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Don’t feed your cats at 5:00 a.m. and other bad habits you don’t want to start

Every morning since January 1st of this year, I have been waking up at 5:00 a.m. to write. As soon as I wake up I go the bathroom and feed the cats. If I don’ t feed the cats, they walk on my keyboard while I am typing.

Thankfully WordPress asks me, when a cat steps on the delete button, “The changes you made will be lost if you navigate away from this page. Are you sure you want to leave this page?”

On the rare day when I don’t wake up at 5:00 a.m., the cats scratch the rug in front of my bedroom door. The carpet is shredded by the door frame.

Fresh Start: An interview with Author Sandy Kreps

Is your house a mess? Do you know where you put your favorite pie plate? Do you know how many pairs of socks you own? Are you scared to get up in the middle of the night and walk to the bathroom in case you get lost in piles of old magazines and newspapers?

Do you need a fresh start? Sandy Kreps will have you walking safely to the bathroom in only 31 days with her book Fresh Start: 31 Days to Simplify, Declutter and Rein in the Chaos.

Kreps was kind enough to take a few minutes away from scrubbing her kitchen floor to answer a few questions…

Your future is whatever you make it

The future starts today, not tomorrow.

John Paul II

I wonder what would my life be like if I had listened to my friend Sheryl and not gone to the Atsugi Naval Base in Japan, on January 26th, 1990. I wouldn’t be sitting here in Pennsylvania typing on my computer. I wouldn’t have met Nick Hodges, an officer and a gentleman and married him. I wouldn’t have my three children.

Who do you listen to? Mark Twain, Picasso or Charles Dickens?

Milk has to be put back in the refrigerator or it will go rotten and left-over cooked chicken has to be put in the refrigerator so you don’t poison your family when you serve it again. You don’t have to put your hammer away. You can set it down on the table after you use it.

To the Uncle I never met – I remember you

My mother remembers the last time she saw her Uncle Edward. He was home from basic training to see his family before he left to fight in Europe in the Second World War. He was wearing his uniform. He held her hand as they walked down main street. He bought her an ice-cream cone. He was 25, she was nine.

“And, that’s the last time I ever saw him.”

Are you kinder to your dog than to your husband?

My dog Martha was sick yesterday. She vomited on the carpet upstairs, twice. And she vomited in the basement three times. She looked sad.

I was looking for her vaccination records to take her to veterinarian when my daughter ran in the house from outside.

“Mom, Martha just pooped. It looks really weird.”

Attack your bad habits – become The Incredible Hulk of self-discipline

How are you doing with your bad habits? You said you wanted to write every day. Are you? Are you hitting the snooze button instead of waking up early?

I have been waking up early and writing. Oh great. Here I am questioning your ability to maintain good habits. And then I brag, “Hey look at me. I can get up early and write a daily blog post.”

But, now it is confession time.

What view do you want me to see?

All of my cupboard doors are closed. I will let you come in my kitchen and visit. I will serve you tea or coffee. Don’t open the cupboard door. Do not look at the what I have hidden.

I will not show you the spice cupboard where I spilled cornstarch six months ago. I haven’t cleaned up the mess yet.

Is it possible to choose happiness?

My friend Shelley Dupont wrote a story, Julia and the Field Day, about a seven grade girl with special needs. Mrs. Dupont was assigned to Julia as a teachers aid during a 7th grade Field Day.

Julie said to Mrs. Dupont, ” Mrs. D, let’s be happy.”

Julie was happy. She didn’t whine, complain or compare herself to the other students. She was happy.

Mike Jeffries looks at the outward appearance – God looks at the heart

When you go into a store to buy clothes, you choose clothes that will fit you. You try on clothes that are your size.

A person who wears an extra small is not more valuable than a person who wears an extra large. Tall, short, thin, fat, small, large. The outward appearance doesn’t show the heart.