This year, I decided to do things a little differently in my life. Adam and I are in the process of redecorating our entire house. We started by getting rid of whatever doesn’t bring us joy or have any usefulness (like the 100 extra pens, random rubber bands, and those 3 screws in that drawer we all seem to have). We sold our old furniture, painted the bedroom a bright, white color, and purchased only what was “us.” We are inviting no clutter and only what we need + a few things that make us happy to look at or be around. When I walk into my bedroom now, I feel like it’s me. It reflects who I am on the inside, and I’m learning to seek what that is.
It’s easy for me to get caught up in “trends” which don’t always reflect who I am, and giving into those obsessions can sometimes leave me feeling detached from my true self. Of course, I still love trends and I follow some because it gives me a fresh perspective on fashion or decor, but I have also found myself falling into a trend that I’m not sure is really me? But I force it because it seems to be everyone else.
This year, I VOWED to rummage through me and figure out who I really am, not just what “looks good” or what “other people like.” In fact, I often think that we slowly lose ourselves in what seems small and insignificant at the time. A little compromise here, a little compromise there, and voila – years down the road, you’ll find yourself with a house full of “extra” stuff materialism told you you needed, furniture you don’t even really like because your style has changed, clothes you should just let go of because you NEVER wear them, people in your life that are toxic, a job your personal strengths are not really fulfilling themselves in and just an overall feeling that you’ve forgotten to ask yourself, “Who am I really? What do I really want?”
I’ve also been meditating on words I find comforting. These quotes have inspired me over the years as new life’s seasons have come and gone, and these books I have found are easier than Netflix (I SWEAR). I shared the picture above on my instagram (@EatPrayGrow) and I got a ton of messages from all sorts of people with stories about how that quote spoke to them, so I wanted to share a few more with you all here.
“You can always say: be nice or leave.”
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what people fear most.”
“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”
“It’s okay to not do it all.”
“When you have something no one hates, no one loves it.”
“I do not have to know why everything happens. I know God is good, and I know life on Earth is not the whole story.”
I hope this post inspires you even in the smallest of ways. And if you pick any of these books up (AND YOU SHOULD), write me an e-mail and tell me what you think!