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Annual Community Survey: tell me what you really want

Be More With Less - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:07

Below is the first Be More with Less, Annual Community Survey with a few questions for you. I’ve mentioned before that this blog is the heart of my work, and you are the heart of this blog. If you’ve been reading for 8 years or 8 days, I want to know what you think and what you want. Before you jump in though, check out this heart-centered giveaway.

I recently partnered up with my very first private yoga teacher, Scott Moore to give away a signed copy of my new book, and Scott’s virtual yoga and meditation course, Sourcing Your Heart’s Gift. What I loved about working with Scott is he knew how important it was to create a yoga practice that worked for me. It couldn’t be too slow, too fast, too woo, too hot, or too fancy. He wrote about it here.

I know what’s best for me.

I know that changes over time.

I know it doesn’t make everyone happy all the time.

I’m ok with that.

This whole doing what’s best for me doesn’t come naturally, but continuing to connect with my heart, check in with my self, and experiment with new habits helps. All of this work has given me the confidence (over time) to make really big, sometimes crazy changes. That doesn’t mean I don’t second guess myself or have doubts, but when I do I come back to my heart. I just keep coming back.

If you’d like to have a better connection with your heart, and a better understanding of what you want from this big, beautiful, messy thing called life, enter our giveaway here on Instagram. If you prefer to steer clear of Instagram, no problem at all! It is my preferred social media channel (good connection, fun, low on distraction) but I get it … what’s best for me is not always best for you.

Annual Community Survey: tell me what you really want

I love writing for you and sharing how simplicity has changed my health, my home, and my whole life. I’m grateful that I get to do this work but as much as I love it on my own, you make it way more fun and meaningful. We are in this together! Thank you for all that you contribute; from reading a blog post, sharing it with a friend, correcting my typos, joining me for a live call now and then, saying hi or asking a question, and even more importantly … for making changes in your own life. You inspire me!

About the survey

  • Most of the questions are multiple choice.
  • There is an “other” category for almost every question. Feel free to expand on your answer if you have more to share.
  • While I won’t respond to every survey, if there is something you’d like me to respond to, please include your name and email address.
  • I’ve shared other surveys before, but this is the first Annual Community Survey!

If you fill out the survey, thank you! If you don’t, still thank you! I’m so grateful for you and for our connection.

P.S. Here are the links again:

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Categories: Wellness

Minimalism: A Few Quips and Quotes to Inspire Your Next Step

Be More With Less - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 13:11

While longer articles, compelling podcast interviews and entire books can inspire your next step, sometimes all you need are a few words that connect with your heart. Here are a few of the minimalism quotes I posted (image + caption) on Instagram recently. If anything resonates, makes you smile, or helps you take action, feel free to save, print, share, or use in anyway that you’d like.

Find the somethings in your home, closet, work, brain & heart. Then look at your calendar and lists. Let go of lots of somethings and make space to heal and recover. If you want to be light, you have to let go.

 

Clean counters and shorter to-do lists are nice but thats nothing nothing compared to trusting yourself. Use that precious time and space you are creating to put your hands on your heart. 

 

This one is less about minimalism and more about simply smiling. And please consider that perhaps it’s not your job to make everyone happy.  

 

Right?

 

When I saw these words from @introvertdear, I thought, “That’s so me.” I’m done fake smiling. I will not say yes when my heart says no.

 

Mix and match to your heart’s desire.

 

I want to spend time with people who make me laugh. I want to take really long walks all by myself. I want to create for days on end. I want to linger over a good meal. I want to see the world, stand up for what I believe in, sleep 8 hours, write my next book, take a dance class, and read every day. I want to help people with their work. I can’t do any of that all at once. When I’m doing one thing, I let go of the other stuff for days or months. It’s not balance. It’s being in it. I don’t want a balanced life, I want a meaningful one … a real life. 

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I enjoy sharing and connecting on Instagram. It seems to be the most social of the social media platforms. I’ll be hosting an Instagram Live session on Monday, April 14th at 5:00 pm ET and have a fun giveaway for next week too. If you are interested, please join me there by clicking any of these images.

P.S. Time sensitive: If you are interested in private coaching with me and my team for your blog based work, learn more here and submit your application by April 12th.

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Categories: Wellness

Minimalist Fashion Challenge Project 333: excuses, fears, questions & answers

Be More With Less - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:41

Minimalist fashion challenge Project 333 is often met with strong reactions. It’s usually one of the following …

  • Yes! I’m in.
  • I would but because of (insert one of the popular excuses listed below), I can’t.
  • I could never do that.

Wait, what’s Project 333?

You can find everything you need to know about this minimalist fashion challenge I created in 2010 here, but here’s a quick rules refresher:

The Rules

  • When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!).
  • What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outer wear and shoes.
  • What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (but workout clothes have to workout).
  • How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your wardrobe, seal it with tape and put it out of sight for 3 months.
  • What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

While some have tried the challenge and given up, or decided dressing with less isn’t for them, those who have approached it with curiosity have learned a lot about themselves and their relationship with stuff, clothes and shopping. Some of them (including me) discovered so many benefits (that went far beyond the closet) and decided to carry on capsule wardrobing long after the 3-month challenge.

