no amount of money

I tell you this story with much humility.

Almost 30 years ago, yes I am THAT old,
I swam 100 laps [ equivalent to one mile ] in this pool.

And

This spring, as a drifted off to sleep an idea, a thought
came to my mind.

Could I do that swim again?

So I planned it out.

Week by week
Lap by lap

And

In my mind, as I swam back and forth I wrote this
blog post.

Week by week
Lap by lap.

This past weekend I accomplished my goal. What
a sense of accomplishment and joy. No amount of money
or any “ stuff” given to me will ever be compared to that feeling.

Go Team, Carolyn!!!

Next….

silence, stillness

carolyn chebaro less is moreAfter a late night telephone conversation with a friend
I switched off my phone.

The television had been turned off earlier.
No music played in the background.

Silence.

And at that very moment,

all I could hear was the murmur of the
air conditioning unit above me. It struck me how
important stillness is.

And at that very moment,

I realized that I need quiet time. A time
when I am not reviewing my day or planning
the next day’s adventure.

And at that very moment,

I realized it is simply fine to do nothing less,
as I say is MORE [ in so many ways ]

friends vs acquaintances

 

carolyn chebaro less is more

So here is the thing…

I can remember when I was young my Grandfather saying to me
“ In life, if you have one good friend you are very lucky”.

I never really understood this until many years later.

And

This is so true.

Many people have pasted in my direction.
Meandered in and out of my life.

There are people sent to teach us.
To send us message, a lesson if you like.
These are the acquaintances.

And

Then there are the friends.

Those people who through thick and thin,
Have stuck by your side.
They have seen you at your worse and they
Have seen you shine [ brightly ].

They have been your greatest fan and supporter.

And they don’t have to live nearby

Or even in your neighborhood,
Or even in the same state,
Or county

And

Friends vs Acquaintances…
a less is MORE analogy

Interesting right!

 

 

144 rolls of toilet paper

I get Costco.

In fact, have a membership to this warehouse club. I reckon I Go to this establishment four times a year, six tops.

I mainly like this store for the bulk purchases. On my list is usually oatmeal, nuts, coffee and the occasional planned lotion and potion.

But I think you need to be very careful when entering these big concrete stores. It is so easy to get caught up in buying unnecessary items simply because they are discounted and sold in bulk.

Large boxes of oatmeal for the price of several small supermarket offerings. The nuts, I love the walnuts, are incredibly inexpensive [ say compared to Whole Foods].

The value is there. There is no doubt about that….

But I offer a word of caution.

Think before you buy>>>

Do you have this item? Do you need this item? Where will you store 144 rolls of toilet paper? Is it a wise investment to purchase 2 gallons of shampoo and conditioner?

It is so easy to get caught up in the hype, the hustle and bustle of shopping in discount warehouses.

Remember

Less is MORE…. always.

 

it is an antique [ and so am I ]

Recently I gave away a rocking chair, one that was mine as a child. It sat in a spare bedroom, all alone, collecting dust.

The chair, like me is an antique.

I will confess, I debated what to do with the chair. After all, in my eyes it [ this wooden thing ] had many stories to tell. She traveled many miles, both literally and figuratively.

And…

if I close my eyes tight, I can see myself as a child rocking back and forth.

Memories.

I pondered… what to do?

And then it struck me, those memories cannot be taken away from me.

And the chair must find a new home, for other children to enjoy.

To create their own memories.

So into the car the chair went, off to the local Salvation Army. I would like to think into the arms of someone who will also enjoy the rocking back and forth. Creating their own memories.

And now, when I go into that spare bedroom there is an empty space. The room feels lighter, cleaner, clearer. The energy flows with ease.

And

The memories swirl around in my head. They will never leave.

Less “stuff” MORE memories….always.

everything has a purpose

I read somewhere that one of the ways to really get in touch with nature is to walk on grass. If you can meander barefoot, all the better.

I guess part of this theory is to get yourself out in the fresh air and open spaces.

Deep breaths.
Clear your mind.
Feel the freedom.

In nature everything has its own place- birds in the trees, worms in the ground, sun in the sky. And it all works just fine.

But when it gets out of kilter, say climate change there is havoc. This we see all around us.

Think of the bees…

And so the same works with my less is MORE strategy.

Let me explain…

Everything in its place [ like the sun in sky ]
Everything has meaning and a purpose. [ like the corn in the field which feeds us ]
You have more space – More air to breath [ like the beaches lining the Atlantic Ocean ]

Your life flows.

