We’re moving!!! Go grab that pink-polka-dot Minnie Mouse luggage set you’ve been saving… Gaining Space is moving!!It’s time to say goodbye to this tumblr blog (with its beautiful, often… pornographic photography), for the more practical, more useful, and more “legit” website.Now, when you type in gainingspace.com, it will direct you to our new site. Don’t panic, the blog will still publish every week!  Find it here!And check out the sweet testimonials from some of my amazing clients!Boy, it’s been a longtime planning! And it is definitely still a work in progress…. Would somebody please explain to me how to create a slideshow already?! Or how to NOT have my photo on every single page!Anyway…I hope you enjoy it and visit often — there are more changes to come.But we just had to get the sucker launched already!Go!  Go check it out!  Go, go now…!  ;-)—Never miss a Gaining Space blog post…! Subscribe here and you’ll get ‘em delivered directly to your inbox each week — you’ll also get special insights and info. that I only share in emails.And if you liked this post, please “like” it and share it with your friends on twitter or Facebook. Thanks!   
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We’re moving!!! Go grab that pink-polka-dot Minnie Mouse luggage set you’ve been saving… Gaining Space is moving!!

It’s time to say goodbye to this tumblr blog (with its beautiful, often… pornographic photography), for the more practical, more useful, and more “legit” website.

Now, when you type in gainingspace.com, it will direct you to our new site. Don’t panic, the blog will still publish every week!  Find it here!

And check out the sweet testimonials from some of my amazing clients!

Boy, it’s been a longtime planning! And it is definitely still a work in progress…. Would somebody please explain to me how to create a slideshow already?! Or how to NOT have my photo on every single page!

Anyway…

I hope you enjoy it and visit often — there are more changes to come.
But we just had to get the sucker launched already!

Go!  Go check it out!  Go, go now…!  ;-)


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Crazy thought… What if you could get those legs for yourself? Or those arms?It’s not totally impossible!I recently heard that Ryan Gosling does 100 push-ups per day. My first reaction was, No friggin’ way! But then my friends and I started thinking, “Maybe he does 10 per hour or something. That’s do-able, right?”So then I started doing 20 push-ups every time I went to the bathroom throughout the day. I go to the bathroom (at least) 5 times per day. Hey, I drink a lot of water! I’m healthy!So… I made a promise to myself to do these push-ups (on the secure countertop or the wall) every time I go to the bathroom. It takes only 2-3 minutes, and the results have been amazing! After only one month of this…
I have more energy (both mentally and physically),
I have increased stamina (physically, baby!), and…
my arms are less flabby!
I’m feelin’ good!
Now, make yourself a similar itsy-bitsy fitness promise. You don’t have to commit to a full hour, half-hour, or even 10 minutes. Just start small, get yourself motivated, and do it, baby!Then tell us in the comments below… What are your fitness goals? And what can you do for just 2 minutes at a time to help you achieve those goals?—Never miss a Gaining Space blog post…! Subscribe here and you’ll get ‘em delivered directly to your inbox each week — you’ll also get special insights and info. that I only share in emails.And if you liked this post, please “like” it and share it with your friends on twitter or Facebook. Thanks!  

Crazy thought… What if you could get those legs for yourself? Or those arms?

It’s not totally impossible!

I recently heard that Ryan Gosling does 100 push-ups per day. My first reaction was, No friggin’ way! But then my friends and I started thinking, “Maybe he does 10 per hour or something. That’s do-able, right?”

So then I started doing 20 push-ups every time I went to the bathroom throughout the day. I go to the bathroom (at least) 5 times per day.

Hey, I drink a lot of water! I’m healthy!

So… I made a promise to myself to do these push-ups (on the secure countertop or the wall) every time I go to the bathroom. It takes only 2-3 minutes, and the results have been amazing!

After only one month of this…

  • I have more energy (both mentally and physically),
  • I have increased stamina (physically, baby!), and…
  • my arms are less flabby!
  • I’m feelin’ good!


Now, make yourself a similar itsy-bitsy fitness promise.

You don’t have to commit to a full hour, half-hour, or even 10 minutes. Just start small, get yourself motivated, and do it, baby!

Then tell us in the comments below… What are your fitness goals? And what can you do for just 2 minutes at a time to help you achieve those goals?


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You buy things as a source of external happiness and are afraid of what will happen if you let go of those things. This is a lack of confidence that you’ll be OK with nothing but yourself.

from The Little Book of Contentment by Leo Babauta (re: debt and clutter)


I catch myself doing this all the time…. “If I buy this skirt, I will be a more beautiful and interesting person.”  Not really. 

Even last week, I bought a new blouse and now I’m questioning my motives: Did I really believe I needed that new top so I wouldn’t have to do laundry as often?

