Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year, New Theme

How many of you are hittin' the gym today in a quest for those six pack abs? Or maybe you are cuttin' up your credit cards in an attempt to balance your budget. Perhaps you are tryin' to forgive your enemies for their misdeeds so you can have peace in your life. Whatever your New Year's resolution may be, I hope you go after it with gusto! As many of you know, for the past five years or so, I started making themes for the New Year instead of a specific resolution, because they really work for me. Call me crazy, but if you choose a subject that you need or want to work on and meditate on that theme throughout the year you are more likely to have success because it's not one huge goal, but more of a shift in the way you think. When you think a certain way, you set about doing things. There's my free therapy for ya in the New Year folks.
 
So, as we turn over the calendar, I decided to simplify my life and get rid of daily junk and clutter.  I want to weed out people and things that don't add any value or joy to my life. I started with email. Truly I receive about 100 emails a day. For every one that comes in that I don't need, I scroll through and hit the unsubscribe button. I no longer share my email address at stores. I have already unfollowed or defriended folks on FaceBook who are argumentative, who constantly post political rants, or who are just plain bad for my mental health for whatever reason. It really is freeing and feels like spring cleaning.
 
Now that y'all know the premise, here's my theme for the New Year:
 
Goin' Lean, Stayin' a bit Mean
Unleashin' my Inner Queen
in Twenty Sixteen!
 
Wishing all of you a very healthy and happy New Year. And, if you set a resolution for 2016, I wish you great success in reaching your goal.
 
 

30 comments:

  1. Good for you! Don't need negative people with an evil agenda in your life anyway.
    Welcome to 2016. Let's make it awesome.

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    1. Yep, weed out the junk! Happy New Year to you Alex.

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  2. Happy New year, Debs! Hope we finally become millionaires in this one!

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    1. Happy New Year Dezzy! Hells yea we are gonna strike it rich and have a blast. And, we would be so much classier than those Krapdashians!

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  3. What a great way to start the new year. So much going in the brain that doesn't need to be. I'm going to do that unsubscribing to email, too.
    My year is going to be about home improvement and getting crap done that's been hanging over my head for too long. Torn wallpaper and unfinished rooms, here I come!

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    1. I have no doubt that you will make the home improvement project fun for the entire family.

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  4. I like your motto for 2016. I haven't done resolutions in years--I set goals but not on a calendar year as my life doesn't run that way. It reading back through your blog, it sounds like you had a good trip to NYC and an heavy burden being in charge of a special needs brother. I've made three trips to your fair city over the past two months to take care of parents. Have a blessed New Year!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and I hope all is well with your parents. I know how draining that can be. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

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  5. That's probably the best slogan I've seen so far for 2016!

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    1. Thank you Marcia. I like to make a theme that I can have realistic success with. Doesn't every girl want to unleash her inner queen?

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  6. I unsubscribed from MANY emails when we moved aboard our boat, but did you know that you can also unsubscribe from "unwanted advertising" mail from the post office? I did that, too. The link is here:

    http://www.directmail.com/mail_preference/

    Happy New Year, Deb!

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    1. Awesome tip about the mail. I clicked on the link and unsubscribed both Jeff and I from everything. Now I can weed out the clutter from the mailbox too. WHOOP WHOOP! Thank you so much.

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  7. Great way to be. I've already done that, weeded out the negative nelly's. So much better.

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  8. I really like this!! Unsubscribed from some emails too before I read your post. Great minds think alike....

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    1. Yes they do Holli. It must take awhile for the junk emails to stop. I started unsubscribing last week and they are still coming daily.

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  9. I actually have no idea how many emails I get a day, only that I delete most of them.

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    1. I delete mine too but I just want them to stop. Happy New Year Andrew.

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  10. I remember when getting e-mail was so cool. Now? UNSUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE
    Except for those from someone named "Alyana." She desperately wants to meet me, apparently. All I have to do is give her my credit card number. Would that be so bad?

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    1. What would be the harm? Her intentions are obviously honorable.

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  11. What I did was I created a junk e-mail account for store offers, Amazon, groupon, etc etc., and then I have my regular e-mail account that I only give out to friends and family, so my phone doesn't ding every 10 seconds with another piece of junk. If I hear a ding, it means I genuinely got something exciting! Look! ...it's spam. Oh, wait, that still comes through sometimes. Crap.

    Happy New Year, and we hope 2016 kicks ass for you!

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    1. Dang, you are smart with the junk email account. I always did ride the short bus when it comes to technology. Looking forward to new and exciting things with the beer guys in 2016.

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  12. Sounds like a great plan, girl. The minimal existence is the best. I have two different emails and only one of them is given to friends and family. The other one is for subscribing to stuff and for junk emails. If it ever spins out of control I'll just delete it and start another. But the past week I've been doing what you're doing, trimming back the crap on all social media.

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    1. Wow, I really did miss the boat on the two email thing. Oh well, I'm loving the unsubscribe thing. Wishing you a happy New Year Martha.

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  13. I like the way you think. I've been working on the lean thing too. One person who I unfriended on Facebook still keeps sending me friendly direct messages. (He's an idiot.)

    Staying mean is a good goal too.
    Happy 2016!

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    1. Stay mean with the person you defriended girl. No need for you to revisit that! Happy New Year to you!

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  14. I'm loving your theme and your slogan!! What a great way to start the new year. Maybe I'll jump on your bandwagon and make weeding out the things that don't add joy to life a full on revolution!!

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  15. Right there with you lady! I've stopped giving out my address at stores as well. If you need additional help try Unroll.me. It will roll up all those store newsletters into one weekly, or daily, e-mail for you. I use it and have unsubscribed and cleaned up my inbox SO much.

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  16. So many things in life to delete. Better get started. I used to have six pack abs. Somewhere along the line they turned into a keg.

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