I specifically remember the day when I decided I was going to spend 2015 completely revamping my life. To an outsider, nothing was wrong. I have a wonderful family and great friends. I have a doctorate degree and work in the health care field, where I feel I can make a difference in patients' lives. Overall, my life was decent. Except for one big problem: I felt completely stuck and frustrated.
One area at a time, I have been changing my life. It started with reading everything I could get my hands on after my kids went to bed. I read about people who were doing things I dreamed of doing. I did tons of research into my personality type and where I can best use my strengths and interests. I studied amazing moms who managed to have excellent careers.
I began cutting some things out of my life - tasks that weren't important to me or were sucking my time. I replaced the time-sucking activities with more productive things. I made it my mission to figure out what my passion is.
Then, I started doing something every day that scares me...some of the things are little and some are big, but all of them have something important in common: every time I do something that scares me, I stretch out of my comfort zone, and that's where growth takes place.
2015 isn't over yet, but I have seen awesome results in my life this year. I've decluttered multiple areas of my life - my schedule, my environment, my mind, and my people. With my newfound time and space, I've found something I'm absolutely passionate about and am overjoyed about the future. And by taking steps every day to get out of my comfort zone, I have more confidence, have been hired as a freelance writer, and have made it a priority to help others live streamlined lives - lives focused on their purpose, priorities, and passions. I now wake up to emails from Your Streamlined Life readers across the world.
This year has been nothing short of completely amazing.
There are 4 main areas of my life I've decluttered this year to completely change my life. Here's what I recommend decluttering for positive long-term changes:
1. Your schedule.
Learning to say no is essential to changing your life for the better. Start saying no to activities that aren't important to you or you dread doing. I can't stress this enough. You are either using your time to build the life of your dreams or to build someone else's dreams...it's your choice. Time is our most precious commodity - spend it wisely.
2. Your environment.
Getting rid of items can be tough, especially when there's an emotional attachment to them. I'm pretty sentimental, so it was tough for me to get rid of some things, but I cannot even begin to explain how freeing it is to get rid of things. I started with my bedroom closet and have been working on streamlining my wardrobe. I highly recommend it. Getting rid of clothes that are outdated, poor-fitting, or that are just taking up space and never worn, feels awesome. I've found that having less clothes but all items I love is much better than a closet full of clothes I feel meh about.
3. Your mind.
How can you declutter your mind? Get rid of negative thoughts. Also, unplug at times. We are bombarded continually with information overload from all different directions. Unplug and be present. Freeing your mind from outside influence will help you discover what you truly want in your life.
4. Your people.
Look closely at who is in your inner circle. Who do you spend the most time with? Get rid of toxic people. If there's someone toxic you have to see regularly (such as a coworker), decide to not let their opinions and attitude influence yours. Choose whose opinions truly matter in your life, and drown out the voices of negative people. Surrounding yourself with positive, inspiring, encouraging people can make a dramatic difference in your life
As you declutter your life, you'll have more time and space to discover what it is you're passionate about, and what your priorities are. And when you're ready to find your passion, I can help with that too. Click here for my FREE workbook "30 Powerful Questions to Find Your Passion."
I'd love to hear about your journey to live a streamlined life.
I'm here to help.
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