“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Henry David Thoreau
This morning during my meditation, something interesting occurred to me. As I’m going through this journey of self discovery and positive life changes, there is still much work to be done. One major issue I need to focus on is simplifying my own world. While I have made some strides in this area, one place I need to focus is eliminating unnecessary things from my life–like clutter. I’m not talking filth here, I’m talking about having TOO MUCH stuff and not enough places to stash it all.
Having a family of five will certainly keep anyone busy, and I’m no exception. Even as I type this, I’m having a conversation with my five year old and making faces at my baby. This type of “complication” is welcome and expected, of course, but it doesn’t mean I can’t effect change in other areas.
Our homes are a reflection of ourselves, and mine is currently reflecting a bit of clutter. While I have struggled with clutter for most of my life, I find that when I’m able to whittle it down to a manageable level, I generally FEEL better.
This brings me to the point of today’s blog. In my effort to pursue my own fulfillment, it’s time to take the next step and eliminate some clutter from my home and thus my mind. So, today, I offer you a challenge, and I am taking it up myself.
Here it is: Eliminate extra clutter from your home and from your life. This might mean tossing out that stack of magazines in the bathroom (but don’t forget to recycle them!), or clearing off your desk. Maybe you’ll catch up on laundry or re-organize your kids’ wardrobes, pulling out things that no longer fit or damaged items. Maybe you just need to do your dishes. Whatever needs to be done in your home today, take a few minutes (or hours) to focus on it for a bit.
I think that focusing on the more “mundane” parts of life can sometimes be therapeutic for the soul anyway, but this one will have an added benefit of helping to clear your mind too. So here we go folks, let’s SIMPLIFY!
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Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. In her life coaching practice, Atkinson’s clients enjoy her personalized approach that allows and encourages them to become the best possible versions of themselves and to succeed in doing what they love most. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online and NarcissismSupportCoach.com.