Tell me in the comments below… Do you find yourself doing this? Maybe just a little bit…? Anyone out there in debt trying to buy happiness?


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I’m usually “against” shopping (not really), but today I am proposing that you go shopping….
Plant Shopping!!*
Adding plants to your environment is… what can I say…?  Amazing!Besides the obvious “cheer factor”… They’re living air purifiers! They suck up all that nasty carbon dioxide and increase the oxygen levels in your home, which will make you feel younger, healthier, and more alive. Who doesn’t want to feel more alive…? Nobody, that’s who!NASA even did a “Clean Air Study” on the best air-filtering, formaldehyde-absorbing plants. They were thinking for the space station, of course… selfish-selfish… always thinking of themselves and the space station… :]Here are a few of their favorites:
English ivy
Spider plant  Don’t get this one… it’s ugly, pointy, and scary!
Golden pathos  I have a couple of these and they’re so happy!
Peace lily
Bamboo palm
Heartleaf philodendron  Don’t get this one if you have kids or pets—it’s toxic when eaten.
Weeping fig  I love this one, but the weeping can get loud… kidding!
Gerber daisy  I love this one too… so cheerful! Remember, this one needs lots of light! 
I don’t have pets but I get a sweet satisfaction watching my plants reach toward the sun—I actually think it’s “cute.”  Weird, yep.  It’s probably the same feeling a cat owner gets when it sees its furry friend napping or stretching in the sun.Now tell me, in the comments below… Do you have house plants? How do they make you feel?—*If possible, please buy locally from farmer’s markets and farm stands. If that’s not possible, try your local nursery or… give Lowe’s or Home Depot a try.—Never miss a Gaining Space blog post…! Subscribe here and you’ll get ‘em delivered directly to your inbox each week — you’ll also get special insights and info. that I only share in emails.And if you liked this post, please “like” it and share it with your friends on twitter or Facebook. Thanks! 

I’m usually “against” shopping (not really), but today I am proposing that you go shopping….

Plant Shopping!!*


Adding plants to your environment is… what can I say…?  Amazing!

Besides the obvious “cheer factor”…

They’re living air purifiers! They suck up all that nasty carbon dioxide and increase the oxygen levels in your home, which will make you feel younger, healthier, and more alive. Who doesn’t want to feel more alive…? Nobody, that’s who!

NASA even did a “Clean Air Study” on the best air-filtering, formaldehyde-absorbing plants. They were thinking for the space station, of course… selfish-selfish… always thinking of themselves and the space station… :]

Here are a few of their favorites:

  • English ivy
  • Spider plant  Don’t get this one… it’s ugly, pointy, and scary!
  • Golden pathos  I have a couple of these and they’re so happy!
  • Peace lily
  • Bamboo palm
  • Heartleaf philodendron  Don’t get this one if you have kids or pets—it’s toxic when eaten.
  • Weeping fig  I love this one, but the weeping can get loud… kidding!
  • Gerber daisy  I love this one too… so cheerful! Remember, this one needs lots of light!
     

I don’t have pets but I get a sweet satisfaction watching my plants reach toward the sun—I actually think it’s “cute.”  Weird, yep.  It’s probably the same feeling a cat owner gets when it sees its furry friend napping or stretching in the sun.

Now tell me, in the comments below… Do you have house plants? How do they make you feel?


*If possible, please buy locally from farmer’s markets and farm stands. If that’s not possible, try your local nursery or… give Lowe’s or Home Depot a try.


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Enjoy your 4th of July weekend!Do something you love… something that wakes you up and invigorates you. For me, it’s a quick swim in a cold lake! Brrrrr. But if camping isn’t your thing… Eeek, bugs…. Find your thing!Then tell me in the comments below… What makes you feel alive? Is there anything stopping you from doing it this weekend?
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Enjoy your 4th of July weekend!

Do something you love… something that wakes you up and invigorates you.

For me, it’s a quick swim in a cold lake! Brrrrr. But if camping isn’t your thing… Eeek, bugs…. Find your thing!

Then tell me in the comments below… What makes you feel alive? Is there anything stopping you from doing it this weekend?



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I just made two batches of homemade ice cream this past weekend… Mmmm-mmm-mmmm! I luuuuuvv homemade ice cream! 
Don’t let another beautiful season pass you by. Do something you love!
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I just made two batches of homemade ice cream this past weekend… Mmmm-mmm-mmmm! I luuuuuvv homemade ice cream! 

Don’t let another beautiful season pass you by. Do something you love!

And tell me in the comments below… What are you going to do to get the most out of your summer?


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When Would Today Be a Good Day to Start?

—The Minimalists


Hello fellow procrastinators…! 

