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Sunday, October 4, 2009

And the winner is...

ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
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Before I start the sum up of my week of order, I thought I would announce my Everyday Bliss give away winner:   Jessica!  Congratulations! Rebekah and Jaye will receive a small consolation prize. Everyone please send me a note in facebook with the address to which you would like your your loot sent. :)

I am writing this post with piles of boxes and stuff all around me. I am working very hard to put everything where it will live permanently in my new house so it isn't going particularly fast. Order was perfect for this week but my goals were rather lofty! The only Bliss Initiative I was able to accomplish entirely was the Bliss Work. It was really fun giving things away and I think I will be doing a lot more as we get settled into the house. I weeded a lot of stuff out BEFORE the move but we still brought much more then we want or need!

I read about 50% of "The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized "  by Karen Ehman, and will be finishing the book up over the next couple of weeks. I really enjoy the way Karen sets things up so that things are interruption friendly but still organized. The emphasis is on spending quality time with your family and still having a home that works and is nice to be in. I want that in this new house. I spent a lot of time in my old house worried that someone might drop by and I would be embarrassed to have them come in. Now that we actually have room to put things away I am hopeful our home can be a lot more inviting! I'll keep you posted.

As it turned out Ben Franklin's words were more apropos then I would have imagined.  But, on the whole, tho' I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavour, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it..." So like Ben, I fell short of my objective but I am a better and happier person for attempting it!

Next Post: Time to get creative!

My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise


  1. Kath, I just wanted to tell you I've been following along and really enjoying your blog journey. I don't have a lot to offer other than encouragement... you go! You are inspiring me to "get busy" around my own house too. So, thank you!

    I found this quote recently and thought of you...

    To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one's mind and the psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.”
    ~Anais Nin


  2. Thanks Kathy!
    I'm looking forward to the Ben Franklin bio. However, I am starting to slightly suspect that the miscellaneous surprises might be things you found while cleaning out your drawers. If I receive a package of ducky bath beads, I'll know! : )
    Seriously, I am enjoying following along the pathway of everyday bliss that you have set out for us.
    Thank you!

  3. Elisa it is so nice to know you are following along! Thank you!!

    Jessica you wont be getting any duck bath beads but I can't promise that NOTHING came from one of my drawers! :)


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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