Money… the lack of it, the way it is spent, stressing over, working 40+ hours a week for it. And if you are trying to do life with a spouse, well, then it is double the trouble as you try to do this whole money thing together. Seriously, you know that money is the #1 reason for divorce in America, no wonder it feels like you are trying to pull a lion’s teeth every time you try to talk about it. So let’s find a better way to do this, let’s pretend budget conversations are like eating dinner.
Everyone has something they want to be known by or to known for. It can be a personality trait, a health goal, how popular they are, the atmosphere they give off, or a career objective. If your objective, your deepest, truest goal, is your focus, you will began to aspire, to grow it to the point where people around you will see it and help you move toward your goal and your reputation will began to change too.
As you may have noticed, I haven’t written a new blog post lately, I’m not sure, but it seems to be something to do with being pregnant. See, baby is convinced that writing is boring and being a world-class baby gymnast is better. Baby’s energy (and prego hormones!) is making this mommy tired and unable to write as fluently as before. So, let’s see if I (and baby!) can get some juices flowing and write about something that has been on my mind lately…
How I managed to have this much clutter in my kitchen, I will never know. And I didn’t get through the dishes/utensils. What I worked through was the food cabinet, the spice cabinet, the tea cabinet, the coffee cup cabinet and the 3 cabinets that are basically kitchen junk cabinets. 4 bags of trash. 4 bags of wasted space. 4 bags of unneeded stuff. FOUR. BAGS.OF. TRASH… FROM. MY. KITCHEN. CABINETS.Continue reading “How (And WHY) I Threw Out 4 Bags Of Clutter From My Kitchen…”→
Stress. Fatigue. Restlessness. Sickness. Fear. When I am feeling and dealing with these things, it is usually because I am not experiencing peace and gratitude in my life. Let’s talk about how I’m working on changing that.
The Emotions That Prevent Change: Why We Hold Onto Things and People Longer Than We Should
It is hard work to go through change. We all have to go through it, and if we are focused on personal growth, we are going to go through change more often.
As I move toward minimalism, I have had to work through a lot of emotions that I didn’t realize were holding me back and keeping me within the confines of clutter, stress, ‘have-to’ and allowing toxicity in my life.
I always felt I should make elaborate meals. And then… I would get so stressed and upset when Henry wouldn’t eat them. I grew up eating 3 sit-down meals a day, 3 complete meals with protein, starch/carbohydrates and vegetables. Sometimes a dessert and fruit too. So, this is how I tried to handle food in our house for 2 years. HOWEVER, I stressed so much over how I ‘should’ be cooking that I HATED cooking. HATED the kitchen. HATED shopping for us. HATED planning meals. HATED anything to do with food. I was wasting time and energy AND money trying to keep up with the cooking and planning. Who is with me on this?
“Less is best” has become my motto for my faith, use of time, priorities and spending habits. And yet, I am beginning to learn that there is so much more to this mindset than just ‘having less.’
My attitude is now focusing on adding value, on being intentional and knowing my personal goals above all else. This idea of simplifying goes into all aspects of my life - relationships, time management, faith, money, being balanced, careers, everything is covered by it. The truth is, I have found minimalism to be a freeing mindset. I am truly enjoying the process of becoming more by becoming less.
“How many jobs have you held in your life?” Everyone I have asked this is on one extreme or the other. Either they only had a few jobs in their lifetime or they were changing jobs every few months like I have done. Here is the short list of jobs I have held – teacher, English/Math tutor, copywriter, cancer researcher, marketing coordinator, barista, waitress, customer service at a bookstore, cashier at a university cafe, after school helper, preschool aid, fitness center front desk help, administrator assistant, claims investigator, courier driver, author, ride share driver, flower and ‘fruit basket’ deliverer, direct sales distributor, summer camp organizer and blogger.
As a new direction for my blog, we are starting to talk about simplifying our lives. So, this week, in connection with a Facebook event I am doing, we are talking about ways to simplify our health. I am not a gym person, I get really intimidated by it! Seriously, like, curled up in a ball in the corner, completely overwhelmed by seeing so many gym enthusiast in one location. All I am trying to do is take little steps, and I don’t want to feel that my little efforts are not enough. Is anyone else like this or am I the only one? BUT, here’s the the thing – I do know that my health is important to decreasing stress and maintaining focus. So how do I keep a calm mindset about my health?