You are more than enough

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The other day I was thinking of the phrase that if often heard in personal growth/personal development circles: “You are enough.” I think that although that phrase is a good one, I know that we can take it one step further. We can say with certainty: “You are more than enough.” We come from stars, so we are limitless.

I have always been in love with space, stars and galaxies. I love the unlimited potential, the shine, the glitter and the light that stars in the sky represent. Although it wasn’t my area of study in college I love to learn about space, physics and science on my own time. I have heard so many times how we are made up of the material of stars in so many different ways. I feel that this is a perfect way to look at ourselves that will help us to reach new levels of light in our lives.

Because of this we are more than enough because:

  • we are meant to shine bright

  • we are meant to share our unique talents

  • we are meant to show life that we can do anything

  • we are meant to live in our light every day

  • we are meant to use our infinite power to create love and light

  • we are meant to live in the possibility space

  • we are meant to draw upon our amazing strength

Sometimes we are down and don’t realize that the brilliant light is always on inside us, it is limitless and so are we. I believe that when we focus on something, it expands. During the life of a star, it expands as well. There are many stages of a star’s development, much like ours. There are times of expansion, times of explosions and times of cooling. However, we can remember that we are always a star in any stage, just like a star in space. At the very core, we are still shining.

In what ways are you shining this week? In what ways are you expanding? If you are at a time of explosion you are like a super nova that will shine very bright after that. In this way, low times for us can be a time of rest and a time of contemplation just before a big explosion of opportunity and good fortune. This is a great way to look at our lives because at the core we are always there, we are slowly changing and evolving but the core of our shining light is more than enough to help us light the way on our path.

I’d love to hear from you on how you are more than enough today.

With lots of love,

Trista

Celebrate Your Home!

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When was the last time you really celebrated your home? For some of us that was last week and for others last year or a few years ago.

Something amazing that I learned while in Japan this summer as that they believe that spirit can be in any object or anything in nature. Because of this the Japanese people treat nature and their homes with lots of care and attention to detail. We noticed that people didn’t leave trash around, and although it’s a very populated area they left a lot of forest and green spaces to be enjoyed.

This can teach us all a powerful lesson. If spirit is in everything, if there is too much clutter covering everything in your home is the spirit trapped? Does it long to come out free, to celebrate? This is a very different concept here in the Western world, but it is a great though experiment to keep in mind. I do believe it helps me take great care in how I view my things and my home now.

This is the journey that I love to take my clients on and I plan to add more celebration to the process with upcoming projects this month. I have noticed that I look forward to holding parties and celebrations in my home. It is something that I grew up with- dinner parties, birthday parties, holidays. We always took great care with the china, silver, glassware, tablecloths and preparing special dishes. I think that there is a lost art in taking care when entertaining others in our homes. So many dining tables are turned into cluttered offices or dining rooms are turned into abandoned places for a hodgepodge of items. I want to change the home landscape and bring back the spirit of the dining room and the living room for sharing our lives with others, for celebrating and bringing out the spirit of your prized possessions.

I began to think of this concept this past Friday because on my calendar I mark each Friday with the word “Celebration.” I feel that it’s important to honor and celebrate each week and the awesome things that happened that week. The more that we focus on the positive in our lives and celebrate it, the more positive things will come about- I truly believe this in my whole heart.

From now on as I work to clear, organize and design rooms for clients and also continue to refine my own home I am focusing on helping myself and others truly celebrate the spirit of everything in our homes and how we can celebrate that and share it with others in our lives.

I will keep sharing more ideas with celebration in the coming weeks as the concepts come into my mind. Make sure to celebrate this week! Mark it on your calendar! If you used your dining table, celebrate! If you cleared a space on the counter, celebrate! It’s the small things and the big things, it’s everything!

With lots of love,

Trista

Personal Growth Interview: Keri

I love Keri’s coffee. She expertly roasts her coffee with care and you can taste it in every cup. I start every weekday by making her coffee into a cappuccino and writing in my journal. It’s a great way to start my morning!

I love Keri’s coffee. She expertly roasts her coffee with care and you can taste it in every cup. I start every weekday by making her coffee into a cappuccino and writing in my journal. It’s a great way to start my morning!

This is my 1st interview with a mom-owned business owner in a series of interviews I will be doing on personal growth. It was super fun to sit down for coffee with the amazing Keri Elliott! She is a fabulous coffee roaster and I just met her a bit ago through the MOB (Mom Owned Business) group here in Beaverton, Oregon. My first impression of Keri was awesome when I met her at one of the meetups. I knew I had to talk to her because she was passionate about coffee and all that she does. I admire her for having the courage to step into creating her own coffee roasting company.

Keri started her business just this year and she has grown so much since then. I had the honor of asking her a few questions about her experiences. Here’s my interview with her:

What’s awesome right now?

Meeting someone like you (so sweet!) Gaining momentum and meeting people in the MOB.

What’s been your biggest challenge?

Trying to do everything all at once- book-keeping, roasting and more! If I would be able to clone myself, that would be great. That’s what a startup is like.

What advice would you give to someone deciding to start out in business/a new venture?

