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My first blogaversary!

I have learned so much since my very first blog post,  Get rid of everything…, last June. Yesterday completed 365 days of blogging. 222 posts were published. People from Malaysia, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Jordan, Australia and over 50 other countries have read my crap! It’s exhilarating. It’s motivating. It’s rewarding.

No matter what anyone tells you, the key to getting organized first starts with reducing.The belief that a new shelving unit or whatever will help you contain your thousands of “insert crap here” is bologna. Just reduce, reduce, reduce. North Americans bought into an unsustainable lifestyle. Shopping as entertainment. If one is great then six is better. If our neighbours have such and such so should we. NO. It’s the time we spend with our family and friends that will make our lives full. It’s a day at the park. It’s a concert or a play. Or whatever makes you happy.

I want a home that is ready for company any day at any time. I want to be able to look on my kitchen counters with pride. So I still have a long way to go.

“There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour

As I look around our home I feel pride at what has been accomplished. There definitely is less stuff. The goal is not to have a sterile home with nothing in it. But what will be left will be useful or treasured. Tidy and neat.

We are still decreasing our debt and hope to be out of it soon. We are able to breathe a bit more.

I asked the love of my life, my husband Mike, for a quote for this blogaversary post. Here it is…

“No comment” – Mike 

He has been very supportive of my blogging. Sometimes I am a steamroller when I get an idea in my head so for that I am very apologetic to him. He humours me when I decide never to buy “whatever” ever again. He keeps his mouth shut when I might be doing something he thinks is a little out there.

I am thankful for this blog and all the people who take time out of their busy days to visit it. It’s therapeutic.

So please join me for another year of my crap. I love comments and discussions, ideas and suggestions. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter.  I plan on doing a lot this year. This is only the beginning! 


“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


7 thoughts on “My first blogaversary!

  1. I love the “no comment” –Mike
    Happy Birthday on your blog! You’ve done so great!!

    Posted by Jennifer | June 14, 2012, 2:09 pm
  2. You are so right. I don’t want a perfect house either, just a comfortable one that people enjoy when they visit. My family and the relationships I have formed are the most important things in my life, not the crap I used to have. congrats on your first blgaversity.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 14, 2012, 7:16 pm
  3. Make that congrats on your first blogaversary, I need to watch where my fingers went before I hit the post comment button

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 14, 2012, 7:17 pm
  4. Congratulations Stephanie on your First Blogaversary!!! I enjoy it immensely….have continued gathering items for next year’s garage sale for I was going to use that magic number 33 and gather that many and then another 33 (around 5 a month)….amazing how that sharpens the eye when going about daily life for all of a sudden one sees items for the sale…..and since I have rheumatoid arthritis it is much easier to gather slowly…becomes a challenge as i lie in bed thinking now where else could I find items?
    You would be pleased with Bill for when we ate out on Father’s Day and I had leftovers and used restaurant container, he said “you should have brought your own container like Stephanie does!!!” I have done that a couple of times but must remember as I always have leftovers…actually this was a good container as aluminum foil which we can recycle and a cardboard top that we can recycle.
    At Walmart the other day we had a wee sample of a chocolate bar and then threw our little plastic serving container into the garbage….we noticed all the other wee containers in the garbage and realized “what a waste!” so you are making us aware in so many ways Stephanie….Congratulations again….

    Posted by Adele | June 22, 2012, 5:23 pm

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