Less is Now 30 day Challenge (Week 3)

Check out my first minimalism post if you haven’t already for a little context.

Guidelines – sell, donate, recycle

Day 1 – get rid of 1 item

Day 2 – get rid of 2 items

Day 3 – get rid of 3 items

And so on for 30 days

After 30 days create a blog post on your experience with some of the items you got rid of and how you now feel. Even if you can only get rid of 1 item per day, then please still partake. Start anytime, just has to be 30 consecutive days.

Here’s week three – total of 126 items

Day 15: Art supplies
Day 16: Miscellaneous
Day 17: Paint/Miscellaneous
Day 18: Food items
Day 19
Day 20
Day 21: Yes I’ve stopped listing each item🤣

WOW! This is actually starting to get easier. Each item I’ve determined I no longer need or want and again it’s cleansing in so many ways. I love being able to look in my fridge, cupboards, and closets and just see items I will actually use. I’m done with the my first “sweep” of the house and will be heading out to the garage.

Peace,

Dwight

Stop Living on Autopilot

On today’s walk I listened to the podcast, Stop Living on Autopilot and take Responsibility for your Life , from the Art of Manliness. Okay okay…let’s stop right here and deal with that last statement. Yes I know the majority of my followers are women and yes I’m challenging you to check out an Art of Manliness podcast. I know you will be pleasantly surprised to see some of the topics and having listened to many of them myself they are definitely on spot for men and women and are no way over the top. For each woman that actually listens please comment…I’m curious.

Now that we’ve taken care of that let’s dig in. The host was interviewing Antonio Neves who also has a book by the same name of the podcast. He talks about how we sometimes start living on autopilot and reminiscing about the good old days, and now are just being stagnant and not moving forward. Here’s some of the takeaways I got out of it.

Start looking at your life from the last 30 days. We know all the things we want to do to improve ourselves, but when it really comes down to it many times it just becomes thoughts, words, and excuses without actions. Back in the good old days we were on fire every day!

Relationships. Ask yourself in the last 30 days based on your actions and behaviors would your spouse or significant other still be jazzed with you if you were still dating or would they maybe be like I don’t know. This one hit home with me. I’m now divorced…maybe that’s why😄, but after marriage and/or kids it’s almost like you stop striving to connect and it becomes more about surviving. It’s like once that ring is placed on the finger we stop trying so hard. This is one of the key concepts of this podcast. We stop doing what needs to be continuously done.

Work. Ask yourself if you were a new hire on probation would your current employer keep you on based on your last 30 days of performance? Again often we stop giving it our all. When we start off being hired we are pumped and go above and beyond. We’re like a sponge taking it all in and learning new things each day. We take it upon ourselves to learn as much as possible to contribute. Some where along the way though we become stagnant. We start making excuses on why we can’t get things done and none of it is our fault.

Health. With the wealth of information available to us we have a pretty good idea what we need to do to live a heathy lifestyle. Many of us have even had periodic success in this area, so what gives? We stopped. We reached our goal. We took off the weight or completed that upcoming 10kand stopped. It doesn’t work that way folks. Becoming healthy is a new LIFEstyle! Again, we can’t stop. Looking back at the last 30 days what specific actions have you done to live healthier. Is the food you’re putting in your mouth nutritious? Each day have you gotten your body moving?

Finances. In the last 30 days what progress have you made toward your financial goals. If you’re in debt, have you spelled out what that actual debt $number is? Have you written it on paper and come up with an action plan? What about those of you who aren’t in debt, but don’t really know how much and what you are investing in because work or a spouse just handles all that. I’ll say if you’re one of those that let your spouse handle it you need to stop that and participate. For one, that’s a lot of stress to put on a person, and two unfortunately they may not always be around and then what?

So you’re getting the concept. He also goes into using it to look at our growth in learning and peace of mind. This looking at the last 30 days of areas we want to improve on really made sense to me and is a kick in the pants for sure. The whole idea is to make NOW and moving FORWARD the GOOD days! And don’t stop😊

Peace,

Dwight

https://omny.fm/shows/the-art-of-manliness/stop-living-on-autopilot-and-take-responsibility-f

LAFUN on a Friday Night!

