So many times, we hold onto things in our homes that we have a sentimental attachment to. Unfortunately, the attachment to these items is not always a positive one. Some items in our homes invoke happiness, pleasure, and good memories. Other things come with sadness, guilt, shame, regret, or anxiety. Decluttering sentimental clutter that causes an adverse emotional reaction is hard work. What is sentimental clutter? All kinds of items. It might be a box of wedding photographs from your previous marriage or a gift someone gave you many years ago. Why is sentimental clutter hard to declutter? These are […]
If there is anything we have all learned through these last two years living through a pandemic, it is that life is all about change. And, so often, change comes at the worst time, in the most unexpected ways. As a writer, my goal has always been to help women find the courage to navigate through times of both unexpected and desired change. When I wrote my first book about Moving on Strong from a divorce, it was written as a reminder to women of how strong and competent they are, despite the circumstances they find themselves in. It was a guidebook […]
Possibility has a distinct feeling. Like a small light that flickers and catches your eye in a dark room. It is a feeling of wonder mixed with a sense of disbelief that you didn’t notice this before. So, you look closer, and the more you look at it the brighter it becomes. Your heart takes a small leap and your stomach tightens slightly in hope. After any period of unexpected change, there must come a point when we have to get up, move on, and pick up the pieces. Slowly sifting through the remains of plans we had made before […]
Fallow is an old-fashioned sounding word meaning a period of time when a piece of land is left unplanted. This ‘Fallow’ period was often used by farmers to allow the nutrients and goodness of the soil to rebalance. A land in fallow was also a time of breaking cycles of disease or decay. As we slowly emerge from our lockdowns and COVID restrictions, I wonder about the term fallow, and how it relates to the period of time we are going through. The pandemic for many has been like a fallow period. All the usual activities and events we took […]
About a year ago, I came to the realization that watching the news and listening to the noise of Trump’s madness gripping the world was taking up a lot of my time and energy. I was starting every morning on a diet of endless news stories filled with outrage. I was reading constant loops of intrigue about FBI investigations, Russian Links, and cruel taunts and Tweets from a President. And I realized that all of the noise was cluttering my mind and taking up too much space. That week I decided to do something drastic. I stopped reading. Anything. Period. […]
These books for sober curious drinkers are perfect if you are thinking about taking a break from drinking or just curious about sober living. All the books on this page are highly recommended if you are on a journey of exploring your drinking. This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life – Annie Grace This Naked Mind is about finding freedom from alcohol. It helps you remove psychological dependence and ensure that you will not crave alcohol, allowing you to easily drink less […]
Being happy does not always require us to be brave. But, moving an obstacle out of the way of our happiness does require courage. When we are stuck in a situation that makes us unhappy change is required to move forward. Moving forward might require you to take a leap of faith and try something new. It could mean following a yearning of your heart to try a new career, write a book, perform a play. It could require focusing on your health, giving up an addiction or saying no to commitments we no longer want to do. So often […]
One of the best things you can do before starting a detox is to create your own personal detox survival kit. Regardless of what you are detoxing from (alcohol, coffee, or sugar), a detox survival kit is a powerful tool to help you feel happy and relaxed through the tough times. Your survival kit should be filled with items and ideas that help you manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms calmly and effectively. These can be physical things or a list of activities you can do to distract you. I have put together a list of things that helped me and […]
We need some encouragement and inspiration to get through the second half of this difficult year. I wanted to share 20 powerful quotes that I hope will propel us onwards through whatever the rest of the year has to offer. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Unknown It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Jesus Christ You don’t […]
When we are on a journey of improvement or change, there is a huge temptation to compare our progress to others and to conclude that we are not progressing fast enough.
After a divorce or loss, there is a point we come to when we need to move the focus back to ourselves. It is time to start dream building again.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new
When we go through significant changes in our lives such as divorce, loss, moving homes or remarriage, the version of us is always updating.
Many times when we have a big goal in mind, we end up stuck by inaction.
Honestly answer the following questions as you prepare for a declutter. You can start with one room or answer these as an overview of your entire home.
When we find ourselves suddenly alone after a divorce it can be one of the scariest experiences we have had to face.
Let’s be honest, divorce is a dramatic and painful change.
Our list 30 Days of Challenges and Inspirations for Change.
30 Buddhist Quotes For Change that have inspired and encouraged us through change and difficult times. We hope you will also find some courage and support in these
One of the biggest changes a woman can go through is a divorce. This experience can set us on a confusing journey in search of our identity again.
You are important in all of the roles you take on each day. As women, we tend to be the center of the home, family life, work life and social life.
Making Time for You Starts with Creating a Space Just For You
Learning to tap into your creative self can be a huge help in coping with major change.
Going through change is tough. Finding some small tools to help us find our balance again is important.
Change requires a lot of self-nurturing. When change is happening around us and is out of our control we get scared, we panic and we can feel paralyzed. One of the ways you can help yourself through a time of change is to really focus on looking after yourself. It starts by giving value to your wants and needs. Some people find it easiest to take it back to simple pleasures. To focus on things that made us feel safe as a child. It is about recognising the inner child in us that is feeling alone, scare and unsure. Self-nurturing […]