The Minimalist Birthday

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birthday giftsHi there and welcome to 2018.

Today is my birthday which is pretty cool because it’s the 18th of the 1st 2018.  Being the month after the festive season or should I call it the spending spree, finding money for a birthday present in January can be a stretch.  Not to mention it was my hubby’s birthday two days ago!

So this year we made vouchers for each other and I can’t express enough how wonderful it was.  Everyone gave something of themselves.  Whatever it was they knew the person would want, they gave.

Some examples (from the kids as well) were:  shoulder massages, spending more time together, glasses of water when thirsty, hot chocolate and cookies in bed, 10 cups of homemade tea/coffee (to be used one at a time of course), etc.   Also everyone went to the effort of making meaningful and heartfelt cards.  There were also a few chocolates and treats included and cards from the pets too.  I have to admit my hubby’s vouchers spoilt me a lot more but I’ll use them next month or the month after maybe.

I felt moved and I think that this is not a bad precedent to set for the future.

When you give of yourself you are really thinking about what the other person would like and it touches them.

Wishing you a wonderful 2018 and may this year be a year of manifesting abundance, self-growth, excellent health and deep connections.

I am back in my healing room so if you would like to come and see me or you would like to book an online coaching session, click here.

With love
Eve

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Rummaging through the Jumble

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clutter minimalismDo you ever feel like you have nothing to wear yet you have plenty of clothes?  It’s probably because you have too many clothes and a lot of them you don’t really like or don’t wear for various reasons.  Why keep these things?

Have you noticed that when your home is cluttered, your world feels a bit overwhelming too?  I think it’s because our home, cupboards, car, handbags etc. often mirror part of our lives.

It’s no surprise then that when we declutter we feel lighter.

Have you heard yourself saying “I will need it someday” – but do you ever get to use it?  I’ve found that when I need that “thing” I’ve been saving for all these years, I can’t find where I put it anyway and then land up buying a new one.

How does clutter make you feel?  When I look at my clutter I feel uncomfortable and restless.

When you introduce new items into your life, you immediately associate value with these items, making it harder for you to give them up in the future. This psychological connection to things is what leads to the accumulation of stuff.*

When you see various parts of your home that are cluttered, ask yourself why you are keeping these things.  What are you holding on to?  It can be very difficult to let go of our possessions.  There’s apparently a place in our brain that lights up when we experience the pain of letting go of the things we own.*

Give the clutter a name.  When you look at the pile of stuff or the wardrobe that is too congested, give a name to it.  e.g. Chaotic, busy, overloaded, stuck, ugly, messy etc.  Do those words conjure up parallels in your own life?

What am I getting to here?  Perhaps just to be aware that our clutter is more than just a pile of stuff, it has emotional connections too.  You may even be holding on to old emotional baggage.  An idea would be to look at what you can let go of and see if you feel lighter and more free when you do.

With love
Eve

*Mikael Cho, How clutter affects your brain and what you can do about it.