Friday, November 6, 2015

Let It Go

I feel like I can truly say I have learned to Let It Go, since living in my approximately 120 sq. ft. room in my parent's house.  We have never had a lot of things, and I think living here has just confirmed that I don't really like having a lot of things.  I love how cozy we are and how easy it is to tidy up.  Because I love how easy it is to clean up so much "stuff" on the outside, I have been thinking about ways to help myself live a little less stressed out, and a little more care-free on the inside.  What ways can I more easily clean up the "stuff" going on in my mind?  Here are some things I have found that help me out a little.

When something feels “heavy”, LET IT GO!  When it comes to clothing or an object in my life, I find this is a really easy concept, because for me, I need light and upward movement.  When something feels like it is weighing me down, I let it go.  Some examples of things that weigh down my mind are, comparing myself with others, stressing about things that are out of my control, saying “yes” to too many things, not being true to myself in any decision, and when I put someone down (even if it is just in my mind).  Ways I have found to lift this heaviness is, prayer, FIRST! The One who can lift my burdens, is the One who has already taken them through the Garden.  The next thing I do is get rid of it.  I like to think I have a little trashcan in my brain, kinda like on the computer, and when I don’t like the thought or the feeling, I “click” on it and move it to the trashcan.   And third, I sing/listen to a fun song! The other day I started to feel “heavy” and when I got in the car to go somewhere, Poker Face by Lady Gaga came on.  I turned it up crazy loud and just sang and danced and I looked like a crazy woman, but I felt SO good after!!

When things start to get cluttered, LET IT GO!  I HATE CLUTTER! Like, seriously, I do.  But, um, I make a lot of it… Cade calls me the “pile queen” because I just move piles around the house.  When I clean, I make piles.  I don’t know what it is! Haha!! Anyways, I hate clutter, so when I get too many piles going on the outside and on the “inside” I start to pick at a pile.  In my mind, stressing about too many things or having too many things going on creates some piles.  I’ve found that to sit down and make a list helps me to clean out those piles quickly and efficiently.  I see the things that I am stressing about and realize what I can control and what I can’t.   When I see what I can control, I can start finding a solution/figure out a different schedule/start working on that project, etc.,.  The same helps me on the outside.  I just pick a pile and start cleaning it.  

And lastly, when things just seem too overwhelming, and trying to clean the clutter, stop the noise, or you just can’t LET GO right then… LET GO and GO TO TARGET! HAHA or wherever you feel fun and happy.  I usually like to treat myself with something small, a diet coke and a t-shirt or new razors.  (A new razor, and a good grooming, always makes me feel like a new woman ;)  

It isn’t always easy to let go or downsize, but there is definitely a freeing effect when you do.  I don’t have it all figured out, obviously, and I find myself at Target a lot more than I’d like to admit.  When I do practice what I preach, I find that I can be a better wife, a better mom, and a better me.  "What are some ways you "Let It Go"? I'd love to hear some other strategies!!

XOXO britt 

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