Step #6: Fear

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The opposite of freedom is FEAR. On The Minimalists blog, they write about the fear of loss in day 6 of the minimalist journey: “Sometimes we’re afraid to give up what we think we have.” The advocates for less brings more freedom go on to encourage the reader to stop being afraid of what’s keeping happiness away.

Getting rid of the excess in life is truly liberating, but also dealing with the fear that is holding you back is FREEDOM.

This weekend, I created my vision board. Even at my age, there are still things I want to accomplish…my quest to focus my attentions, getting rid of all the non-essentials and live my life simply!

So you may ask, what does a vision board have to do with fear? For me, as my mind focuses on my vision for my life, my focus becomes my vision and less on the fears that are holding me back. If your fears are all you think about (excessive debt, health, loneliness)…these fears become reality.

The following quote is attributed to Winston Churchill. “Create your own universe as you go along.” As I prepared my vision board, I am a huge believer, that it’s your thoughts and also your feelings that shape your life. Your life is a physical manifestation of the thoughts in your head. Taken from the movie the SECRET, “In quantum physics you can’t have a universe without the mind entering into it. The mind is actually shaping the very thing that is being perceived.” I love that!

With this in mind, a vision board sets your thoughts, your feelings to where you want to be. It shapes your life to what you want in it. I still have a few more things I want to add it, but so far, here is what I have for my vision board.

Vision Board

I hope you will take some time, if you haven’t already and put together your vision board. I would love to hear about your experience. Please share in the comments below.

Day #3:The Packing

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Challenged…again! My challenge? I have a hard time of letting go of things. Day 3 of The Minimalist is packing. The instruction is to box up everything and then when you need something, find the box, take it out. I am just too practical — okay, LAZY — to box up everything and then when I need someone to find the box. But I’m on this quest, I adjusted this step a little…okay a lot. I started with my bedroom, specifically my closet. You may be thinking, what a wimp. This, however, was the most difficult. I love clothes…it’s a curse and I blame my mother!

This is what I started with…my closet (please, don’t judge).

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I followed the guidelines of Project 333. The strategy is to choose 33 items to use for three months. If you are interested, here are some resources with more information:

Project 333, simple is the new black.
Declutter Your Closet
Or simply perform a google search of “Project 333”. You will come up with about 216,000 results.

A word of caution: Do not…I repeat do not tell anyone of the male species the guidelines of this project and how challenging it is for you. Their response will be laughter. This will be laughter at you, not with you or beside you, but at you. I made this mistake several times before learning to just keep my mouth shut. On the other hand, most females are very sympathetic.

So, again, this was really difficult for me to make choices on what to discard or keep pieces. So, I purchased 4 bins for each season. 

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I recently read an article mentioning a study by Princeton University. It talked how certain habits can zap your energy. On the list was clutter. Clutter appears to be my  middle name. The study recommended starting small and when you see the benefits you will have the motivation to move on. Working through my closet gave me motivation to move onto my room. I’ll save that for another post.

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I faced the beast. I conquered! This was liberating.

This challenge has also changed my shopping behavior. I don’t feel it’s a requirement now to find something to buy when I’m on a trip or tagging along with a friend who’s shopping. I realize. I have 33 items. I don’t need anything else. Also, buying something means I have to give up something else. When I retire pieces from my wardrobe, I’ll have a reason to shop and will end up with new items which I need and will fit with what I have. Then I won’t end up with nonsensical items because I was compelled to buy it.

Also, with only 33 items in my closet, getting ready in the morning is a breeze. So, this challenge is saving me money and time. 

Anyone else heard of Project 333? Have you embarked on “simple is the new black”? Interested in taking on the challenge? I would love to hear.