Category: purpose

Turning goals into reality


For years I have had a soft goal of climbing Mount Washington.  I have summited numerous times, but always by motorized conveyance.  I have driven it more times than I can count and ridden up the tracks propelled by both steam and BioDiesel.  It is a wondrous place.

On foot I’ve climbed as high as Tuckerman’s, and I have lunched at Lakes of the Clouds.  I’ve just never finished the deed.

I have planned in the dead of winter to train and hike and complete it. Maybe this year. . . 

No more maybe. No more dreams.  I have signed up for Seek the Peak in July.  I’ll be hiking the mountain with thousands of other people to raise funds for the Mount Washington Observatory.

Please consider sponsoring me here.  A buck or two is all I ask.  See you on the summit on 7/16!

The Experiment

As usual, the decluttering spree went on for a while and then . . .

We are still aware of the process, and more things are leaving the house than in the past.  The KonMari method worked well for clothing, and it is great in the attic.  Where it has fallen apart is in the ‘everything else’ category.

One-in-one-out is a good mantra to keep the clutter from getting worse, but it only goes so far.

I have read various books and websites on simplifying, minimizing, and living a more purposeful life.  I daydream about some day being happy in a 500 square foot house.  Reality always drags me back though, which brings me to my latest experiment.

Starting today and for the next 30 days, I pledge to buy NOTHING other than necessary expendables.  Food, fuel, kitty litter, and toilet paper will continue to flow through the garage, but that’s it.  The next month encompasses vacation and my birthday, so this may be interesting.

So far today I’ve purchased kitty litter and chicken feed, and I got a haircut.  I’m off to a good start.  Wish me luck.