Piece of My Mind Monday:
I don't mean glancing in the mirror to see your outer reflection. I mean reflecting on what's inside.
Lately, I've been doing a lot of soul searching- what do I want in life, my purpose, my successes, my self worth.... am I doing a good job at being a mom/wife? Am I happy? Are those around me happy? Am I making anyone happy?
I'm asking myself a lot of questions. And in this I'm figuring out who I am, where I'm going, and why/if I want to be there.
What do you want in life?
My answer is simple: I want to be happy. Ultimately happy.
Just as the answer to my question is simple, simplicity is the answer to finding what I want.
I'm kind of obsessed with a particular Youtuber at the moment: Brittany Taylor- a self proclaimed minimalist living her dreams.
While I'm probably not going to stop shaving my arm pits, dreadlock my hair, or live in an rv, she is totally rocking it! I absolutely admire her, and others like her to take advantage of what the world has to offer. These people are taking the world by the horns!
This is exactly why I'm writing this blog. When we talk about our dreams (or even as far as our misfortunes) it allows us to inspire or pull that little thought that resides deep down inside of someone and makes it seem possible.
In my time of reflection I realize the things that aren't making me happy: things.
I'm simplifying my life and getting rid of each and every thing that doesn't
A) allow me to make money for my job
B) Bring me or my family happiness
I kind of debated on whether to add C) Make my life easier. However, I decided to keep that off. At the same time of simplifying, I'm also reverting our lifestyle back to a time that was more difficult than today. For example: we're hanging our clothes on a line instead of wasting money running the dryer for 45 minutes.
In this one simple act: hanging clothes, has allowed me time of reflection. I'm finding that even though I'm working harder (preparing all of our meals to save money and to gain a healthier lifestyle, making all of our household and personal hygiene products, etc.) I'm finding that I'm having so much more time to think and be with own thoughts. I'm allowing my mind to be in a state of white noise- resting. I'm also gaining humility. I'm gaining a pure, wholehearted sense of thankfulness for the opportunities given to all of us.
In this we are gaining a new lifestyle that is giving us appreciation, better health and wellbeing, and were saving money- giving us all more time to be together as a family. things are falling into place, as they should be.
To be able to take the time to reflect on your inner self you need to take time for yourself. You need to take time every single day to rest and be 100% aware of your thoughts. For me, that means turning off the tv, put away cell phones and computers- all electronics must be put away. I love to go to my favorite spot in the house, by our window facing the wooded area behind our house. I allow the sun to hit my face, close my eyes, and do a Ujjayi breathing method.
This yoga breath is absolutely fabulous! I learned it from a yoga instructor many years ago and I use it often. It helps initially calm you, keeps your mind focused on breath rather than negative thoughts, puts your body in a calm state, and allows your mind to rest. Give it a try!! You wouldn't believe how often, as adults, we just forget to breath!
I hope you take time to reflect today.
Another way I enjoy reflection HERE in an article I wrote recently.
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Shoestring Amy is a free-spirited momma. With a family of five comes an active lifestyle full of energy. Amy strives for a lifetime of fun, laughter, and memories. Rather than smothering in debt, working for "things," and walking the same ol' line of misery created by a dead end job, she creates much larger goals. CONTINUE READING....
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