When it comes to moving house, I consider myself a very organized and efficient mover. I like to move, unpack and set up everything as soon as possible. However, this past move for me has been far from my norm. I'm still not fully unpacked, I've barely even put art on the wall and I still can't decide what colors I want to paint the walls. I hardly even recognize myself.
When I was packing my last apartment I got rid of so many things. As I unpack and begin to settle into my new place, I feel like I want to get rid of even more. It's like my body, mind and soul are just craving simplicity. I always like to remind my clients that your home is a physical expression of what's going on inside of you so pay attention to what you are craving. If your home isn't set up according to what makes you feel good, it just won't support you in living your best life.
1. UPDATE YOUR BEDDING
Whether its a new set of sheets or a full bedding makeover, I find that updating your bedding can be one of the key moves to make to change up your energy. It's also important to throw out anything that isn't absolutely comfortable and decadent feeling. If your bedding is rough, pillows crumply, blankets limp, perhaps its time you give your sleep the update that it needs.
One of the very first things I was craving for my new place was new bedding, there is nothing like a freshly made bed to crawl into at night. In my last bedroom, I wanted it to feel super dark and cozy so my bedding was dark linen gray and I loved it. Right now, I can't fathom having anything other than crisp white bedding. I've become obsessed. I knew it would be important for me to invest in my bedding for optimal sleep so I splurged on the Peacock Alley duvet set. It's so worth it.
2. FOCUS ON ROUTINES
Moving into a new place has made me focus on creating new routines. I've had to adjust almost everything I do. For example, I like to workout in the mornings, so I have my workout clothes in a separate area where I can easily grab & go while drinking my pre-workout drink. When I get back from my workout, I set up my space by lighting a candle, making a smoothie, setting up my music and hopping in the shower.
Throughout the day I have specific routines for myself that I stick to. It helps me to stay on track for the day, it helps to keep focused on what I am doing and makes me feel at ease. It's also good to focus on creating routines for yourself so you can make mundane tasks much more enjoyable. Like when you do your laundry, how can you spice it up and make a more fun and blissful routine?
3. USE WHAT YOU HAVE
Almost every other day I am out shopping, looking for things for my clients. One of my favorite stops is TJ MAXX & HomeGoods, especially when they are located right next to each other. I always spend about 10 minutes in the candle section because I absolutely love candles. The other day I had about 4 candles in my cart when it occurred to me that I already have so many candles at home. Rather than come home with new delicious smells, I set an intention for myself to burn the candles I already have until the end before I buy another new one.
This made me think about everything else around the house. How often do we buy something even though we have plenty at home? Here’s the best part about it: once your done you can splurge on something you REALLY want without the guilt and the clutter.
See what I am currently burning here:
4. TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
My little brother is moving to Europe this month and will be gone for 9 months. This really made me plan enough time in my schedule to where I could get in some quality brother/sister time. After spending more time with my brother, I noticed just how much our relationship grew. We think we know someone, but after spending much more time with them, you realize there is so much more to learn. It's time we put down the phones and really invest in our closest relationships, instead of being so busy with our lives. Sit down for conversations, ask new questions, do something active like mini-golf or visiting an art gallery. When we are really putting depth into fewer relationships, our lives get richer. We are able to learn more about each other and about ourselves.
I also highly encourage you to surround yourself with people who are up to what you are up to. It's important that we have a circle of people around us to support us in the direction of our dreams. I'd love to have you in my private Facebook group, the blissful living lounge.
5. CLEAR OUT YOUR CALENDAR
I have become a devout scheduler. Meaning that I write down everything I do into my calendar. I use the daily pages where it breaks down your day by the hour. At the beginning of my day, I try to give myself enough time for everything and I place it on the calendar. My rule is, if it isn't on the calendar, it doesn't get done. You'd be surprised how focused, clear and confident you'll become when you approach your days in this way. This is the calendar I currently use and have become obsessed with.
Be practical and don't over commit yourself. Make sure you factor in gym time, eating, napping if you need to. Design your day for the life you want to experience. It's important as an entrepreneur that we commit to creating a healthy work/life balance. It's a big chunk of what I teach in the masterclass because if you don't get the fundamentals down, you'll be set up to fail. I learned a long time ago just how important it is to structure your business, its not only about smart marketing and selling strategies, its about the bottom line of being of solid mind, body, and home.
6. CLEAN UP YOUR THOUGHTS
This may be one of the most important things I have ever learned. I have read countless books on the power of the mind and once I began putting the principles into my life, I noticed how everything changed for me. It started with negative self talk. In the book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hills encourages us to "Guard your speech. Never speak of yourself, your affairs, or of anything else in a discouraged or discouraging way."
Our brains are wild. Thoughts can go all over the place and have you worry, stress over what might come, etc. You absolutely can learn to harness the power of your mind and choose your thoughts wisely. Once you get your thoughts under control, your life will simplify and become a much more powerful tool for you to design a life that you love.
If you need a place to dump the thoughts that are keeping you overwhelmed, I highly encourage you to journal out everything that you think, even if its not so pleasant. Just letting it out on paper can really help you clear out your mind.
7. PRACTICE SETTING BOUNDARIES
Several years ago a friend of mine taught me that "saying no to something, is saying yes to something else." This really resonated with me because I tend to be a people pleaser. I found it easier to appease others requests and needs instead of checking in with myself first. Once I began to change this for myself, I felt much more powerful in life. (This really became easy to do when I began using my calendar strategy I spoke about before)
You must prioritize yourself, your dreams, your life. If you are trying to get healthy and in shape, don't let friends encourage you to cheat or talk you off the ledge of your schedule. When you want to start a new business and your family wants to go on vacation, set a boundary. Make your work part of your travel schedule. It's easy to stick to your goals when you know what they are. So get in touch with your desires, implement goals and set boundaries for yourself to stick to them. You deserve it.