Tell me in the comments below… What have you been putting off? And what excuses are you making for not doing it today?  

As for me… I’ve got three (3) kitchen shelves that need hanging (and have needed hanging for about 6 months now). My excuse: that I need to buy special anchors for brick walls. :]


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Last week I talked about how that Tim McGraw song made me cry a little bit. Here’s why—Some of you know how close I was to my 100-year-old grandfather. Well, he passed away in April, and I had to fly to California to clean out his apartment. It was pretty emotional, but I tried to keep my sentimentality in-check while I was going through his things.So, last week… I’m listening to this Tim McGraw song with the line, “I finally read the good book…” which made me remember my grandfather’s old & tattered copy of The Living Bible. He was quite non-religious but had read this bible over and over again throughout his life.And I thought of how I’d so “easily” donated that Bible. I thought how many of his things I had just given away, donated, or threw out.But then… 30 seconds later… I came to my senses! I realized I don’t need these objects to remember him. Having my grandfather’s possessions clutter up my home isn’t going to serve me, or his memory, well.* * *In fact, during my clean-up of his apartment, I was conflicted about a lamp (pictured above) — so I emailed this photo to two people, with a note that said something like:  Hmmm…What do you think? Do I lug this heavy lamp back to NY with me? I’ve always loved it and wanted it but don’t know where it would go in my apartment… or do I take it to Goodwill? Erg, I don’t know!1) A very close friend replied instantly: No, no, and yes!2) My man, who is more thoughtful and sentimental, wrote later: Tough call. Probably take it, since you’ve always loved it…. Maybe move the current lamp or… some other rearranging. 
I decided to “walk my walk” and go with the “No, no, and yes!” advice. I have come across similar situations in the past, where I was adamant on having [whatever that thing was]…. Then I’d go through great expense and trouble to obtain [that thing], only to later get rid of it.  So… I decided to skip all those in-between steps and just let it go now.How ‘bout you…? Are you keeping anything based on sentimentality? If so, what is it? Does it get in your way? Or are you filled with joy to have it? Tell us, in the comments below.—And… if you liked this post, please “like” it and share it with your friends on twitter or Facebook. Thanks! High-res

Last week I talked about how that Tim McGraw song made me cry a little bit. Here’s why—

Some of you know how close I was to my 100-year-old grandfather. Well, he passed away in April, and I had to fly to California to clean out his apartment. It was pretty emotional, but I tried to keep my sentimentality in-check while I was going through his things.

So, last week…
I’m listening to this Tim McGraw song with the line, “I finally read the good book…” which made me remember my grandfather’s old & tattered copy of The Living Bible. He was quite non-religious but had read this bible over and over again throughout his life.

And I thought of how I’d so “easily” donated that Bible. I thought how many of his things I had just given away, donated, or threw out.

But then… 30 seconds laterI came to my senses!

I realized I don’t need these objects to remember him. Having my grandfather’s possessions clutter up my home isn’t going to serve me, or his memory, well.

* * *
In fact, during my clean-up of his apartment, I was conflicted about a lamp (pictured above) — so I emailed this photo to two people, with a note that said something like:  Hmmm…What do you think? Do I lug this heavy lamp back to NY with me? I’ve always loved it and wanted it but don’t know where it would go in my apartment… or do I take it to Goodwill? Erg, I don’t know!

1) A very close friend replied instantly: No, no, and yes!

2) My man, who is more thoughtful and sentimental, wrote later: Tough call. Probably take it, since you’ve always loved it…. Maybe move the current lamp or… some other rearranging. 


I decided to “walk my walk” and go with the “No, no, and yes!” advice. 

I have come across similar situations in the past, where I was adamant on having [whatever that thing was]…. Then I’d go through great expense and trouble to obtain [that thing], only to later get rid of it.  So… I decided to skip all those in-between steps and just let it go now.

How ‘bout you…? Are you keeping anything based on sentimentality? If so, what is it? Does it get in your way? Or are you filled with joy to have it? 

Tell us, in the comments below.


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Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw

Track: Live Like You Were Dying

Artist: Tim McGraw

Album: Live Like You Were Dying

Plays: 60

Live Like You Were Dying —Tim McGraw

I’ve heard this song a million times and love it. And for some reason it really hit me hard this week — I actually started tearing up at my desk Tuesday afternoon. What…? Why…?*

He said,
“I went skydivin’.
I went Rocky Mountain climbin’.
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.
And I loved deeper.
And I spoke sweeter.
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denyin’.”
And he said,
"Someday I hope you get the chance
to live like you were dying.


If you’re reading this via email, go on over to the blog and give it a listen. Then, tell me in the comments below…
How would you live differently if you knew your days were numbered?


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*I’ll explain the tears next week.

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