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30 Day Declutter Challenge

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Let’s face it. We all could benefit from a little more organization on our homes. I often have friends and family comment on how my house always seems so organized and clean. As cliche as it sounds…. it’s because everything has a place. I’m not going to sugar coat this. It definitely takes work to organize your home in the first place, but once you have put the effort into making a spot for everything, it doesn’t take any more work to throw your junk in a messy drawer than it does to put it in its proper place. And what more reason to spring clean than spring coming!

However, it can seem pretty overwhelming. Where do you even start?! I created this organizational chart that leaves you only one month away from a clutter free home! Why even bother decluttering your home? An organized, clean and clutter free home reduced stress and allows things to run more efficiently which in turn saves you time. Think about how good it feels cleaning out your closet of unworn and unloved items? Or how much nicer it is to sit in a clean vacuumed car as opposed to a moving trash bin? That’s because the space we live in directly effects our energy. Clutter in your physical surroundings also clutters your mentality. The Zen of organizing philosophy refers to the creation of a calm, peace filled and joyous environment.

But this is where things can change person to person. Some people love organizing (sweet words to my soul) and some people despise it. For me I find it relaxing to organize when other aspects of my life feel a little crazy. Maybe it’s human nature to want a sense of control when things seem chaotic. So when I have a stressful day, I grab the vacuum. When I’m feeling anxious about an upcoming event, bring on the toilet brush. If i’m in a cranky mood, just let me scrub my floors. But that’s just me. And if you hate it, that’s okay too, because this challenge only takes a small part of your day for 30 days. You can do that. Organization is a skill that everyone can learn.

And with so many stores that thrive on donations, you are not only doing yourself a favor but you are benefiting others. There is no reason we can’t part with some of our unneeded materialistic items to help a womens shelter, thrift store, non profit organization, consignment stores…. the list goes on. It’s a win win for everyone. Happy Cleaning!

For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin Franklin


One Word for 2016

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Welcome to 2016 everyone!! Ahhhh….. the first Monday of a new year. Although it is just another day, there can be something incredibly symbolic about a new year. The chance for a fresh start, a new outlook, a clean slate…. or for some, the simple peace of mind that comes with leaving 2015 in the past. Personally I fall into the latter. I can honestly say that 2015 was one of the hardest years of my life. It was an extremely difficult year filled with Continue reading


30 Before 30!

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There…. the cat’s out of the bag. I will be turning 30 before this year is over and I’m darn excited about it! Somehow in our society, talking about our age and getting older has become an uncomfortable topic, an embarrassing confession, an area of denial or something we physically try to stop. I myself have never understood this phenomenon. Okay sure, as a teenager I never wanted to admit my age when I met older friends because I was worried they would think I wasn’t ‘cool’  because of how old I was. But as an adult, I have just never Continue reading


To Everything There is a Season

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It’s been a while since I have had to time to blog. However, it always comes down to making time for the things that are important, and lately blogging has been put on the shelf so I can focus on spending time with family and close friends. Throughout the personal challenges I have faced over the past couple months I have kept my thoughts on one of my favorite scriptures. Ecclesiastes 3 :2-8. I think I have felt each of these emotions fully and completely at one time or another over the past few months and the changing of seasons is just another reminder that there is a season and reason for everything. I could not be more excited to embrace fall with open arms and an open heart.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.” ~ Horace Friess

 


Meditation….

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Meditation has recently becoming a very significant part of my life and I could not have discovered a better spiritual, emotional, mental or physical outlet for my own well being. I tend to do, feel and think a million things at any given moment and I always just told myself that I functioned better when my life was busy. But in reality, that was simply what I convinced myself to believe so I could justify the way I was living my life…. or rather the way I was sometimes not living my life. Life is busy, and my life is no exception. Between working part time, being a stay at home mom, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, paying bills and housework, it’s a big commitment. Add in the constant juggle for balance between being a mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister etc and I began to feel like there was never any time left for me.

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There's Nothing Social About Social Media

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I have come to have a love/hate relationship with social media. Take this post for what it is… a rant.. a vent…. or maybe for some it’s just validation for their own thoughts. Ironically isn’t that why social media is so prevalent?! For validation or reassurance that your life measures up in the eyes of your own appointed audience. We chose our ‘follower’s’ and ‘friends’ with a sense of control, however it is them that ultimately controls us. Our status relies on other people, and we allow their judgement and comments to define us. Social media is only social in the sense that it relies on people interacting. However a point and click of a mouse is a far cry from what I consider interaction. Genuine interaction is lost in social media. There is no body language, no context, no natural flow of conversation, and no emotions. Comments, shares and likes is sadly starting to become the basis of some people’s self esteem.

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