I was raised by a wonderful Mom and Dad who thought “let kids be kids”. Which was fantastic! While my other friends had to go home and do “chores” I got to ride my bike around a little longer.

Every once in a while, mom would ask me to clean my room – but usually she did it.

Walking out of the bathroom after a shower, my clothes had disappeared from the floor.

We always had a new towel in the bathroom after one use. (One of the things my dad once told me he loved about my mom)

We didn’t do dishes, or laundry – well, once we did laundry, and whined the whole time. Silly mom was in the hospital at the time. Didn’t she realize we’d have to do this? We’re kids!!

So, I had a glorious childhood – nothing but playing and doing things kids were supposed to do.

Then I got my first apartment.

One of the things mom said to me while we were packing was “Just so you know, you can actually use a towel more than once.”

lol… maybe she didn’t like the fact that Dad wanted fresh towels every day!

So, I’m in my apartment, go to take my first shower – walk out of the bathroom…

MY CLOTHES ARE STILL ON THE FLOOR.

That was the first time I ever realized I was “growing up”.

The reason I tell this story, is because I have no good habits when it comes to my home. Never had kids, so didn’t have to “take care” of anybody but a husband.

Now, that might sound crazy to most of you, because most of you ARE “grown up”. I’m not. I never learned how. I never *cared* to learn how.

But, there are things that I do wish I did on a regular basis. Like keep my house clean.

I used to say “oh, I’m depressed, that’s why I can’t keep my house clean”. That is not the truth. The truth is, I don’t know HOW to keep the house clean. So, every once in a while, I spend days scrubbing, and swear I’ll keep it up. A week later, it’s like I never did it.

So… Since Jon’s Plus1Success came out – and I am a member of the Book Club – I learned something about growing up. I don’t have to change everything about me over night. It’s going to be a process.

It’s not so overwelming that way.

What I’m doing for my Plus Ones:

I pick a habit once a week. Like, cleaning off my desk every night before I go to bed.

Again… that may sound silly to you – but it’s something I do NOT do, until I “have” to.

The first night, I forgot, of course, and had to clean off the desk almost in my sleep. I hated it, I thought it was stupid.

The 2nd night, I remembered, but put it off until I was doing it in my sleep again.

The 3rd night, I figured out that I could do it before I was dead tired!

The 4th night, it wasn’t as hard to do, because I kept it cleaner. (who’da thunk?)

The 5th, 6th and 7th – I’m waking up to a clean desk in the morning, and it’s no trouble at all.

Then, the next week I can add something else.

Finally, cleaning my desk, KEEPING it clean is part of Sunny Suggs. No one who’s seen my desk will believe it.

We don’t have to change everything overnight. We can’t. It’s not possible. But we can change 1 thing at a time – and that compounds into GREAT things.

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