Vintage Type Shop: Shop Talk

The Season of Spring and Fresh Starts

Spring is upon us...the cracking open of new books, catching up with pen pals on my Hermes Rocket, servicing the mower, working on my golf game and looking at my empty shelves in the typewriter shop.

What's Next...?


The Royal Arrow is likely next on my bench, I have three — two that are black-in-color and the third is gray. One of the models has the added feature of Chrome accents. I will likely tackle all three of these just seems to works better for me in the shop. Image Image

Five helpful tips for Fresh Starts in Spring


Plant and cultivate the seeds for a better you with these 5 fresh ideas:

1- Focus on What’s Working. Before you start a plan of attack for things you would like to change, assess all the areas in your life that you’re satisfied with. Farmers don’t start planting a new crop until they’re sure the soil is rich and fertile. Get grounded with a deep layer of gratitude for all the positives in your life and then consider where you’d like to see improvements.

2-Try Something New. If you’re feeling stuck and would like to see a change blossom in your life, try something completely different that you ordinarily wouldn’t do. Start ballroom dancing, learn a new language, take a history a course at your local community college, volunteer at a place that pulls at your heart strings, bascially do something that you've been putting off. No time like the present!

3-Add a Healthy Habit. Seeds need rich soil and plenty of water and sunshine to sprout and thrive. Take a cue from Mother Nature and add a healthy habit into your regular routine. Drink more H2O, start walking a few times a week, begin meditating, or add more leafy green veggies to your diet. When you’re enjoying optimal health, it’s easier to feel more ambitious and unstoppable. If you don't know where to start, Nutrition Diva can help.

4-Set Written Goals. Gardening fanatics love to plan their crops by noting what flourished, what didn’t, and what new varieties of plants they’d like to grow. Many even sketch out designs for how they’d like their future beds to look. Written goals are a wonderful way to start building momentum in order to meet new objectives as well as track your progress. Check out Get-it-Done Guy’s episode 5 Principles for Setting Good Goals for some motivation.

5-Declutter and Start Fresh. One thing beautiful gardens have in common is they’re weeded on a regular basis. Removing toxic weeds and unhealthy growth keeps the rest of the flowers vibrant and thriving.  It can be difficult to grow in a positive direction if you’re surrounded with unnecessary clutter. People are just like plants in this way. It’s hard for us to be productive if we're inundated with overflowing closets, or worse, if we can’t locate the items we need because they’re buried beneath piles of stuff. Once again, Get-it-Done Guy can help with Clean, Organize, and Declutter with Marie Kondo's Magic: Part 1and Part 2.

How do you foster positive growth and change in your life? Please share your thoughts in the comments section at, post your ideas on the Mighty Mommy Facebook page. or email me at

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Planting image courtesy of Shutterstock.   About the Author   Cheryl Butler Cheryl L. Butler is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. Call the Mighty Mommy listener line at 401-284-7575 to ask a parenting question. Your call could be featured on the show!

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