It sounds a little odd to say I am learning how to have deep and valuable relationships from business principles, but hear me out on this one.
I was supposed to write this blog about chore time management, but the night was so lovely, I just couldn’t. I began to feel a pressure between my to-do list and the chance to enjoy the wind in my hair.
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.
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.
Somedays, I work long hours for extra money, and then the very next day, I get off work right on time, because I know my husband and I need a 2 hour car drive, so we can talk and reconnect. That’s called balance.
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.