Converting to Minimalism

Last night I was visiting with a girlfriend of mine whom I have not connected with since Christmas. It was a really lovely visit.

We spent 2 hours at a local sushi restaurant and stuffed ourselves with delicious all you can eat sushi. We talked at length about relationships, her upcoming wedding and a bit about my life history that she never knew. I left the restaurant after feeling completely freed from my past, liberated for my future, and totally understanding the things that have been holding me back in life so I can make my present better. Mental speed bumps if you will.

During the conversation I had quite a few aha moments. The most important one has prompted me to write this post. In this particular moment, I realized that what I cherish most in life are the amazing experiences I have had. Travelling, meeting new people, trying new hobbies and finding my passions in partner dancing and horseback riding have been a few. I think back now, to how much I have wanted to keep trinkets or mementos from each of these experiences, and now I see many of them as clutter. Don’t get me wrong, I will certainly keep a few of them, but others I will let go, as they did not create the beautiful memories for me, the experiences themselves did.

What is a key chain or shot glass going to provide for me? How about a postcard, t-shirt or mug? They will be cute little reminders of my experiences for sure, but that’s about it. I’m ready to part with these things now, and to remember the experiences through photos or memories. I think letting these items go will be a huge step forward.

Belongings hold us back and tie us to our past. While remembering the past or treasuring keepsakes from family or friends can be good, we have no need to have our homes full of little trinkets or collections. What I realized last night is that eventually, all items are going to  break down or fall apart. So my question to you is this: Why spend your money purchasing items that you will later spend your time maintaining, for them to sit on a shelf and eventually break down? You will then have to spend more time to get rid of them. Personally I would much rather spend my money on another trip or life experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

It is with these thoughts that I go forward in completing my project of downsizing my home to be able to live simply and minimally. I finally feel freed from the guilt of letting go of my belongings and feeling like I had to keep old gifts and things I have bought. There is no need. Now I have the freedom to move forward, and cherish my current life without being held back by clutter. Each of our lives is a canvas that we hold the paint brush and palette of paint for……how will you paint yours?

I know what my canvas will look like going forward 🙂

 

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How embracing positive habits can improve your life

Have you ever had a moment where you see someone else displaying a bad habit that you yourself have, and you look at them thinking, “wow, that’s no way to act!” Sometimes it takes seeing someone else doing something that we do, to realize that we don’t want to act that way.

I know some people who don’t even realize that their behaviour or actions are no exactly ideal, and it’s only when they see if from someone else that they understand what the problem is. Regardless of how we realize that we need to upgrade or change, I believe that being the best version of ourselves is the best way to live.

It takes time to change old habits, but making positive changes in my own life, has been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I’ve been working at being very self-aware, and conscious of the things I say and do. Just recently my mom has told me how much she thinks I’ve changed, and how proud she was. I was really proud to hear that, because I’ve been working really hard.

Just this weekend I realized myself how much I have changed. From old habits of being too opinionated and blunt, to being mild mannered and only sharing relevant opinions, or keeping them to myself, I couldn’t be happier as I feel amazing. My “old self” would have said that she didn’t really care what people thought, because they either liked me or didn’t. My “new self” thinks that is really not an appropriate way to behave, and I’d rather be classy, and set a good example.

One of the biggest side effects I’ve noticed of my self improvement, is how positive my life has become, and how absolutely HAPPY I am, every single day! My goodness, it’s like I’ve done a 180 degree turnaround. From dealing with depression and anxiety, and feeling hopeless about my life, to realizing that life is exactly what I make of it, and by choosing positive thoughts and actions to fill my day, I can now say that life is amazing, and so wonderful.

Through these personal changes, I have come to know that I want to create a Wellness Lifestyle Program to help other women who are filled with self-doubt realize that they don’t need to feel that way. It is an absolute honor to help others change their lives, and live happily as I have done for myself. I can’t wait to make this difference in the lives of those who WANT change, are READY for change, and who want to be the best version of themselves that is possible!

