My life has changed a lot the past year. It’s been almost one year since I said goodbye to the corporate world where I had spent the previous 16 years.
Last year, the combination of some family life events, some soul searching and a giant leap of faith put me on a new path. The path I had been on wasn’t terrible, but something was missing. And in many ways I was just letting life happen to me.
My story is still evolving, but so far, this new path has been SO MUCH FUN! Those that have known me for a while tell me I’ve changed. It’s humbling to see that all the good I’m feeling on the inside is being reflected on the outside. Inspiring others to let go and live simply has been incredibly joyful to say the least!
Today I’m sharing one word that has been at the heart of my transitions over the past year. It is possibility.
This one simple mindset shift has done so much for me. I’ve learned to look for the possibility in everything that has come my way. And with this new way of looking at things, new experiences and opportunities have presented themselves in unimaginable ways! (More to come in future blog posts!)
So next time something comes your way, good, bad or seemingly indifferent, let your mind wander… Let it wander to places it’s never been and remain open to possibility…for days, weeks, even months. And when you’re least expecting it (in the shower, in the checkout line or driving down the road), intriguing, crazy, unconventional ideas will come to you. These are the ones filled with possibility. These are the ones you want to pursue. Jot them down. Let them percolate. Remain patient and open. Allow for the possibility that these crazy thoughts, these initially irrational ideas might just lead you down a path that could change your life for the better. Anything is possible!
I’d love to hear what possibilities you discover. Feel free to share in the comments!
With many blessings,
My post on Facebook on Friday was about how letting go can be easier said than done sometimes. I had prepared that post almost a week in advance but ironically, it was just what I, myself, needed to read before my weekend activities.
I have intentionally been letting go of a lot of stuff lately. Some has been very easy. Some has required a longer line of questioning. And some has been a bit tough.
I had a few situations this past weekend that fell into that tough category. These situations required me to be very intentional and let go of what I was used to and comfortable with. I am sharing my experience with one of these situations with you to let you let you know that we are on this journey together… And to let you know that it’s more than just “stuff” that we sometimes choose to simplify…
On Saturday, I got my hair cut… A LOT. I donated 10 ½ inches to Locks of Love! I had been planning this for almost a year and a half, but when it came down to actually doing it, fears of change and letting go almost made me change my mind. In those moments of anxiety, indecisiveness and wanting to hold on to what I was familiar with, I reminded myself what my intentions had been for so long. And I reminded myself of what I knew would be gained on the other side (by others besides just me). So with my support team in place (my husband, kids and my long-time hairstylist) I proceeded as planned!
I cringed as she started cutting (trying to hold still, of course) knowing that the decision had been made (long ago) and that there was no turning back. But now that it is done, I am so thankful that I followed through with my original intentions. My heart is warmed knowing my donation will bring joy to someone who desperately needs it, my morning hair routine is simplified (saving time) and hair products will last a lot longer (saving money). In my book, that’s win-win-win!
So I want you to know that as I am encouraging you to be intentional in simplifying and letting go, I am walking the path with you! The freedom and joy I gained from this experience serves as fuel to keep me going and to keep sharing with all of you! And I know that as you continue to be intentional and work towards your life of simplicity, you, too, will find that on the other side of the tough decisions are the incredible feelings of freedom and joy.
Simplicity…a word that awakens a variety of feelings. Maybe for you it brings feelings of peace as you envision it consistently in your life. Or maybe it brings overwhelming feelings as you wonder how and where to begin incorporating it into your life. Remember…it is a journey…
As with many things in life, simplicity looks different to each of us. And it can look different at various points in our lives. Growing up, my life was simple in many ways. Yet as a child living on a farm in what seemed like the middle of nowhere, I did not view it as such. I did not have the gift of the past to appreciate the present.
Today, we have the power to choose to move forward on our journey towards simplicity. Taking a bit of time to look back and reflect on where we’ve encountered simplicity in the past, might just make it a little easier to move forward.
Looking back and intentionally thinking forward, today I see simplicity as:
Being in nature
Creating art with family
Quiet moments of solitude
Sunshine-filled days by the ocean
Snow crunching under my feet as I walk in the park
Living what I love
Cool, rainy days watching surfers dance with the waves
Just enough toys to inspire my children, but not too many to overwhelm them
Noise-filled gatherings being present with those I love
White space in my home
Free time in my life
Gratitude in the moment
I encourage you to reflect on when you’ve had simplicity in your life. What did it look like? How did it feel? How can you choose today to move forward with it in your life? I’d love to hear what simplicity looks like for you!