Monday, March 15, 2010

I can FLY "with a little help from my friends"

I have to talk about a very valuable tool. It's not something you have to run out and buy. It is available all day, every day. It can keep you moving when you don't think you can move any more. What is it?

Flylady Chat!

This is a place to give and receive encouragement. You can ask advice or even brag about your accomplishments. When you feel like you can't do another task, the ladies there are ready to give you a pat on the back and a "You can do it," which makes all the difference in the world.

We generally do 15 tasks at the top and bottom of the hour. After our 15 minutes, we come back and report what we were able to accomplish. It is a great motivator. Most of the ladies say they get twice as much done even with the breaks between tasks.

Don't believe me? Give it a try!

Just go to

Introduce yourself and before you know it, you will be flying with a little help from your newfound friends.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

FLYing While Sick

I came home from our trip with a relentless cold. Have you ever seen the commercial for Mucinex...

...well the whole family must have moved in because I can't seem to get over this bug! Needless to say, this has caused a bit of trouble with my post-vacation list of things to do.

I have spent the better part of two days on my couch. I'm glad to say that the living room is one of the most organized rooms in my home. It's nice to sit in there without too much chaos. But the best thing about flying while sick is the motto of doing something for only 15 minutes. I can almost get my entire kitchen cleaned in 15 minutes, even when it starts as a disaster zone! I can swish and swipe AND get the bad made in 15 minutes. These last two days have proven that you can find 15 minutes worth of energy. A clean bathroom. A made bed. A shining sink. The rest can wait until I am feeling better. If I don't vacuum this week, it won't be the end of life as we know it. And dusting...well, it will still be there when I am on the road to recovery.

Flying while sick means maintaining the things we have already put into place and giving ourselves the permission to get better. THAT is what FLYing really is.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Post Vacation Blues

I always seem to get the post vacation blues. Maybe it's the realization that the good times are over. It might be the unpacking and the mountain of laundry that I am facing. Or even the chores that have to be done to get life back on track. Whatever the cause, those "blues" are here in full force!

Needless to say, we had a wonderful time. The weather was beautiful and the ship was divine. Now, back to reality.

I started last night by unpacking just one suitcase. I thought a little jump on the unpacking ordeal would be helpful. I have a second suitcase almost cleared and piles of things spread all around the floor. Just 15 minutes at a time will be my motto today. I know that before I realize it, all the unpacking will be done, my washer will be happily humming and I'll be on my way!