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Spring Cleaning: How to let go of anything holding you back

Winter is a great time to turn inwards and do some deep self-reflecting, but now that it’s spring it’s time to bloom! But how can you do that with so much heaviness still weighing you down from winter?

This is where the idea of spring cleaning comes in.  

Our physical environment has a huge impact on our mindset, attitudes, and happiness levels. So as the world and ourselves start to blossom, it’s important to tidy up and clean out. This allows us to make space for what’s coming and let go of anything holding us down.

Do you ever feel like your head is just so full of thoughts? You can’t seem to calm your mind down, you become really forgetful, and you feel like you need a reset button?

Well, take a look at your environment. Is your room messy? Your workspace cluttered? Are you running from event to event without taking time in between? This is all a reflection of what’s going on inside your head.

As you being to declutter your environment and get organized, you’ll also noticed your mind feels more at ease too. That’s because you come home to a clean, neat, inviting space. There is room to breath, room to be. So, let’s dive in a little deeper

What is Spring Cleaning?

I’m sure most of you have heard this term before. It simply refers to the big, deep clean people tend to do when it hits spring time. They are cleaning up from the winter, the holidays, and everything they accumulated the previous year.

Why should I spring clean?

It’s a great way to get organized, and get rid of items that no longer serve you. It allows you to declutter, take inventory of what you have, and organize your living space.

Creating a clean, minimalist, organized living space can help you feel more relaxed and at-ease. If you’ve ever noticed yourself struggling because of overthinking, anxiousness or forgetfulness that can partly be a reflection of your environment. If you come home everyday to a messy space, are always looking for something, and have piles of to-do’s that creates more unnecessary stress in your life.  

Remember: A simple environment, is not a stressful one.

How do I spring clean?

If you haven’t read Marie Kondo's book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up I highly suggest you do that. In this book she gives great advice on how to declutter.

First, she tells us to tackle categories not spaces. For example instead of organizing your closet, focus on shoes. Instead of organizing your desk, focus on books. This is because many of us scatter the same item throughout the house. So it is important to collect them all into one area and go from there.

Second, discard items before organizing them. Get rid of everything you no longer want, before you start to organize and place. This makes it easier, because you know exactly what you’re working with.

I can already hear you, "I have the hardest time getting rid of things! What if I need it?"

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Trust me, I’ve been there too! I’ll hold to that one special dress just in case I get invited to that one special event. And guess what, I never end up wearing it!

Marie Kondo has a great answer to that problem as well. When deciding if you should keep an item ask yourself two questions:

  1. Is this useful? Is it rare? 

  2. Does this bring me joy?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then keep the item, otherwise it has to go. Eventually you’ll find you’re only surrounded by items that serve you.

As we start to organize, clean and let go. You’ll notice huge shifts in attitude, because emotionally and mentally you’re letting go as well. Physically and emotionally tidying up makes you feel lighter, and opens up space for what the universe has in store.

Happy Spring! 

25 New Year's Resolutions To Make Your Life Zen AF

New year, new you! Right?

That’s what the goal is, but New Year’s Resolutions tend to be short-lived. That’s because it’s difficult to make big changes overnight.

 

So, here are 25 activities to help you find zen + stay healthy this new year:

Photo by Morgan Sessions

Photo by Morgan Sessions

  1. Drink a glass of water right when you wake up

  2. Meditate once a week

  3. Read 1 book a month

  4. Keep a gratitude log

  5. Eat at a new restaurant once a month

  6. Trade your coffee for tea

  7. Try a new fitness routine

  8. Get outside

  9. Craft something with your hands

  10. Deep clean your closet

  11. Avoid alcohol for 1 week

  12. Cook a nutritious meal with ingredients that are new to you

  13. Go somewhere you haven’t been to since you were a child (zoo, planetarium, swimming pool, etc.)

  14. Take a class on something you’ve always wanted to learn

  15. Spend a weekend night in (ie. movies, hot chocolate, cuddly blankets)

  16. Call a friend from childhood

  17. Put a positive comment on a someone’s post

  18. Instead of watching mindless TV — watch a TED Talk, a documentary or listen to a podcast

  19. Write in a journal everyday for one week

  20. Make a vision board

  21. Go a whole day without electronic devices

  22. Do something productive you’ve been putting off — take on that big project!

  23. Take yourself on a date

  24. Volunteer for a cause you feel passionate about

  25. Don’t take yourself too seriously ;) when we’re always trying to improve our lives, it’s easy to overthink + get too serious. Remember to make time for pure fun and laugh uncontrollably

Happy New Year everyone! Comment on this post and let us know what else you plan on doing for 2018 :)

There Will Never Be A Perfect Time

We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years to get a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive in.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
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We all have daydreams about what we want to do, how we’d rather be spending our time, or we imagine our perfect life to look like — though we rarely turn those dreams into a reality. We are always waiting for the next thing to happen, and then we say we’ll do it. Maybe we’re waiting until we save up X amount of money, maybe we’re waiting until we put our two years in our new job, whatever the reason is, we seem to always be waiting.

But, here’s the thing, there is always another benchmark to reach and there is never a perfect time to create your happiest, most fulfilling life. In order to have your Zen AF life, you must make some changes.

  1. Decide What You Want – Spend some time meditating, journaling, and really getting to understand yourself. Once you know yourself well enough, you will know exactly what you want. Once you know what you want it becomes easier to create your Zen AF life.

  2. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone – In order to create a life you love, you must do something you have never done before. You must get out of your comfort zone, break your routine, step into the unknown and then see what happen.

  3. Just Do It – Thank you Nike for giving us this simple yet brilliant message. Sometimes you really have no other option except to make it happen. Once you fully commit, you must do everything in your power to create your Zen AF life. There will never be a perfect time and things will always get in the way. But when you are committed and dedicated you will find a way to make it work, no matter how difficult.

So take what you have, from where you are and turn it into your happiest, most meaningful + fulfilling life.