Foot to the peddle and an unquenched desire for substantive change, my 2018 post-Thanksgiving drive back to Atlanta was far from boring. Ears glued to my JB wireless speaker (car too old for Bluetooth capability), I had story time with Marie Kondo’s audiobook The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I soaked it all in and in the blink of an eye it was two months later and I had decluttered, sorted, organized, and categorized myself into the beginning of a new chapter. Y’all remember…..I walked you through the journey on two blog posts KonMari’d and KonMari and Letting Go.
Consequently, after completing the decluttering process I needed my physical, mental and spiritual self to align. Having let go of “things” that no longer served a purpose I began working on the financial, mental, physical and spiritual pieces of my life. With my eyes wide open, a fragile heart, a sense of curiosity and desire to leave the valley and brave the wilderness I took a deep dive….
Tearfully, but with gratitude I entered 2019 ready to embark on self-leadership or self-discovery, as some may call it. My theme for the year being self-love and self-compassion; exploring the principles and practices, which was more than bubble baths and deva curl cuts, I incorporated gratitude and intentionality into my daily routine (gratitude journal, yoga, meditation). I also studied Ayurveda, the ultimate practice of self-care and worked on changing the energy in my home by using Feng Shui principles. As I put the focus on me, my life and my sanity I stopped dating and worked on healing. The shift started happening……….
I took Marie Kondo’s focus of gratitude and intentionality and applied it to every aspect of my life. I let go of friendships that were not reciprocal, negative self-talk and all things that did not serve a higher purpose. And let me tell you……………that’s when the shift started happening. Blessings sprinkled fairy dust all over me. Here are a few examples:
- Paid off all debt.
- Manifested my dream home that I purchased with a 3% interest rate.
- Traveled to Turkey and Cuba.
- Parents’ health improved.
- Thirteen months of no dating and felt empowered.
- Was invited to participate in two women’s empowerment groups.
- Met tons of AMAZING human beings and reconnected with many of my badassery friends! #realjoy
- Participated in the KonMari Consultant training.
- Began working on a plan to develop a professional home organizing business.
- Visualized organizing a yoga NYE event. Bam….had it at my house for 12 people. Yassss.
- My 2000 Toyota RAV4 made it another year!
Those are just a few things I believe resulted from decluttering, visualizing and manifesting! Of course……. I had some challenging moments in 2019, I had more than enough for me and YOU. I will share those at a later date! NOW, my focus is on gratitude and intentionality. What started as an attempt to declutter my home turned into one of the most transformative experiences of my life. The year 2019 taught me a lot, most importantly it taught me that change is inevitable and so should letting go. This is an endless journey, I am still learning, healing, working through some thangs and hopefully forever evolving. Where the journey is taking me next is to guide and counsel others through a compassion based decluttering and tidying process. So, stay tuned……………