The mini-cleanse that got interrupted…

Yeah. What else can I say, other than that this year really hasn’t been my year for cleansing for expansion. I did get a few items crossed of my Trello-mini-cleanse-list, but I didn’t complete it (yet) and I didn’t keep it up, either.inbox zeroed again

So with a few hours work yesterday and today, I’ve finally gotten down to an empty email inbox again. Yeah! *Pat on the back, well done, good job, keep it up!*

This blog is a part of the #cleanse4expansion-project initiated by Helena Roth as a part of the Create the impossible-online course that started January 11th, 2015. The aim of the project was to do a physical and digital cleanse, to enable spiritual expansion, and also to get 500 000 page views on the blog. The course ended on April 10th, and after that Helena embarked on another 90-day stint of #cleanse4expansion. Day 90 + 90 occurred on July 9th, and as of then, only occasional posts will turn up here. 

However, this post is part of my mini-cleanse of 2016, with a fixed agenda. Actually it was supposed to be done during January of 2016, but I didn’t keep that goal, so I’m expanding the mini-cleanse throughout the year.

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Mini-cleanse: Another round at IPhone Safari

Had a bit of time as passenger in a car today, so I picked up the baton I dropped a few months ago: my mini-cleanse project.

From 31 open tabs to 2. Nice!
From 31 open tabs to 2. Nice!

Picked up my phone and dove in to Safari – 31 open tabs. A few hours later, about to be dropped off where I parked my bike, I am down to two. Yeah!

This blog is a part of the #cleanse4expansion-project initiated by Helena Roth as a part of the Create the impossible-online course that started January 11th, 2015. The aim of the project was to do a physical and digital cleanse, to enable spiritual expansion, and also to get 500 000 page views on the blog. The course ended on April 10th, and after that Helena embarked on another 90-day stint of #cleanse4expansion. Day 90 + 90 occurred on July 9th, and as of then, only occasional posts will turn up here. Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Who knows? However, this post is part of the mini-cleanse in 2016, with a fixed agenda.

Mini-cleanse: Bookshelf #2 in the bedroom

And to top that, half of that bookshelf, because the two lower shelves are occupied by hubby and his stuff. But yeah. I got another item ticked of my to-do-list of this mini-cleanse, which felt good. And I got another armful of books to donate, since I’m not going to read them, and apparently none else in the family will either.minicleanse books

As you can tell, I am not as disciplined this time around as when I ran my original #cleanse4expansion-project a year ago. And I think I know the difference. This time around, the driving force is logic. It’s a sense of “. It’s been 6 months since I finished off the project, and if I do a month at the beginning of every year, it will never get as bad as it was when I started out in 2015.“. Whereas a year ago it was definitely just something that came through and to me, that it was what I needed to do. Hence, last year, no feeling of resistance, it was just something to do, that I knew was mine to do. This year, much more resistance, and “Ah, nah, not today, I’ll get it done tomorrow, and if this mini-cleanse takes more than January, so be it…“.

The interesting part is – I can get things done either way. But having tasted what it feels like to act on that which comes to and through me, as opposed to the logically and rationally wise thing to do, I would much rather go for the first, anytime! So the question that pops into my head is: what’s mine to to now, as it’s so obviously not this mini-cleanse? Am I listening to the soft voice within, or am I drowning it out with my rational and logical thinking (seemingly taking the form of a large brass-band drowning out any chance of a soft voice to be heard… until there is a moment of stillness!)?

This blog is a part of the #cleanse4expansion-project initiated by Helena Roth as a part of the Create the impossible-online course that started January 11th, 2015. The aim of the project was to do a physical and digital cleanse, to enable spiritual expansion, and also to get 500 000 page views on the blog. The course ended on April 10th, and after that Helena embarked on another 90-day stint of #cleanse4expansion. Day 90 + 90 occurred on July 9th, and as of then, only occasional posts will turn up here. Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Who knows? However, this post is part of the mini-cleanse in January 2016, with a fixed agenda.

Mini-cleanse: Bedroom bookshelf

Last night I heard a somewhat fed up voice stating: There’s books all over the bedroom…
And even though I have to say, the bookshelf actually looks fairly decent, compared to what it looked like a year ago, I figured it would be a good idea to get started on the activity in my Trello checklist for this mini-cleanse, entitled Bookshelf by the wardrobe. minicleanse bookshelf

Said and done, I got down to it, and managed to clean out almost a shelf of books that I no longer feel belong in my home (bottom right in the photo above, will be donated).Books to read 2016

However, I did something else as well. As I was dusting and sorting out the books, some really called out for me. So I put those aside, and ended up with this lot of 36 books, ranging from poetry, to school development, to philosophy and everything in between. These I put on a separate shelf in the book case and I intend to read these this year.

