Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 40 Bags in 40 Days

Oh do I need this. My basement is out of control. My closet is out of control. 40 Bags in 40 Days is an awesome challenge where you can spring clean and de-clutter but not all at once. All at once can be daunting. A bag a day is totally manageable.

Want to join me? There are some great resources here -

I am starting a little early (challenge starts March 1 and goes to April 15) and taking some things to the consignment store and to the donation box.

This time of year in New England always feels a little stagnant. Winter has been here for a bit and is starting to wear on everyone. Cleaning out and starting fresh chases out the winter blues for me.

Want some good news? The Daylight Savings spring forward day is March 12th. The first day of spring is March 20th. We are in the winter home stretch.

So who is with me? #40bagsin40days

Monday, January 2, 2017

A Pro Football Player, Supermodel and Me

The holidays and 2016 are now behind us and I spent some time over the break doing lots of movie, tv and book consumption. It was lush.
To start the year it's time to become a bit more serious and I am turning my attention to the study of a couple of books.

The first is a book one of my mentors (WWRD) mentioned to me a while back. Tom Brady, a pro football player who will likely go down in history as the best QB of all time, has a book he lives his life by. That caught my attention but it has taken me until now to check out the book and delve in to it.

It was widely reported that the football superstar and his supermodel wife got through a difficult time by following the edicts of Don Miguel Ruiz's book The Four Agreements.

In a 4 post series I'll give my take on each of the agreements.

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the direction of your word in truth and love.

The author is a gentleman who writes and speaks about the teachings of the Toltec. They are the men and women of knowledge from ancient Mexico who passed their wisdom down decade by decade.

One of the overarching messages relating to being impeccable with your word is that people are inherently harder on themselves than anyone else ever could be.
Toltec Wisdom should be taught in school, I thought as I was reading.

It is said that this is the hardest agreement to follow. Hang with me while I try ...and stay tuned for more from My Middleton Chronicles.

PS - I am getting back to my tv watching, pajama wearing last day of break now.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Microblog Monday - Let It Snow!

It snowed last night. The timing was perfect. We just put our tree up and put the lights in the windows. Waking up this morning it felt like the holidays. The smell of the tree was the first thing I noticed when I went downstairs.

Working from home has its benefits on a day like today in New England. If it stayed like this I'd be happy. The more snow we get the harder it is to get around and the bottom line is even when you have the choice of working from home getting out to see people is necessary. How is the holiday season going for you so far?

View from my office window.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

November Challenge and The Month of Change in the Rearview Mirror

Photo by Arkady Lifshits - Unsplash
December 1st 2016 is here and my self imposed challenge of posting daily on my blog is done. 21 posts in the month of November. I did not plan to post on the weekends so that means I only missed one post. Yay me!
I don't know about you but I have times in my life where I wonder what my life will be like the next week, month, year. I worry about the unknown. This past month was one of them with my planned job change and blogging gave me an outlet for that nervous energy.

One thing I have learned is that things you dread are often not as bad as you imagine they will be. I learned that pouring oneself in to activities you can control help you deal with the things that are out of your control.
I feel lucky, it all came out great in the end.

December 1st marks the end of something and beginning of a new journey. The timing could not be better with the new year one month away.

My wish for all of you is that it is a happy and prosperous 2017!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016


"If nothing ever changed there'd be no butterflies." - Unknown

I mentioned in some of my earlier posts that November would be a month of change. 

As it always does time flew by very quickly and it is time for me to take the next step in my career. I have accepted a position with another company and my first day is today. Wish me luck!

I am sad to say goodbye to the amazing team of real estate agents, managers and support staff at my former company. It was an incredible 9 years.

I am proud of each of the agents and of the office and how much we have accomplished. I will miss my friends and colleagues but am looking forward to exciting opportunies.