52 weeks to simplify your life {SYL: Week 1}

by Debra Dane on January 2, 2012

in Simplify your life 2012

Welcome to 52 weeks to simplify your life (from the inside out)! If you are not yet familiar with what this year long challenge is please go read the longer post outlining the idea.

First let me clarify what this challenge is NOT …

  • a quick fix where you will magically wake up and find you are now where you want to be. Trust the process and don’t expect an overnight transformation.
  • a household management challenge. We will include this topic, but we are going well beyond our cupboards and routines.
  • a guide where I tell you exactly what to do every day like a prescription.

What to expect from the simplify your life challenge …

  • We will be going to the roots of our problems to affect lasting change
  • We will be using a building block method to start with a solid foundation and build on that over the months ahead
  • A judgement free zone – I want everyone to share their journey honestly and to feel supported. There are no right or wrong answers and there will be huge variations in how this challenge plays out for each family/ participant.
  • There will be accountability and support via a “linky” for those writing about their journey (or in the comments of my posts)
  • This is a collaboration – if some topics are ones you have under control please don’t skip those weeks. Instead I ask you to write your own blog posts sharing your journey and what worked for you. The more ideas and successes shared, the more we can all learn and grow.
  • There will be prizes that complement the themes (depending on what I source) and every post linked up will be in the running for random selection and being a featured participant
52 weeks to simplify your life challenge

What topics and life areas will we tackle? (subject to changes)

Who are you? (starts now)

We will take time to identify our values, draft a mission statement / family guide, examine where we are right now and where we want to go, create a vision board of some kind and look at happiness simplified

Inner / Mental Clutter

Time Management

Our Stuff / Possessions

Household Management

Health / Beauty / Wellness

Relationships and family

Money and work

Holidays and rituals

Reflection

 

How it will work (the nitty gritty)

  • Every Monday I will post on a topic and include a challenge at the end of the post.
  • A “linky” will be at the end of the Monday post and will stay open for the week. Those who want to blog their journey and gain support can link up a post about the previous week’s challenge (or any challenge as we go along – if you join in later on I want everyone to start with the inner workings first as that is the key difference between this challenge and many others)
  • Those that link up will be in the running for random prizes through the year.
  • If you link up, please visit at least two other blogs and support the participants. You do not have to offer words of wisdom (but share if you do), but knowing others are cheering you on can be a boost. Try to spread the love to different people.
  • There is a button in the sidebar of the blog – please add that and/or a link to the my blog or post in your linked post. (get in touch if you are not familiar with linking up)
  • I am on facebook a lot, but thought some of you would prefer to tweet about the challenge as you go so please use the hashtag #syl12 in any tweets about the challenge. You can set up a search for syl12 and easily track who is tweeting about it and connect that way. I am @findyoursimple on twitter and if you sign in with your twitter handle on comments here (only need to do it once) your twitter ID will appear with all your comments.
  • If you are not blogging please add your comments and updates on my blog posts! You will still get feedback and support here. (note: you can get a free blog and create one just for this challenge with no cost or pressure – I have created a post with answers to questions people have had about this)
  • Some topics will require more information than one blog post so I will support it in 1 or 2 additional related posts in the week. Some will be interviews, guest posts or resource information.

Week #1 Challenge: Create a list of everything that went “right” in 2011

At this time of year most people are focused on what they want to change, where they feel they failed or did not meet their expectations or previous “resolutions”. We will start in the same tone as my blog and this challenge – positivity! What you focus on will grow and as much as you are here for change I can bet money that you had some successes and blessings in 2011. Some prompts to get you thinking (you do not have to respond to each question – they are more a guide if you need a push to find things that were positive).

What energised you?

What made you feel happy?

What made you feel at peace?

What positive people lifted you up?

What filled your “tank”?

What worked to bring your family together?

What is something that made you feel excited to dive right in?

What did you learn (positive things)?

What are you grateful for?

Answer the challenge however works for you – write it out, journal pages, craft it your own way, do a vlog if talking it out is more your thing, show us somehow what 2011 was good for so you have a positive place to start from!

 

I don’t know about you, but just writing this post made me feel energised! I hope you are excited and interested and patient. I know many of you are currently stressed out, overwhelmed, lacking energy and time and many other feelings that are related to your current state of affairs. Please know that I promise to be here every week, reading your stories and challenges and I promise that if you stick with me for the long haul you will be in a much better place come December 31!

 

Since there is no linky until next week I would love for you all to let me know you are “in” by commenting below. Feel free to note your blog, where you are from, anything you want to share about why you are here or any of your hopes! Think of this as your community of change. Let’s get to know each other better.

 

Find your simple,

Deb

 

 

 

 

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The SYL button was created by Bianca at A little delightful (go check out her wonderful blog)

Be Positive is a painting I found online but the etsy shop has not been updated – contact the artist directly if her work speaks to you

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kirri January 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

What a banging way to start the year Deb!!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

thanks Kirri – your support is always appreciated and I know you will be a big part of this challenge with your insights and at least 1 guest post!
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melani lavington January 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I love this site…just what I asked for…something to start a new way of being …….just wonderfull thankyou for your insight to what i need most right now…consider me in..

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Madeline January 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

I’m in!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

Glad to have you here!!
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Wendee January 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

Hi Deb…this looks fabulous -I’m excited to get started! Was wondering if you’ve got this on Pinterest? xo

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

had not thought of that – feel free to pin away and share everyone. will do so too. Thanks wendee!
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Andrea January 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

I’m definitely in!!
I’m here to make 2012 count.
I am a newby to blogging but am going to give it a go at
http://mini-mumment.blogspot.com/

Gook luck everyone
:-)
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

Yay Andrea – I love that you already started blogging and connecting!
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Beck January 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

Hi just jumping in here and saying I am up for the challenge… looking forward to a journey of self discovery and improvement which will flow on to my family :)
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

Beck – that sums it up nicely “journey of self discovery and improvement which will flow on to my family”. One lesson I learned in 2011 was that all the change I want to see in my family needs to start with me. When I found gratitude it finally caused a positive shift with my husband even though he had been wanting to change for ages he could not do it. When I was the bigger person and looked at myself – boom – something shifted in him too!
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Shelley January 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

I am so excited and inspired by this project Deb, have been waiting for the New Year to see what you have planned! I’m not good at answering questions about myself and my feelings, so this is a great starting point for me. x
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

I am thrilled to have you here Shelley – i love your blog and think you will have wonderful things to share.
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KT January 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

Thank you for organizing this and including more than housekeeping! So grateful for this place of positivity, encouragement, AND accountability!! I’m in!!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

Thanks KT. That is my key point of difference and what I have trouble accepting from some other spots on the web. You can keep trying to get organised and declutter etc but if it is ONLY coming from an outward source (someone telling you what to do every day) I don’t see how long lasting changes occur. When you tackle the inside stuff and make changes there (or get in tune with your authentic self) then the other stuff flows naturally. decisions get easier to make, your tolerance for “crap and clutter” goes down, what you accept in your life stems from your thoughts.

