Sunday, April 3, 2016


So, this has been a long time coming.

a Reinvention for myself.
I've done it before, so I know I can do it again.

A long time ago I didn't used to be a morning person.

But now I am.

In fact if I ever sleep past 7 a.m. on my day off
I feel like I've wasted my day and it upsets me.

How did this happen?
Especially to someone who used to go out with friends and start their evening at 10 p.m.
Well, I decided back then to change my life.

I've done this a few times over the years, most of the times for the better...
But lately I've had so many things happening that it's hard to ignore the signs
that it's time to do something AGAIN... before it's too late.

I have read so many things lately, that have really hit home for me.
And things have been said, small, subtle hints and suggestions.
Which is good I guess because I've always had a problem with anyone telling me what to do.
It makes me want to rebel and go the other way.
I'm guessing it's because I grew up in an exceptional strict home.
Yeah, maybe that's why.
But that's not what this post is about.

This post is about listening to ideas and advice and acting on it.
It's about making changes, for a longer happier life.

I've been so fortunate to have all my wonderful blogland friends out there taking the time to
read my constant moaning about being tired, being poor, being overwhelmed.
And instead of moving on to the next blog 
so many of you have taken the time to be there for me and given me much needed advice.

Tammy, sharing the Joys of Less, and how to just BE and to always being upbeat and thankful for the Peanut on the Table.
Jean, sharing inspiration, motivation, and always having my back and cheering me on!
Sharon, with encouragement and financial wisdom and advice.
Vicki, Doreen, Kim, Connie, Su, Grace, Leslie and...Oh boy, I better stop here
before I forget someone because there are so many but....

So I'm going to stop what I've been doing
and change into who I want to be.

I'll  ALWAYS share my dog/cat stories.
and my ART but I want to share my journey
to a better life.
One without so much stress, less weight, more energy, no debt and some sleep.

It will be small baby steps
but one day I will get there.
And I'm hoping that maybe it will help someone else too.

Maybe there's someone out there silently reading or who stumbles onto my blog.
I hope I can pay it forward for all the goodness, friendship and encouragement that's been given to me.

So what exactly, you may ask, pushed me over the edge
and made me decide to wake up and take action?
Well... many many things but
my sister, who doesn't usually say stuff to me about ME because she knows how I am.
She sent me a text me to "Please start eating better."
Just kinda out of the blue.
She was worried I won't be around for long if I continued on the path that I was on.

Then the other day she asked me to read a book she's been reading.
A book about how diet can change and eliminate diseases.
I told her I would, if she would read the book I'm reading about clutter.
(that's a problem of hers too.)

So this all had a BIG effect on me.

And then, the other day I caught my reflection in the bright daylight
and thought instantly -What the Hell?!
I used to take more pride in my appearance

How have I come to this?

So I text my sister this morning -

She was at work so I'm sure she was very busy and I'm sure couldn't take time to write more
and she's always been a woman of few words
but the capitalization spoke volumes.


So that's my news.
and I'll be changing my blog up too.
Talking about stuff.
Stuff I don't usually talk about much.
Like -
Eating better.
Feeling better. 
Fixing up my life.
My style,
My home.
My finances.
All my goals and steps towards them.

I'm hoping that by talking about it here
I will be held accountable to not drop this ball.
I'm throwing out to The Universe and telling everyone.
I can't fail.

I also want to help others with their own reinvention
If that's what they want
or at least offer some helpful tips and ideas that I might discover....
and of course,  I will ALWAYS blog about my Art
and my pets
and animals in general
because the only thing that has remained constant throughout my life is
my love of animals.

Once again! THANK YOU for everything and giving me the courage to do this!
Change is scary.

At least it always has been for me.
But I'm gonna do it!


Gillian said...

Good job. Nothing wrong with starting fresh… I do it pretty often!

One of my favourite saying is “Don’t stumble over something that’s behind you”.



Vicki said...

Great words, Cindi. Positive.
Looking forward to joining you on your new journey.

And, you know we're always here if, and when, you need us...


Cindi Myers said...

Thanks for commenting!
Thank you!
On we go!

Cindi Myers said...

I depend on you so much.
You have helped me in ways you will never fully realized.
Not just here but via emails and now
I treasure every comment from you and go back and read them over and over again.
That is what I love about the Internet, the ability to connect with friends so far away,
Thank you my friend.
Love you!

Vicki said...

Right back at ya, lovely girl.

tammy j said...

we will keep EACH OTHER inspired!
this post is an inspiration to me.
as are you.
you just don't realize all your gifts.
it's all good.
we begin!

CheerfulMonk said...

Changing myself is one of my favorite hobbies. I'm happy for you! Enjoy the process. :)

Cindi Myers said...

Yes! We Begin!

Cindi Myers said...

I'm going to try to enjoy it as much as possible.
I like safe and the security of sameness.
I worry about messing up and becoming a bag lady.
But I will be brave and do this!

Elle Clancy said...

I am on a similar path, Cindi, so I will enjoy your writings, I'm sure.

I was catching up on my blog reading and saw that Squeak had passed away. I'm so sorry; you gave him such a wonderful home filled w/love, though, so that must be comfort.

