Reverb 10 prompt from December 11th:
What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? (Author: Sam Davidson)
1. MSN Messenger. Not that Messenger itself is a bad thing. I’ve already deleted Messenger from my iPhone and I won’t be going back to it in 2011. By leaving Messenger in 2010, I also leave behind a relationship that was cultivated there – one that doesn’t represent what I want in my life in 2011 and beyond.
2. Jealousy. I believe that being jealous of someone else chips away at my belief that the universe has good things in store for me. In 2011 I will continue to practice something that Jennifer Clark taught me: When I feel the hit of envy coming on I say “Good for her/him and thank you for mine”. In this way, I acknowledge the infinite bounty of the universe and reinforce my belief that my dreams will manifest.
3. Negative self talk. I would never let someone talk to my best friend the way that I can talk to myself. In 2011 I will be my own best friend.
4. Spending without a budget. I’m lucky. I have a great job and generally enough money to do anything I want. I do not, however, have enough money to do EVERYTHING that I want, and I need not to spend as though I do. Brigitte’s budgeting technique really resonates with me and I’m going to get on it.
5. New coats. Seriously, I bought FOUR coats this fall. No more new coats will enter this house in 2011.
6. Packaged food. I’ve done pretty well with this one in 2010 but I reaffirm my commitment to cooking real, fresh food for myself, rather than relying on the convenience of packaged food and take-out.
7. Doubt. In 2011 I no longer need to doubt my abilities nor my worthiness to attract good things into my life.
8. Settling. I will not settle for what I get if I know that it is less than I want and than I deserve.
9. Trying. There is no trying. There is deciding and doing.
10. Cleaning my own bathroom. Seriously. I need to hire a cleaning service again. The budgeting exercise I mentioned in #4 is about spending according to your values. I value my time and resent spending it on cleaning toilets. On this I will be spending money.
11. Guilt. I will not accept feeling guilty for my actions or inactions, including related to numbers 1 through 10 on this list.