What I Learned after selling 65 Items out of my closet and getting rid of “stuff”…
Have you ever considered what clutter does to your brain? Research shows clutter has a negative effect and more so on women. It makes us ladies feel unfocused and out of control when clutter starts to take over. It is difficult to feel content in an ever so cluttered environment.
Yet, many of us do not want to let go of our accumulated messes because our stuff holds value and sentiment. According to the Journal of Consumer Psychology, we see our stuff as part of us which explains why it can be so hard to clean out those baby toys or clothes you once looked so fab in.
A study from the January Issue of The Journal of Neuroscience from The Princeton Neuroscience Institute states, “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.” In everyday terms, the more stuff and clutter you have in your home, the more stressed out and less productive you will be. Your clutter will always be competing for your attention, and that precious time could be so well spent elsewhere (like with your kids), which leads me to why I am writing this post.
I have to admit, I fell a tad behind on my “Grateful to Greatness” series. Ironically, after writing a post about being grateful for my health, my entire family came down with the stomach flu. The illness took up another week of our lives and I’m happy to say, we have finally recovered. We are back to being a healthy bunch and for health, I am grateful once again.
For now, this will be my last post in the series. If you missed the first two check them out below:
This week, I would like to focus on Family. Where would we be without them? My family is so very important to me. They are there for me when I need them and at times they can drive me crazy, but I wouldn’t choose anyone else to share my life with!
If you missed the first week in the “From Grateful to Greatness Series” check it out here.
From Grateful to Greatness: Second Week – May 15: HEALTH
Have you ever been a patient in a hospital? I have and it is not ideal. I mean don’t get me wrong, the nurses were great (and I have many nurses in my family, so thank you for all you do nurses). Also being served food three times a day and having no chores almost sounds like a vacation, right? Yet, if you have ever stayed in the hospital, you know how the rest of your life is at a standstill.
I was 13-years-old and decided to zoom down a difficult hill while downhill skiing. If you live in Northern Michigan, you learn how to downhill ski because that is what people do when it is negative five below! Although I was nervous, I glided down the hill with ease until BUMP! I hit a mogul. BAM! I lost my balance… Noooooo…was that my ribs hitting the ground? FLIP, DOUBLE FLIP… Yep, that was me flipping, not skiing, down the hill. OUCH!
Just a short post today… I am wishing all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day!
Why I Shed a Tear this Mother’s Day…
This year, I went to buy the usual Mother’s Day cards. Without hesitation, I grabbed three cards. You see, I always buy cards for both of my grandmothers, as well as my mother. I’ve been giving my grandmothers cards and Mother’s Day presents since I was little, and even though they aren’t my mother, I still honor them. They both played a significant role in my life and were like my second mothers. As a child and throughout my life, my grandmothers were always looking out for me… Then it struck me, I only needed two cards.
My grandmother, the one I wasn’t getting a card for this year, was an amazing lady. One quality I admired about her was that she always showed up. If you invited her, she would come.
She was an active member of her church and had many friends, and although it was getting harder for her to get around, she still managed to travel, go to birthdays, weddings, shopping, out to eat, and church group activities. She was a social person and loved by all. She was warm, friendly, and kind. (more…)
Did anyone use to watch Oprah? Oh, how I miss you, Oprah. (Side note, one of my bucket list items is to meet Oprah.) Okay, Okay, enough about Oprah. Yet, she came to mind today as I watched a training video on how to organize my life. The author used the phrase “Aha moment” which, I am not exactly sure was coined directly from Oprah, but if you watched her show, you would know she sure did use it often. Oprah was having “Aha moments” left and right. Yet, the true beauty of the show was the gift Oprah had in helping others realize their “Aha moments.”
So today, I am going to ask you to think about “Aha moments.” In my new series “From Grateful to Greatness,” there are phenomenal things happening all around us. Unfortunately, many of these wonderful feats are taken for granted. However, in this new series, you are invited to think about why you are grateful and turn your life into greatness.