Clear the clutter!

Clear the clutter to be healthier and happier! Clutter in our life tends to make us unhappy and, in some cases, unhealthy.

What is clutter? How do I clear the clutter?

Clutter can be things lying around the house, things in our mind, or just our life in general.

Clutter in our home can make us unhealthy. Too many things lying around the home can attract bugs or rodents, can become moldy, or become a safety hazard while we are simply walking around the house.

Clear the clutter in your home by donating things you are not using to a charity or homeless shelter. Every few months I go through my closet and donate items that I have outgrown, may have a slight tear, may need a button, or that I haven’t worn in a while. Recently, I cleaned out my closet, china cabinet, kitchen cabinets and donated items that I don’t need.

Clear the clutter in your mind by getting rid of the negativity, the thoughts of worthlessness, and stop worrying about things you can’t control. Start thinking positive, remain positive through the good and bad, read healthy materials, watch movies that make you feel good. Most of all don’t listen to people that criticize you and make you feel worthless.

If you can’t find the time to clear the clutter around the house yourself, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Ask a friend, a family member or hire an outside source to help you clear the clutter!

If you can’t find the time to clear the clutter in your mind… PLEASE MAKE TIME! It’s worth it!!

Mindfulness Monday

Mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique” (google dictionary).

I recently attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at our local park here in Ohio and was reminded that we need to be mindful every day. I admit, sometimes I need to be mindful every minute of the day. Especially on a stressful day. How does stress affect my life? Am I too busy to catch a breath and live in the moment? What’s my body telling me?

You might ask, “How can I be mindful?” I asked myself this at the park while taking the “mindfulness” walk. The best things that help me be mindful are as follows:

I sit quietly and watch things…. Birds, flowers, bugs, or even leaves. The tiniest things in life make me happy!

I try to remain calm in rough situations. I usually walk away. I hate confrontation! However, once things calm down I look at the situation and realize it wasn’t that bad after all.

Sometimes, crying works too! I’m not afraid to cry. You shouldn’t either! No matter how tough we think we are, it’s still ok to cry!

Last but not least, I have been known to scream in a pillow when things get rough for me. Yep, it works!

Do what works best for you to be mindful! As long as you are not hurting yourself nor anyone else.


Change is good

Stuck in a rut? Tired of the same old, same old?

Do you feel you’re stuck in a relationship that’s going nowhere?

Do you feel you’re stuck in a dead end job?

Life does not have to be stuck anywhere! No more ruts, no more relationships that are going nowhere, and no more dead end jobs!

Why not change? Change can be a good thing!

Don’t be afraid to take on a new challenge! Set goals for yourself. Start simple. Start with daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, set a goal for a year from now, then set a goal for 5 years from now. Write them down and keep track of how you’re doing. Just don’t be disappointed in yourself if you miss a goal. Keep working toward those goals! You can also change your goals as time goes on. What works for you?

Change that relationship! You might be asking, “How?” If you’re dating or married, ask yourself these questions: “What brought you to like the person in the 1st place?” “What was the thing that changed?” “Is this relationship worth saving?” “If so, how can we make it work?” “Are you bored with the relationship?” “Is your partner bored with the relationship?” Don’t be afraid to go on dates and do things you did before you got bored with the relationship. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to seek professional help.

Change the job if you’re bored with it, tired of it, don’t feel appreciated at work, etc… If you find a job you like to do, then it won’t seem like a drag to go to work, you will still be motivated to work even if you are having a bad day. Make new friends at work if others put you down or you don’t feel appreciated. Ignore those that make you feel disrespected at work! Do you’re best and be happy at work!


A Challenge

This is your challenge… do something fun today and leave me a comment on what you did and how you feel about it!

Today I sat out in the sunshine on our deck and took deep breaths and told myself that everything is going to be ok. I thanked God for giving me this beautiful day, another day to make a difference in the life of others.

After that, I put water in a kiddie pool for my 60 lb. boxer puppy. I tried to get him to get into the pool but he didn’t want anything to do with it. I even stepped into the pool to show him it was not going to hurt him. He probably thinks that I’m nuts. LOL!

I can’t wait to see what you did today! Please leave me a comment!!

It’s ok!

It’s ok not to be ok! Why, because we need to go through tough times in our lives to come out on the other side an over-comer! Remember this…

We all have tough times! I do not know of one person that has never experienced tough times.

It’s ok to ask for help! Don’t be afraid to seek help from a reliable friend, a reputable counselor, or other reliable outside source.

Rely on your faith! Faith is important in our lives because you can’t see it, yet it gives us confidence that things will be alright.

Monday a drag?

Monday doesn’t have to be a drag for you! Sometimes we might feel sluggish because we had a busy weekend or might not like the thought of going back to work. However, Monday doesn’t have to feel like a drag!

Why not start your week on Sunday? It can change the way you look and feel about Mondays. Also, get the correct amount of rest on Sunday night which will help you feel better on Monday. When Monday morning comes, get out of bed and start your day with a smile!