Welcome! I am happy to have you here!
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Katrina January 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

Stumbled across this and I am in. This could be the year I get my stuff together!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

I am sure it is! baby steps and patience and I guarantee december will look very different to january
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Aleesa January 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

I’m in too Deb! I’m going to keep a time on how much time ill spend each week. Otherwise i’ll feel overwhelmed and then give up! Or get so engrossed forget yo “live” the life yk? Sometimes the first things that come to mind are the best anyway! Xx

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

Because I am breaking it down into building blocks it should be manageable. Some challenges could have been 1 big step but I refuse to go fast, so the steps will be totally do-able and build on each other as we go through weeks and months. There will be weeks that require more of you depending on your unique position and others that you already have under control.
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The Imperfect Housewife January 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

Yay! Am excited this has started today. I’ve already blogged about today’s challenge! Looking forward to next week.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

Awesome Katie! Loved your reflections and what you learned this past year- link up next Monday!!
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Jess WhoaMamma January 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

Oooooooooo yes! Count me in! What a fabulous initiative. Very exciting! xxx
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

So happy to have you on board jess! and thanks for sharing on facebook – much appreciated
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Lisa January 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

Love this idea, I’ll be linking up and joining in.
Have already started the de-cluttering of toxic relationships

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

Lisa – as I said on twitter you will have great insight to share when we get to the relationship section. Toxic people can be a huge drain in our lives. As cruel as it sounds to cut people out of our lives, it is like dropping dead weight so that you can fly higher…
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Cally Bremen January 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

Okay, I am inspired!! Something needs to change in my life so I don’t end up crazy trying to balance my business, 4 kids and keeping my relationship happy!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

Welcome Cally – I am confident you will have moments of clarity that will lead you to find that balance as it works for you! This first month will be important for you as we tackle values and what we need / don’t need in our lives.
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Kelly January 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

I am in. I am really ready to make my life better.
Thanks so much.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Welcome Kelly! Being ready is a good place to start …
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Meggan January 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

Havent done my update yet but will be in the next couple of days. Looks like just what i need to rebuild my life after last years loss and everything else we have going on.
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Meggan January 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

http://rebuildingabrokenmummy.blogspot.com/2012/01/52-weeks-to-simplify-your-life-syl-week.html

Week One challenge post :) Thankyou so much for the challenge, it took a lot of work to find that positive stuff but once i did it helped to let go of some of the pain from loosing my daughter last year :)
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Meg – I have just read your first 2 posts and am so happy you are here. My heart goes out to you and I imagine at least one or two of the ladies joining in will be able to relate to the pain you feel. We are here to support you!
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Kat January 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

Hi Deb!

I’m in :) Start of a new year, figured why not try something different and if it works to help improve where i’m at, then all the better!

Looking forward to the journey :)

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I like your attitude – open with no outrageous expectations! I think many of us could use that rubbing off on us! Welcome to the challenge
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Lyndal January 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

Just got home and logged on quick before my midday nap which is more than needed today!! All I can say is wow Deb – I’m so excited that so many people are on board (to think that a few weeks ago you were hoping for at least two consistent linkers? :P) and that you stuck to your vision and passion to start and mentor this journey for us. Looking forward to the journey with everyone – i’m going to set up a separate bookmarks and RSS feed on my laptop so I can keep up with everyone who is on board and follow on twitter a bit later also.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

That’s a great idea! I am definitely going to need lists on twitter, and a new group on my rss feed. I know i said about the 2 people and I was being sincere – I was really worried I would be on my own with maybe a few of the loyal HLSers on board. Now I need to sit and regroup as I sincerely plan to read all the blog posts + write + maintain other posts for those not doing the challenge. Need to revise my weekly plans (especially while school is still out for summer!)

Thanks for all your continued support and enthusiasm – can’t wait to read your posts!
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Heather Wisda January 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

I’m in! :)

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Welcome aboard Heather!
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Leonie January 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

Looks like a great start. So much to stop and think about already

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

take your time this week to reflect. Once you start focusing on what went right I bet you will start remembering random things from the year.
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Hannah January 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

I’ll give it a go!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Great to have you here hannah (and your kids are too cute on your blog!)
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Michele Rooney January 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

I’m in! Thank you so much for the support and inspiration!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

So wonderful to see you here Michele – i already love crossing paths with you on pinterest ; ) and reconnecting after so many years!
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Ebony January 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

I’m in!! I could not have come across a more relevant “challenge” for me this year. Good things are going to happen! Bring it on!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Welcome Ebony – love the enthusiasm!!
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Ebony January 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I have a blog! Something I never even considered doing but am so glad I have! Thank you so much Deb xo
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Amy Danberry January 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

I am so excited to be starting this journey with all of you…..

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Great to have you here Amy – I love the group atmosphere already forming – people don’t view it as something they are doing alone, but already see the others joining with them – I am so excited by that as it was my intention!
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Laura Grimm January 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

I’m in!!! Great start to 2012! Thank you!!!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Welcome Laura
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Cass January 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

A great idea! Count me in ~ Cass x

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Thanks and welcome along cass!
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LisaW January 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

I’ve been waiting for this post! I’m definitely in. I can’t wait to get started. You can visit me at:
http://www.lifeasweknowit-blog.com
Cheers, Lis.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

So happy to have you here Lisa – love your blog and can’t wait for your energy and creativity to filter into the group
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Robyn January 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Well…I’m in!
I’m at the end of a camping holiday reading this challenge & thinking this is what I want to do. I am in a relatively blissful place & want to do 2012 differently. I believe 2011 was a good year for myself & family & we have many goals for next 12 months.
Not sure about blogging but we shall see :-)
Now to just get back home & clean the camping equipment!
Rob

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I don’t envy the camping clean up but the “bliss” part sounds good – welcome along however you choose to join in!
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Jacki January 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Yay! Loving this post and how it’s changed my perspective from being glad 2011 is over to looking at the good that DID come from the year! Can’t wait to see what else we do!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

So glad that shift happened for you. It is easy to focus on the negative, but once we start focusing on the positive it becomes a more natural reflex.
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Hands Free Mama January 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Deb, I am so proud of you! I love this concept of simplifying one’s life, but not just externally, internally, as well. You are going to help so many people! I love how organized and well thought out this is. THIS is going to be YOUR year!!!! I will be cheering you on all the way!!!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Thanks for your wonderful words rachel. I will need your cheering, maybe a few emails and a virtual hug here and there I think. This looks like it will be a HUGE year indeed (for both of us!). I hope you will guest post for me one week – will have a think where in the sequence, but would be so grateful to have your wise and beautiful words added to this project! (just try not to make me cry)
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Bianca January 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Very excited by this Deb. Can’t wait to join in. So happy that the response has been huge! You deserve it xx
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Thanks Bianca – and thank you for all your support now and since I strated blogging!
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Jennie January 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I’m in a great way to start off 2012 :-)

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Glad to have you on board Jennie
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Michele Murray January 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I’m in!!!! Please help me enjoy my 40′s….

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I am turning 40 next month so am sure we can manage that! Isn’t 40 the new 30 or something (i feel 22 some days and 80 the others)
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Laureny January 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Definitely joining you on this journey! Thankyou for all the hard work you’ll be putting in :)
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Thank you Laureny – I appreciate your support and gratitude!
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Laney @ Crash Test Mummy January 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I’m in! I’m pretty sure some of the challenges I do this year will fit in nicely ;). Will add it to my new Challenges page on Crash Test Mummy.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Looking forward to it Laney! Does your new look on your site feel as good as a massage and a new haircut?? Wishing you great things for 2012
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Laney @ Crash Test Mummy January 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

The new look is refreshing, but I think I need a massage to work out all the knots from sitting at the computer for so long ;)
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I hear you – i have spent 3+ weeks straight preparing fpor today’s launch (mostly at computer) and my upper back is messed up again – my physio wil not be pleased. even alice said “why don’t you use your ball?” to rub up on the wall!) – we need a blogger’s discount!

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Georgie January 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Ooooooh. This looks great. I’m in!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Welcome Georgie!
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kim m January 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I am excited about this! May have to start a new blot to keep track.

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Kim – looking forward to reading your story and journey
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Michelle January 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I’m definitely in and can’t wait to see what the year has in store!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Michelle – I hope it will be a big year for everyone – less is more!
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Verena January 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I’m in … had been challenging myself to start the Vision Board I was meant to do last year so feel that this is the perfect place for me to have found. Looking forward to all the challenges and achievements I know we will find in this space.

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

That will be challenge #5 so we can do it together! Welcome along!
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Zoe January 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Thank you for doing this Deb! Looking forward to seeing what 2012 holds and hope to make life more simple. I just learned I am expecting the unexpected – baby #4, with a 1, 2 and 4 year old life already feels somewhat out of control. I am exhausted, feeling a little overwhelmed and wondering if I will ever have the energy or time to organize my life but with a once a week email and challenge it makes positive changes feel possible.

