Walk, Bike, Pogo This Way!

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Last week I walked to work and it felt great. Yesterday, I rode my bike to work  and I could not stop smiling! I felt like a kid again! What I am trying to get at, is this Things To Do Thursday, try getting somewhere, anywhere, differently.

Here are some options:

Walk – The great part about walking is that you only need a decent pair of shoes, which makes it completely cost-efficient.

Bike – You will get there much more quickly than walking, but cost does go up a little (unless you’re into fancy walking shoes). It’s easier and easier to find a bike at a yard sale or Target!

Skate – Rollerblades or the traditional quad skates are amazing. I know rollerblades may not be the coolest right now, but if you grew up in the 80’s & 90’s like I did, you know you still want to use them.

Carpool – When I lived in Los Angeles I only dreamed of having a co-worker or someone that worked around LA that I could carpool with. I even thought of putting a car seat in my car, but that would have been completely horrible and not to mention illegal. Even if your commute does not take two hours to get there, carpooling is fabulous for your mind and your wallet.

Public Transportation – I am envious of New York or countries where public transportation is king! I would love to hop on a subway or grab the “whatever it may be” into town. To be able to mingle with different people, aromas, and sights on a daily basis would be such a mind massage!

These were the only options I could come up with…besides Pogo, which I do not need to elaborate on. If you have any other ideas in mind, please let Polka Dot Tango know!!!!

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Watch the Sunrise or Sunset!!!

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Reflect on your day by watching the sunset.

This Things to do Thursday, why not make an effort to take some time out of your day and simply watch the sunset. I would say watch the sunrise, but you will have to wait until tomorrow for that. Watching the sunrise and sunset always leaves me feeling a sense of calm but excitement. Each resemble a new beginning and an end, which either one can be refreshing depending on the kind of day you had. What’s also great about sunrise and sunset is that EVERYONE can watch them. You can walk out your front door and view its beauty.

Every blue moon I catch the sunrise, I kick myself in the butt because I can’t stand the fact that I don’t take the time to see that many of them. They are so serene and completely different than a sunset. As the sun comes up I feel like I am ultimately taking the day in my hands from the very beginning and not taking advantage of it. It is empowering to see the day unfold right before my eyes.

To give you some reasons to catch the sunset this evening, or many other evenings from now, I have collected some personal photos of mine. Enjoy and let Polka Dot Tango know if you are going to try and catch the sunrise tomorrow!

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Clean Out Your Closet!

This Things to Do Thursday, we are all about cleaning out our closets! This task can be stressful, but it can also help relieve stress in more ways than one! Firstly, any kind of organization is a sort of cleansing of the soul and secondly, you can sleep in ten extra minutes cause you know where your stuff is! Here’s one very truthful statement  ZenHabits.net had to say about clutter:

“Clutter is holding onto the past, or fear of the future”

I would highly recommend visiting this site to read the rest of the article…it is very eye opening! Now on to the rest of our article! Below is a little list to help you get started in cleaning out your closet. Don’t make it a chore, relax and go with it. Yes, there will be those items that may bring you to tears but honestly, what has it done for you lately?

• If you have any stacked clothes, take a look at what’s on the bottom of these piles. Most likely they are clothes you almost never wear.

• Put all clothing that you have worn in the last year in one pile.

• Pile up clothes that you have not worn in the last year.

• Of course there is a “maybe” pile! At the end of your closet clean try those clothes on.

• Any clothes that have a special meaning? I have my wedding dress, lettermen’s jackets, the top I was wearing when my husband proposed…anything like that? Bag it and put it somewhere safe, in the attic or in the corner of the closet.

• Can’t decide if you want to get rid of something? Ask yourself these questions:
1. How many times have I questioned myself about this item?
2. How old was I when I last wore this?
3. Is it still in good condition?

• When going through your shoes, check to see if a cobbler can fix them if they are an absolute must keep.

If you are at a happy and healthy weight, do not keep those pants that are five sizes too big. Congratulate yourself for being happy and healthy and replace them with a new pair!

• When all else fails, grab a friend and ask for their opinion. A friend that will unfortunately tell you the truth.

• When you have finally finished the cleansing of the closet, you have several choices of what you can do with the ones you no longer want:
1. Gather some friends and do a clothing exchange.
2. Sell your clothes to a store that will re-sell them.
3. Sell them at a garage sale.
4. Donate them.

• Keep in mind that if you decide to do this all in one day, relax, turn on the music, and remind yourself that you will ultimately feel better in the end. If doing this in one day seems like a daunting task then break it up into several days or into chunks of minutes!

Good luck and let Polkadot Tango know what you do to de-clutter! Here’s some inspirational closets to get your de-clutter vibes going!

We can all dream!