If you’ve ever felt any kind of doubt yourself about getting off the “misery merry go round”, believe me, YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE! You can change it today! Don’t wait to live a life that you love, because every day you spend feeling unhappy, or hopeless, is one day you could have spent making happy memories. Why not spend each day feeling wonderful?

Do you want some advice on how to get started? Let’s chat!

Today’s Healthy Habit Challenge – Drink water!

Today’s ‪#‎HealthyHabitChallenge‬ is to stay hydrated consistently through the day!
GOAL: Drink 1 glass of water each hour for 8 hours consecutively.

We all know water is important to help our bodies function properly, yet most of us still don’t drink enough. Drinking enough water slowly throughout the day is vital for reducing physical and muscle fatigue, removing toxins, proper digestion, nutrient absorption, increasing concentration and alertness and so much more.

Did you know that water helps with proper circulation? The levels of oxygen in our bloodstream are greater when we are well hydrated. Our bodies burn more stored fat for energy when we have higher oxygen levels….which also increases energy and keeps us feeling full longer, which reduces our need to snack!

Low water intake actually causes fat deposits to increase! So tell me, how much water are you drinking today?!

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Comment below and let me know what healthy challenge you would like to try 🙂

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How learning to say “NO” changed my life and helped me learn self-care

I’m sure at some point most people want to say “NO” to certain people and situations. Haven’t we all? Saying no to the partner who doesn’t treat us right, or the boss who asks us to do something we don’t agree with, or the friend who lies to us and we still are friends with them.

I used to be that person who put up with these kinds of situations. The unhealthy relationships, the jerk bosses and the friends who don’t deserve to be in my life. It drained me. It sucked the life out of me, and I gave up on being happy about my future. It was depressing.

One day earlier this year I put my foot down, and started saying “NO” to these situations….and things started to turn around for me in a positive way.

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How to be Happy

In a world where drama is celebrated more than compassion, how do you Stay Happy?

Some people will tell you it’s impossible. Those people are probably sitting at home with a bag of chips watching tv instead of working towards their goals.

It really IS possible, and it’s a lot easier than you think. Read on. Continue reading

Simplfying Life

What a beautiful day.

Today I have the clarity to write down some goals on what I want my life to look like. I’m very excited to be sharing a new project with my mom. Our goal is to simplify life and live with what we need. No more impulse purchases, buying things that aren’t needed etc. I plan to downsize and sell some of the things that aren’t serving any purpose in my home, as these things take up space and create clutter. I want to have a simple, easy routine to follow which will make life a lot easier. I don’t like coming home to a lot of responsibility, different bank accounts and memberships to websites and stores…..this all creates mind clutter for me, and stresses me out. Continue reading

A Journey of a Lifetime

Today is the Winter Solstice, and it brings with it some powerful energy and vibrations.

I feel some amazing changes happening in my life and it is the most incredible personal journey I have ever experienced. I have been very stubborn my whole life. This has partly benefited me but has also held me back. It has gotten me through some very tough situations but has also prevented me from being open to the changes in life that I should have made a long time ago. I wish I had made them sooner, but it took some very hard lessons for me to finally let go and be willing to change. Continue reading

Living Peacefully

Living Peacefully can mean so many different things to different people.

For me it means acknowledging what doesn’t feel right in life. I have a bad habit of hanging onto to stressful situations which then manifests into shoulder and back pain for me. This causes me to need to go to the chiropractor and massage therapist to get treatment to fix the pain which of course costs a lot of money which i don’t have. Continue reading

Where do you find happiness?

Today, compared to a few years ago, there’s seems to be a lot more negativity and mistrust in the world. So many people are unhappy and having all this negative energy around me I struggle to stay positive. I realize that I can only change myself and that the world can be a better place if people make the effort to be happy, but where do you find such happiness? Continue reading

When good things happen

I have been feeling down lately because of my tailbone injury. I never imagined how much life could be different and how we take things for granted such as being able to comfortably sit down. Having to lay on my stomach all the time has gotten frustrating but its part of trying to heal. After 6 weeks i have gotten tired of it and really frustrated. I have been aware of some good things happening to me as if to say ‘don’t give up.’ Continue reading