Carpe Diem: or {Ramblings On} 3 things I’m not doing in 2016

Anne Bogel has written a great post on what she won’t be replicating in 2016. I love this!

In particular, I can relate to the decision paralysis. In our home, we call it Analysis Paralysis, but the result is the same — constantly putting off decision/s because we don’t want to make the wrong choice, regret our choice if something else comes along, or allow all other decisions to hinge on the *one*.

Last year with my diagnosis, we let a lot of that go. Live in the moment, Live Lightly, create Margin, enjoy our lives.

My advice to you is the same that’s been written through the ages – live your life!

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,” *

What are you gathering?


I love the opportunity for fresh starts the New Year brings. Some say there’s nothing magical about January 1—at least not in terms of making resolutions—but I disagree. An opportunity for a clean slate is its own kind of magic. Each year I like to reflect on what’s working for me, and

Source: 3 things I’m not doing in 2016.

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*To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Robert Herrick, 15911674

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
   Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
   Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, 
   The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
   And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
   When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
   Times still succeed the former. 

Then be not coy, but use your time,
   And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
   You may forever tarry.


5 thoughts on “Carpe Diem: or {Ramblings On} 3 things I’m not doing in 2016

  1. A great post! I have been guilty of putting things off…choosing cleaning the house to keep away from a project, going shopping to avoid cleaning the house! We must live our lives and be fearless. Though, I do often think about the concept of getting older and wondering if I will ever look back and think ‘Why didn’t I live just a little braver’. We must live our lives, live and enjoy every minute. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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    1. Yay! I also find ways to put things off, but I’m almost finished reading Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and she specifically states that cleaning house is a great way to put off the inevitable, the tasks that should be done. I am so enjoying this quick read {you may want to add it to your ambitious list! I fit it in 5 minute waiting periods as I’m reading a couple of other heavier books right now!}. I digress…

      “Living our lives on purpose” — that’s a quote from Jenny Penton at Planner Perfect 😉

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      1. I will definitely check out Marie Kondo’s book…what a great title. Thank you for the recommendation. Having a creative nature, I do have the tendency to create spaces that are, and what I call, an ‘organised mess’….so a few tips could help me with this problem 🙂 There is a definite skill in being able to read several books in the same timeframe. I can read a novel and sone factual together, but I am useless at kerpung up with several fictional books at once. I love the quote….very inspirational. It’s lovely to chat with you about writing and positivity in life 🙂

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      2. Agreed – lovely to chat with you! I also chalked my piles of papers as “creative mess”, but have realized mine had become a barrier to accomplishing what I want to accomplish in this life. I began reading more and more about Minimalism and, although I didn’t take the plunge all at one as suggested by Marie Kondo in her Konmari Method, I’ve gradually changed my perception.

        Here’s a link to my post when I got the book for Christmas — I’ve been taking notes in the margins and highlighting like crazy. I’ll likely take a second read through before I post a review, but it’s a great {quick} read!

        Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

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      3. I think there is a definite link between mess and having a heavy mind. Whenever I have had a clear and tidy desk, I have noticed how clear my mind has been and hiw more creative I have become. I have read about Feng Shui in the past, and I love some of the concepts and beliefs involved with this also. It’s great that you are noting elements of the book that you can take away and apply – that’s the key to success 🙂 I look forward to reading your review. Thank you.

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