Friday, February 8


People just don't understand why I arrange my day around 3pm when Oprah comes on. It is my lifeline to what I need to know right now. Knowledge for A Better Life. Lately, Oprah is all about living your best life and she has guest to show you how to do it. Yesterday was about clutter and how it affects your weight, mentality and LIFE. Oprah had guest, Peter Walsh, author of "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat". Yes, I am a hoarder. I've confessed this before but living here where things are not readily accessible, I feel justified in stock piling things. I'm an organized hoarder but not so organized that I can find things when I need them. It's gotten way out of control, I admit it. I've learned we hoard things for two reasons: "Memories" and "I might need this someday". Sound familiar? I am definitely counting on my "stuff" to remind me where I've been when I've lost my recall.

I once belonged to the "Craze of Consumption" but no longer. I once had the money to shop as entertainment but not here. I shop carefully here and no longer use charge cards as my instant gratification link to poverty. I have learned that the things that are truly important, I must honor and respect. If that means washing my car once a week then so be it. I love the freedom my car gives me but I don't honor it very well. I never wash it. Stuff like that.

I learned to go for the GOOD, not the easy. That follows through with how I eat. I have changed my life habits living here, even before Oprah told me.

This is a challenge I have taken on to live my best life. After all, that's why I moved here. For "The Good Life". (remember that show? where people leave their comfy lives to live the REAL life their heart desires?)
I've also signed up for the online class for "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. Somehow, I have got to get my hands on that book before the class starts March 3rd. You can enroll on the site.

For some, this will hold no interest but for me, this is the "authentic" key to getting the goodie out of my life and my remaining unknown years.
Hang in there with me. I hope you accept the Challenge for Your Best Life.

Check it out - Oprah and Dr. Oz and here.
Dr. Oz has taught me so much about good health. I know, there's a lot of links. Hopefully they will work and you will be on the path to your best life.


Peggy said...

I used to love that show, "The Good Life"!

Just a few more days until I am there visiting you!!!

TICA MACHA said...

This was one hard post. I've been thinking about sharing it but didn't realize how big the task is.
Hopefully, you are ready to begin YOUR BEST LIFE during your upcoming visit. Looking forward. Teri

Gidget said...

I used to do the same with things but a friend of mine really helped me by teaching me the art of Feng Shui and I feel like it really improves ones life. Good luck on your journey. You sound like a very enlightened lady..........

TICA MACHA said...

There's nothing like moving to a country where you don't know the language or their "system" to 'enlighten' one. I've read about Feng Shui and I believe. My five years here have been all about getting to know myself, my surroundings and creating harmony and peace within. I'm 52 now, it's about damn time, huh?

katemeri said...

Hey Teri - I love Oprah too. I hate it when the cable is out and I'm not able to see the show. Peter Walsh used to have a show that I can't remember the name of where he took everything out of a home owner's worst room and would only let them put back what the absolutely needed.

If he has inspired you to declutter and you have some art supplies you don't need I would love to take them off your hands. I volunteer teach an art class after school in E.O. and we always need supplies.

Good luck with your challenge!


TICA MACHA said...

Hey Kate, To be honest, I'd probably dispense with my clothes before my art supplies. That is my life's blood. I also plan to do work again with the school here. So happy to hear you are working with the schools. People just don't know how IN NEED all the schools are until they pay them a visit. It doesn't matter what your talent is, the schools need help.
I brought every project I had when I came here. One was a quilt I started when I lived in Hawaii (the 80's). I can't just toss that. My mission is to ACCOMPLISH these things I set out to do and then set them free. I have already started purging and getting rid of stuff - like a fur coat I brought with me. I never even wore it in Florida. I KNOW I will NEVER wear it here. It was from my Tennessee snow days. I found it a good home with my friend that lives in Ohio but has a vacation house here in CR.
They should be very happy together.
I'm happy it will have a new life and be set free of being buried in my closet. Poco por poco.

Blog Bloke said...

I saw the same show Teri.

May I flatter you for a moment and say how much I enjoyed reading this post and what an excellent writer you have become.

It's really gratifying to read more about you, what you feel ... your struggles, your triumphs and your disappointments.

Although we have never met I feel like I know you and that is an achievement from just reading your posts.

By the way, I'm 54. But shhhhhhh, that's just between you and me.


TICA MACHA said...

Thanks Bloke, I do shy away from blogging too much about my personal life. The stories I have.
People just wouldn't believe it.

Blog Bloke said...

Tell me more. I'll believe it :)