Do You Practice Organized Hoarding?

Do you have boxes and containers of neatly packed and organized stuff?

Perhaps in your garage, basement, crawl space, closet, extra bedroom?

You know those stores that sell containers to organize?

You can organize anything and everything.

And you can spend a shit ton of time and money organizing stuff.

However, if you organize your clutter, It’s still clutter…

It’s just organized clutter…

In expensive (monetarily and environmentally) organizing containers.

If you organize your clutter, it’s just “organized hoarding” (quoted from my friend Ruth).

If you want more organization, more space in your life, more time for what you love, more energy, more life…

Then get rid of the crap you don’t love, don’t use, don’t enjoy, and especially anything don’t like.

If you look at something and you feel heavy, sad, or think “eh, it’s fine”….

Get rid of it.

When you look at something and smile and remember happy fun experiences, feel love rush in, feel happier, lighter…

That’s a keeper!

This is a valued treasure and it should be front and center.

But clutter…

Clutter needs to hit the road right outta your life.

Surround yourself with the people and things that you love, that brighten your world, that make life better.

Fill yourself up with love, with quality, with experiences rather than stuff that breaks, needs fixed, needs cleaned, sucks your energy and weighs you down.

Do you suffer from organized hoarding?

Leave me a comment below.

Peace and love,

Lisa

Letting Go of the Last Tie to Him

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It was the last tie I had to him.

A gift from my first husband.

I had been carting it around with me for years and only used it a couple times since 1998.

As I prepare to move to Hawaii and am clutter clearing my stuff, I found myself resisting letting go of it…

I want a backpack that will fit my current lifestyle, not try to fit my lifestyle in the current pack.

I didn’t think twice about listing it on Craigslist.

Until I went to meet the guy who wanted to buy it.

As I was handing it over to him, I immediately wanted to take it back, to turn around and run yelling “mine, mine, miiiiinnnnneeee!”

My pulse quickened, my tummy felt tight, and I noticed I was holding my breath.

I wanted to cry.

I let the backpack go and got back in my car.

Then I got curious.

What was I feeling?

Why was I feeling this way?

After contemplating for the past few days, what I realize is it was the last tie I had to him.

Besides a few pictures, I have nothing left that we shared together.

A subtle and final letting go…

And there was a part of me that was sad, that was grieving that loss.

I wasn’t missing him or wanting him back, rather it was an emotional release from holding on.

Many of my clients carry treasures, pictures, gifts, etc from their previous relationships.

I have found these items can have a hefty weight to them…

And the people hanging on to these items may not even realize it.

What heavy shit are you carting around that ties you to another?

Do you want to feel held back or do you want to be free to move forward?

What are you waiting for?

Let go my darling.

Let go and be free…

I’m Moving to Hawaii!

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I’m heading out to live in Hawaii :)…

At a yoga retreat center on the Big Island.

Right up my alley.

I quit my day job…

And moved back to Littleton for the summer.

I’m selling off my stuff so I can head out in October with just a backpack…it’s been a dream of mine for a while now.

What I find interesting is that for all the clutter clearing I have done personally and professionally, I find myself wanting to hang on to some of my stuff.

Can you relate?

It’s funny cause it’s stuff I don’t use or need or really even like.

So, why do I want to hang on?

Likely it’s a false sense of security or maybe control but I am not a psychologist so I will let someone else figure that out.

Yes, even this clutter clearing fairy (as a lovely friend once called me) struggles sometimes to let go…

And yet I let go, because letting go makes room for what I really want to come into my life.

And what I really want is to offload all the crap that doesn’t serve me, that isn’t working for me, that is keeping me distracted from my path, from what is calling me forth.

So, even when I feel the need to hang on but my heart is nudging me to let go…

I listen to my heart…

And I let go…

And freedom rushes in…

Which feels pretty freaken’ awesome :).  

Your turn… What is one thing in your life you are hanging on to but want to let go of?

Are you ready to invite a bit more freedom into you life?

Leave a comment below and let me know how it feels to let go.

Cheers and Love,

Lisa

The Most Precious Gift We Get

“Have you noticed that when we die, our eulogy celebrates our lives very differently from the way society defines success?” ~Arianna Huffington

I showed some pictures from my childhood/early adult years to a friend. He said I didn’t look like the same person. And as I was looking at the pictures, I realized he was right. I have changed so much. There is a light that shines that wasn’t there before. I had so much internal and external clutter back then and I was sick. Twenty plus years later and I feel healthier, brighter and more alive than ever before.

It didn’t happen over night, not even close. It has taken years…years of waking up and making different choices, better choices, choices that took me on the path I wanted to be on. Years of researching, investigating, and testing different theories, different ways of living…and I continue on this path of self discovery every day.

There are no quick fixes in life. Anyone who tells you different is lying. There is no magic pill or potion. There are lots of ways of healing and lots of paths to take to where you want to go. If you want it, make it happen. But you gotta stop spending your precious and limited time doing anything less than what makes your heart sing. Ask yourself “what am I spending my valuable time on and is it worth it”? Are you losing your life force energy to a job you hate? Are you waisting time, zoning out in front of the TV, computer or cell phone? Are you living your life through others? If you don’t start making your dreams and desires come true now, where will you be in 6 months, one year, ten years? Still in the same spot, wishing for something different? Wishing and waiting, but never making the effort?

Get off your ass and make a different choice. Make a choice that will take you towards the life of your dreams. Stop making excuses. Stop playing a victim. If you want it, make it happen. It ain’t easy…I know it ain’t easy…but it is SO totally worth it.

We all have limited time here on this planet. And our ticket will be called sooner than we think. I used to work as an EMT and I would transport many people at the end of their earth life, aka hospice.  Not one of them ever said, “I wish I would have worked more”, “I wish I would have bought the newest tech gadget”, “I wish I would have saved more money”. Every single one, and believe me there were many, said some version of I wish I would have spent more time with my family”, “I wish I had gone traveling like I wanted”, “I wish I wouldn’t have lived in so much fear”, “I wish I would have told her/him, I love you”, “I wish I would have created my art”, “I wish I would have smiled more…laughed more…cried more…been moved more”.

Please, please, please, don’t leave the planet with your music inside. Please share your gifts with the world. You cannot wish for more time, you cannot buy, beg, borrow or steal it. You get what you get and that’s it. So stop wasting it! How many people would love to have more time but theirs is up? How many people would love to have the time you are wasting living a life you don’t love? You CAN make your dreams come true and I know this from personal experience. I have some awesome and big and a little scary (a good scary) life changes coming…I am not quite ready to share yet so stay tuned…but I am telling you, anything is possible, anything! 

I want to know what is most important to you?

What do you want?

What do you desire?

What fuels you, takes your breath away, makes your life full of meaning and purpose?

I want to know, so leave a comment below.

All the stuff that clutters our lives…it’s just that, stuff. You can always make more money. You can always collect more stuff. But you cannot make more time, it is THE most precious gift we have. Use it wisely. If you don’t start now, when?  Don’t make the mistake of waiting until your time is up.  Don’t leave with any regrets.

Make.

It.

Happen.

Is Your Fridge Growing This?

I once worked with someone who had condiments in her fridge that were expired by years!

Years!

I should have brought a science kit with me and tested what she had growing in those cute little bottles.

But they’re condiments, they don’t ever grow anything, right?

That’s what I thought as a kid.

I swear we had some BBQ sauces for ever…

Open your fridge.

What do you see?

Look at the contents held in your fridge door.

How many condiments do you have?

If you are like many people I know, you have condiments gallore.

I get it.

Take a look again.

When was the last time you used each one?

Do you have any that are expired?

Look at the ones you don’t use very often.

What do you think is growing inside the bottle?

And if you don’t see anything growing or think the condiment won’t grow anything, why do you think that is?

Check out the ingredient label.

Do you want to eat foods that don’t expire?

Cause foods that have a longer shelf life then you, aren’t real food.

They are made of chemicals and food like substances that your body doesn’t recognize and can cause all kinds of health problems.

How about taking a few minutes right now to toss those condiments that are expired, the ones you don’t use, the ones that have become a science experiment in your fridge.

Leave me a love note and let me know how you feel.

They Tried to Sell Me Crack

Have you ever bought crack?

My bet is you have.

Recently I went to my local grocery store.

As I was walking up to the entrance, I saw them.

You know them.

Those little people who stand so cute and innocent next to their table stacked with crack.

Yep, crack.

These little people were calling to me.

I thought to myself “don’t make eye contact”.

“DO..NOT…make eye contact!!!”.

Crap, I made eye contact.

They looked so cute, innocent, and sweet.

Oh, they were sweet indeed!

Full of the crack they were selling.

If you haven’t already figured out what I am talking about, I am writing about the Girl Scouts.

(By the way, I love the Girl Scouts. What I know of them, I think it is a great program for young girls)

My problem is with what they are selling.

I would be happy to support the Girls Scouts but I am not interested in their crack.

Oh, and don’t get me wrong, I have eaten my fair share of Girl Scout crack in my past… thin mints, delish!

But now days I have a different perspective.

