21 Days To A More Disciplined Life Challenge – Day 2


This is my clean bathroom. Otherwise known as the Practical Application from yesterday.  In Crystal’s book for the first day she challenged us to take on a small project.  Something that could be accomplished in 24 hours so we could get the feeling of having accomplished a goal.  I decided to pay attention to the bathroom and do a quick clean.

I had not realized exactly how a little bit of time spent just washing rugs, sweeping, decluttering and wiping down a sink and toilet could make me feel so much better.  Unfortunately, I did not take before pictures, but I doubt you could have seen the difference. It is hard to see smears on the sink and little pieces of this and that on the floor in a photo.

I did add a basket for shower items, as I was getting very annoyed by the fact that they kept falling over and down and every which way.  In the basket I decided to use for this purpose I added a small plastic cup to hold razors, so they wouldn’t get lost in the bottom.

While trying to decided which basket to use to hold shower supplies, my little helper said, “This one.  The other is to hold the toys.”  I hadn’t even thought of that.  What do you know!?  It is amazing what other people think of when they are not focused on the same things you are.  So, the basket on the bottom shelf of the shelving unit was not a planned thing but happened to fit perfectly.  And it was something I had been thinking of doing.  I just hadn’t found the perfect thing to use yet.  You would think I would have learned that by now.  It doesn’t have to be perfect to work or bless someone else.

Today, for the practical application, we were also supposed to choose one small thing to change and stick with it for a week.  After thinking this over I realized that one thing that would help my day get off to the start it needs is to get dressed first thing in the morning.  To aide in this I have chosen the small action of setting out my clothes the night before.  As I am usually the first one awake in the morning I try to be as quiet as possible.  Living in an old house with creaky floor boards makes this extra difficult some days.  By sitting out my clothes not only do I not have to think about this first thing in the morning, but also:

  1. I won’t have to worry about waking others with the creaking of the floor boards
  2. If I happen to wake up late, I will be able to get dressed and go within just a minute or two (I am not a high maintenance girl)
  3. I won’t be surprised when I can’t find something because it is in the dirty clothes hamper
  4. It makes me stop and think about the next day, and what I will be doing or where I will need to be

This little action has potential to make a great impact.

Mega Project

The picture above shows the plants I dug up during Day 1 of the 21 Day Challenge.  I really had thought there would be more.  Obviously not.  I temporarily placed them in some extra pots I had.

The lack of plants to salvage led me to change what I had planned for Day 2.  However, I think what I decided upon will help me further along.  While standing in the middle of the bed I was realizing just how large some of the weeds had gotten.  I realized that trying to dig them up later would just be made harder by their height.

So, for Day 2 I have decided to cut down the weeds, or pull them.  Like I said, not exactly something that will make a difference right now, but it will help later on.

Here is the before picture:

Can you believe that all those weeds, tree seedlings included, were not at all there when the season started.  Yes, they were seeds or such, but they had absolutely no height to them a few months back.  To give you an idea, the tree seedling closest in the picture is at least 4 feet tall.  Yeah, I gave up trying to pull all the weeds sometime during Year 3.  Now, I have learned not to look at them.  Ignorance, real or imagined, is sometimes bliss.  Such a great gardener, aren’t I?  In my defense, I am (finally) taking back this bed and will never let it get this bad again.

 How did your first day with the 21 day Self-Discipline Challenge go?  What do you have planned for today?

I am joining Crystal from Serving Joyfully, Laura from Super Sweet Life, and Erin from Home With The Boys as they host a challenge/accountability group going through the ebook which began November 1, 2012.  It is never too late to join in and start.  Today is a new day and you get to choose what you do with it.