Week 35: Back to Basics

This year, I set myself 22 little goals to pursue throughout the year. I call them the 22 in 22. Once a week (or there abouts), I take a few minutes to check my progress on a few of my goals.

#15 1€ or less CPW for each individual item in my closet, less than 0.20€ per item globally

Last time we spoke, I was at 0.21€ per wear globally in my closet. Well. Guess what!? We just crossed that line to 0.20€! This little part of my goal, as long as I don’t add anything new, has been achieved.

The 1€ or less for each individual item is going to prove more complicated to achieve, but I’m going to work on it.

#12 Set aside “unplugged” hours of the day

So this is an interesting little conundrum. My computer, my faithful companion, is on its last legs. The fan is broken, so to keep it from overheating, I have to use it while it is precariously mounted on ice packs. I only turn it in now to record or edit the podcast, hoping that I can make it last a little bit longer.

This is in part why I haven’t been writing my weekly updates…I just don’t dare turn my computer on! However, I just learned that WordPress (which I use to write here) has an app which I can use on my tablet. It’s not ideal, because typing on a tablet stinks, and the app doesn’t have all the functionality that I have on my actual computer.

But it’s a temporary solution while I wait for my birthday/Christmas to roll around when I can hopefully get a new computer.

Okay. So what does this have to do with unplugged hours of the day? Well, using my tablet for fun stuff like writing on my blog: does that count as “unplugged?” I can’t decide.

In any case. Pray my computer holds out another few months. I would hate to have to go on another unforced hiatus!

#1 Connect better with the scalawags, according to their Love Languages

It’s the end of summer, the scalawags are back to school. But I noticed something fascinating that happened naturally with them in the two weeks before school started.

Whereas all summer, they eagerly went on adventures, couldn’t be bothered to play with their toys…starting last Monday (two weeks ago) they suddenly staunchly refused to leave the house and wanted to stay home playing Legos and Playmobil and little cars.

It was like their mental calendars turned a page and it was transition time.

We still had plans for them…going to pools, going out on adventures…but they could not be moved.

I understood that loving them according to who they are was to honor this transition that they needed to make. And aside from one teary-eyed moment two days before school started (which I will detail another time, because it was the kind of parenting moment I never ever thought I would have!), the boys returned to school without cajoling or I incident.

And last night, as we had dinner, we had a conversation that will stay burned in my memory as one of the funniest, most amazing conversations we four have ever had…hopefully the first of many. It was about a Transformers Extended Universe, invented by them.

I’m just guessing…because I have no idea here…but is that why people get into the parenting racket? For moments spent laughing around a dinner table with young people we kind of even are starting to like and respect?

Getting to this point hasn’t been easy. But the reward is very very sweet.

Episode 32: Environment and Ecology Sing With Your Feet

Talking Points: “Not on my Green Parenting Bingo Card,” LiElla is back!; Geeking out and going out green. Episode 32 is part of our series on the Ideal Life Categories, this week's theme being "Environment and Ecology." The series began back in Episode 15: The One About Our Bodies, in case you want to get caught up! Links: Learn more about LiElla Kelly, Death Doula, on her website and blog, Leaving Well…The Blog. or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leaving.well.death.doula/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=leaving%20well%20end-of-life%20planning You can contact Lily by email: lily@lilyfieldschallenge.com, or find her other work here: https://linktr.ee/lilyfieldschallenge
  1. Episode 32: Environment and Ecology
  2. Episode 31: Mental Health
  3. Episode 30: Contentment
  4. Episode 29: Commitments
  5. Episode 28: Lucidly Ever After

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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