10 Lessons Learned in 2010

29 Dec

1.  Sleep is necessary…I used to be able to stay up late at night and get up early running on 5 hours of sleep night after night but not any more.  I function better with a good night’s sleep.

2. Stuff is overrated…This past year I have worked on downsizing, thinking about each purchase before I make it and analyzing its importance and necessity.  I have purchased less stuff by asking myself  “What do I really want?”  Definitely less stuff!

3.  Overeating doesn’t make me feel any better..I’m up about 10 lbs in the past two years.  It’s not where I want to be but after working a long day and coming home late, I’m hungry.  I’ve overeaten instead of taking the time to eat healthier.  I definitely don’t feel better for eating the way I have in the past couple of years.  Time for change.

4.  Quiet is EssentialMy home is busy with two grown children and a grandson.  The TV is on almost from the time everyone gets up until the last one goes to bed.  The only way I can keep my sanity is to get up early before everyone else for some quiet or retreat to my bedroom for some quiet.

5. Laughing is good…My  job is crazy and can be really stressful some days but if I take time to laugh about things that I find funny I can make my day and others better. I’ve learned to laugh at myself.

6.  Learning something new makes you smarter…I am stating the obvious here but if you to learn something new you are smarter and you may just learn something new about yourself in the process.

7.  I am not a better person for watching TV…We have DirectTV with over a hundred channels.  Most evenings after work I find very little interesting to watch on tv.  Spending my time reading a new book , time spent writing or diving into a DIY project around the house makes me feel better or at least more productive.

8.  Less is definitely more…The less stuff I have the more room I have to be creative.  When my kids were little their favorite place to play was the room I had just finished cleaning and decluttering.  They would play for hours in a clean room.

9.  Hard work makes me feel better…I love the feeling of a completed project or finishing something that just required putting one foot in front of the other and sticking with it to completion.

10.  Life with a toddler is always full of surprises…My grandson lives with me and it is always a daily adventure with him.   There are times when all you can do is laugh like when the toilet was plugged 10 minutes before Thanksgiving dinner and you find what plugged it was his pacifier he flushed.


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21 responses to “10 Lessons Learned in 2010

  1. sunshineinlondon

    December 29, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Great lessons, Jeanne – sounds like 2010 has been quite a year of reflection for you and I wish you many more blessings and continued learning in 2011!
    Much love
    Sunshine xx

  2. Todd Pack

    December 29, 2010 at 8:29 am

    No arguing with any of these! Sounds like you’ve had a great year, gma!

    • flyinggma

      December 29, 2010 at 8:54 am

      Still working on most of them but at least I’ve started.

  3. 36x37

    December 29, 2010 at 8:53 am

    What an excellent list. Sounds like you have all your priorities in the right place. A very happy and prosperous New Year to you, Jeanne!

    • flyinggma

      December 29, 2010 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Maura, Can’t wait to hear what is next on your 36 x 37 list! What a fun way to spend a year. Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Linda Anderson

    December 29, 2010 at 9:46 am

    You do such a great job sharing your thoughts and adventures. Love the list! May 2011 be one of growth, love and even more adventures!
    God bless!

  5. nrhatch

    December 29, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Wonderful post ~ after reading Elaine St. James’ book, Simplify Your Life, I started to slow down and focus on what really matters.

    Stuff does NOT really matter. 🙂

    • flyinggma

      December 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

      I will have to check out Elaine St. James’ book. I have been reading just about everything I can on organizing and simplifying this past year. It is definitely easier to organize what you have if you simplify first. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It’s always fun to see new faces. Jeanne

    • nrhatch

      December 29, 2010 at 10:56 am

      Here’s an article I posted on it:

      Following the post are related posts on clearing clutter, etc.

      It’s very LIBERATING to live consciously.

      • flyinggma

        December 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm

        Thanks for the link. I will have to spend some time reading it after work this evening. I was just listening to a radio broadcast about prioritizing your day. It was great to hear her tips as well. Jeanne

  6. flyinggma

    December 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Thank you Linda. I’ve enjoyed our adventures at AirVenture and in cyberspace. May your 2011 be blessed as well. Jeanne

  7. Carol Ann Hoel

    December 29, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Ten nuggets of wisdom, Jeanne. Thank you for sharing. Three generations in one house is a challenge that brings with it many joys. Blessings to you and yours…

  8. flyinggma

    December 29, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Thanks Carol. It is challenging some days but the memories of each day are well worth it. Blessings to you, Carol

  9. planejaner

    December 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    amen amen amen.
    sing it, sister!
    great post…and may you never cease to learn new things about yourself and how best you thrive!

    • flyinggma

      December 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm

      Jane, you are such an encourager! Thanks for the kind words and I’m definitely trying to fine tune me in the New Year. Blessings, Jeanne

  10. JoDee Luna

    December 30, 2010 at 12:22 am

    This is a fantastic post. I went through your list and got ideas for my New Year’s Resolution. I also related with quite a few of your points. I’ve put on weight, reduced my “stuff,” needed more quiet, watched less tv, and learned to laugh frequently. I think we’re on the same wave length.

  11. flyinggma

    December 30, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I should have titled it Lessons I worked on in 2010 because they are definitely works in progress. I have to pull out my New Year’s Resolution list from last year to see how I did. I’m not very good at keeping them front and center to remind me what was I wanted to accomplish.

  12. writerwoman61

    December 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Jeanne:

    Just getting to your post now because I didn’t get notice of it in my e-mail…

    I’m right there with you on all of your ten things!


    • flyinggma

      December 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      I’m a little behind myself on reading and commenting on a few posts. I finally got home from work after 8 tonight. We are under another Winter Storm Warning for the weekend. Yeah, more snow removal.


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