Research and practice. I started with a cheap $6 air popper. Start small. Learn and embrace the process. Really educate yourself. Learn the behavior of the beans and how they roast. Take everything day by day.

Who is your best support?

Family and friends are my biggest support & my co-workers. People that care about me are going to support me the most.

If you feel fear, how do you step past it?

When I put my mind to something, I go full force. There can be a person that can say “you can’t”, I take the “I can’t” into “I can” and turn it into something. You have to say “F-it” and keep going and doing what you do best.

What’s the scariest growth step you’ve taken so far?

Stepping out of my comfort zone. In order for you to know that you’re growing, you have to get out of your comfort zone. At my first MOB meetup I got this vibe that there’s a special group of women here. You have to make that move and you may rise or fall but you at least have the experience to look back on it.

Why did you decide to invest in yourself?

It was time for me to do something, because it got to a point in which I was investing in everyone else- my family and others. I knew I had an entrepreneurial spirit. I knew I wanted to do something with coffee. I’m at a point where it’s time to follow my dream and follow my passion.

Clearing Your Path

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This whole month of September my intention has been one of clearing, growth and learning. When you are on the path to something big, lots of things that are in your way need to be cleared away. Those things are not just physical items blocking your path to growth and change, (although that’s what I help clients and myself with all of the time), they can also be in the form of:

  • digital obstacles

  • old accounts

  • old mindsets

  • old paperwork

  • old intentions

  • online clutter

  • lack of accountability/mindfulness

  • groups that aren’t working for you

This past week was a major clearing week. It can feel wonderful once the process is over, but during the process it can be daunting and scary to your mind at times. When we truly face our things whether they are physical items, digital items or things we are doing or have promised others we come up against growing pains. It is like we are starting to become a new person, clearing away the layers and learning where to walk on our new path.

Here are the items that I cleared away or started on last week (sometimes clearing can be starting something new, like if you had an intention of doing something, then finally did it, that clears away that “to do” item):

  • I let go of a group I had been in for my business for the past few months. This was a very tough choice for me because I really connected with everyone in this group. We will all stay connected, remain friends and get together sometimes, but still this was a hard choice. I had found that the focus of this group was mostly on “pop up shops” and opportunities to sell items, however I was one of the only service businesses in the group so I felt that I would be better served joining a wider group of women business owners in the area that has a mix of services and products so I could do more networking and collaborate more. It was very hard to let go of this group even though I know it was the right choice for me and my business. This feels great because I can still support my dear friends in this group!

  • I joined a new business group and went to my second meetup with that group last week. It was awesome and it cleared my path even more to my intentions because it had been on my “to do” list for so long. It felt good to take that step forward on my path. This feels awesome because I can be part of a large, successful group and we can support each other!

  • My next step forward in clearing was to open my new business account for Joyful Minimalism officially at the local credit union. I had gotten my LLC set up and my tax ID number, but I had yet to open my new account. This felt like another step forward on my path. My next step here is to clear out by closing down 2 old business accounts that I no longer use. This will really clear my path forward. It feels amazing to take ownership of my resources here!

  • Another step I took to clear my path last week was to set a clear budget, clear away any old expenses for my old business I no longer needed by canceling those accounts and set up a system for depositing certain amounts into checking and savings each time I am paid from a client. Taking clear responsibility for sticking to these rules and setting up this system feels amazing!

  • I have decided that each month I will go to at least 2 meetups with my new business groups and set up at least 1 coffee meet up with a member of that group each month. I am on track to attend at least 2 meetups this month and I have 2 coffee meetings scheduled. That feels great! This clears my path to abundance and growth!

  • To clear my path with good health I decided to visit the podiatrist last week and as a result of his advice I have set up an appointment to have a procedure done to remove both big toenails that have experienced trauma due to bumping into things and the nails have grown thick. This will put me clearly on the road to recovery with my feet and will clear my path to healthy toenails and feet once again. This clears my path to taking the best care of my feet always because my work with clients and at home for my family involves me being on my feet a lot. I am truly thankful for this step in clearing because it means I will also take a mini-vacation off of my feet in mid-October for a few days to recover and rest. This feels amazing!

  • The last item of clearing last week was to sign up for and start studying 2 certification courses from an online design school. I am studying Professional Organizing (more in depth) and also Aging in Place to help seniors live safely and happily in their own homes. This feels amazing because I will be able to further practice my craft, learn even more to help current and future clients and I will be able to help seniors in my community!

I would love to hear from you how you are clearing your path to success? I know that each person’s path differs and the obstacles differ as well. One person may have more physical clutter in their path and another may have more digital clutter or intentional clutter (items on a to-do list), however whatever you can clear from your path will help you keep taking those steps forward.

Joyful Minimalism:

If you are ready to explore your things but need support and would like to work with me one on one, feel free to reach out to me by email and I can send you a client survey and set up a call with you. I can work with local clients and long distance clients.

I have 2 consultations to choose from that help guide us to how I can best help you de-clutter your space. I also have an hourly rate after that for me to de-clutter and organize your space in a detailed manner.

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