Friday night funness. My son Bob and I decided after going out for dinner to head down the mountain to Colorado Springs. I wanted to get some pics of some of the old motel neon signs for the longest time. I’m glad he came because a few of the places were a bit sketchy. People peaking out their curtains wondering what the heck we’re doing😄. We had a good time and also found some extra bonuses along the way.

Hope everyone is doing well😊

Sending peace and love,

Dwight

Good Morning to YOU❤️

Having woken up many mornings in my past with slowness and dread, I was thinking of many of my super heroes out here that might just be experiencing some of that today. It could be you are feeling one or many of these – worried, discouraged, scared, depressed, hungover, lost, broke, heartbroken, hurt, or just questioning why bother. I totally get these valleys we find ourselves in after myself experiencing all the above many times in my life.

I want to remind you at your core you are love and you are loved. This is where you must reconnect. This is the unconditional love that Source birthed you into. By reconnecting with love the light will slowly work it’s way back into your life. Move out of your head and move within to your heart and your gut. This is where knowing resides. Trust me. Start there my friend. You truly are perfect, whole, and complete. You’ve just temporarily forgotten this.

You are not alone. I’m right here reaching out, thinking of you, and sending hugs. I believe in you and know moving forward your days will be full of light. And so it is.

Trust, Faith, and Love

Dwight

Good New Morning ❤️😊🤗

Less is Now 30 day Challenge (Week 2)

Check out my first minimalism post if you haven’t already for a little context.

Guidelines – sell, donate

Day 1 – get rid of 1 item

Day 2 – get rid of 2 items

Day 3 – get rid of 3 items

And so on for 30 days

After 30 days create a blog post on your experience with some of the items you got rid of and how you now feel. Even if you can only get rid of 1 item per day, then please still partake. Start anytime, just has to be 30 consecutive days.

Here’s week two – total of 77 items

Day 8: winter boot/pants cover, coffees mug, plastic silverware, 3 can food items, a stand, and a doggie coat
Day 9: Grounding pad, old baking soda, oatmeal, 2 tea, coffee filter, lid, onion mix, and noodle mix
Day 10: TV, mop, dirty yucky container, pants, 2 pet bowls, 2 jackets, prayer seat, air freshener
Day 11: 2 pants, motorcycle helmet cover, T-shirt, 2 shorts, and 5 boxers (tossing🤪)
Day 12: 12 pairs of socks
Day 13: 13 items from my junk drawer
Day 14: 14 items more from junk drawer

Week 2 complete. Still have more areas in my house prior to heading out to the garage. So as I’m removing items I’m organizing a bit along the way. Feeling good, feeling lighter.

Take it easy,

Dwight😊

Happy Wednesday!

Just got done looking up what 💯 meant. Seriously, I do this all day long. And who frickin knew there’s like a billion heart emoji’s for all different flavors of love? I’m old school and just stick to the basics usually, but I may try to adventure out into this crazy emoji world. Please give me the benefit of the doubt if I mess it up. Hope you have a great day my super heroes!

❤️💯,

Dwight (Bamm!!)

A Cold Dark Night

I stepped out into the cold dark night all bundled up, reflector vest on, headphones playing Whispering Notes from the Insight Timer app, and was getting ready to put on my headlamp. As I shut the front door and stepped off the stoop, I remember a night probably very close to exactly 6 years ago.

It was just days before leaving the home of my wife and two kids. A night very dark and cold as tonight. It was the period of my marriage ending but still living together. The kids still didn’t know. This period went on for 5 months. Why we put ourselves through that hell I don’t know.

Well really I guess I do. I was hoping and praying we could somehow stay together. Well on that particular night it was late and everyone had gone to bed and I was out in my office in front of the fire slamming beers down one after another trying to escape into the fog. As I kept drinking I cried, I prayed, and basically twisted in emotional pain. My mind kept replaying the heartache over and over and to escape I finally stepped out into the dark cold night with just my coat no hat, gloves, or light and just started walking as I cried. I believe it was a full moon and I can remember it was snowing. I was beyond drunk and just stumbling through the snow for about 5 miles asking God why God why? I somehow made it back home and passed out on the couch. I think a few days later we told the kids and I left.

