Motivational Monday

Motivational Monday: Minimalism

I have been practicing minimalism for a few months now and it is a very positive and proactive strategy that allows me to minimize clutter and live a more stress free life. Minimalism is the process of intentional focus on things that we value the most, and the removal of items that distract us from the important things.

Something, my family has focused more on especially around the holidays is not the gift of giving but the gifting of experiences. We chose trips and experiences over materialist items. Items eventually get tossed or often forgot about as they lose importance, purpose, and relevance. While memories from experiences last a lifetime.

While physical clutter is important and needs tossing, mental clutter is just as important. I found these 7 routines to clear mental clutter very helpful and can be reflected on daily. I encourage you to save this image and keep it near you to reflect back on daily in order live a more stress free and clear minded life.

Please share with me in the comments your progress and/or tips you have implemented into your daily routine. If you have been living a more minimalist lifestyle, please share with me your thought and strategies used.

FLWE ❤

Motivational Monday

Motivational Monday: Gratitude

Hello Monday… Hello new week. This post is going up late. Today consisted of multiple doctors appointments and I am just getting a moment to myself since getting home. Getting wrapped up into a busy Monday today made me think a lot about gratitude. Busy Mondays are the product of a busy life. This is a little Monday reminder that despite how busy we get within our days we must take time to reflect on being grateful.

What is gratitude? Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness. Having gratitude is an important quality that we should constantly challenge ourself to example in our day to day life. When life and/or circumstances are difficult it can be challenging to show gratitude. However, even in moments of adversity we must overlook the negative and embrace a positive attitude and sense of gratitude.

Gratitude has the power to change not only you but everything around you. Some benefits of gratitude include: makes you feel happier, eliminates stress, promotes positivity, heals, improves sleep, boosts self esteem/performance, and improves your relationships with others.

Do not get so caught up in the moment that you forget to thank and appreciate those around you. If you are struggling to be present in the moment and example gratitude you may want to consider keeping a gratitude journal. Writing down what you are grateful for each day is a healthy activity and great reminder in order to be more grateful in your life.

5 Things I am Grateful for:

  1. I am most grateful for my family (love and support).
  2. I appreciate having a supportive following on my blog, which encourages me to show up and post content.
  3. I am most grateful for coworkers that go above and beyond to help me and check on me throughout my pregnancy.
  4. I am grateful for a good team of Physicians in my prenatal care.
  5. I appreciate family time/story time each night with our daughter.

Self Reflection:

What are you grateful for?

I challenge you to complete a 30 days of gratitude challenge. All you need is a journal or notebook. Each day write down your response to the proposed question. Comment below your thoughts and experience. I would love to know how you feel after 30 days. Was this a beneficial activity?

FLWE ❤