The Great Purge

This week I was a busy little bee!  I cleaned out the office even more, the guest room, my closet, the craft closet (a little) and the media room closet.  Y’all, why do I have so much junk!  Ok, its not junk, but how am I able to find so much that I don’t need in my life.  Hello picnic basket I’ve never used once in the 7 years I’ve had you.  Although I do love the idea of a picnic…I’m getting visions of Carl and Ellie from Up…sorry, y’all know I get side-tracked.

carl and ellie

Most of the cleaning out is going to the garage sale pile which our neighborhood is having at the end of next month.  There are quite a few smaller items though that I need to list on eBay.  I can proudly say that I listed 67 items on eBay on Saturday!!!  Holy crap 67 items, yup, that’s right!  Almost my entire vinylmation collection, some Jim Shore pieces (some are even signed), and a few pin collections.  CLICK HERE if you are interested in my listings.  Feel free to shop till you drop!

I am struggling with one item I should probably get rid of but just cant, my clarinet.  I have so many great memories with it and really do want to take it up again but the problem is it needs repairs.  When I first got my clarinet…way to long ago to say…the b flat key needed to be repaired.  Done and done it worked like a charm.  Fast forward to about 10 years ago I took my clarinet to get new pads and new cork (something you should do every so often to keep the clarinet in good condition).  I totally forgot about the faulty b flat key.  Making the clarinet basically new again, the key was faulty again but I never got around to getting it fixed.  Its a big pile of lazy on my part, I should just take it somewhere to be fixed I just haven’t made the time.  The dilemma is, I need to get it fixed.  I have no idea how much that is going to cost.  If I’m not going to fix it I should sell it.  I don’t want to sell it because I want to get it fixed and play it.  *face palm*  Can someone please just come and fix it and solve all my problems, k thanks!

ash and rach band tryouts

talk about a blast from the past…I still have that shirt!

My first semi-freak out moment also happened this week.  Not full on “what the heck am I doing” but somewhere in that zone.  It’s scary to think of what will happen in the next 12 months, more exciting than scary, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t scary at all.  In those moments, I remind myself that God is in charge of my life and if he wants this plan to succeed (which I really think he does) then we will find a way.  Shoving all your worries and cares on God really does have a calming effect.  They all may come crashing down again, but then I just shove them back up and the cycle continues.  It’s in these moments I take a step back, remember my faith foundation, take a breath and know everything will work out so long as I work hard and keep the faith.

Life lesson #1 of many – as much as you want to think so, you are not in charge of your life.  God has this amazing awesome plan for you and its up to you to trust in Him to make it happen.  I’m not saying just sit on your booty and expect awesome things to fall in your lap.  I’m saying, know what you want, know that God know’s what you want, work hard for the things that you want, and if its part of God’s awesome plan for your life, it will happen.  If a door closes (or in some cases slams in your face), know that it was meant to be that way, you just have to find another avenue to get where you want to go.  I don’t like to get preachy but I want to be honest with y’all, and a big part of my journey is the conversations I have with the big guy upstairs.  That’s part of my life and I would be doing this journey a disservice if I didn’t share that with you.


If you’re still with me…clean up clean up everybody everywhere!  Haha, talk about changing gears.  Back to the craft closet.  Sometimes I think I’m a border line hoarder.  I went through my craft closet and have SO MUCH scrap fabric.  Fabric I will never use in sizes that will do me zero good.  Why am I keeping trash?!  I’m sure one day I will need that little piece of white linen, but you know what, hopefully I can spare the $3 it will cost at JoAnn’s and just go buy the dang fabric.  I threw so much fabric away it was ridiculous.  I bet I could have found a good home for all those scraps, but nope, in the garbage it went.  Finding someone who would want that fabric was a “I totally don’t want to do this” so I didn’t moment.

I also finally went through my pin collection.  Having made the switch in my brain to streamline my life and keep only things with nice memories, I had quite a few pins that didn’t make the cut.  I don’t think I will ever be to the point where I want to get rid of them all, but there were quite a few I have no idea why I bought them.  I look back at them now and think they are silly and are just taking up space.  Off the pin boards they went and straight to eBay.  Well, that was the plan anyway.  Apparently 67 is the limit of items you get to list for free on eBay.  I’m all about selling things, but I want to list said items for free!  Alas, that was not meant to be and the pins wont be listed until I get more free listings from eBay.  BTW we totally sell pin boards in our etsy shop!  You should check it out (click here)!


This week I’m in Corpus Christi for work so I wont get to clean hardly anything this week.  I do have a goal for this week though, and that is to eat healthy.  I haven’t been using MyFitnessPal like I used to but I have noticed that almost every meal I eat some kind of bread and definitely too much sugar.  Its going to be tough with being on the road but my goal this week is to eat healthier and start the road to finally getting rid of those last 8 pounds.  8 pounds may not sound like a lot to you but they have been hanging out with me for a year and I’m sick and tired of them.  They got’s to go!  Step 1, eat better on the road.  Hello salads my old nemesis.  I’ll keep you posted on the weight loss journey as well.  It’s a whole year of self improvement here at Catch Me If You Can!


CHIME IN!!!  What did you accomplish this week?  What is one thing you don’t think you could part ways with?  Eat anything tasty lately?

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