Sorting, discovering, organising: intentional doing

by kath_red on 18/01/2012

in Books, Link Love, Newsletter

Last week I discussed my quest for taking things slowly this year … slowly is not about doin’ nothin’ – in fact quite the opposite. It is about intentional doing (and not doing). Instead of lazing about because you are uncertain about how to proceed with your day — do one important task and then take a break from life and read a book without guilt or anxiety; and instead of running to the shop for a quick fix meal because looking through the pantry and cooking something worthwhile is difficult — take 2 minutes to assess the ingredients on hand and make something simple; and instead of procrastinating on trying that new recipe/idea/project because you didn’t get around to researching it properly yet — make a list and tick one thing off every day. Intentional doing, does not have to be big or difficult – just purposeful.

For example – I have been washing my hair with bi-carb soda and rinsing in vinegar – yep – I have ditched shampoo in favour of something cheaper, easier and better for me and for the environment. However it took me a while to get to this point – I had to research and understand and then have a reason to do it and then I had to justify to myself. But really all I needed to do was just intentionally make a simple change. [There are lots of resources for how-to do this online – simple mom is a good place to start]

For example – for a long time I made my own laundry detergent. Again its easy and cheap and it works perfectly fine. But for some reason a few months ago, when I ran out, I got too busy to make up a new batch, so I bought some and then when that ran out I bought some more. And before you know it I was out of the habit, didn’t have time for this very simple half hour task once a month. Now I am back and realise why I love it so much. [You can google so many recipes – and can make a dry mix or a liquid mix]

Now onto other things:

  • This past week at whipup I wrote a three part series on getting your craft book published – feel free to email me or comment with any questions you might have. Part 1 Part 2Part 3.
  • Also I would love for you to fill in my survey if you have not done so already – a couple of minutes of your time is all I ask – I’ll be posting the results next week.
  • Make sure to go to wikipedia today and read more about PIPA and SOPA

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1 Jodi Anderson January 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

Although it’s internet blackout day here in the states because of a proposed law, and I supported it by blacking out my site today, I am so glad that WhipUp is posting. I am especially glad that it’s about this topic again since we’re on such parallel courses as far as this intention goes.

I started to write about it here and then had three paragraphs because I’m in love with the topic and with living my life this way. I’ve been on the path towards this for years, and now it’s like a bud about to blossom. *happiness!*


2 Maggie January 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I am washing my hair with the bi-carb and vinegar rinse too, and it is working so well. I also was inspired by Simple Mom, it is working great, not like when I tried wwo (water wash only). My hair feels clean and soft and no fly-aways!


3 Regan January 23, 2012 at 7:40 am

Loving your simple ways inspiration. I reckon I could make the laundry detergent- have you found a good place in the Can’ to get the ingredients in bulk? I have found smaller containers of borax in the supermarket, but haven’t explored much further than that.


4 kath_red January 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

only the borax and washing soda from the supermarket – in fact you don’t really need bulk ingredients as you just have to store them for a long time. Making a big bucket of the detergent lasts a long time and the small packs of borax, washing soda and a bar of soap will go a few rounds of the detergent mixture.


5 Regan January 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

great- thanks kath


6 tasha February 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I’ve never had any luck with making my own washing detergent. I have a HE efficiency top loader and I’ve seen the soap residue on the clothes. I’ve read where it works just fine in HE washers, but maybe I’m doing something wrong?


7 kath_red February 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I don’t have a front loader so cannot comment personally, however this link may help: http://down—to—


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