it, or it’s taking up space, give it away to a charity, a friend or business colleague.

So, that’s what I’m doing #3 and 4.  I have these lovely new clothes that I bought for my birthday in January but they don’t fit as too small. Lesson learned here, China’s population is likely shorter than 5’7, so don’t buy clothes from them, even if they are really cute, you will end up being disappointed and…spending money, NOT saving it.

I don’t want to just give them away, so my friend suggested I do consignment and I was going to, but she beat me to the thought. So, on my TO DO list this week was to take some photos and post them online, but also to contact 3 consignment stores and see what they are looking for.  I am scheduled to call them Wednesday night when my man leaves for a week. This will give me LOTS of time to organize, or so I hope:)

However, I also wanted to try to do something different. So, here’s an offer for you. If you or someone you know is in looking for some stylish fun spring clothes to create a positive vibe, I have all these lovely items that I am letting go to leave room for my new wardrobe. The only catch is you need to make me an offer. Whatever amount you feel is fare, I will likely accept because I believe it’s what you feel is fare and who am I to argue that. The items below are not all the items. I have at least 20 things. I have new shoes that are size 9, purses, dresses and tops. Email me at lafemmeottawa@gmail.com.

 

office white short top      same as off white tops

blue spring dress pink jacket Fergies shoes

The other way I am also playing with getting clothes for free is to ask the universe to help me receive a new wardrobe that is just my size whenever he feels I need them. This would be so cool if all of a sudden I got things like these outfits…woohoo!

bus dress  off white suit

All I can say is thank you universe for allowing me the opportunity to pay it forward to someone who will appreciate the items as much as I did.

Yours truly.

Tina

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