Deep breaths
Clear mental mindset
Freedom to live with less stress.

So when you go outside the next time, have a look at all in nature. Everything has a purpose, everything has a place….

Is this done by accident? Me thinks not. We all can learn from this.

less is MORE… always

storage spaces

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I recently watched a YouTube video about storage spaces. You know the buildings

Where you store your “stuff”. Items that you cannot house in your home or dare I say garage…

Articles you just simply cannot live without, so you tell yourself.

Items that years ago would have been considered trash.

So what is the point of a storage facility a.k.a  storage space.

I guess your “valuable junk” could have been put into some landfill causing havoc>>>

So on a positive note your “valuable items” are now  quietly hidden from view in the modern day form of a large garbage bin [ which btw you are paying $$$ for ].

Earlier today I decided to have look at the number of storage units in my local town of 101,871 residents. Believe it or not, and yes believe it there are 11 storage facilities in my local neck of the woods [ just west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida ]

So tell me>>>

Why spend the money for the storage space?

Think of the time and energy going back and forth to fill the unit?

Is it the “out of sight, out of mind” theory in practice here? Could be.

Me thinks, that a storage facility still takes space up in your mind too.

Thoughts?

less is MORE…. always.

shopping malls

carolyn chebaro less is more

Okay

If it seems like I am always nagging

or harping on something.

Like an old woman or a spouse.

Honestly.

I am not.

These posts are simply my opinion.

Opinion you ask? What does she [ Carolyn ] have to say now?

Glad you asked.

I don’t get the obsession woman, and probably men have with shopping malls and shopping in general as a pass time.

It appears to me that shopping is a hobby to too many people.

How sad.

Why in the world would you want to spend a sunny afternoon in a closed off building- with hundreds if not thousands people all spending money they probably don’t have, buying items they probably do not need.

Eating junk food from a food court that is so bad for your health.

Geezzz I am on a roll now…

What internal need does shopping fill?
What is missing?
Where have we, as a society, gone wrong?

Has the world gone mad?

What happened to the time when on a weekend you would spend this time with family? Or play a sport in the fresh air, have and meal and conversations with friends, relax in a park, visit an elderly relative or neighbor, go to a play or movie, for goodness sake… read a book…. I could go on but you get my drift.

I better calm down…. easy Carolyn, get a grip.

Well, at the end of the day, we all have the right to live our lives as as we see fit. I guess there is no wrong or right, BUT I ask you to ponder.

To stop.

To think.

Is spending time shopping worthy of your time? What is the real reason you spend time walking the halls of your local mall.

I am signing out now, I have had my rant.

You know my thoughts on this all

less is MORE… Always

P.S. If you have read this post, here is an article that well, rocks me to the core. 🙁

 

 

 

 

rainy day purchases :(

carolyn chebaro less is moreRecently I was in a friend’s kitchen. She was cleaning out her

cabinets. I noticed she had two large containers of restaurant sized

cinnamon sticks.

I reckon if you lay those logs of deliciousness end to end they would

reach into the middle of Atlantic Ocean.

And

When I asked my friend “Why in the world would any one family [of two] need to purchase miles and miles of this spice”

[Okay I was a bit more tack full, just ]

The answer I received was  “ They were on sale and I never know when I might need them”.

The rainy day purchase concept in full bloom.

What!

Come on!

You must be joking!

Now I get it, trying to save a bit here and a bit there when an item is on sale. Buying items for that rainy day that is another story.

Let’s be reasonable.

When was the last time you purchased something for the “chance

In a million” time you might use that widget, paper dollie or spare car antenna?

Think long and hard.

Rainy day purchases, hogwash.

They almost never happen.

Ever.

Less is MORE….always.

it may be a cliche…

carolyn chebaro lless is moreA place for everything and everything in its place .You have probably

heard this expression as a child growing up but man is it true.  

This mindset can be implement in both your personal and business life.

Here you are…

You see if I know where my possessions are I feel content. I feel

In “order”.

And

In a weird sort of way, I feel like I am respectful of my belongings.

They all have a value to me. They have their own place.

And

This applies to both my personal life and my business. Shoes are

In one place, spare keys in another [ which as you know are a major

concern to me! ]

In business for example, Client files are in a cloud, accounts payable are all set up, marketing to my soulmate clients is place and ready to roll.

And on and on.

I love this concept because, well you can stay focused.

So your momma was right you know… a place for everything and everything

In its place has real value in today’s world.

Really

 

#lessisMORE