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Category Archives: 1,000 small changes

What would you do to change the world?

Kel sent me this video from The Story of Stuff Project, and we wanted to share it with you.

Don’t freak out. You don’t have to ditch all your stuff or marinate in environmental guilt if you watch it. It’s The Story of Change (so you can see why it applies here).

If you are reading this in email, click here to see the video.

After watching the video, I wanted to ask all of you two questions:

What kind of change maker are you? The Story of Stuff lists 6 kinds: Investigator, Communicator, Builder, Nurturer, Networker, and Resistor. Do you identify with one or more of these? Is there another way you’d describe how you approach change?

What change is most important to YOU? Maybe green environmental issues aren’t the ones catching your attention. What is? What change would you bring about in our world?

Let’s talk about it in the comments!

Tracy at women making changes

2 Responses to What would you do to change the world?

  1. fran says:

    I’m a net worker (translation GLUE)I thought this was thought provoking. I now realize why change is so slow at home. I’m dealing with resisters and I can’t move forward until we are all working together. I need new strategies.

    • Tracy Richardson says:

      I’m glad you found a way to apply that info to your life right this minute, Fran! Hope that in the long term it spares you some frustration. :)

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The Cold Hard Truth about Happiness

Happiness is a choice. Not a “Folgers commercial” type of choice. You’ve seen it.  It goes something like this: The person gets out of bed and looks as if they are saying, “Today, I’m going to be HAPPY!” (Cue the sun rising over snow-capped mountains and a golden retriever jumping around their legs on theContinue Reading

3 Responses to The Cold Hard Truth about Happiness

  1. Carol says:

    Welcome back! I’ve missed you.

    You are so right about these choices happening over and over – and the importance of small choices which over time make a big difference.

  2. BeeNZ says:

    I agree that happiness is often a choice and needs to be worked on if a person has habits of negative thinking. I will add that things will ALWAYS happen that will eat into your happiness. You can of course lessen their occurrence by planning and having good practices, but even then, as you say, the unexpected will crop up. This is not negative thinking – it is just life.

    The only true way, in my opinion, to be happy, or at least content, through everything is by the practice of acceptence and living in the present moment and through not having mental attachment/neediness to anything or anyone. This doesn’t mean (as many people think) that you become passive or you love any less, but that you give up trying to control or anticipate things you have no control over. You ‘go with the flow’ a bit more and when anything happens (good or bad), you accept it as life’s rich experience and know that it will one day go as it one day arrived into your life.

    It is also our labels that we attach to people and experiences that make things worse – if we accept negative experiences as part of life’s rich tapestry and things we just have to go through, and on the positive side, things we grow and gain experience from, then that giving up of resistance to the situation makes it easier. Granted this is a LOT harder with very personal experiences. Learning this mode of thinking is an ongoing skill to be learnt and it takes many years to master but in my opinion is a journey worth taking. :)

  3. Karen says:

    Welcome back, Kel. We’ve missed you!

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voice your truth

Maybe the world doesn’t need to be split wide open, but it certainly needs to be rocked a bit. Radical change can’t begin until we voice our truths. What is truth? sincerity in action being in alignment with reality the real, genuine, authentic you In walking our paths of self-discovery, we uncovered many truths aboutContinue Reading

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  1. Carol says:

    So glad you are back!

  2. I am also very glad you guys are back! And what a great, thought-provoking question to ask right off the bat. Tracy’s truth resonates with me. I’ll share mine with you once I’ve thought about it a good deal more.