I see these girls yelling and freaking out…

Seriously one girl was yelling “BUY MY COOOOOKKKKKIIIIIEEEESSSSS!” as she was acting like she was melting.

It’s kinda funny, until you realize this girl is probably on Ritalin for her “ADD” and insulin for her diabetes and already on the road to coronary artery disease, pain, suffering, and an early death.

No so funny anymore, eh?

I have been known to be a bit dramatic at times, but this isn’t one of them.

As an RN and an American, I see so many people struggling with addition to crack…um, I mean sugar, and suffering immense health effects.

And so many kids are now dealing with diseases that were once non existent in children.

Sugar is highly addictive and puts us on an emotional roller coaster…

The ups and downs can be so extreme.

Sugar clutters the body, the mind, and the Spirit.

Personally, I have struggled immensely with sugar addiction…

Ask my niece about the time I stole her Easter candy…

It was not a pretty sight for me or her.

Currently, I have been clean for over a month, yahoo!

But every day (shit, sometimes every minute) is a choice of whether I will feed my body, mind, and soul with crack or with real, nutrient dense, high quality food…food that the body is meant to eat.

Do you struggle with processed sugar addiction?

How do you feel after you eat a big candy bar?

How do your kids act after they eat a big bowl of crack cereal in the am?

Are they ready for a hike or nap?

I would love to hear from you about your experience with processed sugar.

Leave a comment below.

Cheers and Love,

Lisa

I Have One Pair of Shoes

I only have one pair of shoes…

Work shoes that is.

I work a M-F job that requires business casual wear.

And I only have one pair of shoes.

(I own a total of 12 pairs of shoes, which include snow boots, flip flops, and dressier shoes I wear occasionally…I pretty much consistently wear one of three pairs of shoes)

When I started my job, I invested in a nice, comfortable, fairly cute pair (as cute as comfy, low heels can be).

You may be wondering “how and why?”

It started off with financial reasons…I had a budget and since I invested in high quality, I only bought one pair.

I also realized how much time I would save on picking out shoes in the morning…

I have some friends who are shoe hoarders and between trying to figure out which ones they want to wear and where they are amongst their other shoes, they spend a bit of time choosing.

Only having one pair of work shoes makes life more simple and easier.

I also narrowed down my base color of my work wardrobe to black (eliminates the need for a brown pair of shoes)…I add in color and mix and match my outfits.

I keep my work wardrobe simple and minimal…which also makes my morning time quick since I don’t have much to choose from.

I love living simply!

It feels so freeing.

Do you like the idea of simplifying your shoes and/or wardrobe?

What is one thing you can do right now to help make your morning routine, easier?

Leave a comment below and let me know what you did to make your life easier.

Cheers and Love,

Lisa

A Tornado Came, This Is What I Grabbed

Last Thursday, a tornado came through the area where I live.

This was my first experience with a tornado.

When the neighborhood sirens sounded and I saw pictures on the internet of the funnel cloud heading my way, I headed to  the crawl space.

As I waited for the storm to pass, I thought about what I chose to bring with me…my cell phone and laptop to track the storm, my shoes to protect my feet and my headlamp in the event I lost electricity.

That was it.

I once wrote about a hypothetical fire and what I would take out with me.

One thing I thought for sure I would bring, I didn’t even think of until I was sitting there pondering.

The people…the irreplaceables…that is what matters.

All the other stuff is just that: stuff.

Look around your space.

What are you hanging on to that you don’t use, need, love, or want?

Are your ready to let it go?

How about right now?

Dark and Gloomy

Some of you have noticed I haven’t written in a while.

I could make up a list of excuses but the truth is I haven’t wanted to write, so I didn’t.

The lack of inspiration had more to do with the emotional place I have been in.

Kinda dark and gloomy, much like the weather here in Boulder County.

And the great part about this dark and gloomy place I have been living (inside and out), is that I am totally ok with it.

Sure I get a bit restless and impatient at times (ok many times), but I know at the depth of my truth this is temporary and I am growing…which are two things I love: change and evolving.

I am grateful I have been honoring myself and my needs, being quiet, reflective, and often alone.

And slowly I am coming out of the grey…most recently I have spent some very fun times with my incredible lady friends.

I believe there are times when getting quiet is exactly what we need…quieting our thoughts, breathing and trusting.

I take great pleasure in knowing that anything, anything is possible.

And ya never know what is right around the corner…

Are These Coming Out Of Your Ears?

Do you have plastic grocery bags coming out your ears?

These are clutter to your life, your home, and the environment (ultimately affecting your health).

Here in Boulder County most people use reusable bags they bring with them to stores.

In fact, it’s socially unacceptable to take disposable bags and many stores charge customers for them.

With access to so many awesome reusable bags, why not use them instead of disposable bags?

I have two canvas bags I bought in 2007.

They are in great shape and I still use them today.

I love that I can throw them in the washer.

They are also super strong and can hold a lot of weight, unlike disposable plastic and paper that tear and rip easily.

I also have reusable bags made from recycled plastic and a couple of them even fold up into small zipper compartments.

These are good to carry in my purse or backpack.

I leave most of my reusable bags in my car and have access to them when I stop by the store.

So how about?

Are you a lover of reusable bags?

If not, are you ready to invest in a few to save many?

Leave a comment below about your experience with using reusable bags.

Or tell me why you haven’t tried them yet.

Cheers!

I Didn’t Want It…Someone Else Did

I sold my juicer.

(You can read why here)

I listed it on Craigslist and a lady living just 10 mintues away bought it.

I feel so happy to pass along something I no longer used to someone who wanted it.

This is such a lovely way of clutter clearing.

Letting go of what we no longer need or want and giving it to someone who does.

Plus I made some cash :).

What are you storing that you no longer use?

Are you ready to let it go?

Leave a comment below and tell me what you are letting go of and what you are going to do with it (give it to someone, sell it, thrift store.)

Cheers and Love, L

Wise Little Girl

As I was walking out of the library today, a line of 3-4 years olds were walking in.

I overheard one little girl calmly say to her schoolmate, “We don’t have to rush”.

Wise words little girl, wise words.

I learn so much from little ones…after all they are closer to Source.

Where in your life do you feel like you are rushing?

How would it feel to slow down and enjoy?

Leave a comment below, I love to hear from you.

Cheers to not rushing!

Letting Go Of The Onion Peel

I feel life is a lot like an onion.

As I learn and grow, I peel a layer.

The new exposed skin feels raw and sensitive.

Over time, the new layer feels tough and strong.

Then I peel yet another layer and continue to repeat the process…

Over and over and over again.

Just when I feel like I can’t possibly peel another layer, I do.

And I survive.

The move I do this, the more I realize I not only survive, I thrive.

Often times this feels scary, challenging and exhausting.

It also feels awesome, freeing and energizing.

To let go of a layer and move forward can feel like a huge weight has been lifted.

I never regret peeling and letting go.

Where in your life are you hanging on to a layer of your onion?

Is it ready to be peeled but you are resisting?

Leave a comment below and let me know what you are ready to let go of.

Cheers and Love,

L

Are You Involved With “The Cult Of Speed”?

I have been known to speed.

Probably more than I’ll admit :).

I have been known to say “I love to drive fast!”

But lately I have noticed a tenseness to my driving.

I am sure it has been there awhile but I am becoming more and more aware of it.

A need to get somewhere fast, even when I am not or will not be late.

A few days ago, I picked up a book at a friend’s house.

She said “That book changed my life”.

I am almost half way through and so far I can feel it changing mine too.

As I drove the 20 minutes to Boulder tonight, I felt a calmness, a slowness…it felt…nice.

As I was passed by people quickly heading to their destinations, I smiled and continued to drive the speed limit (I know my loved ones are gasping as they read this…it’s true Mom :) ).

I arrive at my favorite cafe.

As I walk in, I can feel my step a bit lighter, a bit slower.

The tension I have known for far too long, feels a little less…tense.

As I sit in this quaint little Boulder cafe, sipping my peppermint tea, a couple enters.

They say in harmony to the server “we have 30 minutes to get it cooked and consumed”.

They seem stressed and in a hurry.

I wonder if they will enjoy their meal.

I wonder if they will enjoy their conversation.

And as they wait, I notice they are more focused on their cell phones then each other.

And when their foods arrives, they hurry to consume it.

I wonder if they have even tasted it, appreciated it.

I wonder if they could benefit from the book I am reading “In praise of slowness: challenging the cult of speed” by Carl Honore.

Where in your life do you feel like you speed up?

Are you hurrying up just to get “there”?

Are you missing out on here to get to “there”?

And where is “there”?

I would love to hear from you, leave a comment below.

Cheers to slowing down and smelling the aroma of life!

Has This Ever Happened To You?

I traveled to California in January and again in February.

Each time I went for four days.

I brought only a small carry-on day backpack.

I did this to see how little I actually needed during my vacation.

I was surprised to find out I didn’t even fill the bag and had extra room.

It was great I didn’t have to lug around luggage.

I hopped off the shuttle, walked right thru security and quickly arrived at my gate.

I had all the things I needed for my vacation.

I did not feel deprived.

I felt liberated!