This movie all played back to me tonight, but tonight I wasn’t the same person. Yes my heart is still broken, but now it’s broken open to receive and give more love. As I was replaying that scene, I remember a word that kept popping up all this week for me – Free will. I thought how hard it must of been that night for God and my guides to watch me fall further and further into the abyss. Even though they had the knowing it was The Way and only way to reconnect with my soul; it’s still must of been deeply hard to watch their child suffer.

As I continued on my walk tonight I gave thanks to Spirit and my Guides for watching over me during this long period of regrowth and helping me shine from within. Tonight I cried again as I walked, but this time it was tears of joy, grace, and complete love. I am not the same man I was back then. I AM now a man with much empathy and love. Free will was the only way this could of come about. There are no shortcuts. Halfway through my walk I stopped, looked up into the stars, twirled around 360 degrees, and asked out loud “remember that night? – look at us now”. At the moment love wrapped me like a warm blanket and I even felt like God and my guides were clapping and we all shared a tear of joy.

As I approached my house and stepped onto my drive, the Whispering Notes music I had selected ended. It was a 1hr 9 minute piece and it finished right when I had RETURNED HOME❤️

When you’re going through those dark night’s of the soul, I get it…it’s hard to see the light at the end. All I can tell you is from my experiences is it’s there. It’s a new joyous light too that will having you giving thanks daily.

Trust Spirits free will. Do the work by finding and opening to your true self and bask in the light here and NOW.

Big hugs,

Dwight, Guides, and God❤️

Less is Now 30 day Challenge (Week 1)

Check out my first minimalism post if you haven’t already for a little context.

Guidelines

Day 1 – get rid of 1 item

Day 2 – get rid of 2 items

Day 3 – get rid of 3 items

And so on for 30 days

After 30 days create a blog post on your experience with some of the items you got rid of and how you now feel. Even if you can only get rid of 1 item per day, then please still partake. Start anytime, just has to be 30 consecutive days.

Heres week one – total of 28 items

DAY 1: A one year old instant pot I’ve only used once. I gave it to my daughter who is totally excited. This was a bit tough because my sister gifted it to me for helping her move across the country, so I did feel a bit guilty getting rid of it. I think this emotion will come up often, but the flip side is it isn’t doing any good sitting in my cupboard.
Day 2: Instant pot yogurt cups/rack and some instant pot grippy thingies🤪
DAY 3: See day 1😁. Yes, I’m getting a lot of mileage out of day 1.
Day 4: 2 hats, 2 pair of pants
Day 5: 5 pillows
Day 6: 4 pillowcases, 1 small blanket, and 1 backpack. I’m not cheating on the pillowcases…really…I got 30 days folks🤪
Day 7: 4 Toque’s, 1 pair of gloves,and 2 garden flags

Alrighty then, week one is DONE! I was surprised going through closets and bins and finding stuff I haven’t used in years. It’s awesome seeing the open space now left behind!

Hope everyone is doing well,

Dwight✌️

It’s a beautiful day! Let me show you around my hood.

Okay before we hit it you got to get your tunes on. Play that funky music.
My humble abode. The Love House.
This has been sitting for at least 5 years. It speaks to me…buy me…let’s go on an adventure.
Peace Baby!
This is Chris’s 1971 VW Bus. Just met him when I was out on the street taking photos. He invited me in for closer shots. Guys love talking about their toys. ✌️❤️
At one time this was the Maytag family summer mountain home.
Cute summer rental.
Town park. What a view, eh?
Dedication to my dad. We called him The Old Dog.😊
Neat mural.
Back in the day the old drive inn was here. Not sure if you can make out the snack bar.
How fun.
Big ass hill that always kicks my ass!
Looks like a cozy place to write or read books all weekend.
I dig it!
Yes, I like old vehicles.😁
On the home stretch…
Always nice to be welcomed home with one of the loves of my life – Mr. B … BoBo … Bubbee … Boris❤️

Hope you enjoyed the walk,

Dwight