Friday, January 4, 2013

FlyLady - Pagan Style - BabySteps Day 4

For those of you who don't know what FlyLady is, it's an inspirational website designed to help you clean and de-clutter your home and your life. It helps you create routines that work for you, your lifestyle & your family to help housekeeping become stress-free and something you just do naturally and daily rather than something you put off until the last minute and then stress about when you have company coming over.

I have felt for awhile now that many aspects of the FlyLady program can be applied in spiritual ways to those who consider themselves, Neo-Pagans, Kitchen Witches, Hearth Witches, Green Witches, etc. I will be going over some FlyLady basics here in my blog and writing about how they can be seen as a spiritual thing; not just a house-cleaning and organizing thing! If you missed it, check out my post called "FlyLady - Pagan Style; Welcome Letter"

When you start with FlyLady, there are 31 days of "Baby Steps" to help you slowly start to integrate small changes into your daily routines. It's about developing habits and changing your mind-set to a positive one!

BabySteps Day 4;
Keep Doing What You have been doing!
Get dressed to shoes when you get up!
Keep your Sink Shining!
Write notes to hang above your sink and in your bathroom to remind you to do these things!

(see FlyLady's Day 4 Lesson HERE)

Day 4 we continue to reinforce the habits we have already started, getting dressed to shoes, and keeping our sink shining!  We also begin a new habit; writing things down!  Writing down your goals and putting the notes or reminders in a place we will see them is our way of holding ourselves accountable.  You might be embarrassed to have a note to yourself above your sink where your family will see it.  Think of it this way... if you have a note to yourself to keep the sink shining, and your family sees it, and then they see you NOT keeping the sink shining, that will be pretty embarrassing too!  But if you have a note on the wall, and your sink stays nice and shiny all week... if anyone says anything to tease you about your note to yourself... you can point out; "Hey, it works, and don't tell me you don't love how the sink has been shining all week!"

Writing things down and looking at your reminders is the beginning of creating a "Control Journal".  Your "Control Journal" isn't something here to control you, so don't let the name of it scare you off.  Think of it this way; in an Airport there are many different important things that need to be done.  There is a "control room", or "Control Tower" where some very important people work to keep things running smoothly, giving guidelines, take-off and landing schedules, etc.  Your Control Journal is like the Command Center for how you run your home.  Don't worry too much just yet about building your control journal.... first we just develop the habit of writing things down and checking our reminders!

From a Pagan Perspective, we know that both spoken words and written words have great power.  Magickal symbols, runes, sigils, etc help us embrace and capture certain energies.  Your "Control Journal" will be like your "Household Book of Shadows", especially as you learn that the simplest of things; like shining your sink or sweeping your floor, can be just as magickal as an advanced ritual!  For now, think about any symbols you would like to add to your notes to help remind you of success and positivity!  You may choose to add a symbol of the Sun, for energy, motivation, and willpower.  You might choose a rune to symbolize Victory, home, positive change, etc... whatever you feel drawn to add to your note!

You may also want to write down an affirmation, to remind yourself to stay positive and not be so hard on yourself!  Or simply write F.L.Y. - you know what it means, and just seeing the reminder that these baby steps are the first steps to Finally Loving Yourself may help as a reminder to be more loving to yourself on a daily basis!
Day 4!  You're doing great!  Keep it up and continue to meditate with these affirmations daily along with reinforcing your new routines!  By the end of this month, (or sooner) you will have these affirmations memorized and thinking more positive loving thoughts to yourself will also be a habit and come much more easily!

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