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Wow that is incredible! The best thing to do with that overwhelm is to pare everything back to basics this year – with so many little ones you will mostly be in survival / take care of yourself mode at times so focus on the special things like time together and committing to things that work FOR you rather than against you. There will be a whole lot of people in your corner here!
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Tracey January 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

So excited to join Deb! Even set up a blog to document it (never thought I would do this). Can’t wait for all the positive changes :-)

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Yay! I went to leave a comment but nothing there yet so I am your first follower on your GFC!
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Tracey January 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Thanks for being my first follower Deb! I have actually posted now. I don’t understand how to do the linky thing? Sorry to trouble you at this busy time. How do I grab your button and where do I post it? In my blog somewhere? You also said there would be a linky at the end of that week’s post so we can link our responses from our blog. Where is that? Sorry massive learning curve for me. Other people are probably having similar issues.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm

The 1st linky will be open next Monday – not everyone is quick to write their post (or may have preferred days) so the links will be for the previous challenge. So i post monday 2nd jan, then when i post challenge 2 on Jan 9th i open the link for people to add whatever post they wrote on challenge 1. so people then read my new post and challenge but go off to click on other people’s linked posts and see hwo everyone else did and offer feedback and support!

The button code is in the sidebar (on the right side of my blog) – you copy the code that is in the box, then you can either add it to your blog on the side bar or a page or simply paste the code into your individual SYL posts (while in html editor view). Email me at debradane@homelifesimplified.com.au if you need me to go back and forth with you (happy to help)

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Jo January 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’m in! This is exactly what I need to start the new year as I plan to finish it, positively!!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Awesome! Start as you mean to go on is my parenting motto and it really applies everywhere. welcome along
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Sally Gardner January 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

looks just great and loved this first post so I am in!! fingers crossed I can make all 52 weeks!!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Take it one week at a time and you will eventually get to 52 weeks!! If you miss a week or go at your own pace that is fine too!
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Leah January 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I’ve enjoyed writing in response to these, Deb – obviously a need for improvement focussing on the positives.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

will come and comment tonight – thrilled that you are diving straight in!
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Amz@nurturing progress January 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Thanks Deb for your genius in putting together a community of people who want to make changes in themselves. I liken it too working on ones physical, mental and spiritual self. I worked hard on those core values/ideologies last year and your project will keep me working harder to keep progressing. I look forward to remembering the simple things, being grateful for the journey I’m on and of course thanking you for hosting such an important part of my growth.Thankful is an understatement for this step but indeed THANK YOU :) xo
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

You are too kind Amz – thank you! I am so glad we connected this year. I know our shared journey to shed perfectionism can be tough but I have loved following along and supporting as you go. Can’t wait to read more about your values and your process at indentifying those.
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Kirsty January 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

OK, i’m in!
Scary start to 2012, new blog, new challenge but i’m up for it………..i think!!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Well you have started with a bang – LOVED your post today! Welcome to the challenge Kirsty!
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Kayla MacAulay January 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I love this idea and I am so glad that I stumbled across it in one of my friend’s facebook posts.
I am definitely in for 2012. 2011 was a year of the start of a lot of change and would love to keep going!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Welcome Kayla – momentum is a beautiful thing! I am happy to have you along with us to continue your journey
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Lysa January 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I’m looking forward to this! In!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Welcome Lysa!!

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Kerith January 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I found this through a friend and it’s exactly what I need…..count me in!!!!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

You all need to tell your friend’s thank you – so much word of mouth happening today it amazes me! Welcome Kerith!

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Mcmaddysmum January 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I would like to join in too!! Am really hoping to make some positive changes this year…

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Welcome – positive is what you will get! Even if you get to the end of the year and made only 3 positive changes that stuck – think about what impact that would have on your future…(and personally I am betting on more than 3 things changing)
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Bobbie January 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Hi Deb!
I am looking forward to joining in on this challenge! You have inspired me to change my thinking and be ok with reaching out for help with my struggles although I still have a LONG way to go. I’ve felt like all I do is read about what to do but then struggle to put any of it to work. This seems like an awesome opportunity to finally turn my life around as it coincides with the beginning of my recovery from PND. I am going to work on starting a blog later tonight once the kids are asleep as I have a real problem with my memory, a symptom of my PND, and I think that is going to be the only way to really keep a track of what I am doing and an even better way to connect to other participants!
Much love and thanks to you
Bobbie

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I love hearing from you Bobbie and knowing that you are on the journey of PND recovery…When I was aware that my posts helped you I knew that i was doing the right thing with my time. I am so thrilled that my own journey in this life can help others and in turn we all help each other. I would love to see you blog and connect with others – I think you will find some people not even as far along the journey as you are and they can gain from reading your words when you are ready to share! Much love to you too Bobbie!
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Kathy Kendrick January 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I am looking forward to your challenge! Thank you!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Welcome Kathy – looking forward to reading about your journey and getting to know you.
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Gaynor January 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Hi there. I’m in! Seems a great way to start 2012. I’ve never blogged before and not really sure how to go about it but who knows I could get really into it by the end of the year :). Looking forward to the challenge.

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Gaynor – I just started a status update / thread on the facebook page for support for those setting one up – at least 4-6 people have done it today alone and more are doing it this week – go check it out there and ask any questions.
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Becci Sundberg January 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Yep I’m in!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Yay Becci – and thank you for your continued support on the blog / FB page up til now. Some names pop up all the time and it feels like a small community already
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Lee January 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

A little guidance is always appreciated – count me in!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Glad to have you Lee!
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michelle January 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I’m in! Sounds great :)

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Welcome along Michelle!
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Marsha Bennett January 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I’m in! My blog is http://www.unomum.blogspot.com

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Great marsha and I love the meaning of your blog name – so funny!
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Tatum Nicholls January 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Hi Deb! So I am DEFINITELY IN!!!

… got my ‘wobbly boots’ on with blogging, but looking forward to learning and I just think I might get addicted to it :o)

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm

You will be old hand by the time Valentine’s hits – i cried almost daily during the 3 mo i built this site. one day you realise you are totally comfortable in blogland! (and welcome to another Brisbane chick – maybe at some point we will have a SYL meet up?!)
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Kristen @ {Me vs Myself} January 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I’m in when I can Deb! Will read with interest, and time permitting I will link up xo
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm

My motto here is Find your simple – it applies to everything. Your journey to syl will be different to anyone else’s and when something resonates with you it will push you from within to work on it (even if not blogged).
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Esty January 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Looking forward to making the best of 2012! What better way to do it than with an entire web-based community!!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Awesome Esty – and yes, what better way to do it? Look at all these incredible people all coming together! Each one has their own story and learnings to pass on – I cannot wait to read every story and insight and a-ha moment. I can’t wait to celebrate as each person breaks through some barrier that has been their stumbling block for countless years!
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Susan Nitz January 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Absolutely brilliant. I’m in.
What energised you?
My grandchildren
What made you feel happy?
The fact that I was making progress
What made you feel at peace?
I was able to do things which made me feel more in control
What positive people lifted you up?
Business colleagues, FlyLady, friends, family
What filled your “tank”?
Taking time out to pamper myself
What worked to bring your family together?
Functions
What is something that made you feel excited to dive right in?
A new project
What did you learn (positive things)?
To make wiser choices
What are you grateful for?
Positive people who appreciate the advice they ask for.

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Fantastic Susan – i love that progress is one of the things that made you happy – that is a fabulous attitude to have. So many people see that they did not make it to the end point and feel upset, but we should celebrate all our moves in the right direction (and be gentle when we take a step back the other way too)
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Tatum Nicholls January 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Hmmm, so this is my blog http://tatum-nicholls.blogspot.com/

I thought I added it on my first post!?! Did I!?! Like I said … ‘wobbly boots!’

