Reflecting on 2015: A year of refinement from the Mrs.

22 thoughts on “Reflecting on 2015: A year of refinement from the Mrs.”

  1. Hi Courtney,

    What a lovely way to start 2016. Great post! Thank you for sharing.

    I’m so glad to hear of the improvement with your migraines. You may get some relief from the sinus heafaches when you and Steve hit the road. I know mine can fluctuate depending on where I am, and for what length of time.

    Can you share more about your chores schedule? I dread housecleaning the way some dread work on Monday. I find it overwhelming.

    1. Hi Mrs. Groovy

      Thank you for reading 🙂

      That’s a good point about the sinus headaches once we hit the road. I’ve never had worse allergies than here in the desert (go figure) so it will probably be better other places. Something else to look forward to!

      I used to agree with you on housecleaning though like I mentioned it’s better now (though not something I look forward to). First we try to keep most of our surfaces pretty clear which makes everything easier and we pick up as we see things so the clutter doesn’t get out of hand. That being said here is the basic chore schedule.

      Monday: Dust and straighten the Master Bedroom, Wipe down Master Bath (counters, mirrors, shower, toilet).
      Tuesday: Dust and straighten living room, office, dining room
      Wednesday: Clean kitchen (after dinner cleanup): Wipe down counters, cabinets, appliances, sink
      Thursday: Dust and straighten guest bedrooms, wipe down guest bathroom
      Friday: Floors (I’m lucky Steve takes care of this one for me)

      That’s the basics. Steve does laundry about once a week. We schedule sheet & towel washing every other week. And anything bigger I schedule in (like scrubbing the master shower). This at least makes it so someone can stop by at any point during the week and I don’t feel like hiding because my house is a mess. Hope this helps!

      1. Thanks, Courtney, yes this helps!. We’re going to try a 7-day cleaning schedule, but we’ll roll weekend chores over to weekdays for any weekends we’re away.

        I’ve heard of others with allergies in the desert. You might try a generic drugstore OTC saline nasal spray. It could help flush out allergens that stick to your system due to dryness.

  2. Its always important to reflect on the successes and failures of the past to improve on the future. I love meditation as well, i think more people could definitely benefit from this simple daily spiritual exercise! Happy New Year!!

  3. Keeping track of your spending IS daunting, but it drives a lot of decision making and helps you focus on cutting expenses. We use MINT for tracking our spending and also have a lot of spreadsheets (that I am updating with 1/1/16 data right now.

    1. I LOVE spreadsheets and have had my 2016 ones waiting in the wings for a few weeks now. That’s the best way for me to feel like I have a handle on our spending. Personal Capital and Mint are both great tools to make sure I don’t miss anything! Thanks for reading!

  4. Happy New Year! We put together a huge list of goals for 2016 and realized that one of the themes that emerged was also refinement. We love continuous improvement. And one of the areas I need to be consistent in is also diet. I suffered with inflammation and thyroid troubles in the last two years, but now that I’m DF and GF free, I feel much better.

    1. Personal growth and continuous improvement are what makes living fun! It can be hard but we know so much more about ourselves and the world. I’m glad the DF GF diet is working for you. I know I feel a lot better since starting it and have gotten to the point where I don’t crave the bad stuff anymore (at least not much). It’s amazing to me that the things I was “treating” myself with were making me sick. Now I don’t get the “treats” but I feel so much better. Without refinement I would have never known 🙂 Happy New Year!!!

  5. Wow, these are great tips! It’s always good to look back and see what didn’t work. I’ve tried dog grooming as well and it’s daunting to say the least and never really turns out that great 🙂

    I love the way you guys work as a team on the blog.

    Happy new year and all the best to you and the family!

  6. We also tried grooming our dogs ourselves, once. Just once… We reached the same conclusion, some things are just worth it.
    We find hosting fun, but we plan ahead so the day of the party is minimal work. Yesterday we hosted a New Year’s Day get together and fried a turkey and even with 7 toddlers under age 5 it went splendidly. 🙂
    I get that it’s not for everyone though.
    Mrs. SSC also found meditating to be really helpful but I haven’t gotten into it yet.
    Glad 2015 went well for you!

    1. Hi Mr. SSC

      Wow that sounds like some shindig! I wish we had friends here in town like you who hosted awesome get-togethers like that. I think a big part of it is that I put too much pressure on myself. If I’m hosting I need to ensure everything is going well, everyone is having a good time etc. When I’m helping someone else host I can relax and enjoy. Meanwhile Steve just doesn’t like not having a place to retreat from all the people I think 😉 That is an advantage of attending a party, you can leave if need be. We are definitely introverts.

      You should try meditating! I resisted for years and finally decided I’d do it consistently for 2 months to see if it made any difference. It’s definitely a practice but I kept going.

  7. Awesome year guys! I’m the same way with commitments. I like having less stuff on my calendar and then doing things when I want and not feeling the push to do it because it’s on my Outlook calendar.

  8. Congrats on a great year, you guys! Love the rundown, Courtney, and all the self-reflection. It’s interesting to see what you opt to prioritize and strip away as you get closer to your nomadic Airstream lifestyle. On the travel/GF stuff, I swear it gets easier to articulate what you need. For the first year or so, I always felt timid about asking for things to be prepared as I need them to be, because I didn’t want to impose, but eventually I knew that there was nothing wrong with needing something different from most people, and in fact that the restaurants would rather I have a pleasant experience than a bad one! So now I boldly ask for exactly what I need. You may not have to go through this same evolution, as I did, but sharing that just in case. 🙂 Happy new year!

    1. Happy New Year to you both as well!!

      I’m getting better with articulating what I want/need but you’re words mean A LOT. This is exactly it, I’m “timid about asking for things to be prepared as I need them to be, because I didn’t want to impose”. I feel like that difficult patron no one wants to deal with. But you are right, the restaurants want their patrons happy and full so I need to get past that. To help I’ve been going to restaurants that say they will work with whatever food sensitivity you have. I find that fun! This way I can say I’m DF and GF and ask for recommendations. Thank you for your experience. It helps knowing someone felt the same way 🙂

  9. Interesting. To me travel has always been more stressful than parties. I think this is because I’m now the “head” of a family of 4 and feel responsible for anything that happens to them. Travel used to be fun when I was on my own or with friends, but with 2 young kids it’s more problems than it’s fun (for me. My wife still thinks it’s fun and wants us to go to Canada next year).

    Conversely, hosting parties at our place means we don’t have to worry about what the kids will eat or where they will sleep. Not that we host that many parties, but it’s definitely easier than being invited 🙂

    1. Hi Stockbeard

      I can see your point. For us since it’s just the two of us travel is actually pretty easy. We’re both flexible people and have a lot of the same interests so we don’t have to worry about planning ahead much. We’ve also got packing down so we’re fine with carry ons even for long trips.

      However with kids to entertain planning a trip is a lot more daunting. I have a friend coming to town in a couple of months with her toddler and she’s already doing research on activities to do (some of which I didn’t even know existed in Tucson). I had never thought about how our stress-free and stressful activities might differ with our friends with children. Very interesting!

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