Create Some New Energy

Bring some new energy into your space with one small action today.  Small steps can create an opening in your space & the energy of your day.

Try one of these & notice the shift –

Light a candle

Take out the trash or recycling

Wipe out a drawer

Recycle the magazines or articles you saved from last month

Sweep the floor

Clear off your nightstand

 

 

Why Dreaming Isn’t a Solo Endeavor

The other day I was listening to a podcast when two inspiring women, Kristin Hanggi & Natalie Roy, shared this thought-

“It takes a village to raise a dream.”

I had to jot it down.  I had to dig into it further.  I had to share it with you. 

And I had to ask myself – why was I so struck by this idea? 

I’m pretty sure I already knew this to be true, but I think it must have come at a time when I needed a reminder that we don’t need to do it alone.  I needed to hear that our dreams are meant to be shared.

Stated.  Offered up.  Allowed to be seen & heard, so that they can be supported, nurtured & guided along their way.

But sharing a dream doesn’t always feel easy.

I understand that.  I’m an introvert.  Someone who isn’t afraid to do things independently.  My natural inclination is to spend a lot of time with my own thinking (overthinking, actually).  Learning, planning, mapping the course, setting goals & making lists.  Being “busy” on things that feel safe & comfortable.  Things that I can justify as making progress toward something.

So sharing my dreams with the world feels like a scary idea.  Letting people in on a dream means that I might have to let go of the reins a little – yikes!  I might not be able to follow a map.  

But what I am finding is that I can putter away on my own, busy in my little safety net for only so long.  My “busy” work becomes a holding pattern, UNTIL I get a little nudge of curiosity & longing from being around someone who sees things in another way.  Or when I notice someone who is doing something that I have always wanted to try & it sparks desire.  Or when someone makes a comment that causes a lightbulb to go off

That is when I feel the dream gathering power.  That is when a shift can occur & I begin to feel an opening for growth. 

hearing that it takes a village to raise a dream is a big reminder that to really move ahead, I have to open up my dream to the world.  And I can rely on others to support it’s progress. 

My role in all of this is to be willing to take one step at a time, as I listen & watch for the people along the path that have the next piece of wisdom to keep the journey unfolding toward the dream. 

Stating a dream aloud & allowing the path to unfold toward that dream can be scary for anyone who likes to do things independently or enjoys a plan, or anyone who has a big aversion to failure.  BUT, trusting that a village is just waiting to support the dream makes it easier to open up.  To trust & to allow the path to get a little twisty or brambling and yet to still keep dreaming.

I have been using this last month to stay open to the dream.  To look from a wide-angle lens at what I spend my time on and how those things relate to my dreams.  It has been an exercise in patience & acceptance.  It has brought up fears, as well as curiosity & courage.

And the idea of allowing a village to share the journey offers a new perspective on how much weight is resting on my shoulders to find the right directions & take all the right steps.  

Your Turn…

Inspiration, insight, and momentum are allowed to enter & move us along our journey when we look to others for new ideas, allow friends & colleagues to shoulder some of our fears, and allow curiosity into our life. 

Learning from someone else’s mistakes or successes, asking for support, accepting feedback or sharing your dream out loud with someone, are all ways that we can use the village.

In my work, I ask you to open your doors & share the dreams for your space.  The dream you have for your daily interactions with your stuff.  The dream about how you want to spend your time or relate to your children and your stuff.  And I am honored when I can be a small piece of the village that allows the dream to unfold a little easier. 

Thank you to the village that supports this blog & all the villagers that keep popping up on my journey (to find & state my dreams).

Do you have a dream waiting for some room to grow?

Are you getting worn out trying so hard to make it happen? 

What would it feel like to step back and look to the village for support?

Tell me about it.

TiP for Your TUESDAY!

Set Up a Wrapping Station

The season of gift giving is upon us!  And often that means time spent wrapping presents.  To make the process as pain-free as possible, set up a wrapping station with all the tools that you need.  A shoe box filled with tape, scissors, tags, pens & ribbons placed next to your holiday wrapping paper or gift bags can do the trick.

Having everything prepped & ready will cut down on the time you spend hunting for the tape when you finally sit down to wrap!

Read Decluttering Your Gift Wrap Saves Time if you need more tips to get yourself set up!

TiP for Your TUESDAY!

Let Go of Photo Clutter

Before you pick up your phone or camera to start snapping more photos this holiday season, make some time to clear the photo clutter that you have collected.  Start deleting all of those unnecessary duplicates, blurry images, screenshots, photos of your grocery list, and the shots your child took out the window on your last road trip.

Not sure when you could find time to do this?  Do you have a long car ride in the near future or time between games at your child’s sports tourney?  How about  in the waiting room at the doctor or orthodontist office?  Little spurts of time, dedicated to deleting, will leave your devices feeling less cluttered & your photo collection more manageable when are ready to print or use the images!  Ahh… relief!

 

TiP for Your TUESDAY!

Keep It Simple This Holiday

Are you already getting stressed about wish lists, sales, & coming up with enough presents to fill the space under the tree?  This holiday season, give yourself permission to keep it simple.

Here are two tips to simplify the experience of shopping & gift giving. 1.  Offer your loved ones gifts of experiences instead of physical items.  2.  Limit the amount you need to purchase by using this rhyme  – buy something they WANT, something they NEED, something to WEAR, something to READ”