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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

tried to comment on your post today and it won’t let me – i joined the site and it stil says i am not on the team…(congrats on the photos and button success in the meantime)

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caroline abrahams January 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I would love to be in this challenge. Not sure how to blog or any of that stuff so I think I might just write it all out in a journal. Thanks

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Welcome caroline – journaling is a great offline way to go (i love journals and pen and paper!). if you are interested in exploring the blog aspect though (as it adds accountability and feedback that might help) i started a status update on the facebook page and you can chat to those doing that now
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Peggy Saas January 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I’m in! As you know simple is my thing, I LOVE the opportunity to explore this further Deb. Brilliant!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Yes Peg and I am excited to read your wonderful and wise words – and a guest post when we get to the “work” topic!
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Peggy Saas January 3, 2012 at 2:42 am

You’re on! Let me know when you’re ready for the work topic post, I’d be honoured!
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Kirsty @mummytofive January 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I’m so excited its finally here!!! I cant wait to participate in this each week Deb!!
Off to work on my list for 2011!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I love that you are excited Kirsty – so many wonderful blog friends here. I know you will have lots to share about many of the topics we will cover!
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Posie Patchwork January 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Oh this is great, just what i need & of course, brilliant time to start it. I have basically quit all distractions in my life & this is perfect to refocus, thanks for the guide & opportunity, love Posie
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Awesome that you managed to quit distractions – i am working on that myself…So excited to have you on board!
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Toni Meehan January 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Hi there!
Beautiful idea, I’m looking forward to the journey
Toni

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Thanks and Welcome Toni!
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Aroha @ Colours of Sunset January 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I’m in! I’ve already drafted my first post, but want to reflect on it some more. 2012 is going to be The Year of Me. I loved your post on Dr Bron’s site too. I’ve just started a gratitude blog on posterous with the goal to post one pic and at least 1 thing I’m grateful for every day. http://coloursofsunset.posterous.com/ is the address.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

That is so cool – first i never heard of posterous so thanks for that heads up, 2nd i did not realise it was a leap year and 3 – love your set up and what you are doing! reflect and then share – am excited to see what you write.
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Maxabella January 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Whoa! Could not be more pleased for you, Deb!!! x
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

seriously Bron – crazy right? I thought about emailing you to ask about the linky but did not want to bother you – might shout if it does not work though on Monday (and i expect some of these lovely people will start gratitude posting as well as quite a few have mentioned it! so exciting)
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Maxabella January 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Deb, just email me again if the linky isn’t working. I can create it for you if you need me to… just to get you going!!! B x
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Debra Dane January 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

thanks – have not set one up yet – fingers crossed for monday!! am torn between two linky providers (sounds so torrid)

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Melanie Gay January 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I’m in! Have set up my blog and made my first post! Bit proud LOL. Hope it looks like I think it does…….
The challenge this week is certainly that for me – will take some time to think about it before I blog my response.

Looking forward to what else is in store – looks like a fabulous community to be involved in :)

Mel.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm

You did an awesome job Mel – look forward to your sharing!
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Jen Martin January 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Please count me in! So excited to have found you. I was already psyched up for a year of being genuinely mindful and making some real changes and now I will have a lot of fabulous company along the way. Will definitely make time this week to reflect on the joys of 2011. There were many of them!! Thanks so much for the huge effort you are clearly putting into this. Yippppeeee.

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Thanks Jen – nice to have you here – i can feel your positivity and it is always contagious.
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Jo January 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Wow Deb, you are off to a flying start! I won’t be joining in – I just can’t add another thing to my plate right now, but I’ll be cheering you all on from the sidelines and will have the bottle of champagne ready for you at the finish line!!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I will take you up on that champagne! maybe i can pick your brain for tips when we come to the “work” section since you must have some tricks and tips to manage as well as you do!
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Lauren January 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Hey Deb,
The idea of this challenge really speaks to me and I’m motivated and energised to get involved. As a mum of two little boys, the youngest six months, I’m excited to start creating an even more positive and happy life together. Thanks for all of your hard work in putting this together – I can’t wait to get started. BTW I really love your site.
Lauren

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Thanks Lauren – I appreciate the great feedback and look forward to getting to know you!
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Sharon January 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Hi, I’m in and really looking forward to it! I discovered a wide variety of helpful advice and different perspectives through the world of blogs in 2011 – I’m not yet organised enough to commit to a blog myself (it takes forever to read all the interesting ones I’ve found so far!)

One thing I would like to see is which country people are from (because I am nosey but also because we’re all in different seasons and that can have a bearing on how we are feeling and what we may be aiming for in terms of household and time management?) I thought some thing like (UK) after our sign off? what do you think?

Many thanks and sending you a great big hug of gratitude :-)

Sharon (UK)

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Thanks Sharon – I will mention that in my next post. Many people will be blogging so you can see where they are from there (many will be Australia, UK, USA, Europe with some representations around the globe if my facebook stats are anything to go by). Welcome along!
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Sema January 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Sounds like a great way to start the new year! I am looking forward to this.. But im not much of a blogger or a tweeter. Facebook and my email will be my best ways of communication… I hope thats ok?

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Facebook is my favourite and I am on there multiple times a day so you can connect with people there for sure. You can also comment on the blog posts anything you want to share and comment on those bloggers who do link up to connect via their posts!
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Belinda January 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I feel you are an inspiration for starting this wonderful page, I can’t wait to see the journey, everyone is going on together in 2012

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Thank you belinda – welcome along for the journey!
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Amy January 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I’m in!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

been waiting for you!!
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lulu January 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Hi,

Is this challenge open to overseas participants? I think I need something like this to get me into gear this year and make 2012 a great year for me and my family.

I am relatively organized but with two kids under 2.5 I definitely need a push in the right direction.

I also made a resolution to blog “better” this year. I can`t promise I will always get my posts up on Monday but I can certainly try.

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

It is open to everyone and we have people from all over the world. The link will open on monday but will stay open all week so whatever day suits you to post is fine – some people might make monday their “day” but others will already have stuff they do Monday and post every wednesday etc. looking forward to getting to know you!

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lulu January 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Thanks for prompt response! Will try to get my post together over the upcoming weekend. Have jotted down the prompts and looked a lot through your site the last hour.

Will add your button to my sidebar!
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Jane January 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Oh Deb, you’re such a gem for going to all this enormous effort to corral us all to make positive changes in our lives in 2012. I am *so* impressed and grateful for your kindness.

I’m ‘in like Flynn’ as we say in Hobart (do you get that reference?!). I’ve added your button to my sidebar at http://www.lifeonplanetbaby.com/ and can’t wait to start ☺. J x
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Thank you so much Jane (and yes i get In like flynn – must be a universal expression). I know you will bring so much to this group!
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virginia -mum/toddler/babe January 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

What a fabulous idea! Am definitely going to jump on board with this and make the time to do the challenges. Should be a great exercise.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Great Virginia – I look forward to sharing this journey together.
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Beth January 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I’m in!! I am worried about time constraints with my newborn but I am committed to giving it the best possible crack I can Deb xx
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm

You take it one day at a time hon! read along and do what speaks to you and what you feel you need to. No obligations at all and doing what is right for you is winning in a way (one lesson we will work through over and over is doing what is right for you rather than what you should do + taking care of yourself is a big part of the health section!)
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Andrea Chamberlain January 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm

So I’ve done it, blogged and revived an old blog I had. Wanted to keep Boxed Play blog separate. Really looking forward to being challenged and I know that you will be asking the hard questions. My commitment to myself is to see this through, 52 weeks out of a life time!! This mum is ready for change.