Granted I was only gone for 4 days but I think I could pack that minimally for a longer trip.

So I have created that goal for my next vacation (which I haven’t finalized yet so stay tuned).

I remember one time I traveled, I packed a humongous luggage case.

I filled it to the brim for a week vacation.

I got to the baggage check in and it was overweight, which cost like 50 bucks (now probably $100)!

I was stressed, embarrassed and angry.

I didn’t even need all the extra crap I was taking with me.

Have you ever felt this way?

Have you ever taken a vacation with way too many bags and felt stressed out?

Are you ever surprised when you come home, unpack and realize all the things you didn’t even use on your trip?

I would love to hear about your experience traveling with luggage.

Leave a comment below.

Cheers and Love!

Rituals Part VIII: Clear Out The Negativity

Cultivating gratitude is one of the greatest rituals I participate in.

It helps me keep a positive perspective.

A few years ago I lived with a friend for about 6 months.

If one of us caught the other in a negative or complaining mood, we would say “stop and give me five”.

This meant to stop what we were saying or thinking and say out loud five things we were grateful for.

I loved this practice because it shifted me into a positive, loving space.

I have so much to be grateful for yet I still find myself at times complaining or being negative.

So right before I go to bed in the evening, I write in my journal (which is kept on my bedside table) five things I am grateful for that day.

It can be as simple as “I am grateful that I woke up this morning” or “I am grateful for the clouds I saw on my drive to work”.

It can be something like “I am grateful for _____ because he/she said _____ today and even though it stung, it was true and I learned _____ and I am better because of this”.

If this feels too much, just write out one thing you are grateful for each day.

Or if you have a bedmate, tell eachother what you are grateful for before you go to sleep.

Do this with your kids.

Or call your Mom, Dad, best friend and tell them.

The point is to cultivate gratitude every day.

Try it out and share below how you feel.

Cheers to cultivating positivity!

Moving! Yahoo!

I am moving on Sunday.

I actually LOVE to move.

Mostly because I have such a small amount of stuff so it is super easy (all of my belongings fit inside my VW Golf…except my bike which goes on my bike rack on the outside :)).

I also love to move because it is a great opportunity to gather all my belongings and look at what I have.

It is easy to forget about things we own when we don’t see or use them every day.

My goal is to keep only the things I love and use.

I am not a fan of keeping things in the event one day I may need them.

One day hardly ever comes and when it does, I can borrow from someone or shop Craigslist, thrift or specialty store.

(If we kept everything we might use one day…well it may look like we live in a thrift store or we might be labeled a hoarder…I don’t know about you, but this would not be the way I would chose to live)

If I haven’t used it, then I clutter clear it (unless it is a seasonal item, like snow pants, which being in Colorado I use occasionally but not daily, so they get to stay).

For example, I am clutter clearing my juicer…gasp (settle down my fine fellow juice loving peeps)!  I haven’t used it in over a year, it is messy and a pain in my tooshie to use and clean and way easier for me to drive to the juice shop, pay a small fee for them to make it and clean up.  Plus, I don’t drink juices very often, I prefer smoothies.  And I have a Vitamix, so if I am really desperate for a juice, I can make a smoothie and then pour it through a nut milk bag.

I am constantly assessing my stuff for it’s relevance and importance in my life.

Look around your space right now?

**Do you see something that makes you feel less than awesome?

**Do you see something you haven’t used in years?

**Are you ready to let it go?

**Could it bring some joy to someone else?

Put it in your car to take to the thrift store the next time your out.

Repeat this process.

Clutter clearing feels so freeing!

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When we let go of the things that are no longer serving us, we open up space in our lives for the things that do serve us!

Leave me a love note below and tell me what you are clutter clearing today :).

Stepping Out Of The “Comfort Zone”

A few nights ago, I went to dinner by myself.

I sat in a booth and opened up my computer to listen to a podcast while I ate (which is really not a good habit).

I looked up and saw an older man, probably in his seventies, sit down by himself.

I felt a pull to him.

I thought about how strange it is that in this small restaurant, there are only three people eating and all are sitting alone.

I felt an inner voice tell me to go sit with him but I didn’t know why.

Then my brain got all whiny and embarrassed saying “that’s weird”, “he’ll think I’m weird”, and “what will the other person think?”

I couldn’t even concentrate on the podcast because the pull to talk with the man was so strong.

I finished my meal and was working on getting up the courage.

What would I say?

“Umm excuse me I don’t know why but I think I am supposed to talk with you.”

“Ok, ok…I’ll do it” I said to my inner voice.

And just when I started putting my computer away, he quickly got up and left.

I sat there feeling sad.

Like I missed a really great opportunity to connect.

Maybe it would have gone bad.

Maybe he would have yelled at me (I doubt it).

But maybe it would have gone really, really good.

Better than I ever thought it could.

What if I missed out on making his day brighter?

Maybe he is a widower and alone and I could have brought some joy to his life.

Or maybe the message was for me and now I’ll never know…

Because I let the voice in my head out talk the voice in my gut.

I think about how cool it would have been to bring three people together to share their stories and connect over a meal.

In my world, I think this connection is lacking.

People are addicted to “busy” and addicted to “technology”.

Me too sometimes so I get it.

But I want to do things differently.

I desire more quality, more connection, more intimacy.

How about you?

Are you longing for more human interaction and deep connection?

What is one thing you can do today to cultivate more connection in your life?

Leave your answer in the comment section below…there is great power behind stating intentions!

Cheers and Love,

L

Are You Drowning In Paper Clutter?

It snowed a lot this weekend in Colorado.

Normally I am not a huge fan of the cold.

I prefer consistent 80’s.

But this weekend I was excited to be snowed in.

I stayed in my pj’s and got to work on some projects I have been wanting to complete.

One was going through a stack, well actually a pile, of receipts.

I sorted them into two piles: recycle and scan.

I discarded the ones I didn’t need (the marjority) into the recycle bin and today I am scanning the others into my computer.

I used to have a huge filing cabinet full of papers but now I have them all sorted and easy to locate right on my laptop.

And I have two external harddrives, in two locations, as backup in the event of damage, theft or fire.

Now days there is the icloud but I am not sold on it yet so I keep to my trusty external hard drives.

How about you?

Can you locate any important document you need at a moments notice?

Or do you have to go searching, spending precious time locating one paper amongst thousands?

Paper clutter is a common complaint from my clients.

Here’s a tip: grab the pile of papers you have.

Touch each paper only once.

Do you need it?

No? Discard.

Yes?

Are you SURE you really need it?

Really?  Do you reeeallllyyy need it?

If you are absolutely positively sure you need it, place it in the scan pile.

Do this with every paper.

Scan the remaining papers into your computer.  Then discard them.

Feel overwhelmed?  Set a timer (use the one on your phone) and do this for 15 minutes.  Getting started can be the hardest part.  Once you’re on a roll you just may clutter clear all your paper piles!  

How does it feel to rid yourself of paper clutter?  

When will you dedicate 15 minutes to clutter clearing your paper?  If not now, when?  Leave a comment below, I love to hear from you!

Rituals Part VII: Meditation

I used to roll my eyes when someone would talk about meditation.

That was until I started meditating and reaping the benefits.

If you are like I was, thinking meditation was for the woowoos, then change the wording…

Getting present,

Slowing down,

Relaxing,

Focusing,

Breathing,

Whatever wording works for you.

Meditation is about focusing on the breath.

Being aware of the body and the thoughts.

Feeling what you’re feeling.

Meditation is about getting quiet and curious.

Meditation can look like sitting in lotus pose or it can be while washing dishes.

Meditation can be while walking to the car or laying in bed right before sleep.

Anytime you bring awareness to the moment, you are meditating.

I could ramble on and on about the health and life benefits meditation brings but I am not going to.

They are well documented.

You can google them and find out more information than you probably want.

I have integrated mediation into my daily routine (sometimes it’s only 30 seconds) and encourage you to try it out.

Focus on your breath for a few minutes…you just meditated!

Meditation is for everyone and can be done at any time.

Here’s an easy way to meditate:

Sit or stand.

Breathe into your belly to a count of 4.

Hold for a count of one.

Breathe out for a count of 4.

Hold for a count of one.

Repeat as many times as you like or for as long as you like.

WhooHooo!  You meditated!

** How do you feel?

** When will you be able to do it again?

Please leave a comment below and let me know how I can support you to daily meditation.

Will You Be That Person?

I am going to write about something I think is super important and yet some find very sensitive.

And I am going to get right to the point.

If you were to die tomorrow, how much stuff would you be leaving to your loved ones to rummage through, get rid of, or worse, pack up and store at their house?

How do you think they would feel, to have to sort though the crap you left behind?

(I have met many people who have long held onto their deceased loved ones stuff because they can’t bear to let it go, even if they don’t want, need or use it…ugg, that’s a heavy load to carry around)

Now I am not talking about your cherished items and beloved treasures you want to pass along to your loved ones.

These are lovely and I am advocate for giving these treasures to them now, while you’re still around to enjoy this.

Or better yet, ask your beloveds if they even want what you want to give them.  Not everyone treasures what we do.

