Over the Christmas holidays, I watched a great film about minimalism - it was one of those films and moments that things shifted for me.
It had been on my mind for a while that I wanted to make some changes. I have too many books and more importantly, too many books I have bought and never read. I have three yoga mats, so many pairs of shoes, a box full of handbags, notebooks that I have never written in...the list went on and on.
This was impacting both my bank balance plus my storage space at home. I felt like I was getting addicted to having things "just in case" - and believe me, that "just in case" day never arrives. I am not quite sure why I felt the need to stock up on things in ALL areas of my life.
So I have been slowly making changes.
I sorted out my books and gave a lot away. I went through all my clothes and gave a big pile to charity. Same with ornaments - vases, candle holders...I had enough to decorate three homes.
I am also aware now of what I am buying. I only buy things which are essential and necessary. I am using up my "supplies" - shower gels, face masks...I had a small beauty shop in my bathroom.
I haven't got rid of everything and that isn't the point with minimalism. It isn't a competition about having the fewest things. It is about having what you need and no more. I also know this is a journey and one that takes new habits. I keep adjusting and letting go - somethings are MUCH harder to let go of than other things. Also an interesting observation...
A great place to start is The Minimalists website - great tips and resources.
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Love takes many forms. Over the last few years I made a shift and allowed more love in my life. There are times when my ego gets in the way. There are times when I push love away.
Love is my guiding force in life. I have explored this through learning more about myself, buddhism, how I show up in the world and be aware of what happens when I am open to love.
Areas where I want to focus on when it comes to love:
I heard this week that we were half way through winter and I paused to reflect on this. I have the feeling at the moment that winter will never end. Getting up in dark mornings, not seeing the sun and a general feeling of greyness that seems to be there day after day.
Winter in Denmark this year is very grey. So far we have had very little snow and very few of the beautiful cold winter blue skies. There is more light now than around Christmas but it feels like a continual succession of grey days. The craving for sunshine grows and I know that just as we feel we cannot stand the winter any more, spring will arrive.
This last month I have felt very inward - reflecting, working hard, spending time alone, resting, spending a lot less time online. Normally I love to write and share what is going on in my life. Recently I feel I have made some big shifts that I have needed to process them before being able to share.
I love this quote by Albert Camus. I feel like this at the moment. I am coming out of the winter a different and stronger person. I am more focused, more structured, clearer on what I want and don't want.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
Next month, we will be welcoming spring. The wonderful magic of nature as we shift into a season of growth and more light.
I will share with you the steps I am taking and changes I have made to my life over the next few weeks and you can follow my journey into spring.
On a journey to live the best sparkling life possible. Brit living in Denmark, mum to two amazing little people, Navy girlfriend, jazz lover, exploring yoga, buddhism and living healthy.