Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 22: Imperfect

Today, I am inviting abundance by
accepting imperfect.

I got these kitty and puppy stickers on sale, and I'm thinking of using these stickers for address labels for my Christmas cards this year. No, they won't match. Nope, this pale pink and muddy mint - not Christmas colors. No, they're not my dream Christmas labels. But I'm thinking that addressing a few stickers now will maybe help me get the Christmas cards out on time this year. Imperfect, but it might just work. I'm starting to stockpile non-Christmassy stamps, too.

I received a card in the mail yesterday - a "real" envelope among the bills, with my friend's handwriting on it. Seeing it was such a treat; it made me so happy. Here's hoping that come December, an envelope with a "sad kitty face" address label might bring a friend a smile after a tough day.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 21: Create

Every fall my city organizes a Culture Night. It's free, open for all, and this one-night festival has grown so much over the years that you could walk around all night and there would still be new surprises to discover. One of the most striking pieces I saw this year was this -
Nature's Haute Couture by Daunfeldt & Smedeby / Floristutbildarna
a flower dress made by Ellika Daunfeldt and Emelie Smedeby of the florist school Floristutbildarna. The piece is called "Nature's Haute Couture", and it was on display at our art museum. I just love all the details, and I am in awe of all this creativity.
Flower dress by Daunfeldt & Smedeby
Below is the front of the dress, with a few more details:
those two soft grasses on the shoulder strap - so beautiful.
Nature's Haute Couture by Daunfeldt & Smedeby 2014
I am so grateful that I got to see this piece live. Today's abundance thought is this:
when someone makes something that takes your breath away, enjoy it - every morsel, take it all in, because this enjoyment will make you create something amazing in turn.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 20: Go Out and See Things

... and let yourself be surprised. Like what you like. Allow yourself to imagine.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 19: You'll So Thank Yourself For Doing This Come Christmas

Today's idea for creating more abundance in your life is this:
organize your address book. Yes, it's a big job, but you'll be so glad you did it.

I hadn't majorly edited my address book for quite a while, so every time I'd need to look up an address quickly, I would need to be super careful about not scattering all the notes I had tucked inside the covers "to be filed away later".

While editing, some decisions were easy - get rid of any duplicates, throw away anything that's outdated. Yet other decisions - you tell me. What do you do with phone numbers and business cards of your grandparents who've passed away? (I miss you.) Throw away a card with your grandma's handwriting on it? (I didn't.)

As a result of this edit, I realized I need to stick all the wedding programs and birth announcements in a separate box. I also cannot bring myself to chuck envelopes that the kids in my life have addressed to me - seeing their handwriting just goes straight to my heart, and makes me want to be a better person. So I am open to the idea that some pages in my address book will resemble a scrap book.

I am not completely done with the "big edit", but I'm happy with the progress I've made. Now for the title of this post - from this point on, I am officially gearing up for this year's Christmas cards. Writing Christmas cards is one of my favorite traditions ever. My now much neater address book will be a pleasure to work with.

Finally, a super realistic bonus tip: snap a picture with your phone of the two or three addresses you use the most but don't know by heart. I've done this, and I look the addresses up in my phone (among the pictures) all the time.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day 18: Apples and Oranges, With No Sticky Hands

I don't mind eating an apple (or an orange) for a snack from time to time. What I do mind is getting apple juice on my hands. Here's my solution:
I slice and core the apple, pop the slices in this little container, and bring it with me. Then I eat the apple slices with a fork. The same principle applies to oranges. You're welcome.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 17: Choose to Notice Abundance Right Now

Abundance: open your eyes and look at all that you already have. Instead of thinking that maybe I should plant some heather and decorative cabbage (a very classic Scandinavian autumn thing to do), I choose to
appreciate how much of my summer garden is still blooming. I sowed these little beauties back in February, and look at them bloom their little hearts out today, on October 17! (We've been having a very mild autumn.)

What will you notice today?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day 16 : Closed loop "recycling"

Today I'd like to tell you about a very neat way to create abundance for you and for your neighbors:
start a "free stuff" place.

In my building, we have one wall near the elevator bank that is the dedicated "free stuff" place. Got something that's not useful to you anymore, but it'd be a pity to just throw it away? Stick it by the "free stuff" wall!

Not everyone bothers to make a sign that says "free stuff", but we've put things there for so long that by now, everyone knows that anything that is put by that wall is fair game.

Just recently I scored nine (nine!) DVDs. That is quite a few hours of absolutely free entertainment - thank you, my neighbor!

What is absolutely perfect about the "free stuff" wall is that this "swap" requires no actual and potentially awkward contact with your neighbors. Your old stuff moves on, which is absolutely perfect from the environment point of view, and it takes you almost no time at all to do this good deed.

Examples of things I've "recycled" this way is books, house plants, magazines, flower pots, DVDs, and old balcony chairs.  I am amazed that everything goes, usually in a matter of hours.

What could you stand to remove from your home today? Is there an item that's not serving you anymore, but would make someone else's day?

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