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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pour Your Heart Out: A New Direction

Two weeks from now is the ONE YEAR anniversary of Pour Your Heart Out! Trying to get some fun things planned! If you are interested in donating a prize, please let me know.

If you need more info about Pour Your Heart Out, see THIS post.

But, really, it's anything that YOU consider pouring your heart out.

Be sure to check out some of the links- you will find some amazing stories out there.
Again, just a brief reminder that everyone linking is pouring their hearts out and we should all be respectful in our comments. ;)


Here in NC, once it's March, it's usually spring weather.  My boys went to school in shorts and short sleeved shirts the other day. It's warm!

Sometimes cliches are cliches for a reason: with the start of Spring, I look to new beginnings.

What I want to do, what I want to change, what I have to look forward to.

A time to think about what in my life is good and to give thanks for those things and those people.

But, it's also a time to look at the things in my life that I could get rid of.  A spring cleaning of a different kind.

Things that take up too much time that don't really serve any purpose, things that drain me, frustrate me, piss me off: out you go!

It's time to get rid of the negative. Because I'm looking towards the spring, towards a new direction.

And I'm excited about it!



Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Oh I so needed to read this today... got an email last night from someone with whom I do not like to deal... it's never positive... I can't NOT communicate, but I have to work to keep it positive on my end! My kids were in shorts earlier in the week too!

March 2, 2011 at 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an appropriate post. I had a lot of things go down yesterday that caused me to have a very negative attitude. I need to just get rid of it and let it go. Thanks for talking to ME today!

March 2, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Has it really been a year already??? Wow time flies. Get rid of the negative for sure. I did yesterday. Come by and see...it's a doozy!

March 2, 2011 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

You better than anyone know that I could use a spring cleaning too...in more ways than one!!

I am planning on linking up for your PYHO anniversary...just have to think about what I'd like to write. Maybe another post that I'm a little afraid to...like I did last time??

March 2, 2011 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear ya!

I just went through all my facebook "friends" and deleted a bunch of people who I wasn't really friends (or family) with. Like high school people.

I was just looking online trying to find somewhere that is halfway between us - maybe for a weekend getaway sometime?

March 2, 2011 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Good for you! I'm a big proponent of spring cleaning. People and things that pull you down aren't good for us. Good luck cleaning, Shell! :)

March 2, 2011 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger The Random Blogette said...

I am definitely ready for some spring cleaning myself! Spring always feels like a fresh start to me!

March 2, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yesterday I unsubscribed from an e-newsletter that would make me mad every time I received it. For months, I've been getting angry every time I see it in my inbox. But I know the person who writes it, so I didn't want to hurt their feelings. For some reason, yesterday I finally figured out that life is too short to invite that kind of anger into my life. So I clicked unsubscribe. Boy, did that feel good! Now maybe I'll cull a few people from my blog reader (not you!) and my FB account too. All in the name of new directions.

March 2, 2011 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think that is why yard sales pick up in the spring. I am ready to open windows and clear out clutter. clothes and just stuff that we had to have and now sits lonesome and ignored on a shelf somewhere.. definitely time for new directions..

March 2, 2011 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I am looking forward to spring for those every same reasons but it will be a couple months before spring will start here.

March 2, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I can't believe it's almost been a year since you started this! Time flies.

March 2, 2011 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Oh, how I wish it were almost spring here, but in Wyoming, March is probably the snowiest month of the year! But that doesn't mean I can't start looking forward (though maybe not the spring cleaning just yet! Ha!). Enjoy the warm weather! :)

March 2, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Good for you! I love Spring! It is so beautiful in North Carolina. We already have daffodils blooming all around and I can't get my youngest to stop picking them....He brought some home from a neighbor's yard yesterday. I was all, "OMG! Did anybody see you?!"

March 2, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

Wow, a year already?

I can't wait for it to warm up enough here to wear shorts. Maybe this will be the year I finally find some that fit me like they're supposed to.

March 2, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Katina said...

Yeah! I am soo with you. I need to spring clean my life too. It is funny, I kinda sort of have without putting into words! Thanks!

March 2, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

What a fantastic perspective. I think I might need to do a little spring cleaning myself ... the kind without the mop and broom, of course. :)

March 2, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger KLZ said...

I actually need to tackle the clutter in my house that's weighing me down. Time to organize. Sigh.

March 2, 2011 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Ashley@LearningLifeAsLucy said...

I love this post and you know I wish I could have this attitude and STICK TO IT! This having trouble getting pregnant thing really takes a toll on me and my friends and family. I wish I could just let go but I just don't know how. You have the right idea about looking towards a new attitude! Maybe I should follow suit!

March 2, 2011 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

For me, spring means having a garage sale and getting rid of as much clutter and junk as possible. Now I only have three weeks to get everything together.

March 2, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Karen Mortensen said...

I love this. You gave me a lot to think about. Maybe it is not my house that needs decluttering. Perhaps it in me.

March 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Hutch said...

Spring really is the best for a good cleansing, whatever kind it is that you need!

March 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

Out with OLD and in with the NEW :D

March 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

First of all, I'm completely envious of the weather you are having. Still snowing over here. I too always feel that sense of new possibility at the first hint of spring!

March 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Macey said...

I won't have this feeling until close to May; the crap weather holds on for so long here and I am still in the duldroms for a bit. :)

March 2, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

Spring is a better new beginning for me that Jan 1. As the weather improves I start to get motivation that I just can't muster in the winter.

I hope you get rid of the negativity. Good luck!

