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  1. heather hawkes
    December 7, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    good question. i think maybe for me it is all the stuff i “SHOULD” be doing, the stuff i am doing doesn’t seem important enough and i get weighed down and scattered because of all the “SHOULDS”. blecky shoulds!

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      December 9, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

      I hate shoulds- not only do I feel overwhelmed by them but they make me pouty and I don’t want to do anything!

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  2. Keli Gwyn
    December 7, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    Alicia, I love the term “piph.” That’s the first time I’ve heard it. Fun!

    I received an osteoporosis diagnosis a month ago. I’m only 52, so this was a bit of a shocker. I had to clear out some mental clutter involving my aversion to the e-word. I used to detest, denounce, and avoid exercise. However, when my doctor delivered the news, I made a conscious decision to jettison the junky thinking that had kept me from getting off my backside and venturing outside.

    I’m now going to Curves 3x a week and walking the other days. I’ve not missed a day since November 2, which is unheard of for me. I usually bail at the first opportunity. What’s made this time different is that I changed my mindset before I changed my activity–or rather inactivity. I told myself this wasn’t a have-to or a should-do. This was a wanna-do, a gonna-do. Not only am I working out regularly now. I’m having more fun than I would have thought possible and am feeling more alive and energetic than I have in ages.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      December 9, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

      Self talk is so important congratulations on taking such good care of yourself! How I think about things definitely affects how well or if I do it! Thanks Keli!

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  3. Julie Glover
    December 7, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    Love the word “piph”! That is definitely going to enter my regular vocabulary. I always say my house is clean, but cluttered. Flat surfaces attract piles of paperwork and to-do’s. Laundry forms in mini-mountains around the house. Children’s toys take tours and detours through each room. And yes, although small overall, I have a muffin top that I cautiously hide beneath untucked shirts. Clearly, I need to adopt a work-out and clear-out plan for the clutter in my life. You have me more motivated now. Great ideas, Alica!

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      December 9, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

      Thanks Julie- it’s on of my favorite words 🙂 I’m so glad you’re feeling motivated! Hopefully together we can keep a healthy routine. I start well but some clutter always trips me up.

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  4. Coleen Patrick
    December 7, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    Piph! Thanks for the smile on that one 🙂 I agree with you about to do lists, they are helpful to me too.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      December 9, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

      I’m glad I made you smile. List are so important! I’m sure I’ll write about them over and over- it one of the things that helps me stay sane-ish

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  5. Patricia Yager Delagrange
    December 7, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    The clutter that gets in my way is usually just household chores that can’t be put off. If I could I’d just write and write, just like you and every other author, but I have a family and they need me and I really don’t mind doing what needs to be done. It’s my way, also, of getting away from the writing and thinking about something else.
    Patti

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      December 9, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

      True- if I need a writing break and go do a chore instead of goofing off on the internet I’m more likely to get back to writing later. Thank Patti

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  6. timlobrien
    December 7, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    Life is the clutter that stands in my way everyday and keeps me from writing for as long as I would like. Bills, grocery store, pick up kids from school, coaching their sports teams, etc. Sometimes I wonder how much I could write if I just went off somewhere for one week by myself.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      December 9, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

      It sounds nice, but when bot of my kids went o school that house was too quiet. After years of constant noise I can’t function in a quiet house, but music is far less distracting then children.

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  7. Jennette Marie Powell
    December 7, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    I would go insane (and forget a ton of stuff) without my lists! http://Www.cozi.com helps me soooo much – if I think of something when out, I add it using my smartphone.

    I can relate on the body clutter, too. Never could stick with exercise until I found I could read on the treadmill. Now workouts are fun, not a chore!

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    • Julie Glover
      December 7, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

      I must blogjack briefly here and say that I LOVE Cozi. It has helped me so much.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      December 9, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

      Checking out cozi right now! Anything that helps with lists is my kind of thing 🙂 I work out with a friend so that helps- but yes if I was on my own reading on the treadmill would be the way to go. Thanks Jannette!

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  8. Kim
    December 7, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    I love your new word! Something about yoga makes “piphs” happen. I get them too, usually with pigeon pose!

    What gets me is mail clutter. Piles of mail that need to be dealt with one way or another. One of the best pieces of advice I got about mail clutter was “never touch the same piece of mail more than once.” I need to heed that advice.

    With bigger things that need to be taken care of I sometimes email myself, especially if I can’t get to it right away or it’s late and I’m too tired. I email myself a reminder and then take care of it in the morning.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      December 9, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

      I should do that- never touch a piece of mail more the once- great advice, not only do I shift it around I forget about it- not good.
      I’m glad you like my word- I could find one out there that explained small epiphanies so I had to make my own.

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  9. August McLaughlin
    December 8, 2011 @ 2:28 am

    I go through my mail as soon as I get it and file, address or trash all of it so it doesn’t pile up. I recently read a study that showed that scheduling time to worry, such as 15 minutes per day, helps boost emotional health. Since emotional wellness is pretty important for moving forward in life, I’m thinking of trying it next time I feel stressed.

    Insightful post, Alica! Looking inward allows for those epiphs (Ha, love it!)…which we need in order to grow.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      December 9, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

      August I hadn’t heard about taking 15 min to worry before- how interesting, I’ll have to try it. With my list ready so i can write stuff down!
      Hopefully there will be more piphs- I’ve been to sick to go to the gym, and the only piphs I’ve had are that I’m really whiny when I get sick.

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  10. Jolyse Barnett
    December 13, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    First of all, kudos to you for your efforts with the battle of the bulge. We’re in the fight with you, Alica.

    My life clutter involves too many demands and not enough time, which leads to my rushing from one activity to the next without cleaning up as I go. That’s how I cook, too. I make a huge mess and then clean only when the meal is finally in the oven or on the stove. I’d like to change that about myself. I’m having a difficult time focusing and finding things when there’s so much “stuff” around.

    Hmm. Where to start? I think I’ll tackle my TBR pile first. 🙂

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      December 19, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

      I think starting with your TBR pile is perfect.
      Time is a killer in one day you can suddenly have a huge list of stuff to do. And yes as you try and do stuff clutter follows- my room is a pit of clutter right now as I get ready for the holiday’s
      Thanks Jolyse!

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