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that is awesome Andrea! and great to get to know you on another level beyond Boxed Play!
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Anna January 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I’m in Deb, will be updating on my site.
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Great Anna – so nice to connect with you through this. I think there will be at least a handful of BWers. I read your wonderful post but can’t see how to comment – is it enabled? maybe I am blind 9some commenting things are so hidden)
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Anna January 3, 2012 at 12:49 am

The comment link is up at the top of the post, just below the title.
Xxx
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Amanda January 3, 2012 at 3:37 am

I can’t see it either, Anna, but love the post, especially about the ice cream cone :)
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Debra Dane January 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

i still did not see anything Anna – sorry
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lsg1378 January 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I have made no New Years Resolutions … because I want to achieve things, and work through ME stuff!!! Count me in!
I was feeling a bit lost, but this will be a fantastic and inspiring guideline for processing ‘my stuff’
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

That’s great Lavina and I see you are creative…love the energy you may bring to the group.
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Melissa January 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I’m in! I admired many post from last year and can’t wait to get my teeth into what could possibly be the most popular linky of the year.
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Christine January 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Wow…I’m not alone :-) Thanks Deb for creating this supportive, inspiring, challenging and non-judgmental environment to help us towards being the best version of ourselves. I have been searching for a looooong time….. I am so ready for this. Thank you so much! I’m new to this blog business so will attempt to set something up so I can get amongst it :-) Happy New Year!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm

That’s great christine – there are a reasonable # of people setting up blogs for this so don’t feel pressure right now to do more than get up a basic blog and get your feet wet. i started a status update on facebook and some comments were added there. shout on FB or email if you need help.
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Amanda January 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Hey, Deb, perhaps this will give me the kick up the bum I need to post on my blog a bit more regularly! Think I might have to find a little place on there just for the SYL stuff. Exciting stuff and so glad so many are onboard with you already!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Saw you posted already – great Amanda!
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Mel January 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I’m in for sure! Desperately need some encouragement and a good old fashioned kick up the bum to inspire some change in my life – 2011 was a killer. Can’t wait to start. x

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

We will have encouragement in good supply Mel!

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Ali January 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Hi,
This sounds exactly what I need right now.
I want to jump on board but I do not understand how to. I’m such a dufus. What exactly do I do? I read that I can start a blog but I can’t figure out how to. I tried clicking on the button but that just brought up this page again.
Help please,
Ali

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Ali – it is almost midnight here and I am headed to bed – i wrote it out above but there are so many comments now i will email you directly in the morning and explain. no worries!

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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi Ali – I am drafting a post outlining all the how to’s for non bloggers joining in – stay tuned and i hope to have it up in the morning (must stop emailing and commenting to actually get to it later though)

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Jayne January 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Definitely in, Deb!
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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Great Jayne – love your bog and look forward to your posts this year!
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Kerrie January 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I’m in! The timing is perfect per my life’s circumstances… Thanks!

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Debra Dane January 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Glad to have you here Kerrie

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Nicole January 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I’m really wanting to make some big changes in my life this year and think this is a great idea! Thank you :)

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Abigail Schoeff January 3, 2012 at 12:14 am

I am not very good with technology, so you will have to be patient with me as I learn. I do not currently have a blog, nor do I know how to go about getting one. All of that aside, I love this idea! Last year, we had many ups and downs in our lives. We welcomed our 3rd child, our 2nd child, (with disabilities) began improving physically & intellectually, we purchased a new home. We also had some trying times & things were overwhelming. Needless to say, even though it was the happiest year, it was also the rockiest year. I had to look aat things in a different way. Once I began being happy and grateful for God’s blessings, my husband quickly followed suit. Things are more calm and happy in our home. I can’t wait to get started on this challenge!

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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 7:47 am

Welcome Abagail – gratitude is a great place to start the shift and i am sure 2012 will bring you greater change and peace…

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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

just posted elsewhere but I will put together a basic blogging post for tomorrow so stay tuned!

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Peta January 3, 2012 at 12:27 am

Hi Deb, I’m in! Reflecting on the past year positively sounds great! I’m a big believer in not dwelling on the past and having no regrets. I’m starting right now!! Happy new year xx

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Laurie January 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

this came at the perfect time in my life…Thanks!

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justine January 3, 2012 at 1:42 am

Looking forward to kicking off the year with positivity! I’m in :-)
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Alissa @Creative With Kids January 3, 2012 at 2:00 am

Hi! I’m in! On Creative With Kids we are using this month to think about how we can bring creativity into our lives this year; simplifying is one way that I know will really help!
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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

That’s great Alissa – I look forward to reading along as creativity is something I am desperate to bring into my life (i mention in my post today about fear how i let it stop me from being creative) Thankfully my kids are artistic in every way so they move forward in spite of me (i do supply endless materials and freedom to explore so they are happy)

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lydia January 3, 2012 at 2:03 am

This is just what I needed to start the year off right, I’m in!
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Dana January 3, 2012 at 7:32 am

Well, I’ve never been good at concentrating our talking about me. I’ve always put my kids before myself, especially after their father abandoned us over 12 years ago. Now that my kids are all grown up, I think it’s time I rip that band aid off and start working on me! I have no doubt this will be hard, but I’m in! The one thing I can think of that went right last year is that I was a good grandma to my adorable grandson. That little boy fills my heart with joy and makes life worth living! Thank you Deb for holding my hand thru this transition!

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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 7:44 am

Big hugs Dana – hard is ok though -at least “hard” is not “impossible” – you are already making yourself open by trying. This whole journey I have planned is all about reconnecting with YOU. I look forward to sharing your journey and am happy you have your grandson there to help you heal a bit day by day

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Siobhan Dornan January 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’m a bit late to it but I’m in! I’ll get caught up in the morning and get started!

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Debra Dane January 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm

not late hon – just in time xxx
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Amanda January 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

Ok, I have started a blog for this – even though I have NO idea what to do with a blog! But, my son goes back to school in 2 days and I plan to figure it out!! I have been wanting to start one for a while, but the thought was intimidating. Now, thanks to you, it’s done, I just don’t know what to do next. Just wanted you to know that I am following this! Thanks!

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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 10:39 am

i am working on a post tonight to share tomorrow about blogging for the challenge as a non-blogger! stay tuned – there are heaps of people in the same boat!

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Steph January 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

I’m right here too!

2011 was a fantastic year for us. Abi was born, my best friend had a baby and I found out a lot about myself. I feel like I grew as a person last year. My hope for this year is that I can continue to grow!

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Debra Dane January 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Steph i am sure you will do so – here’s to 2012!
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Bec @ Bad Mummy January 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

I’m in! You’ve got your work cut out for you with me though lol
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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 10:39 am

Nah Bec – those who have the most to change (in their own eyes) will see the fastest gains i bet! small changes can have a huge ripple effect. It is like weight loss – i struggle to lose 5-10 pounds while the guy who needs to lose 30kg drops the weight faster as the dietary changes he makes have huge instant results. when there is little work to be dine it is often done in such tiny increments it feels like nothing is happening.

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Lee January 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

Awesome work Deb. I am in!

What a massive turn up! You must be stoked. Congratulations! x
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Melinda January 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

hi Debra, I think this is just what I need to work through some issues and clear my mind and increase my positivity. I plan on blogging about it later today (but I am a bit worried about writing too much personal stuff on a forum like my blog).
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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 10:37 am

if you want to be able to be fully open and yet anonymous why don’t you set up a new free blog just for the challenge and only use first name etc. you don’t need to promote it outside the group and then you can link up for support without worrying who reads – you can be freer that way. just an idea since you are already comfortable with blogging (can be a free, no frills theme kind of venture)

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Kim C. January 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

I’m really excited about this. I’m new to all this, but stumbled upon Home Life Simplified while following Hands Free Mama this past year at the recommendation of a dear friend. It changed many of my outlooks on life, and I’m ready to continue to make some real changes. I am trying to get a blog started..I have a little bit of a learning curve there, but am actually excited about that as well. Here’s to 2012 and my year of positive changes!

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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

welcome – any friend or follower of Rachel’s is a friend of mine. I am putting together a post about blogging so you can see how to set up a blog and link up etc. hope to have it done tonight for tomorrow morning posting

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Kim C. January 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Thank you….not sure I know what I’m doing yet, but I’m jumping in and going to give it a try. Set up a blog tonight. Wish me luck!
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Rhubarb Whine January 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Yep, I am in. Found this website via chance and I think it’s exactly what I am looking for, and by agreeing here I am accountable. You may be my virtual kick up the pants. Bring it one. I need it, I want it, by gum, I am going to do it. (gulp)

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Rhubarb Whine January 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Yep, I am in. Found this website via chance and I think it’s exactly what I am looking for, and by agreeing here I am accountable. You may be my virtual kick up the pants. Bring it one. I need it, I want it, by gum, I am going to do it. (gulp)
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becky January 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I’m in. Starting the year with reasonable goals is my motto. Sometimes its easy to think we can conquer way too much. I have 2 wee ones and not much time so I’m going easy. I know this is going to be an awesome year bc I’m a lucky mama. Looking forward to trying this.

