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“Professionalism is knowing how to do it, when to do it, and doing it.”  ~ from a fortune cookie.

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Buy me stuff and I’ll be nicer.” ~ Happy Bunny

The first quote sounds like good business advice to me.  If you want to be professional, to present a professional face to the business world, it is certainly important to know how to do your job and when to do it.  But I think the most important part is “doing it.”  So many people, myself included, know what they should be doing, know that they should be doing it, but never follow through.  I know I have shown a remarkable lack of follow-through lately given the importance of the tasks I keep avoiding.  I’m trying to change that, but some days go better than others.

Ben Franklin about summed it up here.  Everyone has the right to pursue happiness.  But it isn’t owed to anyone, it isn’t guaranteed.  If you’re not willing to go out and get it, to chase after it, to work for it, then you’re just wasting your time.  Complaining about the unfairness of things does not change them.  I remind myself of that daily.

I love Happy Bunny.  I love the sarcastic, bitchy attitude.  I don’t really need people to buy me stuff in order for me to be nice to them, but it still cracks me up.  Most of the Happy Bunny things do.  Not that I would ever really want to be that mean or self-centered.  It’s not a mindset to aspire to, it’s just silliness and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

I’ve been working all day on finances.  I filed our 2010 taxes electronically, and I’ve been working on some other finance-related paperwork that I need to get done ASAP.  My brain is friend and I am exhausted.  I’m ready for bed and I haven’t finished what I need to get done for the day.

I’m not complaining, just stating facts.  It was a busy, somewhat stressful day.  I have more of it to look forward to tomorrow.  I’m pretty sure I’m doing ok in getting everything together.  I just wish I could be more organized.  I know, I know, I could be more organized, I just haven’t been working at it enough.  I’ve started though.  I really want to straighten out my house.  I want a place that isn’t cluttered, isn’t disorganized, isn’t generally a huge pain in my ass.  I’m getting there.  Slowly.  Right now, my upstairs bathroom is nearly perfect.  I’m not going for perfection, so what I mean by that is that it is exactly as I want it to be.  Things are put away.  Everything is clean, even the floor.  The cabinets are organized.  I can find any bathroom-related thing anyone could ask me for as long as we’re not out of it.  And I would know if we’re out of it because I know what we have.  It’s a good feeling, and I want it to spread to the rest of the house.

I’m so glad February is nearly over.  I’ve had about enough of this winter.  Plus, both of my daughters have March birthdays, 10 days (and 8 years) apart, one on St. Patrick‘s Day.  My older daughter is having a sleepover at her dad’s house because she won’t have an annoying little sister there to barge in on the party.  My younger daughter will be having her birthday party here, so I need to get the place in order!  She hasn’t decided what kind of birthday party she wants yet.  I’ll be helping her decide.  I am, however, cooking food for everyone with the new Philly Cooking Cream from the cream cheese people.  I’m getting supplies from HouseParty.com for throwing the party, and “demonstrating” it (by using it in my dishes) to all the grown-up party-goers.  I’m looking forward to it, but I’m also really nervous about being ready on time.

Do you write better in a more organized/less cluttered environment?