Monday, June 23, 2014

Motivation Monday - Feeling Overwhelmed

As I mentioned, I "bought out" an estate.  I decided to have a sale here at the farm.  I use to have a shop here that was open 4 days a month.  I haven't had a sale here since 2005.  Since that time, my shop has hosted many "parties" - we put a t.v. out there, video games, chairs, etc. - the girl's friends loved it.   I hosted 4-H project days, graduation parties and Thanksgiving dinner out there.   Mostly, however these past 2 years it has become over run with stuff.  When I didn't know what to do with something - out there it went.  After a show and I didn't want stuff to go out in the pole building - out there it went.  When I bought out an estate and was working on pricing stuff - out there it went.  When I went to an auction and ran out of room - out there it went.  I think you get the picture.  It was a sty...a pigsty...something you would see on the show "hoarders."  More than one person has said "I'm calling Mike and Frank from American Pickers."  Ya Ya...I know, I will clean it out!

Something - life - seemed to come first.  It was just too overwhelming to even start.  I've posted pictures of my "stash" before - this was my shop as of last Monday.

I originally thought that I would just set up some tents in our yard and have the sale under there.  Because, that would be easier?!?  Well, we have had some strong winds and rain lately.  Al said to me last weekend that he thought it would be better to just clean out my shop and have the sale in there.  Really?  It just seemed like too much work.  I already told people that I was doing it.  I posted things on my business FB page.  I HAD to do it.  

It took me ALL week to do it.  First I had to clean out an area in my pole building to put the stuff in my shop - shuffle, shuffle, shuffle.  However, with the help of my great-nephew, Caleb, we were able to take (don't ask how many...) trailer loads out to make room for the estate.  I woke this morning so pleased with myself that I actually did it!   Now, I don't want it to get that way again!  Maybe I should print off these pictures and tape them to the door to my shop to remind me of this mess.  

This is what it looks like today 

I don't have all the smalls from the estate in there yet, but at least I have a clean slate to work from.  Thank you Al, Caleb and the Lord for helping me get this far in 1 week.  I feel so much better about myself.  

So, this Monday, if you are overwhelmed with something and everyone is, just get started on "fixing" it.  It was unimaginable to me last Monday to be at the point I am this Monday.  What it took, was determination, encouragement and hard work.  The reward of how I feel about myself today was so worth all the hard work.  Feeling good is a motivator in it's self.  Good luck!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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