What I AM talking about is the crap you have stuffed in drawers, closets, corners, under beds, in the middle of the living room.

Places maybe you haven’t looked in a while.

Do you even KNOW what you have hidden in your house?

How does it make you feel to think about your loved ones having to deal with what you are going to leave for them?

Papers, trinkets, knickknacks, containers…let’s be honest and say there’s probably a lot of crap.

Instead, how about you start going through your stuff today?

If it feels overwhelming, chunk it down to 15 minute increments…heck, chunk it down to 5 minutes!

Often, getting started is the hardest part.

Once you see how amazing is feels to let go of the stuff in your life, you may just want to keep on a clearin’.

Are there five things you can give away right now?

Can you pack them up and take them to the thrift store for someone to actually use?

If you don’t do it now, when?  Will you ever?  Or are you just going to leave it for the people you love to deal with?

Worry Does A Body Bad!

Lately I have had a bit of worry.

Life worry.

Where I am gonna live worry.

What I am doing with my life worry.

This worry could have been caused by all kinds of things:

Media, past beliefs, finding myself in transition…again (which I actually like :)), Mercury in Retrograde, Full Moon, New Moon, Moon in Aquarius, being Leo….

Whatever we chalk it up to…

It sucks…

Or does it?

Could it just be perspective?

So, I decided to reach in my tool box and support myself to shift my perspective.

I continued to journal.

I made a vision board.

I talked with my lady friends.

I got quiet.

I got outside.

And I trusted.

In my gut, I trusted.

I took steps forward, heading the direction I desired to be.

And I trusted.

And I waited.

And lo and behold, I manefested some pretty awesome stuff!  (Stay tuned for more on that later)

The big lesson I learned is worry is pointless.

It is a time waster and life sucker.

Worry does a body bad!

Cause here’s the thing: no matter how much you worry, shit will happen.

Good shit and bad shit…

So if it’s gonna happen anyway, why worry about it?

Why worry about things we have no control over?

If it happens, well, we deal with it.

If it doesn’t, we just spent precious time worrying and it didn’t come true…time we can’t get back!

(And in my experience, most of what I have worried about, never came true)

Don’t get me wrong, I still find myself worrying.

But now I have more awareness and can usually recognize what I am doing and check myself.

How about you?

What are you finding yourself worrying about?

Do you have any control over it?

If so, are you taking action?

If not, is worrying doing you any good?

Leave a comment below.

I love to hear from you.

Cheers to letting go of worrying!

I’m Baaaacccckkkk on the Facebook Teat!

Yep, I did it.

I couldn’t stay away.

Well, it’s not that I couldn’t.

It turns out, if I want to cultivate my desire of building a thriving online business…well, I have to be online.

I know crazy, right…but alas, it’s true.

Some of what I did learn from my Facebook sabbatical is this:

* I didn’t die from lack of Facebook connect…gasp!  It is true!

* My life still went on…whew!  Not that I was worried but maybe still a bit surprised :).

* And the best part is I now have the awareness and tools to set limits on my FaceBook use.

I set the intention to use it for good.

To spread love and light.

To connect with others and provide value to their life.

More to come as I continue the ever changing and exciting growth and wisdom that living and age brings :).

I would love to hear from you.

What is the one thing you love about Facebook?

Do you set limits around your Facebook time?

What works for you?

Much Love,

Lisa

Feeling Stuck? Try this…

Beliefs can clutter our life.

Beliefs can clutter our mind.

Beliefs can clutter our heart.

Beliefs about how we should behave…

What we should do…

Say…

Think…

Feel.

Who we should become.

What path we should walk.

Recently I have become very friendly with my “beliefs”.

I realize how many of them are not serving me,

Are not propelling me forward.

But instead holding me back,

Keeping me stuck…

In the same cyclical patterns.

Beliefs that no longer serve us, keep us held back from the life we desire.

The life we yearn to step into.

The life that is calling us forward.

I encourage you to take a look at your beliefs.

Beliefs from your past.

Beliefs learned from your parents.

Beliefs learned from your friends,

Society,

Culture,

Religion,

Media.

What are your true and serving beliefs?

And what belongs to others?

Are you ready to transform your old, worn out beliefs?

Leave me a comment below and let me know what belief you are ready to let go of.

For in order to move to the life of our dreams, we first must let go…

Rituals Part VI: Shake, Rattle and Rock & Roll!

Move your body.

It wants to move.

And it can be fun too!

There are so many ways to move your body, don’t spend another minute doing something you don’t want to just because you feel you should or need to.

I know some people who love the gym.

I despise it.

Not my thing…at…all.

I fought this for a while and would drag myself to the gym because I thought I should.

I thought this was the only way to get and stay healthy.

I found another way.

Lot’s of other ways, actually.

For me, I love yoga.

I love hiking.

I love riding my bicycle.

I love dancing (sometimes by myself in the kitchen as I am cooking :)).

What are you drawn to?

Soccer?

Ballet?

Karate?

Bow flex?

Tango?

Basketball?

Walking?

Pogo sticking (is that the name?)

Unicycling?

Pole dancing?

Swimming?

There are probably a gazillion ways to get active.

Try one that calls you.

If it doesn’t feel good, try another, no biggie.

Check out this cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtO6nOpnwSM

The key is to move your body in a way that feels good to you.

FInd one you love?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

You may just inspire another to join you.

Rituals Part V: Recharge Your Battery

Our bodies are like rechargeable batteries.

If we don’t charge them, they stop working.

There are many ways to recharge.

Some ways last longer than others.

One way I recharge my battery is to get outside and connect with nature.

I try to do this every day…even if I only have a few minutes while I am walking to my car.

I have found the more time I spend in nature, the more charge I receive.

In the colder days and months, it can be challenging for me to get outside.

I can hunker down, hibernate, and not get out for days…hello pjs and bed.

Then I start to feel mentally foggy and grumpy.

My loved one will ask “have you been outside today?”

And sometimes I will pull the covers over my head…knowing he’s right but not wanting to hear it.

But mostly I realize the truth and I head out for a hit from the powerhouse.

There are days I done my ski gear (ski pants, ski jacket, wool hat, gloves, boots, maybe even long underwear) and get outside for a walk.

Breathing in fresh air, tossing around snow balls, sitting in the sunshine, walking and moving your body, listening to birds singing, sitting in the grass, whatever works for you…

Just get your butt outside.

Get out from under the fluorescent lights; from behind the computer screen (as I write this I am typing on my computer, sitting outside at the park, soaking up sunshine…sometimes multitasking does work :)); leave the stuffy, often toxic, indoor air; step away from business; and enter the rejuvenating space of the outdoors.

You’ll thank me when you feel your battery recharging. 

When I worked as a nurse in the hospital, I would take my lunch and sit outside as often as I could.

If the weather was cold, sometimes I could be found sitting in my car with the windows cracked.

Get creative, there is always a way.

Try this out and see how you feel and then leave a comment below!

Cheers to battery charging! 

Rituals Part IV: Breaking Fast

You have likely heard it before “It’s the most important meal of the day”.

Seriously though, it is super important.

Think about the word “breakfast”.

Break Fast.

To break the fast.

When you eat first thing in the morning, you are literally breaking the fast your body has been in throughout the night while you have been sleeping.

Ideally you eat dinner, maybe a snack before bed and then refrain from eating while you sleep.

This allows the body time to digest your last meal, then clean house to get rid of the waste, trash and invaders that can make you sick.

By morning time your stomach is empty and sleeping.

It is important to wake it slowly and kindly.

Slamming down caffeinated beverages like coffee and/or soda and then inhaling (that’s often how I see people eat…I am guilty sometimes too) hard to digest foods, can reck havoc on your gastrointestinal tract.

If you read my last post Rituals part III: Source of Life, you will have already started slowly waking your GI system with two large glasses of water.

Next, be kind and eat foods that are easier to digest.

These may include foods like: green juices or green smoothies, raw meal shake (Garden of Life is what I start my day with), fruit, oatmeal, etc.

Chewing your meal thoroughly and eating slowly helps too!

Be gentle on your stomach and wake it gradually.

Leave a post below and let me know how you start your day.

Cheers to Breaking Fast!

Rituals Part III: Source of LIfe

Did you know we are made up of around 50-60% water!

Hydration keeps us alive yet many humans are walking around with not enough water for their brains, organs and immune system to function properly.

We work hard all day, consume liquids like coffee and sodas that are dehydrating to the body and eat foods with no water content which requires the body to pull water from the system to digest.

According to this article by Dr. Helmenstine, “Mental performance and physical coordination start to become impaired before thirst kicks in, typically around 1% dehydration.”

Yikes!

It only takes 1% dehydration to cause my brain to malfunction!

We go to bed dehydrated and while we sleep we continue to lose water through exhaling, sweating and evaporation.

A ritual I have integrated in my morning routine is to drink two large glasses of water.

(I add lemon for digestion but this is not a must and I also have learned to enjoy warm water which is kinder to the system.)

I love this practice.

I feel more awake.

I feel more energized.

My thoughts feel more clear, my skin feels more supple and my kidneys are super happy!

Peeing clear light yellow urine every hour is awesome!