March 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

A little personal spring cleaning...yeah, I could go for that.

March 2, 2011 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger MommyLisa said...

I am going to get rid of STUFF - there is too much STUFF in my house. Taking up space, serving no purpose. :) EBay and CraigsList and DAV are in my future.

March 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Oh man! I wish spring meant warmer weather here. Spring in SD means snow, snow and more snow. We get spring blizzards every year. NO FUN!! We don't get to spring clean until May or even June. :( BUT, i feel the same way about Spring...breathing in that fresh air, cleaning things out, and starting things anew. But this year...spring means just one step closer to daddy leaving....and I'm really struggling with it. I try to block it our, ignore the reality of the deployment, and not talk about it...but my insides feel fragile and vulnerable. It sucks!

March 2, 2011 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

yahoo! do it girl! i agree - O U T with the negative!!

soooo jealous of your shorts weather!!

March 2, 2011 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Ducky said...

its cathartic.... shoot did I spell that right? heh...did I even use it right? *grin*

March 2, 2011 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger TornadoTwos said...

Perfect time of year for this! Spring doesn't start here for a couple more months though :(

March 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger We 2 Bees said...

Spring really does bring out that need for new, I love it! Getting rid of negative is a great way to start! We aren't ready for spring yet, snow is expected Friday. But it's good to start preparing! Good luck to your "spring" clearing of negativity.

March 2, 2011 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Maude Lynn said...

Spring always makes me feel exactly the same way!

March 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Cheeseboy said...

It is spring cleaning time. The fever has caught on.

March 2, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

LOVE it! I feel it, too!!! Most excellent time of the year to get it going, in all areas. I totally agree and need to get moving on it myself!

March 2, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have so many different kinds of spring cleaning to do this year.

March 2, 2011 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Grand Pooba said...

I like your attitude!!! I'm hopping on board!

March 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Liz Mays said...

Negative energy can suck the life right out of us. Carry on with the Spring cleaning!

March 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Practical Parenting said...

I like the idea of spring cleaning..sometimes I need an emotional cleanse to restart and move forward in a positive direction.

I'm in!


March 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Yes I think spring is better at motivating change and a cleansing of sorts than New Years. Great post

March 2, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I'm so thankful for a new month, and a new season.

As I wrote yesterday- May this month be a waking of anything within us that needs to be roused from it's deep slumber; a casting off of all that has been cold, and usher in renewal, and new growth.

Hope the rest of the week is great. (And warm!)

March 2, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Cyndy Bush said...

Sounds like a great new beginning!

March 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Nicole @MTDLBlog said...

I love this take on Spring! Starting Anew! Purging all the crap in life! LOVE this and it's my new mantra!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog today - I clean up nicely - just wish I had the opportunity more often! :-)

March 2, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A good spring cleaning of the heart! I love it! You go girl! <3

March 2, 2011 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Gigi said...

I'm doing a lot of this too...it feels good, doesn't it?

March 2, 2011 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Tracie Nall said...

I've been thinking about that kind of spring cleaning myself lately.

Time to get rid of the negative and let hope and good things fill my life.

March 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Tracie Nall said...

Also...almost a year!?!?! That is fabulous!

March 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love spring. It is my favorite season for all of these reasons.

March 2, 2011 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

I love spring and the renewal of it all!

March 2, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger kc said...

Shell, can I just tell ya how much I love comin to your blog when I am feelin down and out...

Thanks Sweets!!!!

March 2, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great way to look at spring. Wonderful post Shell.

March 2, 2011 at 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, there's a reason they call it 'spring cleaning.' I totally know what you mean. The change of seasons is a great motivation, whether it's mentally or physcially, to clean house.

March 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

and I cheers ya to that! ;)

March 2, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Wow...hard to believe its almost a year! Congratulations!!!

I need to do some spring cleaning in a lot of areas.

March 2, 2011 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

That is what I love about Spring...the mood it puts me in to just get rid of stuff!

March 3, 2011 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

I feel the same way! It's Spring Cleaning time and not just the house. It's time to reevaluate life and what needs to go.

March 3, 2011 at 1:45 AM  
Blogger Renegades said...

I think it's good to pitch stuff it leaves a person feeling renewed.

March 3, 2011 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger LisaDay said...

Getting rid of negative is only a good thing.

Thank you by the way. Your comment on my blog is exactly why I don't shower in the morning.

Congrats on the one-year ann.


March 3, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger mypixieblog said...

Okay first things first: how in the hell have you only been doing this for a year? You are such an inspiration to us all :)

I love this time of year for many of the same reasons you do. There's something about the changing of the seasons (especially after experiencing such a long winter!) that excites me and reminds me of what's still to come. Time for change. Time for new beginnings.

It's wonderful to read about your excitement as well :)

March 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It's much easier to spring clean closets than spring clean negativity, don't you think? But go get em for trying.

March 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Galit Breen said...

Shell, YES! this is so spot on! Focusing on the GOOD and removing the BAD- sounds so very simple, but it's a skill! And you my friend? Mastered and SHARED it right here. Now *that's* somethin'! XO

March 3, 2011 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

a spring cleaning of life..yes...good idea...
and maybe of FB "friends" that I don't speak to? hmmm..

March 3, 2011 at 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

I am totally on board with you on that. So looking forward to a good spring purging ;)

March 3, 2011 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great post. I just did some FB spring cleaning. It's good to get rid of the negative now & then.

March 6, 2011 at 9:32 AM  

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