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Merry January 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I am in! Did start the year with “what to change” and “what to get rid of” to wipe the slate clean and to start fresh……I will enjoy being challenged!
Thanks.

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Vikki January 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I’m in :) Started a blog for it and everything. It was a rough year; thanks for making me focus on some of the positive, Deb.
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Kelly January 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I’m in too! As with some others, I have just started blogging & have lots to learn (especially with linking up etc), but I am looking forward to a better & brighter year with the help of this challenge :-)
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Leanne January 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Hi Deb,
I am new to your blog but am loving it so far! Looks like I have found it at just the right time in my life. I have a 4 year old boy and 22 month old boy/girl twins and my life is pretty chaotic as I try to balance work and family as well as find time for myself. I am going to try your 52 week challenge and am going to give up my daily ritual of watching Home and Away so I can use that half hour to do the challenges and document my journey. I know its tragic but H & A has been part of my daily routine for the past 20 years but it is definately starting to take its toll in terms of wasting half an hour of time that I could be doing something much more useful, like working on simplifying my life, starting today!!

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Cristy January 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Hi Deb,
I saw a link to this off one of my friends status update. I am so pleased I followed it!!!!
I have had in the back of my mind that I wanted to find a great balance between being mum, wife, friend, the great teacher I aspire to be PLUS try the blog thing!!!!!
I’m really looking forward to the challenge – so much so I’ve already created a blog (wow learning curve :))
Thanks Deb for creating this challenge I can see how it will help me and all these other lovely people xox

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Jenn Tuck January 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

This looks like a great idea!! I already started an informal list of things i was grateful for in 2011 so i can expand on that.. i have NO clue how to blog or find blogs but i think this is a great idea!!

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Chrissie January 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I think that this is exactly what I need to get my life back on track. I separated from my sons father last year, and also have started seeing someone new. My son and I are currently living with my parents while I get us back on our feet.
So I am definitely in! About to create my blog now so that I can get started. Thanks for giving everyone this opportunity!

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Debra Dane January 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

thanks for joining in – good luck setting up the blog – lots of people doing that this week so there will be a lot of “newbies” to connect with

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Melinda January 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I have just blogged about the good in my 2011 and already I feel much more positive! I thought the year was a blah one until I did this challenge and actually wrote down all the good things.

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Cate January 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I’m in! Got started just after Christmas with decluttering. Don’t care if it takes 12 months (or 52 weeks), just want to cleanse everything.

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Carly January 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Hi Deb – so excited to start this! I have managed to get about 10 of my friends in as well….. thanks so much!!!

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Lesa McKenzie January 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I have just written my first post to be a part of the 52 week blog challenge :)

Having trouble working out how to put your button onto my blog and not sure how I will go linking up but will look into this and give it a go :)

Great idea and looking forward to spending a year in the blogging world with some great people :)

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Debra Dane January 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Lesa – check out the post i added to the blog that goes into all that better.
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Steph Pearce January 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Can’t believe I have my own website just from doing this!!!!

Thanks so much Deb. Great idea and very exciting and inspiring.

Going to try and write about the positive bits of last year now. So nice to start on a positive.

Thanks ever so much.

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Debra Dane January 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I am actually in awe of everyone who has jumped right in and got their blog up! For some people that alone will be a huge change this year as they explore ideas, connect with others and find their own little piece of the net (i wish i had this when i had young kids…)
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Amy January 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I am going to give this go – my blogging can get a bit haphazard in a busy life but this sounds very rewarding :)
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MultiBlogginMum January 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I’ve just done this very first thing…
Looking forward to taking part in this and get things on track…
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Kimberley Evans January 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I’m in and done week one challenge. I wrote a note on facebook and set as public so others can read too. Not sure if this is the right way to do it, but It’ll do to start me off.
The link incase others want to look is http://www.facebook.com/evanskimberley?sk=notes#!/note.php?note_id=10150506549239063.

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Tat January 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I found your blog on http://happymumsathome.com/ and I’m in, absolutely! It sounds like a very exciting challenge to be a part of.
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Tat January 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Mmm, can i correct my comment – I found out about the challenge from Happy Mums at Home, I have been following your grateful posts as you know…
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sam January 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I’m in!
Love the idea of simplifying based on what’s important to me. Life can be full of so much clutter and just NOISE.

Started my blog to work this all though! Can’t wait!
Thanks!

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Sarah January 4, 2012 at 5:21 am

Hi Deb, I’m a couple of days late joining in, but, I plan to participate as much as I can. I am a huge fan of the idea of looking back and seeing the positive things from the past year. I have been caught up in ‘starting fresh’ and ‘getting more organised’ but you have inspired me to set about looking back with eyes to keep the things that mattered, the things that worked. I’m planning to blog and join in that way, but I haven’t started it up yet, and may not for a couple of weeks- finding time at the moment is a tricky thing for me. (will we be covering time management??!!) I’m going to journal until the blog starts happening, and I’m no techno-whiz, so some tips about linking, etc would be great!! So inspired by you, so thrilled to be part of your journey!
Virtual hugs for you!!

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Debra Dane January 4, 2012 at 7:53 am

Sarah – journal until the blog starts is a great way to keep track and still write and process it – you can always upload your journal entries to the blog after the fact when you launch it. We will cover time management in a big way – the difference is it will be in the context of looking back at what you already clarified in these early weeks and months (after all the foundation stuff comes inner clutter and THEN time management). Looking forward to this journey together!! thanks for your kind words hon!

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Chris K. January 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

I’m in! My first blog post to participate (2011 in Review: What went right) will be going live Wednesday morning EST
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Debra Dane January 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

That’s great – you can link it up on Monday and we will all visit – this is so exciting – thank you for joining in

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Elizabeth January 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

Joining in from sunny California! I know the power of small changes and hope that paying some focused attention can help me move forward on some things in my life and get “unstuck”!

Thanks, Deb!

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wd40 January 4, 2012 at 9:47 am

what a crew !!! count me in ! not certain I am up for blogging ,but, comments ,sure Thanking you xo

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Denise January 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hi Everyone,
I look forward to sharing and learning from everyone in this community. Thanks Deb for the challenge. I am super excited! Thanks for helping me to look at what went right in 2011 instead of what went wrong.

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Debra Dane January 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

you are so welcome Denise! I love the enthusiasm and hope through the group we can all keep each other upbeat and engaged – there will be week’s that sing out to you and others where you might lose interest or not want to tackle an issue – that is where I hope the group comes in!!

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MartinaS January 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm
Brie January 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Ok I’m in but a bit confused about all the linking up/having a blog and tweeting??? I am slightly technologically challenged ok massively challenged, is there any easy way to join in and follow this?? X sorry I’m so gumby

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Debra Dane January 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

HI Brie – I put up a post today that outlines how to get a blog and how things will work. you don’t have to blog but it adds another dimension as you gain connection, support and accountability if you want to follow the whole challenge. you can simply comment on the posts on Mondays or set up a facebook note each week that is made public as well – check out that post and have a think… Welcome to HLS!

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Colleen January 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Love this idea! I’m so excited to participate!

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Narelle January 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I am IN!!! This sounds fantastic. What a great idea! Love it. I’ve never blogged before, but I’ve just written my first post… looking forward to this challenge, thanks so much!
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Cass Henry January 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Forgot to note my blog for you…sorry! Here is it – http://livingecodirect.com.au/wp/
Haven’t answered week one yet…still in think mode, but will let you know when I have :)
Cass x

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Kate January 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Oh, I am in, and loving this idea! Thanks for letting me join in..

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Tanya Biltoft January 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Yes, count me in please Deb. My blog is tanyabiltoft.blogspot.com.

