Hello again! Today is all about attaining a simple life. This is not to be confused with a boring life. In fact, having a simple life clears the way to have more experiences and opportunities. I wanted to narrow down specifically on clearing our physical space.
We have to start somewhere right?
According to studies done at the University of Montana our environment/ our physical space can have a big impact on our lives. From effecting your stress levels, your motivation to act on projects, events, etc., your mood.
Our environment is built from what and who we surround ourselves. What we see everyday and who we spend our time around can both positively and negatively effect us. While it would be nice to be able to control and perfect every aspect of our environments…it’s just not possible.
Whether if it’s because you can’t afford or are too young to live in your dream location or you can’t control who is part of your team at work, the fact is: You don’t have control over every little things. But, knowing that can help us take charge of what we can control.
Everyone is different, so finding YOUR happy space and people that are good FOR you can and will take time. As for now, I just wanted to share what I like to do to recenter myself and create a simple, peaceful environment.
For myself I found that practicing a minimalist lifestyle makes me feel my most calm and centered. I won’t go into the “nitty-gritty” of minimalism in today’s blog. However, if you are interested in learning more, you can click the link and read from some of my favorite examples of minimalism (pictured below) from: The Minimalists.
As weekly upkeep, I deep clean my house. going through every cupboard and closet (it sounds overwhelming, but as you have less stuff…it begins to become a quick project.) and seeing if everything I own is clean, useful, and wanted.
This might seem excessive, however, being aware of what is in your home and space, makes you more present and grounded. Plus, having a clean and useful space where everything is either essential or loved is such a peaceful and pleasant feeling. Not having literal baggage cluttering your space leaves room to think about other things that are more important and valuable.
Onto the more complicated part of my environment: “The Who”. People we surround ourselves with effect who we are, how we act, and how we feel. This one…I will admit I have less of a grip on. I tend to keep toxic people in my circle out of guilt or obligation.
So this is advice to both you and myself: Don’t. The people in your life should be uplifting, encouraging, and positive additions to your life. That doesn’t mean the second someone has a bad day you cut them out. (That would mean YOU aren’t being an uplifting, encouraging, and/or positive addition to their lives.) It means, if someone, on a consistent basis, is treating you poorly, talking down to you, bringing you down, (intentionally or not): move on.
Don’t be cruel. Don’t be harsh. Just…move on. Grow in your own direction and push forward towards the best you, you can be.
That is all I have today. I hope you all have a wonderful day.