And hello GI system!

With proper hydration it is super happy to eliminate waste in an easy manner…constipation sucks and being hydrated can really help keep our bowels moving right along and functioning just the way they were meant to.

Try it out and see for yourself.

Drink two glasses of water first thing in the morning and then let me know how you feel.

Cheers to 60% hydration!

Rituals Part II: Tongue Scrapping

After I wake, I brain vomit, then I head to the bathroom to tongue scrape and brush my teeth.

Tongue scrap…hugh?

Tongue scrappers are a thin piece of metal in the shape of a horse shoe that you scrap along your tongue to remove food particles, bacteria, plaque, and the lovely tongue coating of oral scum.

I use Dr Tung’s scrapper found here (*I am not an affiliate or endorsing this product, just sharing what works for me).

I love this daily ritual.

Brushing/scrapping first thing in the morning might seem weird to you, as I know many people who were taught to brush their teeth after breakfast.

I like to brush first thing in the morning.

During the night, our bodies spend time cleaning house.

The body deposits waste products into our bladder to pee out, feces in our bowel to poop out, some waste is pushed though our skin, some accumulates in our mouth.

You can taste oral waste and we often call it morning breath or halitosis.

(On a side note, have you ever thought about Hollywood movies, when two people have woken in the morning and start kissing. Seriously? This grosses me out. I have never met anyone who has woken with minty fresh breath!)

Anyhow, where was I…

Ah yes, we wake with the body’s trash in our mouth.

Then most people swallow this waste and continue to ingest the oral trash throughout breakfast.

Eewww.

I don’t know about you but I like to help my body out and get rid of the trash it worked so hard throughout the night to eliminate.

So I scrape and brush first thing in the am.

For those who like to brush after breakfast, you still can!

You will have doubly fresh breath!

Try this ritual out and see how you feel.

You may just start participating in more morning time kissing action.

Cheers to oral care!

Rituals Part I: Brain Vomiting

Brain Vomiting feels great!

How does one brain vomit?

You can start with the ritual of Morning Pages.

Morning Pages was created by Julia Cameron and is basically the process of brain vomiting on paper first thing in the morning.

It goes like this: person wakes, puts pen to paper and writes for three minutes.

Said person writes anything that comes to mind; no censoring, no filtering, no judging.

This process helps us get the brain clutter out so we can move forward with our day.

I love this ritual.

I practice a form of Morning Pages every day.

I started exactly as Julia Cameron suggests and over time I have created my own way of Morning Pages.

I start with writing my dreams and then add any thoughts or feelings I am experiencing and I write until I feel satisfied.

I have been journaling daily for the past year.

This process helps me to let go of limiting beliefs and brain poo that isn’t serving me.

I dare you to try it out and see how you feel.

Set a pen and paper next to your bed and when you wake up, start writing.

You can even start with “I don’t know what to write, this is dumb, why am I doing this…blah….blah…blah”.

The point is to not think about it and just start writing.

Three minutes, that’s it!

If you feel like three minutes is an eternity, try one minute and build from there.

Just write something.

Often once you start writing you may not be able to stop!

And for those of you who worry about what will come out and who will read it, write for three minutes and then ripe it up, shred it, burn it, dissolve it in water…whatever you need to do to get rid of the evidence…it’s all good.

Try it out and then let me know how it went for you.

Cheers to brain vomiting!

Pushing, Pulling, Flowing

There is a project I have been working on.

Although if I am honest, I feel like I have been pushing it.

I have wanted to launch this program for the past year but for some reason I haven’t.

I recently started making progress but then I started feeling a lot of resistance and I stalled.

What the heck!

When I explained this to the gal I was going to rent the room from, she gave me some great advice.

She said something like this:

“No worries. Don’t push it. It’ll happen when the timing is right. I find things flow more smoothly when we allow them to unfold as they are meant to”.

Brilliant!

I felt so much better, like the pressure had been released.

Maybe it’s just not the right time yet.  Maybe I am meant to be creating something else right now.  Or maybe I am not meant to move forward with this particular project at all.

Now I feel motivated to move forward with projects that call me forward.

That feels so much better! 

Is there something in your life you are pushing forward instead of allowing it to unfold exactly as it wants to?

I would love to hear from you, leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Grief and Letting Go: Themes Of My Last Few Years

“WOW, my last few years have had the theme of grief and letting go”…

This was my realization after my boyfriend and I reflected on 2014.

We had sat down together and wrote out what had happened for each of us, month by month, over the past year.

This was the first time I had ever done this.

We talked about our experiences, our thoughts, our feelings.

Then we reflected a bit on the years before 2014.

It was very powerful for me…

To hear myself speak about what I had experienced and acknowledge how it had impacted my life and course.

How reasonable it was and is to feel the sadness and grief and not hide or run from it.

You see, I learned early on in my life to hide my emotions. I learned that is was “bad” to be seen as dramatic, sensitive, angry, too sad, too happy.

A few years ago someone was reflecting to me how they saw me and they said something along the line of “you seem to have it all together. But you don’t. And people don’t know this about you because you put up a front that everything is ok.”

I didn’t fully get this until now.

It is hard for me to be vulnerable and allow people in.

It feels scary and challenging.

But it seems to be where I need and want to spend some time exploring.

The last few weeks of 2014 was extremely emotional for me.  I am being challenged to use my voice, express my emotions, and transform my thinking around many of my long held “beliefs”…

Clutter clearing and letting go of my old ways of thinking…what I once thought was truth…challenging these and creating thoughts and beliefs that serve me, fuel me, and are in alignment with my soul…

This is where I am heading.

So as I enter 2015, I bring love, kindness and compassion to myself.

For all that I have been, done, experienced and felt, to be seen and accepted by my self, as I fully am, may be my greatest lesson of all.

Slow Dance

I won’t be blogging next week…maybe not until next year.  I am taking next week to spend time with my loved ones, be in nature and connect to my desires for 2015.  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, happy end of the year in whatever way you celebrate.  I wish you much love, happiness, peace and joy.  To close 2014, I would like to offer you a poem that has touched my soul.  Cheers!

Slow Dance

by David L. Weatherford

Have you ever watched kids

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain

Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day

On the fly?

When you ask: How are you?

Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,

do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores

Running through your head?

You’d better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,

We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,

Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,

Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time

To call and say, “Hi”?

You’d better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race.

Do take it slower.

Hear the music

Before the song is over.

When Was The Last Time You Got A Hit From This Powerhouse

Last weekend my boyfriend and I drove to and around Estes Park, CO and then into Rock Mountain National Park.

We brought our mountain bikes and biked around some back roads, onto a dirt road and up to a trail head.

Then like little kids we dumped our bikes (gracefully, I might add since I now appreciate my bike more than I did as a kid when I would literally let it fall over as it was rolling away).

We hiked in and then stopped at an area that was being bathed in sunlight. There were a few large rocks and quietly we took seat. I laid back and soaked in the sun.

It felt AMAZING!

After a while, I turned to my boyfriend and said “And why don’t we come here more often?”. His response was something like “I know, right?”.

As we walked back to our bikes, I threw a snowball at him. This started a small snowball fight. It was so fun! I was running around dodging snowballs and firing them back. I was laughing and felt so alive! I had more gettyup in my step and more power in the return bike ride.

We live only 50 minutes from the park entrance. In less than one hour I can remove myself from the hustle and bustle of city/suburban life to an amazing, beautiful, soul charging experience.

There is something so powerful and life giving about nature. The ability to just be…receiving a reboot to daily life.

Every time I am out in nature I am in awe of her and I always come back to “reality” refreshed and renewed.

And then I get all up in to do’s and busy-ness and forget.

As the year comes to an end and the days are short and the nights long, it is more important than ever to connect with Mother Earth.

For many it is a cold and dark time and the desire to hibernate under the covers is indeed very attractive…believe me, I get it.

But I also know the indescribable clarity of mind, rejuvenation of spirit, and energy to body that connecting with nature provides.

Try it out…see for yourself.

You don’t have to drive to a national park, a far off place or even get in your car. Put on your warm jacket, wool socks, don your gloves, hat, long underwear or whatever you need to feel warm (I often wear snow pants) and just GET OUTSIDE!

So how bout’ it?

Take 5 minutes today, perhaps some time during your lunch and take a walk, get outside, breathe in the air and connect to this free, energy powerhouse!

And then write a comment below and let me know how you feel…

Are You Being Dragged?

Yesterday I met with a dear friend of mine. We talked about how we are feeling as the year ends.

I responded I was feeling heavy and sleepy, the desire to slow way down, hibernate and be quiet.

She mentioned she wants let go of disappointments and expectations she has had the past few years but was feeling resistant and was struggling to feel excited for the coming year.

The end of one year and the beginning of another.

In order to call in our desires for this next year, we must let go of the previous year. In order to make room for the new, we must let go of the old.

It’s similar to if you never cleaned your house. Eventually trash would pile up and there would be no room for you to bring home anything new, you would have a hard time moving around and likely breathing in such a dirty, cluttered space.

Then one day you clean house, letting go of the clutter and cleaning up the dirt.  Feelings of freedom and expansion take the place of the once heavy, negative feelings the space caused.