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Daniela January 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Woo Hoo have set a blogger page now just have to do first challenge! very excited and will definitely make time tomorrow.
Still not sure how to link your page did attempt a few times as per your great instructions but didn’t work. Maybe once I’ve written out first blog I will try again to copy & paste address. Here is blog page nothing on there yet! http://bpmama35.blogspot.com/. Cant wait to get started but kids really have to go bed. thank you again. Daniela

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Jennifer Reid January 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Hi Deb!
This sounds wonderful. I’ll definitely be following & will try to get involved as much as I can! :)
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Kirsty@MyHomeTruths January 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Hi Deb, so pleased this challenge is proving so popular! I will be in it and have written a post about some of the things that went right for me in 2011. Looking forward to seeing where we all end up on this journey – thanks in advance for being our guide!
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Elena Thurston January 5, 2012 at 2:38 am

I’m in. Not sure if I will blog or facebook or what. But I’m in. I need it. Thank you so much for organizing. I found you by doing a google search “simplify challenge 2012″. So thanks!
Elena

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Debra Dane January 5, 2012 at 7:29 am

Thanks for letting me know how you found me – I hope you will find what works for you to join in – you can always change course and set up a blog in a week if you find you are missing out etc. Welcome!

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Esther Ebbs January 5, 2012 at 5:43 am

Finally got here !
Do you know,I have never ever started a year thinking about what I did right, what works – only ever what was wrong or what needs fixing.
Feel a bit tearful now, as so much does work, I just spend way too much time worrying about what doesn’t.

I am going to do a picture with H tomorrow of all the good stuff from 2011.

Thanks for this Deb. I normally hate Jan. but the year feels brighter already.

Esther

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Debra Dane January 5, 2012 at 7:25 am

I am so happy to read your comment esther (had tears actually) – you keep focusing on what works hon – I do think the year will be brighter! Are you doing the challenge or was it simply this review of 2011 spoke to you?

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Esther Ebbs January 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Going to try to do the challenge !

Will try to set up something now so I can keep a journal .

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Vicky January 5, 2012 at 8:37 am

Have only just found this but are keen to participate. Great idea and motivating.
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Lianne Dawson January 5, 2012 at 9:59 am

I am in I need to feel more positive about things rather than focus on the negative

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Blythe January 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

I cannot remember if I have commented (that’s an indication of the fact I need to simplify my life!) so I am here to join in. I’m looking forward to writing about what was great in 2011. Thank you Debra!
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Tamara January 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I’m in!! About to blog now :-)

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E. January 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I need this so I’m in. I’ll start my blog post to tomorrow.
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Sonia @ Life Love and Hiccups January 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I am a few days late for the party but I am so going to be a part if this hun. thank you for leading us on this journey xxx
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Debra Dane January 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I have missed your light and presence so glad you are back online. i am excited you are joining in…

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Anne January 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm

How absolutely fantastic!! Thank you so so much for initiating, inspiring, motivating me and all of us to do this! A true blessing, divine timing! Namaste. Ax

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Susana EuDaly January 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

I absolutely want to join. I don’t know how to tweet. I hope to gain friends positive energy and insights. Infinite love and gratitude everyone!!!

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Melissa Pilcher January 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

I’m in!! I am interested in making good changes from the inside out. Quick fixes don’t work. This will be a fascinating journey! Something that went well for me in 2011 was a 30 year school reunion. I was nervous ahead of time, feeling rather unsure of myself, but after comparing notes with classmates I had lost track of through the years, I felt fabulous about myself (not frumpy) and proud of the path my life has been on thus far. I do need some fine-tuning, though, and help with letting go of excess possesions.

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Tegan January 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

Great idea! I will definitely give it a go!!! :) blog is at http://my-mummy-life.blogspot.com/

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Debra S January 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Hi Deb, Love the name! I would like to join in your wonderful challenge. I just wrote up a blog post yesterday about looking back on 2011 and trying to focus on all the positives. I shall write a new one for the challenge. Looking forward to the year ahead. Cheers, Deb

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Debra Dane January 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Welcome along Deb! It is sure to be a fabulous year!

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Bron January 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I’m in too! Here’s my new tumblr: http://brons.tumblr.com/ (still in set-up phase but slowly getting my head around it). Anyway, very excited to be part of this. Thank you :)

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Chantel January 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Am so excited to get involved with this! Fantastic idea and opportunity.
Joining late, but first week done.

Thanks

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Debra Dane January 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm

That’s great Chantel – the linky will open Monday morning – excited to have you joining in!

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Alexandra January 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I think I’m slightly late to start but count me in! Looking forwards to it :)

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Debra Dane January 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

not late – the first link up is Monday! welcome

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Pats January 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm

sounds interesting and definitely something I want to take part in :)

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Pats January 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

Yikes! I made my blog and now cant find it!! Can anyone help :(

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Debra Dane January 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

what is the blog name Pats? did you get a confirmation email or anything from your blog platform – might have a link you can click
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Pats January 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Found it – after starting a new one but I am going to use both – one for the challenge and another for My Journey. Since 2000 I have been saying – this year will be my year. So I am MAKING 2012 my year. So a brand new blogger here but watch this space :)
http://declutterbug2012.blogspot.com/

LOL any tips gratefully accepted. ps I have emailed you re the button as I cant get it to work on my blog.

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Jenn January 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm

HI Deb,
I found your blog and challenge this morning and have spent the day thinking about it and then spent this evening finally creating a very basic blog (hopefully I’ll learn quickly) to join in.
I can’t wait for the future weeks to be challenged, learn some much needed skills and hopefully meet lots of wonderful people.

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Debra Dane January 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Great to have you here Jenn. Something is wrong with your blog address though as it goes to the wordpress site/just pressed page and not your blog. I can see the name of your blog that you entered to link your name but when i click it your blog does not appear. let us know if you need a hand – there is another post about setting up a blog and few bloggers are answering questions.
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Debra Dane January 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

ok i just tried finding your blog with the name you gave and it does not come up in google and the email you used is attached to that blog name so can’t email you – check it out at wordpress hon (email support there) and let me know if you need help
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Jenn January 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

HI

Just changed a typo in the web address. Hopefully it will now link up to the blog (fingers crossed)

Jenn
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Debra Dane January 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

it worked!
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Sarah @fignutmum January 7, 2012 at 3:29 am

I am in, feel this is something I need right now
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Melanie January 7, 2012 at 5:05 am

Looks like just what I need to start this year in a positive way – I’m not a blogger yet – but maybe with time – I’ll just work on my postivie list first – thanks for the challenge

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Annaleis January 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

Hi Deb,
It took me to Saturday to get things together, slowly started blogging at the end of the year but didn’t think anyone would want to read! Quite honestly now I like to do it just for myself and if someone wants to read or share that just makes my day!

http://teapotsandtractors.blogspot.com/2012/01/2011-positives.html

Annaleis xx
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Amy January 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I am joining in!
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Aprill January 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

OK. I think I’ll do it.

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Madeline January 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Pip from Bub Sweat and Tears convinced me to join in!
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ann January 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Hi
It has taken until saturday night but i would love to join up!!
ann
ps i love your blog, only came across it this week but have been having a little look hope to have more time to look soon!!
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Nic January 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I’m in, bring it on! I have SO much change coming my way, this is the perfect opportunity to make some change. Just did the first challenge and so glad I did :)
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Bec Bourke January 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Thanks so much for the opportunity to be a part of this. Ready for challenges and changes, and loved putting all down in a blog! Great idea :) http://takingthetimetogrow.blogspot.com/

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Bec January 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Thanks so much for the opportunity to be a part of this. Ready for challenges and changes, and loved putting all down in a blog! Great idea http://takingthetimetogrow.blogspot.com/

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mumwhothinkstoomuch January 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I have started up a new blog for this, and just posted my first entry
http://mumwhothinkstoomuch.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/what-went-right-in-2011-syl-week-1/
Looking forward to the challenge!

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Nicole January 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I am in for sure! Going through lots of change right now, this sounds fabulous! Done my first post, loved the topic, thanks!

