5 Pieces of Advice While Enduring Life's Challenges


5 Thoughts While Enduring life's challenges

1. Forgive yourself for not being "perfect."

Clearly, you've reached a point where you can't take the over-spending, unorganized, slight- hoarder tendencies you've let control the real you. Breathe and repeat after me: "I'm human. I am no longer chasing after perfectionism because it legitimately doesn't exist. It's okay if I'm not already a millionaire and have become an entrepreneur by X age. I'll live. It's normal for me to be single at X age. It's common for me to not know what I'm doing with my life right now. I'm living life the best I can and that is enough. I am enough."


2. Decide and declare to live freely.

You can't skip this step. Write down your values. What are your non-negotiables? What impact do you want to make in the world? Make several statements of what keeps you grounded and feeling safe, list out what makes your heart heavy, and express how you feel when your spirit is alive. Deciding the direction of your life is vital to creating lasting change towards freedom.


3. De-clutter your environment...seriously, this time! 

Remember when you were a kid and loved playing with the empty dish-washer card board box? It was like your little home and you made sure it was nice and tidy. Now, society pressures on you to work at least 60+ hrs/week at a job you hate, to live in bigger home, which stores your impulse purchases, and materialistic trophies to impress people who don't even like you. Space is important but not as important as what occupies your space. Free your space so you can focus on the experiences, relationships, and values that are most important to you.

Space is important but not as important as what occupies your space.
— Deborah Shepherd

4. Splurge on your savings account instead of your appearance

To splurge mean to spend money lavishly or extravagantly (dictionary.com). That can clearly look different to everyone based on your economic status. But most of us splurge every day. Going to that trendy coffee shop 3x/week for that $6 latte when your job provides free, (not-the-best-but-does-the -trick) coffee in the kitchen. Or going to buy more makeup when you're going to wear the same natural look you always do. Admit it, we do these things to boost our egos and to impress others. It's okay... I'm guilty, too! But imagine if you saved that $18 (+tax)/week for a month? You'd have about $78/month and almost $1,000/year stacked in your savings account. There are times where giving yourself a makeover is so necessary. But it's not the end all be all. You honestly look just as beautiful as you would with new makeup on.


5. Prioritize your mental, emotional, and physical health.

What does all this minimalism matter if you're not OK? Go to the doctor, go to counseling, and use your gym membership. If you're physically sick or emotionally/mentally unstable, then this will be a very challenging journey. It's like when the Israelites made an 11 day trip into a 40 year journey. Take the initiative to get your body and brain checked up. Finally, start eating healthy and exercising regularly. Read books for your soul, go to church, and meditate. Your 65 year old self will be happy you did this.