I recently took a family holiday where we packed up the car and travelled by Ferry to France to stay for a week.
Packing for a family of 4 always always brings many decisions which mainly include what clothes and shoes will we need to wear , what bath and body products will we need to keep clean and what other bits do I need to be comfortable and enjoy the holiday.
If your interested in what I packed then get a free PDF copy of my packing checklist here
Next I go a stage further and think what things will we need to be content or happy for me my journal, my daughter will need her favourite teddy and my teenage son of course his iPhone!
It’s simple we realise we can’t take everything with us for a week so we pack what we think we need and leave the rest behind for our return.
When we arrived in France we travelled to our accommodation which was self catering and furnished. So we obviously had no need to take furniture or kitchenware. There we had most of the basic things we needed. Along the week however we did find out we were missing a few things in the home space that we would have liked a kettle, some scissors, a bath mat , a mop , a spatula to name the main living items. An extra towel and more reading books would have been nice in our own personal items. But generally we had everything we required and what we didn’t improvised and all was well.
What this week made clear to me was that my own house at home is filled with lots more stuff than I have whilst away of course some stuff is useful (the kettle!) some pretty and sentimental (photos) and others well this is where I started thinking deeply , I’m not sure it has a use or purpose at all.
In France on holiday everything felt simple without the clutter you have more space to think, less to be distracted by, more physical space to move (even in a smaller footprint property). It’s easier to decide what to do and how to do it, you can be more decisive and know yourself solely in that moment as there is no stuff mounting to a lifetime of styles and memories constantly around you. And I really love cleaning (I’m in that strange category of people who enjoy it) but it’s easier and quicker to do with less stuff around so you have more time in your day to do what else you like on holiday this is making memories and relaxing but at home it could equally be work or spending more time with family or on your hobby.
I don’t think I’m ready for a truly minimalist lifestyle that you read about in some magazines and blogs with my family but I have considered that making life simpler and less cluttered can hold onto those positive qualities and experiences I had whilst on holiday back to everyday life.
So if you want to join me on the declutter challenge I have set myself for August you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I will be sharing the areas I am tackling and what I have learnt along the way.
Maybe this could too inspire you to live life happy, healthy and fulfilled.
Today marks the 560th day of committing to the Miracle Morning routine. It’s Monday morning and I am confident I can get out of bed as planned with excitement for the day, todays time was 5:30am.
Having the mindset of doing this routine no matter what, allows the day to start with the feeling of being excited for what the day will have to offer.
I'm starting to not be able to imagine the start of the day any other way. Admittedly it’s not always 5:30am but the routine is the same combination Hal Elrod describes in his book.
Every day can feel like something amazing is going to happen, that there's something to celebrate. Some liken this to having every day feel like it's Christmas morning.
I personally not sure if it is the same as Christmas morning , but I can relate to the feeling of being excited and happy for the day ahead and I really enjoy doing the SAVERS routine at the start of my day as this seems to then set up the day, the intentions and feelings I want to maintain or draw in.
A lesson I have learnt from doing this practice and therefore want to share with you is one of Persistence. Taking the time to feel and define a word in my life I like to look up the dictionary definition.
"Persistence- the fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition."
You might find this shared lesson or word a strange one to share after talking about such enjoyment of the process. But it is actually my own experience over the last 560 days that brings me to sharing this.
I recognise that on days it's not been easy and you may find the same too but by following it , I have been given such gifts. (Hence the comparison to Christmas morning) Gifts such as personal growth, better health, experiences , gratitude, confidence, success in business and personal goals and growth.
By being persistent you are CHOOSING not to give up on your goals, you will not lose sight of what you would like to achieve, you are not so rigid you cannot adapt to change , you do not lose your positive outlook on life.
I know now why I choose to be persistent. It allows me to learn and overcome from failure and ultimately succeed.
This may be my own insight but ask yourself why do you choose to be persistent?
I often get asked the question above - who do you work for? When people are curious about what I do and why. The easy answer is Me! And of course my family.
Not the answer people always imagine as they expect me to come straight at them with a name or brand. Simple thing is I work for myself, I work because it helps sustain a lifestyle I enjoy, provides for my family and because I enjoy it. Three very good reasons to work in my view. So this is who I work for and my simple but very important why.
Yours might be different as long as it's right for you perfect!
Ok so what's next? Bet you want to know what I do within my work to achieve this?
A British company looking to expand , but who's behind the business? And what is the motivation? For an indepth interview with the CEO you can watch the video below.
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