Last night, I was chatting with my BFF about the biz and the new membership program I am building (which btw, you have a MAJOR say in... you can let me know what you want right here) and she said, "You basically help people cut all the crap out of their life. You de-crapify their lives!" We both laughed. But, you know what? That actually is my passion.
To help you de-crapify your life.
It's what Live a F.a.s.t. Life is all about. There are three major "categories" or areas of life that I blog/teach/speak about - decluttering & downsizing, clean eating & non-toxic products, and emotional and spiritual health. But, they are all very much related, because the bottom line is... it's about getting rid of the extra crap in all of those areas.
The physical crap that is taking over your house.
The crap that you've been putting in and on your body.
The emotional crap that you've been stuffing inside for years.
And the spiritual crap that's been holding you back from living the life you were created to live.
Ok, I'll stop saying crap so much now.
But, the point is to get rid of all that excess, toxic stuff that has been bringing you down and keeping you from living your best possible life.
So, how does one de-crapify their life?
Well, I could go on about that forever. But, since the whole point here is to help you simplify your life, I don't want you stuck in front of a computer for the next eight hours, reading the blog post that just.won't.end.
But, I can give you a few basic pointers on how to get started.
1. Identify the crap.
You might think it's easy to identify that crap in your life that needs to go. But, unfortunately, that's not always the case. Of course, the obvious offenders like the bell bottom pants still hanging in the closet, the double-stuffed rainbow sherbet-flavored Oreos in the pantry (don't get all excited... I just made that up. I think.) and the "frenemy" who talks about you behind your back at work, are all going to be easy to identify. But, what about that pile of books you still haven't read that always makes you feel guilty or that after-dinner dessert that always tastes so good, but then makes you feel jittery later and keeps you wide awake at night? They might be a little harder to spot. If you actually want to spot them at all!
Yes, I'm calling you (and all of us) out. There are some forms of crap that we don't necessarily want to see that way because we know that'll mean getting rid of it and we're not quite ready to do that yet. But, I hate to tell ya... until you face ALL the toxic things in your life and start cutting them out, you won't be able to experience real change.
So, even though it's difficult... start looking around your life and identifying what is bringing you down, holding you back, making you feel tired or sick, making you feel unworthy or undesirable, keeping you from reaching your potential or just plain stressing you out.
This my dear, is your crap.
2. Give yourself permission to get rid of it.
Again, you may be thinking, "Whaaaat? Give myself permission? Obviously, I have permission to get rid of stuff, it's mine!"
But, do you really?
Because I'm guessing the reason a lot of it is there in the first place is because you felt too ______ to get rid of it. You can fill in the blank - guilty, pressured, sad, angry, addicted, satisfied, lonely, whatever shoe fits.
When it comes down to it, the only reason you still have it - is YOU.
But, I'm not telling you that to make you feel bad. In fact, it should do quite the opposite! It should make you feel empowered, liberated and free! Because even though you've been under the impression that you can't get rid of some of this stuff. The truth is... you CAN!
Don't worry about how Aunt Ruth will feel when you donate the sweater she gave you when you were 10.
Stop obsessing over how your friends will react if you stop drinking coffee or quit eating sugar. Or what people will think of you if you end that toxic relationship that's been dragging you down.
Give yourself permission to make the changes you need to make to get your life back.
3. Make yourself a priority.
Somewhere along the way, we all started believing the myth that taking care of yourself is a bad thing. Yes, we don't want to walk around as conceited, self-centered human beings. And we do want to help others as much as possible.
But, it doesn't have to be an either/or situation with taking care of yourself.
Chances are, the reason you got to the point in your life where you're stressed, sick, run down, confused and overwhelmed is because you stopping taking proper care of yourself. And ironically, when you don't take care of yourself, you're really not going to be of much use to anyone else either... so it kind of defeats the point!
Don't feel bad for making your own health and well being a priority. If you're not going to take care of you, then who is? Take the time and make the effort to create a safe and welcoming space around you. To make healthy meals and use products that aren't toxic to your body. And to let go of old emotional baggage that has been holding you down.
If you don't stop to get your life in order now, you'll blink and will have lost the chance to do so. Don't wait.
4. Stop picking up crap.
Now, please note - I'm not referring to your dog here. I think I can speak for the collective society at large when I say we all would appreciate it if you would continue to pick up after Fido. But, outside of that... stop picking up crap.
To me, this is one of the most exciting parts of simplifying your life. Once you start to do it, your entire perspective changes. You are able to see much more clearly what you need in your life and what you don't. Which makes it much easier to stop picking up new crap.
Once you do a major purge of your clutter, you become more aware of your buying habits and gain a new superpower where you can actually pass by the dollar bins at Target and not buy something. (Gasp!) Once you start putting healthy food in your body and cut out all the toxic stuff and realize how amazing you actually can feel (without any magic pill!), your ability to turn down the junk food gets much stronger. And once you finally let go of those limiting beliefs that have been holding you back since your teenage years (or longer), you will not stand for believing any of that crap for one more minute.
So, take advantage of this new found freedom and please, do not pick up any new crap.
5. Embrace your new, crap-free life!
Going through the work of cleaning up your life isn't always easy. I know. But, I can tell you from experience, that it is well worth it.
Your life can literally make a 180-degree turn if you want it to. But, you have to get to the point where the need for change outweighs the discomfort you may feel making it. For me, it took a whole lot of not-so-fun life events to wake me up. But, I hope it doesn't come to that for you.
I hope that you can stop and take charge of your life NOW. Before anything bad happens, before you're at the end of your life looking backwards and before it's too late.
Get rid of the crap now. All that excess stuff that's done nothing but bring you down, hold you back and stress you out.
There's no time like the present to embrace a new way of living that is more abundant, more peaceful and more joyful than ever before.
So, stop waiting. Grab that scooper and get to shovelin! Your life is waiting.
Until next time... keep your worries tiny and your dreams BIG!