I went for many years without buying books, but suddenly books are calling out to me again. Thing is, then I don’t read them. And even though osmosis might work a bit, I do think I would get more from them by actually picking them up to read! I will likely try to blog about it/them, either over at my Swedish site (since 12 of the books are in Swedish) or at my new English site. Have you read any of these books? Any you strongly recommend? Or the opposite, any books here you think I should ditch from my reading-list for 2016?

This blog is a part of the #cleanse4expansion-project initiated by Helena Roth as a part of the Create the impossible-online course that started January 11th, 2015. The aim of the project was to do a physical and digital cleanse, to enable spiritual expansion, and also to get 500 000 page views on the blog. The course ended on April 10th, and after that Helena embarked on another 90-day stint of #cleanse4expansion. Day 90 + 90 occurred on July 9th, and as of then, only occasional posts will turn up here. Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Who knows? However, this post is part of the mini-cleanse in January 2016, with a fixed agenda.

Mini-cleanse: Evernote inbox

Surprised at the topic of this mini-cleanse? Not so much right?

But honestly, I kept it up all the way until early October, which isn’t that surprising. October is the 3-out-of-4-in-the-family-has-birthdays-month, within 10 days at that, so, yeah, things have a habit of falling apart at the seams then.

So come Wednesday this week I had 181 notes in my Evernote inbox. On the train north, headed for my first ever solo writing retreat, I managed to get it down to 133. Then I decided to finish the work today, and it had grown to 139 notes…evernote mini

Now though – the Evernote inbox is officially zeroed, and I ditched a surplus notebook as well.

This blog is a part of the #cleanse4expansion-project initiated by Helena Roth as a part of the Create the impossible-online course that started January 11th, 2015. The aim of the project was to do a physical and digital cleanse, to enable spiritual expansion, and also to get 500 000 page views on the blog. The course ended on April 10th, and after that Helena embarked on another 90-day stint of #cleanse4expansion. Day 90 + 90 occurred on July 9th, and as of then, only occasional posts will turn up here. Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Who knows? However, this post is part of the mini-cleanse in January 2016, with a fixed agenda.

Mini-cleanse: Mac Safari

45 open windows. God I am lousy at keeping the number of open tabs down. Full out lousy at it! Luckily, it’s a fairly quick job to reduce the numbers of tabs.

mac safari mini cleanseOne by one, the opened tabs are acted upon. Some I just close. Some I quickly read through first. Some gets saved to Evernote. For others, there might be an action that I want to do later – off to Trello with those. If I’m really lucky, there’s an action to do right away, so I just ordered yarn for knitting a pixie hat for one of my bonus-grandchildren.

And wham. Down to four open tabs.
1) Trello. Always open.
2) Fiverr.com where I have an ongoing conversation with the WP-guru who’s been setting up my new site http://helenaroth.com.
3) My new site, where I am working on a blog post.
4) And this tab.Which will be no more, in just a few seconds!

This blog is a part of the #cleanse4expansion-project initiated by Helena Roth as a part of the Create the impossible-online course that started January 11th, 2015. The aim of the project was to do a physical and digital cleanse, to enable spiritual expansion, and also to get 500 000 page views on the blog. The course ended on April 10th, and after that Helena embarked on another 90-day stint of #cleanse4expansion. Day 90 + 90 occurred on July 9th, and as of then, only occasional posts will turn up here. Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Who knows? However, this post is part of the mini-cleanse in January 2016, with a fixed agenda.

 

Mini-cleanse: IPhone Safari

mini iphoneOk. So if you followed me on my #cleanse4expansion you will not be surprised by this. Not one bit. 34 tabs open in my IPhone Safari browser. But not anymore though! Now there’s just two remaining. My Gmail and my Facebook (and yes, I run both those via Safari rather than via the app’s).

But just to make sure I compensate for not acting upon my mini-cleanse until yesterday, I also sorted out the last of the emails in my inbox. So now it’s zeroed again!

zeroed inbox

This blog is a part of the #cleanse4expansion-project initiated by Helena Roth as a part of the Create the impossible-online course that started January 11th, 2015. The aim of the project was to do a physical and digital cleanse, to enable spiritual expansion, and also to get 500 000 page views on the blog. The course ended on April 10th, and after that Helena embarked on another 90-day stint of #cleanse4expansion. Day 90 + 90 occurred on July 9th, and as of then, only occasional posts will turn up here.

However, this post is part of the mini-cleanse in January 2016, with a fixed agenda.