A few common excuses/fears that prevent people from getting started:

While this challenge isn’t for everyone, you may be curious and scared at the same time. The trick is to be more curious than scared. Hopefully unpacking some of the most common fears will help:

Weather changes.
If you are concerned because at the beginning of spring, it’s snowing and at the end of spring it’s really warm where you live, I can relate. Choose your 33 items knowing that some of your pieces will only be worn in the very beginning or at the very end of the challenge. I didn’t choose 3 months of similar weather on purpose. This is a challenge after all.

Work challenges.
If you dress differently for work than in the rest of your life, there are a few things you can do to make a capsule wardrobe work. For starters, dress your work wear down about 10% and your out of work wear up about 10%. If you wear a uniform to work, count all of your uniforms as one item.

Weight fluctuations.
If you are used to housing several sizes in your closet to accommodate for weight fluctuations, only keeping one size in your closet will feel scary. Remember that the challenge is only 3 months long and most clothing can accommodate some fluctuation.

While there are others, these are the 3 big fears/excuses and they always come from people who haven’t tried the challenge. They are all imagined problems. They haven’t happened yet. They may never happen. You can deal with them if they do, when they do. They probably won’t. When you begin to see your excuses as things that haven’t happened yet, you’ll begin to move outside of your comfort zone in many other situations too.

Are you ready to try minimalist fashion Project 333?

Yes, I’m in!
Awesome, I love that about you! Jump in. Clean out your closet for good, hide your other stuff for 3 months and get started. If you are on Instagram, share before and after closet pictures, or your daily outfits with hashtag #project333.

I would but because of (insert one of the popular excuses listed above), I can’t.
I so get you! I felt that fear too before I got started but I started just the same and I’m so glad. I realized I had been imagining all of the things that could go wrong and they never did. When I started this challenge, I thought it would be so hard, but it wasn’t. In fact, it made most things easier.

Even though you have permission to break the rules with Project 333, perhaps there is some benefit to really going for it and sticking with the rules above.

I’ve done the nutritional reset/food challenge Whole30® 6 times. I’ve also fallen short a few times when I tried to bend the rules. It is only when I am fully committed that I stick with it. I also get so much more from it when I am all in. Whenever I think giving up sugar, dairy, processed food and other things for 30 days is too hard,  I remember founder, Melissa Hartwig’s words, “This is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Fighting cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written.”

Minimalist Fashion Challenge Project 333 isn’t hard either. Clothes are easier to quit than carbs (especially if you love pasta like I love pasta). This is not hard. I believe you can do it, and that it will change your life in ways you can’t imagine.

If you are still thinking … “I could never do it.”
Please, please, please … always challenge your nevers. And not because I want you do this challenge or any other challenge, but because I want you to know you can.

So, let’s talk about it!

To address your excuses, fears, and questions about minimalist fashion challenge Project 333, I’ll be hosting a Facebook live call on Monday, April 9th at 2pm Pacific (LA)/5pm Eastern (NYC). If you can’t make it but want to submit a question and catch the recording later, comment on this post. I’ll share the recording on YouTube too, so if you don’t do Facebook, no problem!

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PS I’m accepting applications for Soul-Centered Business School (the private sessions): private coaching, and an opportunity to work with my team. If how I work resonates with you, and you have a blog or site you want to grow into something that will support you and your mission, learn more about what’s included and apply here by April 12th.

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Categories: Wellness

Want to Know What Matters Most? Stop Filling All the Spaces.

Be More With Less - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:35

If you want room to breathe, to create, to pause, to dream, to spend time with people you love, or to know who you are and what matters to you, stop filling all the spaces.

As we declutter and let go of stuff, busyness, mind spinning and heartache, things may feel empty at first. And empty can hurt. So we fill the spaces to relieve the pain. Then we start all over again.

When you move into a new home or if you recently decluttered your home, don’t rush out and buy all the things each room is supposed to have. Live in the space and then decide what you want or need. It’s up to you, and it’s much less than anyone will have you believe. Stop filling all the spaces with the right stuff.

After a break-up or break-down, be willing to feel the emptiness and wait for the lessons. Stop filling all the spaces with busyness, shopping, food, booze or other numbing devices. They won’t prevent the pain, only delay it.

When you declutter your closet, empty hangers are not a shopping invitation. Dress with less and decide what “enough” means to you. Stop filling all the spaces with clothing that doesn’t fit your body or your lifestyle.

If there is extra time while you are waiting in line, sitting in traffic or simply settling in after a long day, take a few deep breaths and reflect. Stop filling all the spaces with digital distractions and mindless scrolling.

When an appointment cancels, or something falls off your to-do list, don’t replace it. Embrace the margin. Stop filling all the spaces with more to do. Less do. More be.

Resist. Wait. Breathe.

Stop filling all the spaces.

Instead, let the extra spaces in your home and on your calendar and in your mind or heart be empty for awhile. The emptiness may be uncomfortable at first, but that’s where the answers lie. And when it’s time, you’ll have room for what you really want.

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