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I don’t know about you but I am tired of being weighed down and dragged by past regrets, guilt, and expectiations. So my intention for the end of the year is to clean house and let go.

Let go and be free.

Let. Go.

And. Be. Free. 

Free to call in my ideal life and allow my desires to manifest. 

Ahhhhh…

What do you feel the desire to let go of?

Will you let go or continue to be dragged?

Why I Used to Dread This and What I Do About It Now

As we approach the end of the year, Christmas is nearing.

This used to be my favorite holiday and then I started dreading it.

Advertisements and being “sold to”, expectations to find the “perfect gift” for each one of my family and friends, spending money I didn’t have and adding more to my debt…I would dread it.  It took away my Christmas Joy.

There was a time when I tried to ignore it; then ended up going out in the shopping madness that happens in the days before Christmas…uggg.

Then I started simplifying. I wanted to feel connected with my loved ones. I wanted to feel happy and loving and giving. I didn’t feel this way when I would shop and instead I felt an enormous about of stress.

Slowly I started downsizing gift giving.

And then I started giving gifts I made or created.

And now I give the gift of my time: having experiences and creating memories.

For my nieces I give 1:1 “dates with Auntie”. I give them options of things we can do and a restaurant where we can eat a meal. Then I let them choose what they want to do. We have gone to the movies, roller skating, hiking, bicycle rides, and other cool adventures (I do this for their birthdays too). This year I wasn’t sure they still wanted to hang out with me so I asked if they would rather have money or a date with me. They chose the date. Cool!

For my parents I aim to spend time with them over a meal out. One on one, we have some great conversations and connect in a way we don’t get to in a large group.

And on Christmas my family gets together with food and often board games, which is SO much fun. And sometimes we go on a walk together or play football or soccer if the weather is nice.

Time spent connecting feels good to me. And time is my most precious gift.

I even gift myself my time.

I think about what my nieces will remember about me when they are older. Will they remember the toy I gave them that has long ago lost it’s 10 second appeal, broken and now in the landfill? Or will they remember the times we hung out, laughing, and playing? I hope it’s the latter.

So I encourage you to give your most precious gift, your time. Whether that is time for a family member, a special someone, yourself, your four legger, a neighbor, your community…whomever you want.

Because when you give a gift of meaning, all benefit.

I Was Angry My Friend Did This…Now I See Her Gift…

The other day someone was complaining about a friend of theirs.  It didn’t seem like they really liked this person and I was curious about why they were hanging out with them.  So I asked.  Their response was “because we have been friends forever”.

Isn’t that interesting?

This belief that because we have known someone for a long period of time, that we have to continue being around them, even when we don’t want to.  This got me thinking about my own experience with friends.

Early this year a friend of mine sent me an email expressing something I had done that she didn’t like.  She chose to let go of our friendship.  At first I was really sad.  Then I was really angry.  And now months later I can see the gift she gave me.

You see I had been feeling less then great during our interactions.  In fact more and more after I would leave our get togethers I was feeling heavy and..well…icky.  I couldn’t quite figure out why.  She is a lovely person, I am a lovely person, and we had had some lovely times together.

I knew something was off but I didn’t do or say anything about it.

What I have come to realize is she was able to communicate what I wasn’t.  She was able to reflect to me something I was doing and gave me the awareness to choose to change my behavior or not...it was up to me.  And by letting go of our friendship, I was given space.  And with space, can come clarity.  And yesterday, I received a huge dose of clarity around communicating.

So I ask you, do you have a friend you don’t really want to be friends with?

Do you hang out with someone and leave feeling heavy, drained, or uninspired?

Would you like to let them go?

You just never know what amazing person, opportunity, or lesson, letting go will bring you or them.

If you have an experience with letting go of a friend, I would love for you to share in the comment section below.

Much Love,

Lisa

Have More Time by Letting Go of This!

I am constantly hearing from people how they don’t have enough time

Enough time for what?

Usually they say enough time to do it all…meaning to complete everything on their “to do list”.

This can feel exhausting and depleting.

I have been fooled by this MANY times and have spent a great deal of awareness around keeping my “want to’s” more important them my “need to do’s”…it is a constant practice.

Our schedules are a place clutter often rears it’s ugly head.

Do you feel like you are running from place to place, from event to event, from person to person, without a moment to yourself?

Do you feel like you aren’t sure how you will get it all done?

Do you feel dread when thinking about what you “need to do” rather then feeling energized thinking about what you “want to do”?

Today, I urge you to take a look at your schedule as if you were peering into your best friends life.

What do you see?

How do you feel?

What would you say to your best friend about this schedule?

Now look at your schedule and ask yourself “what can I let go of”?

What am I “supposed” to do that I don’t want to do?

Do I really HAVE to do it?

What could I do with that time if I said “no”?

How would it feel to say “no” and chose something else?

Perhaps take a walk, a bath, play with your kids, read, write, create, ponder, play…the options are endless!

Your life is your own.

You have total control over what you allow in and what you take out.

You can choose to add more value to your life by removing what you don’t have to, don’t want to, and don’t need to do.

After all there are VERY FEW things in life that you HAVE to do.

So what are you going to choose to do?  Write it in the comment section below, then say it out loud…there is great power in this!

Cheers and Love,

Lisa

FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!!!

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Your house is on fire and you have 30 seconds to grab your most important items and get outside safely…

….

What did you grab and why?

Were you able to find them within the 30 seconds?  If not, why?

Or were your most precious items hidden away or buried under stuff?

What does it feel like now to have all of your other items burned away?

For me, I would first make sure my loved one(s) were safe.

Since I currently don’t have any living pet babies, I would grab the cremated remains of my beloved four legger.

I would grab my laptop because it has nearly all my photos (just under 6,000) and for me those are irreplaceable.  It also contains scanned important documents that would make my life a bit easier in the event of a fire.

And I would grab the small box of my printed photos (ones I haven’t scanned into my computer yet).

I estimate this would take me under 30 seconds because I know exactly where these items are and there is nothing in the way of me grabbing them.

And for me, the rest of my stuff, is just stuff…stuff that is replaceable.

….

What was this exercise like for you?

How are you feeling?

Did you realize anything new?

Do you desire to take action around your revelations?

For me, I have contemplated this exercise a few times over the past year and I have grabbed the same item each time.

This time however, I am reminded of my desire to finish spreading my four legger baby’s ashes.  The desire to return his body to the Earth, under my terms and in the locations I want.

I would LOVE to hear from you.

Please comment below and let me know your thoughts, feelings and revelations!

Cheers and Much Love,

Lisa

I Deleted Over 9,000 Pictures!

Over the past few months, I have been going through the digital photos saved on my computer.

I realized I had a problem when I had almost 15,000 digital pictures….15,000 pictures!  And I am not a professional photographer and I don’t have children.

That felt like a very high number for one person and considering I only have digital pictures starting about ten years ago, I knew this was clutter for me.

You see, since I had so many pictures, I would often have trouble locating one particular picture.  And I would become frustrated when it would take my precious time to find it.  Plus, I got to thinking about the amount of storage all those pictures were using on my computer.

And seriously, I DO NOT need nor want that many pictures, it’s overwhelming.

And since I have been spending a lot of time clutter clearing my life, this seemed like a great place to do some work.

It took some time, but I chunked it down to small periods of deleting.  I tried not to reminisce but sometimes I did.

Mostly, I looked at each picture and immediately deleted any that I couldn’t tell what or who was in the picture.  I deleted all duplicates.  I tuned into how I felt looking at each photo and if I didn’t feel happy, I deleted it.

Because I think life is too precious and my time too valuable to have pictures that don’t make me feel happy, alive, vibrant, or all warm and fuzzy inside.

I have deleted nearly 9,000 pictures!  Leaving just under 6,000 left.  Which I find is still too high of a number but feels more manageable then 15,000.

How about you?

How many photos do you have on your computer?

What about on your phone?  

Does it feel overwhelming to you?  

When you want to show someone a prized photo, do you have a hard time finding it?

If you want to reduce your digital images, how about taking 15 minutes a day to go through your pictures.  When you come across one that is not high quality or one that makes you feel bad, how about deleting it?

And when you transfer pictures onto your computer, how about deleting any that your don’t love, right then and there, before they get lost in the digital world?

Try it.  

I dare you…

It may just feel liberating!

Gratitude List

A few days ago a mentor of mine posted her 101+ Gratitude List.

It was so lovely, I decided to write my own…

Writing what I am grateful for was easy and I even surprised myself a couple times.

I got a bit emotional with some tears and lots of smiles…

My heart was beaming with so much love…

I finally stopped at 119, even though I could have kept going…what a gift, I feel SO amazing, blessed, and grateful for my incredible life!

