Challenge Update: Week 17

After the confessional that was last week’s update, I am proud to report that this week should be rather painless!

Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet

Although the internet advertising algorithms tried to cockroach me all week, I put my blinders on. (It would be funny to count how many different places that rainbow dress has appeared, though…)

I have steeled myself against its wily ways. I’m back on track. I barely coveted anything and I most certainly did not buy anything.

Challenge Rule 2: The Inventory

I did the long-awaited seasonal changeover. Life-changing? Maybe not, but definitely eye-opening. I will do a little review of it during this week’s Ode to Mise en Place. Suffice it to say that there is benefit in doing a regular closet sort and that I even found a few things that can be rehomed. So this was not a waste of time.

Challenge Rule 3: Go-To Catalogue:

My seasonal obsession with wearing dresses was pre-empted by a rainy coldish spell. The good news is, I wrote down my Go-To items for the last rainy season and was able to improvise! Yay for not feeling creative and being able to take advantage of past creativity!!

Challenge Rule 4: Mise en Place/Plan Ahead:

No problems here. I have been taking extra care to practice what I preach, even down to making my children do Mise en Place as well.

An Instagram friend calls it “making a clothesman,” and honestly, I just love that expression. But when I hear my littlest one, in his perfect French accent say, “Mama, we forgot to do my Mise en Place,” my heart melts just a tiny bit.

Challenge Rule 5: Repair and Mend, Alter when Necessary:

Well, the bathrobe dress is going to have to become a bathrobe blouse. In order to do the fun bias stripe thing I wanted to do, I couldn’t get the length from the bathrobe. However, I modeled the peplum after a favorite wrap blouse my friend Genevieve gave me about a million years ago, and find that the whole thing is coming together nicely:

Not done, but definitely getting there.

To be continued…

Round up

With lockdown finally lifted, I have gotten back into the swing of my creative endeavors at full-throttle. Hopefully this hard work will translate into a pay-off in increased usable output!!

In Other News:

Although I have not heard back yet from the publisher to whom I sent my manuscript, I did have an information interview with the friend of a friend who works in publishing here in France. She gave me a some precious advice, and now I have a few angles from which to tackle the beast of getting this book published!

Published by Lily Fields

I am passionate about contentment. This is a challenge, because I am equally passionate about progress. I get up at 4:00AM to chip away at a solution to this monolithic problem: how to make progress on my contentment. Born and raised in the USA, I married a French philosophy teacher in 1999. We have lived in France since 2007. We stayed young and carefree until life threw us two curveballs in the form of little humans one after another in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Now I am a slightly older, slightly more exhausted version of myself, but with mystery stains on my walls and a never-ending pile of laundry.

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