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Justine January 8, 2012 at 3:04 am

I’m in!

Actually, I’m a bit worried about the first post. 2011 was a very difficult year for me, and I think I’m going to struggle to find anything positive to say about it!

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Debra Dane January 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

Justine – they don’t have to be huge things – you can delight in small things like having fresh coffee when you like or some things in nature that speak to you. It is just an exercise to bring your focus to those positives to shift your energy in that direction. If you start with those seemingly small (and yet often big) things you may find by #6 small thing it triggers something you forgot that was actually wonderful or that amongst the awful things you can find a silver lining – good luck and be easy on yourself – no right or wrongs! – deb xx

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jlq January 8, 2012 at 4:06 am

I am in!

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Gwendoline January 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

Thanks for this, as I’d already envisioned doing something similar for the year and am curious to follow along. I’ve blended your questions with another’s here: http://ayearofintention.wordpress.com/

Looking forward to the remaining 51 weeks!

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Nic January 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

A friend suggested this, just what i have been looking for.

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Clancy January 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

It’s Sunday and I’ve just published the week 1 challenge on my new blog! http://waltzingmatildamadness.blogspot.com/2012/01/syl-week-1-52-weeks-to-simplify-your.html

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Kathy January 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Stumbled onto your website some how, looks like this is something that I would love to do….

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Amber January 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I am ready for week 2! I already blogged week 1 about a week ago!
Amber

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rachelle January 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Hi Deb, I am in! i have set up my blog tonight!

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Kellie January 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Hi Deb, I’m in too :)
Just need to work out what I’m doing blog/comments wise. Alright, so I’m committed now, boy oh boy!!

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yaga January 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

that so great and all your topics sound wonderful, exciting and interesting. i’ll be hanging around and am looking forward to share the journey with everyone!
love
yaga
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Tat January 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

I am not going to blog about this, so I’ll share my top stuff I’m grateful for 2011 here, is that ok?
My children
Learning more about myself.
Books. I came across some books last year that were really eye opening for me and I found pieces of the puzzle that I’ve been looking for for a while.
Being able to stay at home with my children.
Being able to travel to see my family in Europe.

Off to week 2 now.
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Mary Poppins VA January 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Sounds like a challenge too good to refuse!

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Teri January 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Here’s my response:
http://www.fiberterian.com/blog/2012/1/8/simplfy-week-1.html

Thanks for a great start to this challenge!

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Mary Poppins VA January 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

OK Here’s Mine! Ta

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Jacqui January 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm
holly January 10, 2012 at 4:12 am

I am in! I copy and pasted your list of questions to a “text document” and saved it as “simplify journal” so that I will be able to conveniently archive all my responses. Will the question list be the format for most of the year?

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Debra Dane January 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

Hi Holly – that’s a great way to record your thoughts. I have not mapped out the specifics of every week yet (just my thoughts and ideas) but there will usually be prompt questions to help people work through the process – they are really meant to be just that – a mind prompt – rather than a Q and A unless someone prefers to do that. Like this week the questions will get you thinking – if one of the questions leads you down a path to discover your words you do not need to keep answering questions etc Some people will just need to read through the words printable and things will jump right out at them – thereby keeping the process simple and not overwhelming. Whatever suits you though will be the right thing.

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Kerri January 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

I’m in! I’m so much more positive these days, but I always have a few little lapses here and there… This might be what I need to keep myself on track :-)

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Sue Crawford-Kawahara January 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Hi there….Have been on a journey for the past three years after the death of my husband…now finding myself going it solo with three young children. I, like Kerri above, am generally pretty positive but certainly find lots of challenges and find it too easy to get sidetracked. I am really looking forward to exploring many different aspects of my life and what makes me tick… :)

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Chris Rosete January 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I’m kind of excited by this! I’m in! :) But I can’t blog at this stage of my life. Too much on. But I will endeavour to comment and support.

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Louise January 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I’m in after thinking about it for a couple of weeks!

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Dan January 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I am so excited to be a part of this and that I have just completed my first ever blog! Looking forward to connecting. xo
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Debra Dane January 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Dan – i missed this and you have not linked up that i can tell. i will add it for you – next week make sure you add your post to the linky which is always on the Monday posts (whichever post has the next week # on it)
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Hayley January 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

I’m in! Have just created a blog and am looking for a direction for it, think this will be perfect!

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TracyM January 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Hi Debra
There was a a lot that went right for me last year. Yes, I too, was diagnosed with borderline PND but I see this as a positive.
I sought help through friends, professional and then, all the bloggers I have connected to through FB. I am at a stronger happy place now. I had already been taking action and have now lost 18 kg since February 2011. I am fitter and happier. I am thankful that I have an amazing supportive and loving husband who is encouraging me to pursue this strength both physically and emotionally. I know this past year is just a stepping stone to the amazing personal development year I will have this year.
Regards
Trac

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Debra Dane January 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm

fantastic Tracy – i love how you can see the positives that came from your struggle and how much good has followed on – congrats on a great year in spite of and because of PND – here’s to 2012 and all it brings for you and your family

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Tanya Biltoft January 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

Hi TracyM,

Good on you girl!! Are you doing a blog by any chance? Or otherwise, do you have an email address I could contact you on? Mine is tanya_peek@hotmail.com. You are an amazing inspiration!!

Keep up the good work!
Tanya Biltoft

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Marleen January 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm

A nice way to start a challenge with focussing on positive things.
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Beth January 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

Hi! I hope it’s not too late to start!! This idea is speaking to me!! Now to figure out how to start a blog and I’ll be good to go! Off to your “how to blog” section…

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Debra Dane January 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

It is never too late – you just jump in and you can link up posts whenever they are ready -just because a week’s linky closes does not mean you cannot link up that topic in the future! Welcome! (and there have been 25-30 new blogs formed so know you are in good company with lots of newbies figuring things out)

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Emy January 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Oh am I too late? I’d love to do this…

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Debra Dane January 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

It is never too late – you can join the challenge any time – you can start from week one and go at your own pace to catch up. if you are blogging it you can link posts up any time as you complete them (they don’t have to be separate posts if you want to do 1 catch up one next week or 2 and cover say the first 2 weeks and then do the 2nd two weeks etc. Welcome along!

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Steph January 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

I’m in…. scary as it is…. I’m in.

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Debra Dane January 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

welcome and don’t be scared – deb xx

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Michelle February 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm

So happy to have found this…although I’m a little late to start I will do it and catch up!!!! I too am scared because it’s a really big deal to have finally found something to help that I think is going to work!

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Jo April 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I’m REALLY late in finding this…but I’d love to join…even if I do have quite a lot of catching up to do!!

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Debra Dane April 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Welcome Jo – jump in and do it at your own pace. You can read along where we are now, but start from week one and decide what you will blog about. Others have started in recent weeks, some playing crash course catch up blogging several challenges per post and others are journaling it at home. If you bog it and link up you will find some wonderful women who have been playing along – they will visit you and cheer you on!

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Jo Abinett May 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Hi Debra – I only just stumbled across this sight and feel it has spoken to me. I’m a first time mum and a perfectionist. A terrible combination. I would love to join and realise I will need to start from week 1 to make sense.

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Debra Dane May 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Welcome Jo – just checked out your first post – feel free to link it up to this week’s linky (let me know if you have nay trouble) and you can connect with the other people doing the challenge – many have set up their blogs just for the challenge and not everyone is on week 20!.

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Lee V October 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Hello! I found your challenge yesterday, and though I know it’s several months since you started, I’m beginning it too :) Thanks for the great idea!
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Debra Dane January 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

HI Lee – sorry I missed this. Good luck and get in touch if you have any questions or feedback! I hope you have been enjoying it since October!
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Anitabeefree January 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

Well a year behind! But I’m going to do this for 2013.. Thanks for the great idea

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Debra Dane January 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I am looking at turning the challenge into a book (print or self published) this year including new information, worksheets etc. so stay tuned. Get in touch if you start now and have any feedback or questions.
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Ellysha August 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Can I still join this?

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