 101+ Gratitude List (in no particular order)

1. My health…I didn’t know how amazing I could feel until I did and it just gets better and better

2. My path: it’s an amazing ride!

3. The ability to hear: the birds singing, music, my sweet niece’s laughter, whispers, shouts, my own voice

4. The ability to see: colors and funny antics

5. My independent nature: seeking the way that works for me and coming back to my truth

6. My Mother for always supporting and cheering me on, her positive nature, her love, her time, her beauty, her generosity, her presence

7. My Dad for his teachings, his path, his vulnerability and strength, and our deep conversations

8. My brother for our childhood, his protection, his gentle ways with his girls, his courage, laughing for no reason and things just between us

9. Hayden for her brilliant light, her softness, her sweet nature, her many teachings, her ability to brighten the world

10. Tucker for her silliness, her honesty, her playful nature, her wildness, her inner truth, and the light she shines forth

11. Stashya for her perseverance, guiding my nieces, sharing her gifts with children, her humor, her honesty, and her friendship

12. Adrian for his kindness, his truth, keeping me honest to myself, teaching me I am strong and worthy, encouraging me to keep digging in even when I feel the need to run, deep conversations, and his soulful eyes

13. My Spirit Guides for guiding and protecting me and showing me the way

14. For simplicity and minimalism

15. For experiences

16. For being an Auntie: one of my greatest joys

17. For Syrus: even writing your name brings such joy and love to my heart. For sharing your spirit with me, for showing me unconditional true love, for continuing to teach and guide me from the Spirit world

18. Dreams for connecting me to other realms, providing answers, and things to ponder, and helping me to be brave

19. Sarah for sharing her playful and independent nature with me and being my first “child”

20. My continuous ability to seek what works through experimenting

21. My voice

22. My yoga practice

23. Meditation

24. Being quiet and reflective

25. Being flexible

26. Touch

27. Massage

28. Rebecca for following her truth and sharing it with the world, inspiring me to follow mine

29. Saying yes to Rebeca

30. Mat for sharing 9 years of his life with me, for his love and patience and letting go when he knew I had a journey to take

31. Bruno for finding us, teaching me about my judgments, sharing his sweetness and making me laugh with his funny spinning

32. The library, for library books, and prospector loaning

33. Danielle LaPorte, Desire Map, Conversation Starters

34. Kris Carr’s humor, sharing her story, her inspiration

35. Kim Anami’s programs and teachings

36. Tara Marino sharing her story, Elegant Femme, bringing me on stage and telling me not to run

37. Natures beauty, energy, and incredible power

38. Green smoothies, my Vitamix, and the healing properties of food

39. The amazing ability of the body to heal

40. My Grandma Phyllis for teaching me patience, for loving me, for sharing her independence, and sharing her story with me

41. My Grandpa Warren for holding my baby, for carrying me on his shoulders, for accepting me as is and encouraging me to be me, for his smile and laugh

42. My Grandma Betty who always made me my own cinnamon rolls, who stood beside me washing dishes, for sharing her sweets and sweetness, for showing me her soft, kind nature

43. My Grandpa Clarence for inspiring my creativity by letting me “drive” his trolley and organize his tools, for playing along when I wanted to play grocer, and for playing checkers for the gazzilonth time

44. My Grandpa Vincent for connecting with me in my youth even though I never met him in physical presence

45. Ben for always cheering me on, for his funny language that makes me laugh, and for sharing his stories with me

46. Alicia being a mirror, sharing and following her truth

47. Max for being another teacher showing me patience and love

48. Brush for sharing 7 years of his life with me and shaping my youth

49. The ability to read and write

50. The internet and tools to blog and share stories with people all over the world

51. The ability to make videos and music and share

52. My car that gets me where I need to go

53. The wind clearing the air

54. The beauty of snow

55. The sound of my boots crunching the snow

56. The sound of tires on a dirt road

57. Queen Carol for raising such a wonderful man, for opening her home and allowing me the comfort and space to feel at home

58. Jenn P and the road trip that changed my life, for laughter yoga, and laughing in the hallway

59. Dr. Alba’s gift of healing and health

60. Lindsey taking over my lease

61. Jason for providing such an incredible service to the world, for allowing Sy, Rylee, Bruno and all the other four legger babes to transition with love, dignity, and peace

62. Annie for sharing yoga, teaching me to breathe, and giving me a life changing gift

63. Rick for keeping my car in working condition and being fair

64. Kara and Andrew for allowing me into their home and entrusting me with their most precious gift

65. Liam’s humor and sharing his world through his perspective

66. Chelsea’s friendships and perseverance, for sharing her incredible gift with me and the world, for changing my life, for helping Syrus and Bruno feel better when they were winding down, and for seeing me

67. Jennifer’s life long friendship, for sharing her world with me, being my twin in youth, and for being an incredible mother

68. Lisa’s unwavering encouragement, for sharing her story, for our deep conversations, and for sharing her gifts

69. Retta for giving animals more quality in their lives and for her continuos investigation for what works

70. Thia’s friendship, her patience and understanding, her continued exploration of health and for sharing

71. Jessilyn showing me compassion and kindness, allowing me into her life, sharing her blessings and changing my life

72. Jeni and her awesome laugh, her strength and voice, for sharing her story and her continued presence on the planet

73. Tina and her big Spirit, for following her truth, using her voice, and inspiring me to speak my truth

74. Christine and Michael opening their life and home to me, showing me love and generosity, and bringing such a sweet, wonderful, independent little girl into the world

75. Early morning rises, bird concerts, and mischievous squirrels

76. Hot springs and resorts

77. Journaling morning and night

78. Being barefoot on the Earth

79. Backpacking and trails

80. Letting go and trusting

81. For spreading Sy’s ashes

82. Tiny homes and tiny lifestyle

83. My MacBook Pro and the ability to type and search the internet

84. Tapping into my creativity and allowing it to flow

85. Sarah and Charlie for dog sitting and taking such great care of Bruno

86. My health coaching clients sharing their truth, experimenting to find what works best for them

87. The people who read my blog and newsletter

88. Shruthi and our new friendship

89. My amazing steadfast legs

90. Pam’s continued friendship, continuing to take steps forward, for sharing her vulnerabilities

91. For documentaries and giving a voice to those voiceless

92. The Transtrum’s for welcoming me into their family and making me feel part of it, for their laughter and many fun times

93. Memories and the ability to tap into them

94. Photographs in print and digital

95. Eldorado water

96. Fresh squeezed lemon in hot water first thing in the am

97. Hot lavender baths

98. Jasmine essential oils

99. FaceTime/Skype: the ability to see and talk with people far away

100. Joy

101. Gluten free Vanilla cupcakes

102. Sunshine on my bare skin

103. Soft, warm bed and bedding

104. Warm snow boots and jacket

105. Airplanes to travel to far away places

106. Kerry’s dedication to his health and trying

107. Anything is possible

108. Gratitude lists

109. Fresh flowers

110. Adrians garden and fresh picked raspberries

111. Good bacteria

112. My strong immune system

113. Saying “no” to the “ideal” job

114. Creating my own path

115. Face smiles and heart smiles

116. Hugs

117. My feet

118. My healthy, curly, wild mane

119. The time to write this list

How about you?  What are you grateful for?  I would love to read your list :).

Much Love,

Lisa

What Goes In, Must Come Out

A few days ago I wrote about what goes in and on the body.

Today, I am writing about what comes out of the body.

Yep, I am totally going there.

And you should get over it and read on :)…

Poop

Pee

Farts

Burps

Phlegm

Sweat

Oral secretions

Vaginal secretions

Penile secretions.

You still with me?

You didn’t pass out right?

All of the above are ways the body gets rid of dead cells, toxins, bacteria, viruses, fungus, chemicals, etc.  It’s the way the body takes out the trash.  If our system is overloaded and overworked, the trash builds up.  Imagine what the inside of your house would look like, smell like, be like if you never took out the trash, recycling, compost or used and need to be discarded items?  Pretty gross and eventually unlivable.  Well, that’s what can happen to your body.  If you can’t or don’t eliminate your body’s waste, things get clogged up, break down, smells happen, lethargy sets in, diseases take over, and eventually the body cannot continue and it stops working.  Your body MUST clutter clear or you’ll be all cluttered up.

Is your system running a clean ship?  If not, please help it out.  Let go of your waste people, I promise you will feel so much better.  Your body will thank you with energy, clear thoughts, laughter, fun, and time.

Quick funny story…

My 8 year old niece and I almost always resort to talking about pooping or farting (by the end of this post, you will no longer be embarrassed at the word poop or fart…poop…fart…hee, hee).  She loves talking about farts and burps.  It cracks us both up.  We were standing in line at Whole Foods to get a pizza.  Out of the blue she says “Auntie, would you rather have snot or poop on your pizza?”  Yep.  This really happened.  And I really did laugh out loud.  I looked over at the lady next to us and she was smiling…we should all talk about poop and snot more often.  By the way my answer was snot.  Her answer was also snot.  Her reasoning “cause poop is gross and my boogers taste good”…awesome.

Another quicker story…

When I was a kid, my Grandma used to talk about her BMs…All. The. Time…well at least that’s how it felt to me as a youngn’.  For a while I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what BM stood for…for those of you as confused as I was, it stands for bowel movement.  Ok, onward.  I used to get so grossed out about this.  Ugg, seriously, it was like finding out your parents had sex…once…to make you.  Only this was my Grandma.  So I get it about the weirdness of talking about ones elimination patterns.  And now, here I am talking about it.  And loving it!