Best wishes & here's to new adventures!


Jan said...

You are brave to be so dedicated to improving your life in ways that will make you happy. keep striving and you will prevail!

Cindi Myers said...

Thank you Elle
and thank you for commenting!
It's great to know that I have company in this journey to change.

and Squeak I try to just think about how lucky I was to have him for that short time
and put the rest out of my mind.

YES! here's to new adventures!

Cindi Myers said...

Thank you Jan.
I will try to remember that I must be brave
and just DO IT!

I just read about your friends passing...
I am so very sorry.
Life is so unfair.
You are in my thoughts.

CheerfulMonk said...

You don't have to do it all at once. Baby steps and enjoying the adventure is often the most effective.

I've made a big change in my life this past year. I used to go to bed around 3 or even 4 am and sleep in the next day. I've now switched to getting to bed around 12:30 and getting up between 8 and 9. And I'm doing a lot more exercise, including a morning MWF Senior Sneakers class which does some aerobic, weights, balance, mind-body coordination, stretches, etc. It really has been a big change, and I feel great. I didn't rush it, just thought about it a lot and took baby steps. They added up.

I love the idea of you sharing your adventure with us here. :)

Cindi Myers said...

I think you are so right!
Just taking little steps forward in new directions.
i've done it before, although not recently, and it lead me to make big changes.
i'm planning on sharing everything, no matter how seemingly minor, in hopes that it might be useful to someone else too!
I must say WOW! how awesome that you are doing all that exercise!
So cool!
No wonder you feel great!

CheerfulMonk said...

You've probably seen this already: But Juntilla writes so well, and it's a good reminder about baby steps, being patient, following our passion, etc. And especially about taking responsibility for our lives: "If you’re blaming someone else for your situation, you’re stuck." I've believed that for years and taught it. My version was "If you're blaming other people then you're throwing away your personal power." It's empowering and invigorating to focus on what we want, not on what we don't want. When things happen that I don't like I ask myself, "What do you want and how can I give it to you?" It makes me happy!

And I'm so happy for you!

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Bravo Cindi!

Reinvention is not only important, but necessary for those who want to live life to the fullest. When we accept the status quo ad infinitum, when we are unhappy with our surroundings, or relationships, and do nothing, we simply die a slow death.

You, my friend, are sooooo much better than that. You are strong and brave and resourceful and full of love and goodness. You can do this!


At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Cindi, I found this post so inspiring. Made me want to get up and cheer for you, for me, and for all who are slowly changing their lives for the better.

Your comment about the universe reminded me of a time in our lives when we (husband and I) were hoping to leave Washington state for a new adventure. We had transferred there 7 years before and wanted out, and we were frustrated waiting for job applications to come to fruition. Somewhere I read that you have to put everything out to the universe and state exactly what you want...then tell the universe you are open to whatever answer the universe sends you, as you know it will be for the best. I ceremoniously stood in front of our upstairs window with the moon shining in and all the lights out. I stated we wanted to be selected for a job in Alaska that husband had interviewed for twice (flew in there twice and we were sure he would get it) describing it in detail, then strongly stated we were open to whatever the universe chose to provide. Two days later my husband got a call from Albuquerque New Mexico (he had even forgotten about putting in for the job) from the person who wanted him for his organization badly and asked us to think about whether we wanted the job and he would call back the next night. We were sure the universe had answered so husband accepted the job and we were headed to New Mexico in 3 weeks. That guy turned out to be the best boss Bill ever had and is still a friend, I took 6 months off to relax and then got my dream job there. So the universe knew better what was right for us. And the Alaska job was never filled because that organization downsized and moved the office'll never believe it...Albuqurque NM!

Hope you will think hard about what you want your life to be in detail and then tell the universe one night and pledge to accept what the universe provides. I guarantee it will be the right thing for you.

Cindi Myers said...

That seems very familiar.
I'm wondering if you have directed me there before.
But I definitely needed to read it again...and again.
Thank you!

Cindi Myers said...

You've brought tears to my eyes.
I will do this!
and thank you so much for supporting me.
I get my strength from my blogger friends!!

Cindi Myers said...

Wow, You just gave me an Ah Ha! moment!
I do believe The Universe will listen and make it happen.
I forget that sometimes and lose faith and I have remember to just imagine it.
But to be honest.. and this is the Ah-Ha part,
I don't know what I really want "in detail".
Sure I have the bits and pieces that I want...
but not the whole picture.
And now I think that I've been dreaming too "small".
I need to jump out of my comfort zone
and think BIG!
OMG, Thank You!

shortybear said...

you go girl

Debby said...

You can count me among those you help along the way. Your post has been an eye opener and an inspiration as I face some hard decisions, too.

You can do this!!! I can do this! Good luck to all of us.


Cindi Myers said...

Thanks for the encouragement Shortybear!

Cindi Myers said...

Oh! your comment has made me SO HAPPY!
You are right!
You and I CAN do this!
We WILL do this!
I'm excited about the future!

leslie said...

oh, you dear brave one. :)

Cindi Myers said...

I don't know if I'm really brave.
I just feel that I must do this.
I must change.
Now or never!
I mean, what was I waiting for?
but thank you!