Again I am participating in Silver RavenWolf's Release Challenge. This is my third or fourth year. 2012 will be a bit different. For starters, I'm doing the whole thing. Each day, I'm doing the magick AND the cleaning. Before I would do one or the other, but not both every day. I'm also intent on doing the chants daily. I may change a few things to suit me, for example, Day One's challenge was to clean the floor. Of the whole house. Like move furniture to clean every single corner and every inch of floor space. Great idea, but that would take hours. Instead, I started in my sewing room because that's where I would like to see the most change, and I cleaned the hell out of that floor. Then I vacuumed the rest of the house, but I didn't try to clean every single inch. Here's the before:
Mind you, the room is not perfect. I am not looking to achieve perfection. I am looking for improvement. I want things to be better.
I got rid of projects I know I will never finish. I cleaned out my art supplies, tossing old paint. I am trying to decide what I really need. I am getting rid of a basket and a poster. Nobody has ever liked the poster but me and since I decided to hang mine and Kurt's art on the walls, I don't have a place for it anymore. The basket is in good shape, but I never use it. I don't really like it, I was just keeping it because it belonged to my grandmother. She didn't really use it except for keeping odds and ends. I'm pretty sure as I work through the challenge I'll have more things to donate to charity.
I'm also trying to fix things. The pull chain keeps coming off the ceiling fan. I reattached the chain. A bolt falls out of my office chair. I screwed the bolt back in and tightened the rest for good measure. And then I changed the background picture on my computer:
The other things that is different about this year is for the first time I have a partner. Kurt is doing the challenge too. I am not expecting him to do as much as me, or even do the challenge every day, but we are working together towards the same goal- to have all our needs met and more.