From my early years to my late teens, I had issues with pooping.  Most of the time, I didn’t poop for four days.  FOUR days people!  Now days, if I don’t go in one day, Houston we have a problem.

Have you ever watched a baby after they have peed or pooped?  Total bliss.  How about a dog?  It’s like they got a hit of feel good magic.  My dog Syrus would poop and then run around like a wild thing.  I imagine, his body was doing the thank you dance for cleaning house.

So tune in and see what your body is telling you.  How often are you pooping?  Are you peeing every hour?  What’s your pee look like?  Smell like?  How do your farts smell?  Are you burping a lot, especially after meals?  Are you sweating too much, too little?  Does your sweat smell?  What’s your mucous look like?  Taste like?  Just kidding, please DO NOT try that at home, or out or anywhere….cause that’s just gross.

Your body is a wonderland, full of sights, smells, and sounds. Get familiar with what your body is saying. Many issues of imbalance can be resolved, often with a few quick fixes.

Cheers to daily pooping and taking out the trash! 

Do You Know What You Are Made Of?

Let’s think about what goes into the human body.

Food, water, alcohol, tea, sugary drinks, soda, juices, smoothies, medications, supplements, air…

How about what goes on the body?

Shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, bubble bath, perfume, cologne, makeup, lipstick, nail polish, creams, potions, sprays, lotions, sunscreen, hair spray, hair gel…

The lists can go on and on.

Have you thought about what you are actually intaking?

What’s really in the food you are eating?

Is it even real food?

Can your body recognize it as food?

If you are eating whole real foods, you likely know what you are eating and so does your body.

But what about “food” from a box, can, plastic container?

Food that’s been super cooked, pasteurized, chemicalized, denatured, changed, altered, added to, and made into…

What?

Do you even know?

Have you read the ingredients?

Can you even pronounce them?

If you don’t know what they are, do you think your body does?

How about processed sugar?

Do you know what happens when you consume sugar?

I am sure you have witnessed its effect on children.

How about caffeine?

Do you feel like you HAVE to have it in order to get through your day?

Why do you think that is?

Do you know what chemicals you are being exposed to through your food, liquids, air, and environment?

Could these be playing a part in how you feel?

Do you take prescription medications?

Do you know why you are taking them?

Do you understand what they are doing to your body?

Do you really need them or are they covering up the real issue with a bandaid?

Is there another way?

For me there was and is.

I used to suffer from many severe symptoms of dis-ease.

I went to countless doctors searching for answers and not one was able to help.

I was put on many medications, given countless diagnoses, and felt like shit.

Finally, I took my health into my own hands.

I read.

I researched.

I searched out what others were doing to heal.

I tried many, MANY different approaches.

I went back to school.

I studied.

I performed my own experiments.

I spent a lot of money.

I spent a lot of time.

And I found answers.

And I healed.

And I am still finding answers.

And I am still healing.

And I feel amazing.

And some days not so amazing.

And the incredible thing is…

I found the tools to assist others to heal themselves.

And this is what I love to do.

Books, Books, the magical…

Do you love books?

The real kind, the ones made from paper and ink…

The ones that feel good in your hands…

Oooh, me too.

I love to read books.

I used to spend my hard earned money on books of all topics.

And I would hang on to books after I read them…cause I loved them, why wouldn’t I read them again…and again…and again?

I even hung on to books cause they made me look smart…nothing like books on a shelf to make others think you are intelligent.

But come on and be honest…how many times have you read the books you’re hanging on to?

Have you even read the books you’re hanging on to?

Sometimes I would buy a few books and they would sit around collecting dust and I would never read them…but I looked smart with that book in my house…

And I don’t think I have ever read a book more than once…

(Ok, that’s not entirely true…I have read Prodigal Summer and 50 Shades of Grey twice :)…but of all the books I have owned, those have been the only two I read more than once.)

Why do you think books get stored on shelves, night stands, coffee tables, end tables, kitchen tables, in the car, or wherever else they may be?

I find books can cause a stress in my life…a “I need to read this book and this book and this book” but I don’t, cause I really don’t want to, but think I should, because I bought them, or a friend gave them to me, or Oprah said I should read it, or…or…or…

Have you thought about how much space could be freed up without those books?

And what about the amount of dust books collect…less books, less cleaning, ya baby that’s what I’m talking about!

I once had a friend with an entire room…an ENTIRE ROOM people…FULL of books…you couldn’t even walk into the room…imagine what that room could be used for…

So, gradually I have gotten rid most of my books…yep, that’s right, donated them right the heck outta my house.

And I now check out books from the library…uhhh huhhh that’s right, FREE baby! And I love that the library willingly stores and takes care of the books for me.

And I can put holds on books at the library and if they don’t have them, I can even request they purchase it…how cool it that!

I haven’t bought a book in a long time, I can’t even recall the last book I purchased…think of all the money I have saved, yeehaw!

I have been hanging on to a couple books lately: a recipe book, a CO hiking trail book, a personal workbook, a business workbook and two library books I am currently reading…that’s it.

So how about it?

How about taking 15 minutes to look around your house today?

Do you have books lying around you think you should read but don’t really want to?

Do you think there is someone else who would love to read it?

If one day you decide you want to read the book again, could you get it from the library, borrow from a friend, or find on Amazon?  Cause really, how many times have you actually wanted to re-read a book?

I think it’s about surrounding yourself with the items that bring value, meaning, happiness, and love to your life.

So by all means, if books do that for you, they aren’t clutter for you.

But if you feel a sense of dread when looking at your books or you feel like they are part of your endless list of to do’s, why not donate them, sell them, or give them away…right….now?

I believe if a book has come into my life, and right now doesn’t feel like the best time to read it, I let it go and if I am meant to read it, it will come back into my life…this has happened more than a few times for me…and when it came back, I was in the right state of mind to read it…then I gave it away:).

Five Things to Get Rid of…Right Now

I was that kid who loved to clean and organize “other peoples” spaces.

I loved going through cabinets, drawers, boxes, nooks, and crannies.

Investigating, inquiring, wondering why people had what they had.

And I LOVED to vacuum…I digress.

As I aged (ooo, like fine wine), I was able to let go of stuff easily.

I didn’t have much attachment to things…

(ok, so I did have a slight, some might say “unnatural” attachment to my blankie, which I slept with until I was 18 years old and had told my mom I wanted to be buried with when I died…uh, that’s kinda morbid.)

Back on track…

I naturally started attracting people who had an overwhelming amount of stuff which they couldn’t figure out how to sort through, get rid of, and find freedom from.

It felt like an insurmountable task for them.

My Mom encouraged me to create a business helping others to get rid of their stuff…

And for once I listened…

Of course only after dragging my feet for a very…long…time.

Getting rid of stuff just comes natural to me.

And I LOVE to get rid of stuff…

Clothes, toys, misc items, papers, things…

Pretty much anything I don’t value,

think is beautiful,

feel happy when I look at,

or feel good in.

Look around your space today.

What are five things you see right now that you don’t love?

That don’t make you feel good?

That maybe elicits anger, sadness, or confinement?

Do you like feeling this way?

Are you ready to let them go?

If so, get rid of them…right…now…

to a friend, the thrift store, to the recycle or trash bin.

Get them out of your space.

Before they suck any more of your time and energy.

Cause you want to feel good, happy, motivated, free, peaceful, or whatever you desire, in YOUR life!

Clutter Clearing…huh?

Over the years as a Health Coach and RN, I have realized how much internal and external clutter impacts our health, our happiness, our dreams, and our goals.

So, I created this blog to share my knowledge, experience, and story with you.  It’s my gift to the world and I hope you are able to find use of the information.

You may be asking, what is clutter?  Here is my definition:

Clutter is anything that is filling up our life, taking up space, holding us back from living the life we desire.

Clutter can feel draining, heavy, negative, and sometimes like it is sucking the life right out of us…yuck!

Clutter can keep us stuck, can cause us to procrastinate, and can leave us numbed out from life.

It can hold us in a job, a relationship, or a space that we desire to leave but feel trapped by.

Clutter can be found in obvious places like our home, car, or, office.

But did you know clutter can also be found in hidden places like our email inbox, our schedule and to do lists, our thoughts, and our relationships?

And what about what we put in and on our bodies…lot’s of ways to get cluttered there!

We can also clutter our lives by what we say to ourselves and others, and how we react to situations.

And how about the way we do or don’t move our body?

Now you may be wondering, what is a Clutter Clearing Coach?

As a clutter clearing coach, I guide people to recognize and let go of their clutter so they can breathe, move freely, and have space in their lives for what they really want and desire…like love, energy, time, vitality, happiness, money and more!

When I clear my own clutter, I feel empowered!

Check out my ‘Love Notes’ page to see how a few of my clients feel when they clutter clear.

How do you want to feel in your life?

What is holding you back and keeping you stuck from living your ideal life?

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I plan to give away loads of information on how to clutter clear your life, as well as keep you updated on The Clutter Clearing Coach’s happenings.

Welcome and Happy Clearing!