This morning I listened to a podcast interviewing Filled with Less leader Molly Sanbourin and so much of what they talked about hit me on a deep level. What started for Ms. Sanbourin as a personal journey to de-clutter her home, became a movement to spruce up other avenues in her live. Working with a health coach and professional organizer she realized that they could help others who are drifting because their life, whether in the home, spiritually, mentally or medically, has become too congested to function.
Just like how I had let my inbox overflow for years, but cleaning it up made me feel better, and it inspired me. I am now working through my Pinterest, with the intention of deleting my account. I know that there are a few things that I really want to get off of it but otherwise, Pinterest is a time sucker, that I over load with cool things I will never do. When I look back on some of the pins I have saved, I am disappointed that I didn’t do some activities with John or I didn’t make the strawberry Christmas tree cupcakes at Christmas and even though I know I’m not a bad person for those things, I still don’t feel good about it and so why do I need an app that wastes my time and makes me feel bad about myself?
This year I am insisting on some big changes, because I have been drifting and allowing myself to be engulfed in things within my control that I just haven’t been taking care of. Beyond the technology, I have been neglecting my health. Even after last year’s post where I admitted publicly how embarrassed I am of my weight and health, I didn’t do anything to improve it. In fact I gained 10 pounds in the second half of 2019. I can’t let 2020 be the same and I’m the only one who can change it.
I have to go beyond de-cluttering and rebuild healthy habits and relationships. I have to have firm boundaries and stop wasting time on useless things. I need to cultivate joy and love in my life and get rid of things that don’t. If I’m not striving to meet my goals, then what am I doing? Have you every had a time like that? Where you set goals for yourself, but other things in life got in the way briefly. Then you find yourself adrift and admonish yourself for not reaching goals, and yet somehow you’re not doing anything different either? It’s not a fun place to be.
Closet by closet, room by room, cupboard by cupboard, file by file, message by message, and task by task, it’s time to stop drifting and take charge. It’e time to be all that I can be and more… scratch that: Be all that I can be and LESS!
** This post is not meant to say that Pinterest isn’t a great site. If you enjoy it and use it often that’s great. I am only stating my opinion that it doesn’t work for me.