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Kickstarting change

Here on WMC we like to highlight real women making real changes.  Today’s post is from Geni Tunstall, a friend of Tracy’s who has ‘kickstarted’ a project with her daughter. If you, or anyone you know, would like to share their journey of personal change, please contact either Tracy at or Kel at Reading

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  1. Carol says:

    Way to go, Geni! I love reading success stories. I feel the same way about this blog. :)

  2. […] I want to congratulate our reader Geni (who guest posted last week)–she and her daughter reached their stretch goal for their Kickstarter project, Mechanical […]

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The Winds of Change…

Last month I had a 3 hour drive Up North to Land O’ Lakes in Wisconsin to visit my daughter who is away at a boarding school. There wasn’t very good radio reception up there and being that it was a spur-of-the-moment trip in a borrowed car meant that I didn’t  have any entertainment withContinue Reading

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An Old Habit Goes Up In Smoke–A Woman’s Goodbye Letter to Smoking

Here on WMC we like to highlight real women making real changes.  Today’s post is from my aunt who, after decades of smoking, is saying good-bye to that old habit.  She is choosing instead to say “hello!” to change.   If you, or anyone you know, would like to share their journey of personal change,Continue Reading

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The October Tech Decluttering Challenge…Now What?

October was dedicated to cleaning up my tech clutter.  All things related to my computers and my desk were the target of my scrutiny.  What I didn’t plan on were 2 surprise visits to Wisconsin to visit my 16 year-old daughter who’s in a one-semester boarding school.  I spent roughly the first two weeks ofContinue Reading

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  1. […] week Kel and I talked about her decision to extend her Tech Clutter Challenge. I personally was all for her doing that. She was enjoying what she was getting out of it, and I […]

  2. carolburris says:

    I’m with you on this one, as it will be three and a half weeks that I’ve been gone. In fact, I’ll probably give myself all of the month of November. :)

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…so what are YOU waiting for?

Life is full to the brim of waiting.  We all have to wait for things, usually on a daily basis. We wait: when calling a business to get to the point in the queue to be able to speak to a “real” person at the grocery check-out in heavy traffic in security check points atContinue Reading

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  1. carolburris says:

    Having portable craft projects in small, easy to grab and go bags, and keeping some e-books on my PDA are two ways that I deal with waiting. Also wearing headphones for those long phone calls gives me free hands to do things, like organizing and decluttering.

    I’m doing the same thing about deciding now what items are worth moving when DH retires, sometime in the next 2-4 years, so that when the time comes I’m ready to pack and go. Makes not living in a part of the country where I wish to be easier.

    And each little step feels good and makes the next one easier to take.

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Creating Clarity Challenge update

At the beginning of the month, Kel posted about the October Creating Clarity Challenge, which is tackling our tech clutter. I thought I’d give you a glimpse at how I’m working through it, and what I’ve realized because of it. That is an actual screenshot of my desktop, taken in mid-September. Nice and tidy, isn’tContinue Reading

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  1. Nin-Carol says:

    I so hear you. And I’m also making small steps to get things better arranged for me. After all, I spent an hour and a half looking for something Tuesday – which, by the way, I found last night – and then some time this morning looking for something I saw while looking Tuesday – and still can’t find today.

    That being said, I have organized some of those things from Tuesday so there is a net gain – and a lot of motivation to make it happen!

    My electronic mess is still a mess, though. Not managing this challenge very well – yet.

  2. Tracy says:

    I am pretty certain I won’t be “done” when October ends, either. My mom is coming out for 10 days and I’ll be darned if I’m spending a lot of time on my computer while she’s here! But I figure that 1) anything we do this month means we end it in better shape than we started, and 2) every little thing done now is one less thing we’ve put off until that never-happens “later”.

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30 Small Steps to Tackle Office Clutter With Humor-A Guest Post

The following is a comment sent to me by one of our long-time readers, Andi-Roo.  The really hilarious part (besides her list that follows!) is that she sent this to me the day before we posted our list for tackling tech clutter for the month of October.  I guess it is true:  great minds think alike! 😉 Continue Reading

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  1. Aw, guys — you turned it into my offhand comment into a great post! Thanks so much for the encouragement to “do the work”. Have I told you lately how much I LOVE your blog?!?

  2. miri says:

    OOH, who was peeking in my office? Anywhat, thanks for making the list for me!

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