When Tanner and I traveled "East River" our friends Craig and Missy introduced us to a pretty fun concept when it comes to decluttering your home. Here is their process of elimination. First, look at an item in your home. Whatever it is; a book, a pair of shoes, a household appliance; just look at it. Then in that moment decide, "Does this item give me joy?" If the answer is "no", out it goes. If the answer is "yes", you keep it. Simple right?! And it makes so much sense!
Today we live in a world where we believe we need more and more. We often think, "I may use this again" or "If I can just lose 5 more pounds those jeans would fit". The reality is if it does not bring you joy now you should get rid of it! No more excuses, no more clinging to items that you don't need. No joy, out it goes!
This got me thinking, why don't we apply this to our daily lives in general? There is freedom in looking at your relationships, your commitments, and your daily routines in this same way. Does this relationship give me joy? Do I look forward to going to work on a regular basis? If the answer is "no", perhaps you should look at removing it from your life. I am NOT saying to rid yourself of all responsibility, difficult moments, or your commitment to others; all of these things are required of us from time to time. If a person has been a good friend to you, if your job is necessary to pay the bills, etc., you do have a responsibility to them. However, perhaps your job is not a healthy work environment. Maybe a friend is not leading you to be a healthier you or a family member refuses to get the help they need. In those moments, those absolutely-no-joy moments, it is time to let it go.
So this week, I encourage you to look at those items, those relationships, those commitments with a "Does this give me joy?" approach. If it does, hold onto it. If it doesn't, then perhaps it is time to let it go.
Your Women's Lifestyle Coach & Owner of Little Bits Lifestyle Products