The Hit List - Ben Franklin Minty Clean

If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed my monthly Ben Franklin gig.  Not a clue what I’m talking about?  I’ve been practicing his Thirteen Virtues, one virtue, one month at a time.  (Here’s the first post in this series to get you up to snuff on all this Ben stuff.)

Last month, my focus was Cleanliness.  Ben describes Cleanliness as: “Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.”

Hygiene and laundry – that’s not a problem at all. In fact, I am known as a hygiene freak around here!  I’m obsessive with tooth brushing and showering – and I love love love to do laundry. Bottom line: I like to smell good.

It might be that Mars in Virgo thing.  Or just a nose sensitive to stank.

So yeah. Clean as a whistle over here!

EXCEPT when it comes to my home.  I am clean – really clean. But I am a cluttery gal and I am in a constant struggle to declutter. (Does clutter count as dirty?)

In fact, every so often, you’ll see me musing about my attempts to declutter this joint.  Don’t get me wrong – certain aspects of my world are super lean (like my business).  But my book habit and fondness for religious icons + Hello Kitty makes it appear that a library, church and Sanrio store threw up in here!

It’s all contained for the most part…and clean.  But still cluttery.

And yes, I failed this month.

I did manage to get a few things to Goodwill and donated a ton of books to a fundraiser. But I still have a long, long way to go.

Which means this virtue will be ongoing. This struggle is real, yo.

So sadly, no triumph here to speak of but that’s the thing about life – we are rarely, if ever, perfect.  Ben Franklin knew this which is why he created these virtues – and struggled himself to stay on them.

At the end of the day, I can look around and see a clean but cluttery home – and strive to do better just like Ben.

What I learned:

I am NOT perfect and probably never will be.  But trying counts and my fantasy about being a minimalist clean freak may one day come true if I keep trying!  Or not.  And that’s okay too!

How I intend to carry this virtue forward into the rest of my life:

I’ll just have to keep on doing my best to declutter this joint and not get too down on myself over those stacks of books.  A girl can dream, right?

Cleanliness & Tarot – your affirmation for the month:

Do your best to keep it clean and throw it out if it looks green!



What about you?

Is it time to introduce more Cleanliness into your life?

What might that look like? Where will you begin?

bigstock-Benjamin-Franklin-hand-on-hip-21364109If you’d like to join me as I continue my journey through Ben Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues, feel free! This month I am tackling Tranquility. Which may mean turning off my cell phone.  NOT.  I’ll be looking for a different sort of tranquility (probably under that stack of books).

I hoped you enjoyed the latest backstage peek into my latest side project.

I’ll leave you with this quip from the B-man:

“Clean your finger before you point at my spots.”  Ha ha!

I may not be a clean freak…yet.  But with a bit more effort, one day, this house may be my minimalist dream come true!



Other stuff:

I am riveted to HBO’s “The Night Of” – caught the first episode and wow.  Great acting, interesting story – can’t wait to see where this goes.

This new age biz owner just got a big handout from a Shark Tank investor.

Do you let other people’s opinions bum you out? Yes and Yes has 5 tips to help you to stop caring about what other people think.

My newest fascination: Hilda was the bomb. The man behind Hilda.

How to deflect a psychic attack.

I’m talking about soulmates, tarot and Odell Beckham Jr. with Lauryn Doll of Sexy Focused Ambitious.

This matchmaker is changing the game for women.

Insight & Omen writes about good boundaries.

I am a great secret keeper and adore my top secret projects. Gala Darling wrote this gem: Zip It! An Experiment in the Power of Keeping a Secret.

Bad karma? Someone stole the Moon Juice rose quartz crystal.

Moon and Mirth Tarot shares why she doesn’t do general outlook tarot readings.

Tarot Avenue wrote a GREAT post: The 5 Stages of Grief – How to identify them in a tarot reading.  If you’re a tarot fan, this is a must read!

Ah, clubs in the 80’s and 90’s.  Those WERE the best days! I had so much fun back then. 🙂

Good read: Moody Moons wrote about the 5 things to consider before becoming a tarot pro.

Looking for more tarot spreads? Look no more: check out 101 Tarot Spreads from Modern Tarot Masters (I have a few spreads in here!).

Only a few weeks left to get your ticket: I’m leading an Academy called Hack Your World With Tarot at the World Domination Summit in Portland this August! Grab tickets for the week ( or à la carte ( Seats are going fast, so act fast! I hope you’ll join me at this incredible event.

On my wish list: The Tao of Craft: Fu Talismans and Casting Sigils in the Eastern Esoteric Tradition from Benebell Wen.

Just read this: Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy by Judy Holland. Check it out!

What I’m Grateful For:

Real friends

A much needed vacation

Tech support

Air conditioning



Soundtrack for 7/16/16:

Jumbo by Underworld



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2016

images from flickr commons, stock photography, personal collection

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