When to Let Go of Your Intentions

When to Let Go of Your Intentions

When I started finding ways to further simplify my life, I began paying attention to the moon phases.

Not for any religious or spiritual reasons, but simply because the idea of living according to monthly cycles makes sense to me. 

Sure, I could just set monthly goals.

But how awesome is it to have a constant, nightly reminder of where I'm supposed to be and what I'm supposed to be focusing on.

Seriously, I don't have to set reminders or alarms or calendar events or anything. 

There is literally a giant ball of light in the night sky that reminds me where I am in my monthly goals and life cycles. 

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Why I Let Go of Minimalism

Why I Let Go of Minimalism

I've been pursuing minimalism for quite some time now. Just about three years! 

That is probably the longest I've stuck with anything!

And it has been a wild ride! 

My journey started by getting rid of almost 75% of my possessions in what I fondly refer to as the "Great Purge of 2015. I over-hauled my wardrobe and home, and found a clear path to who I am underneath all the stuff.

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The Simplicity of Following the Moon

The Simplicity of Following the Moon

One of my favorite things in the whole world is planning. I love planners and calendars and writing out details and lists for my future self.

And because of that, I love setting goals.

I also love growth.

I love a lot of things, apparently.

Every year I talk about how the New Year is my favorite time. It's a time of new beginnings, letting go of bad habits, adopting new ones, deciding how you'll grow, setting new goals....

Which means it can also be overwhelming.

That's a lot of change all at once.

Trying to figure out what you want for an entire year can be hard. That's a long time. A year is a long cycle. I want shorter ones. 

I tried for a long time to just set monthly goals instead, treating each new month as a new start.

That didn't work. 

For whatever reason, I just could not wrap my head around it.

But then I found the moon.

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Minimalism Gave Me the Life of My Dreams

Minimalism Gave Me the Life of My Dreams

When I started pursing minimalism almost three years ago, I thought I was just cleaning up my house a bit. Minimalism was just going to be a way to keep myself organized and less stressed.

But that's all that was going to change, right?

I couldn't see then what it really meant to create space in your life. And I didn't understand the beautiful possibilities that open up when you create that space.

I didn't realize minimalism was going to completely change the direction of my life.

Minimalism gave me the life of my dreams.

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You Can Shift Your Story to Change Your Life

You Can Shift Your Story to Change Your Life

My life has changed dramatically over the past year.

And I don't just mean that I've grown as a person or anything like that. 

I mean, I have grown as a person. I am not at all the same person I was a year ago. Or even six months ago.

But when I say that my life has changed in the past year, I mean almost everything about my life is different. From my job to where I live to what kind of "luck" I have. Everything is different.

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A Resolution for A Year of More

A Resolution for A Year of More

New Years is almost here!

I am so stinking excited. New Years is my favorite time of the year.

I love the possibilities that come with a fresh year. Getting to start over and have a new chance to create a life I'm in love with. There's just something so exciting and magical about getting a new start.

And then there's the resolutions!

I love making New Years resolutions. 

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Minimalism for the Highly Sensitive

Minimalism for the Highly Sensitive

It wasn't until recently that I discovered I'm a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). 

Ok, so I knew I was very sensitive, but I didn't know it was a thing. I had always just thought something was wrong with me.

If you're highly sensitive, too, then you know as well as I do that life can get overwhelming fast. But minimalism has been a huge help in my life in keeping down the overwhelm and allowing me to better cope with my sensitivities. 

I believe, for the highly sensitive, minimalism is a must. Here's why.

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