Have you visited Rachel, at Heart of Light? Her popular blog features creative design projects, delicious recipes, and vivid photos. Incidentally, it has become one of the first blogs I visit each day. After following her site over the past few months, I have an official blog crush. Working with her via the big Soc Chic giveaway, I found she is also a genuine person (thereby increasing said crush).
So with all my gooey feelings for her and her blog, it is not surprising that I was super excited ecstatic to see her intentions for this week’s DESING YOUR LIFE. I was not disappointed. The intention I automatically know I am incorporating in my own life is in her “Don’t Bring Junk Into Your Life” section. Read on!
Buy less, connect more.
Having just come off a three month shopping hiatus, I can definitely say that cutting out unnecessary shopping improves your life. I didn’t just save money, I found that I had a lot more time for doing other things (who knew shopping was so time consuming?). My new goal is to shop less and make it more meaningful. I want to invest in items I’ll truly cherish, and I want to use my money to support people I feel a connection to. I’m not promising I’ll completely cut out my Target purchases, but I’m definitely stepping up my Etsy and independent designer shopping. It makes me feel connected to my community in a way chain store shopping doesn’t.
Love your home.
Don’t bring junk into your life.
This one seems harsh. I sometimes have well meaning people (usually coworkers or distant relatives) give me little gifts that I know I’ll never keep. I used to keep them around out of guilt but I’ve finally drawn the line. Things that I will never love simply don’t come into my apartment. I immediately put them in the car where we have a little Goodwill box. I’m not saying I never feel guilty about it, but I love not having my space cluttered with things I don’t like. And I always hope that they find their way to someone who will enjoy them.
Indulge yourself in things you love, and use them.
Cultivate your relationships.
Just try it.
I’m a naturally cautious person. I’m analytical, I love stability, and I’m not a big risk taker. These are characteristics I value in myself, but I also strive to test my boundaries. Starting a blog was a chance for me to have a creative outlet, and it functions as a daily reminder to keep in touch with my creative side. I can’t believe how valuable it’s been to me. If you have things you daydream about doing, just try them. You can always try something else if your first attempt doesn’t work out.