If you are following me on Twitter or see updates on my Facebook page, you will notice some quick decluttering tips. It's a great way to get motivated to tackle bigger projects.
While those bigger projects can be intimidating, how do you know what to keep and what to get rid of? How do you get over the terrifying question of :but what if I need it someday"? Or "but it's still good"
The things we keep are with us because they bring us happiness. Maybe it's a memory of someone or it reminds us of a beautiful day. So we want to keep that memory alive. But the real question to ask yourself is this: are you keeping it because of a memory, or because it represents something memorable?
Memorable items evoke joy! They remind you of life events. They represent those things that are most important to you and are the closest things in your heart.
Your memories will always be there. But it's the memorable things that you want to surround yourself with.
To your most peaceful and memorable self!
Being your best health advocate starts with believing you are a top priority and putting that belief into action. Sounds simple enough but how do you start? You start by doing one thing that will move you forward. Start small but just keep going.
Drink (purified) water: Yes you have heard this before and it seems impossible, but let's break this down. According to the Mayo Clinic. "Everyone has heard the advice, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day...which should be re-framed as: "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," because all fluids count toward the daily total." (except coffee because that can actually dehydrate your body).
8 glasses sounds like a lot, but the 8x8 rule really translates into drinking eight measuring cups of fluids 8 times a day. Not so bad when you can imagine 8 measuring cups on your kitchen counter. My favorite trick to is to add Simply Lemon lemonade packets. Delicious. And speaking of lemons.
Rest: I schedule a nap at 2 pm every day. Even when I don't feel tired, I at least lie down. And guess what? I don't even feel guilty about it. I am worth that time and so are you.
Meditate/chant/pray/clear your mind: Whatever you choose to do that centers and calms you, do it. My absolute favorite? Meditation Oasis Clearing your mind of chatter is much like clearing off your table. It lets your brain rest. Ever notice that when your table is clear that you take a big relaxing breath at the end?
Get outside: No electronic devices. Just sit and listen. That noise you hear? Those are birds.
Eat mindfully: I am guilty of scarfing down double stuffed oreos, but I do try to actually taste at least one. Your mother's advice was right. You shouldn't swallow your food whole.
What ever your one thing is to be your best health care advocate is, do it. It's that one thing that continues your forward motion. In a world where you may have limited control over many things, always remember to focus on what you CAN do in your everyday life.
To your most worthy golden self!
This week we celebrated Memorial Day and honored those people that have protected our country. Thank you to every single person and their families! The sacrifices are more than most of us will ever know.
Sacrifice is a pretty hard word to swallow. It evokes some pretty strong emotions of loss, grief and pain. We feel helpless in being able to avoid the sacrifices that have been made.
But sacrifice can be a good thing! The reason people sacrifice something is because there is a higher goal. A step towards a vision of a greater good. A belief that there is something bigger than themselves. Something worth striving for. It's the action behind the question of "what do you want?".
It's hard to give something up. It's hard to do the work. And it's hard to see it through to fruition. But whether it's cleaning out your closet, getting rid of those tools you never use or giving up that bad habit, you have to make a change.
What is it that you want? And what are you willing to sacrifice for it?
To your most peaceful self.
Ever feel that you are on a habitrail? You are busy, but getting nothing done? You have a goal but no team to support you?
It's easy to be inspired to do something. Usually it happens when you hear someone amazing and you connect with that person. But it's hard to stay inspired on a day to day basis. You get spun into the same routines and your vision gets lost. That's when you need an inspirational intervention.
Intervention sounds scary but it's really just a little help. It's getting that little bit of extra energy. So often we convince ourselves that we can do it ourselves. We can be stubborn that way!
A friend of mine sent me a great inspirational quote to help me stay on track. I've looked at it almost every day this week. I hope it helps you too. And if you need more than this quote to stay inspired, let's get together and talk!
“Anyone who has ever made a resolution discovers that the strength of his or her determination fades with time. The moment you feel that is when you should make a fresh determination. Say to yourself: “OK! I will start again from now!” If you fall down seven times, get up eight. Don’t give up when you feel discouraged – just pick yourself up and renew your determination each time. “The important thing is not that your resolve never wavers, but that you don’t get down on yourself when it does and throw in the towel”.
To your most peaceful and inspired self!
Last week I had a great day with my dad. Had a fabulous lunch, great conversation and a trip the attorneys office.
As the executor of his estate, I am fortunate that my dad has taken great strides in preparing for his "departure".. As part of that process he has ensured that the paperwork and property information is clear and up to date.
As we were reviewing the documentation, we noticed that there was a wrong address on his will! Seems impossible that such an important document would have such a glaring error on such basic information. But it happens ALL the time. It was fortunate that we caught the error because it would have been much harder to go back and correct. And a lot more expensive.
No matter what situation you are in, you are always your best information advocate. That means being on the lookout all the time. I used to not understand when Grandma checked her receipt; why she took time to actually read over every bill that came in the mail; why people actually read the fine print of a contract. It's actually really important!
To being your best information advocate!
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