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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.

Services:

http://expansive.me/services

Find out more on my website:

http://expansive.me


My Zero Waste Journey So Far

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My zero waste journey began on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2019. That day my husband and I spent quite a bit of time cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer. We were shocked at how much we ended up throwing away in the clean out. It really opened our eyes to how much waste was going on in our own kitchen. There were too many things in the fridge, so we would forget we had them, so they would go to waste. We would buy too many condiments that we didn’t use on a regular basis and so they would be outdated as well. In the freezer similar things happened. We overbought, stocked too much and as a consequence ended up having to throw too many things out. Have you had a fridge/pantry clean out like this? I also ended up going through the spices/dry goods in a similar fashion.

We are on a journey towards zero waste since this day. After that clean out I knew that I needed to really stick towards menus of dishes that I knew we would all eat, and only cook enough for us to use up that week. We also like to go out to eat on the weekends, so I mainly plan to make 3-4 meals a week at home and we usually have 1-2 leftover nights where we eat up leftovers. We are not perfect, but now I clean up the fridge on a more regular basis and yesterday there were only 2 outdated jars. That’s great progress & it was wonderful that they were glass with metal lids so it was easy to recycle them.

I also began to think about the packaging we were bringing home as we shopped both at the grocery store and for other items. I have cut way back on buying things online and try to find more local alternatives. This really saves on boxes/ packaging that ends up in our home. Some of it is recyclable and some is not. With materials that are not recyclable, I try to reuse those as much as possible.

We have started to shop every week at the farmer’s market on Saturdays. This really cuts down on packaging, bringing our own bags to the market and to the grocery store really helps.
The market also has minimal packaging for fruits and veggies. I have found one store- New Seasons Market who will allow you to bring in your own containers to buy items in bulk like: olive oil, coffee, dry goods like rice, flour, nuts, dried fruits, spices and more.

I am happy to say that last week our recycling was not overflowing and our garbage can was only about 1/8 full. Amazing! Every day and every week we learn more and I will be sharing more details in further posts. How have you reduced waste in your home and lifestyle?

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 3 home clearing packages to choose from: 

Services:

http://expansive.me/services

Find out more on my website:

http://expansive.me

Letting Go of Annoyances

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I believe that annoyances or things that make us angry can be a form of clutter in our lives. Many times we carry around mental clutter that is blocking us from our best lives and it can be more of an obstacle than physical clutter at times.

I will give an example in my own life. Yesterday I got a call from someone who I thought wanted to meet up, get to know me and see if we could refer business to each other, or I thought that their office needed my help from the sound of the voicemail. The call started off in that direction, however in a short amount of time the call resulted in them wanting to sell me advertising in a guide they were putting together.

This created a huge annoyance in my mind. When we expect one thing and then another, less desirable thing happens, it can really annoy us and get on our nerves. It can create blockages to doing our best work the rest of the day, or even into the next day. This was the case with me. I am rarely annoyed, but this really got to me. I really love to develop real relationships with people both in personal friendships and business partnerships, so that tactic really doesn’t fit my values. I always want relationships to be a win-win situation and this did not seem so to me. I was not given the chance to get to know them and they were not getting to know me either.

The next day this call and interaction was still bothering me and really putting a cloud on a sunny day for me. I decided I needed to let go of this so that I could move on to much more important and meaningful work- writing these blog posts and reaching out to my audience to help them.

Here is what I did:

I wrote down the annoyance- just one paragraph. Then, I put at the bottom- I am letting go. I am surrendering. Goodbye!

After that I crumpled up the paper and put it in the fire pit and lit it on fire. I watched as it turned to ashes and the weight of the annoyance lifted. I was able to sit and enjoy the sunshine in the garden and watch the squirrels chase each other. Life was back to the light and I could move on.

Have you had an annoyance that weighed on you for more than a day? How did you handle it?

Please let me know in the comments below.

With lots of joy,

—Trista

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 3 home clearing packages to choose from: 

Services:

http://expansive.me/services

Find out more on my website:

http://expansive.me

The Joy of Less

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In the past few months I have made so many changes in my life. All of these changes have lead me down the path to the joy of less.

Here are a few ways that I have simplified my life and work that have really been so beneficial and I wanted to share them with you:

  1. I now take Fridays off. I make sure to not schedule business/work on Fridays. It is my day of rest, leisure, and connection with friends.

  2. I do fewer things in my business. I used to think that I had to post on every type of social media or constantly be going to meetings or “doing something” in my business. Now I realize I can do what I do best: serve my clients well & write thoughtful blog posts.

  3. I have de-cluttered my home so that things are easy to find and it is easy and fast to clean. I go through a quick 20 minute pick up/clean routine most mornings so that my house stays tidy and I don’t stress about it.

  4. I take time each morning to sit outside in nature. I sit outside at one of the tables in the backyard and enjoy the garden while sipping tea or coffee. I often write stories in the mornings as well.

  5. I quit my part time job because I now have enough clients flowing in to support my business and I have gained back my Tuesdays and my Saturdays with my family. What joy!

What a big change from last spring! I remember that last year at this time I was still working 6 days a week at the coffee shop from around 5:30 am-6:00 am to around 2:00 pm! What a crazy schedule I had!

What are some ways that you have simplified your life so that it is easier and more joyful for you? I would love to hear about them! Comment below and let’s chat!

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 3 home clearing packages to choose from: 

Services:

http://expansive.me/services