The lies we’re told.. Flaxseed! Stay away!

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When I first discovered flaxseeds, I was like a kid who received their first chocolate bar!

If only they let you put a GIF into your WordPress posts! I would choose a big fat cheeked baby smiling cheek to cheek! That was me! I eat flaxseeds with every email. I had flaxseed oil, the regular seeds and flaxseed based foods. I put it in my oatmeal, salad and if I could have convinced myself, I would have put it in my juice and water. I had to set some limits.

Then, I got sick with Fibroids…

I would give you photo, but its not pretty, so we will keep your mind on that fat cheeked baby! I had about 20 of them. One large enough to be two grapefruits! So, I looked to see what it was and what causes it. Then, I realised it was a combo of things that I will discuss in other blogs. Here, I will stay with Flaxseeds! Did you know they are like the Red Bull of Estrogen! Throwing your body out of balance like a new driver in their first driving lesson. Flaxseeds cause or fertilize things to grow that should not be growing in your body. In my case it was Fibroids, but they do much worse than that. 

Here are some other foods that have extreme levels of estrogen:

 

When you Google these bad boys they always list them as the healthiest thing you can eat. Yes, if you are in your 60s and going through menopause or trying to keep you stamina up! If you are, here is a toast from me to you to a life full of flaxseeds! Goosh, I need a GIF right here!  

Now, if you are under 60, STAY AWAY!

Flaxseeds takes your body from balance to over loaded! They can help things that should not be growing in your body grow!  They can cause cancer, problems with your colon, fertility and sexual drive! It is like the biggest bag of fertiliser you can have for all the things you don’t want, but don’t blame yourself cause they have tons of these “Nutrionist” telling you eat and enjoy! Example below! Fellas they can cause breast to grow and your loose muscle mass! Stay away! I prefer my men without breast and with muscle please! 

Top 20 Estrogen Rich Foods You Should Include In Your Diet

Here is on article that tell you the real deal! They tell you all the goods, but then present the cautions! These are the kinds of articles I recommend. When anything sounds to sweet, you better cut it in two and look at the seed, before you dive in! 

Flaxseed Side Effects: This “Superfood” Can Be Bad For You

What you will learn soon is that you will get a lot advice from people in your life, but you have to be the one ready to do your own research and make an INFORMED DECISION. I heard flaxseeds were great and I ran towards them like a long lost lover and never looked back. Kind of like that scene in dirty dancing when she jumped into the guys hands! 

For sure, I am not your next nutrionist…

My goal is only to share what I learned and invite you to do you own research to make informed decisions about your life. Like me! In France, if you walk into the BIO section, everything bread related has Flaxseeds! So, it is a personal struggle sometimes! Can you picture me running in the opposite direction of Flaxseeds! GIF needed, please! 

Good by for now Friends,

XoXo

LBS

 

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My health journey…

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I feel like to really be the healthiest you, deserves that same amount of research, years and analysis as a PHD. I am somewhere on a Master level, hoping to arrive one day to a “PHD” or even better graduate with a diploma of total “Health Discovery and Awareness.” 

When I created the blog, I thought no one wants to hear about my random finds about health, nutrition and the sags of my own health journey. Then I realised that what I was doing was keeping the information I found in a resource tank “my brain” that only I could access and that is so not my style. I am a giver by nature, so as the French would say, “Bon.” I am going to share! 

So, I mentioned my health battle last year, but that was not the start of the journey. I will take you back to my childhood for a second or two. I was born in Jamaica to two awesome “Agriculturally Raised Parents.” If any of your parents where raised on a farm, you already know where I am going with this. 

My parents ate two square meals a day, sometimes three, if their day allowed it. What is a square meal? Agricultural families know this well! This is a meal fit for Queens and kings! The is usually no room left on the plate and the food often resembles a little Kilimanjaro or Himalaya 😉 food mountain. This was great for my parents of course and worked with their lifestyle, as they were burning between 5000 to 10000 calories per day. 

Here is a clear example of the day as kids…

My parents started their days as children at 5 a.m. each morning by getting water from the well or from the river that was several miles away, turning the soil on a sizeable farm, tending to the animals who needed their morning meal that required carrying heavy bags of feed from one section of the farm to another far away section of the farm, helping to get the farm organised for the days work and then off to school by 7am by walking 2 to 5 miles to school. Then, they would return mid-afternoon, do some homework and go right back to tending to the needs of the farm (ex. taking animals to feed miles away, cooking meals for a big family, working the soil, sewing clothes, getting more water from the well and walking 2 to 5 miles into town for their parents). As you can see, I have really no idea what a farmer’s life is like…lol but you get my point! My parents never had a sedentary moment in their day. If they had a Fitbit, it would have retired after one year from the inability to count the calories, steps and miles. Clearly, today our Fitbits’ are on a lifetime of vacation. 

Here is my point…

My parents just in living their daily lives were able to burn off these Himalyan meals without ever getting on a treadmill or taking a run on the city streets. They were fit and were taught to be active from birth. Even as they began their professional lives: my dad became a high ranking kind of Jamaican FBI agent and my mom an Senior Executive Assistant for a high profile Real Estate Lawyer in Jamaica that never gave her a moment to be sedentary! I am sure both my mom and dad had a six packs until they were in their 30s.

Now lets get back to me being their child and their loving Himalyan meals…

My parents thought they were showing their love by making sure I was WELL feed! So, I ate! I ate and I ate! I was given the same plate size at 6 years old as my 6 foot 2 dad in his 30s. I am only 5’1 now, so you can imagine me at 6 years old. I was told that you must eat all the food you are given! Never leave anything on your plate, so the idea of being full was not an option. Then of course, I was sent off to bed 30 minutes later with my Himalayan tummy! 

My relationship with food was clearly off to a bad start. I was sendatary most of my day. I had basic choirs (ex. washing dishes that I often convinced my older sister to do cause she loved me.. eye batting .. with a smile…). I was a kid born in the age of Nintendo, so you know what I did with most of my day! I sat with class, style and only the intention of winning over my boy cousins in Mortal Kombat! 

Fast forwarding to my teens, I had my first job at 12…

Yes, 12! I made 200 dollars a week selling clothes for a family friend on the weekend in her boutique! I was now 90% American and 10% Jamaican in my eating habits. I was all about my snacks, treats and junk food. Any Jamaican kid will tell you, the idea of asking for snacks, treats or junk to your Jamaican parents will immediately result in a “NO.”  The idea of buying food from a stranger, snacking or not using natural ingredients, puts Jamaican parents in a state of alarm!   Jamaicans make everything at home: cake, juice, meals, treats and even medicine, and when they do buy outside..lol.. it is from another Jamaican who happens to own a shop, but also made everything they sell at home..lol 

Let’s fast forward again! Living in New York City! Shout out to all my New Yorkers..

We have 2 things on almost every street. A Chinese Food Restaurant and a Bodega (ex. a mini supermarket packed with candy and junk). Both are open almost all day, cheap and accessible in a few seconds. Then of course, we are never too far from our local pizza spot. So, I did what any 12-year-old earning 200 dollars a week with parents who worked all day would do! I call my friends over, we ate like queens and kings in the middle of the day all the junk our parents denied us and of course, pursued our dreams of conquering the next level of Mario Brothers! Nintendo babies! We chose only the good stuff! Food filled with fat, sugar, mgo, high frutose corn syrup and salt! My mouth is watering now when I think about that General Tso’s Chicken with Spicy Lo Mein or Pork Fried Rice, complimented with a quarter water juice packed with food coloring for all of 25 cents and finished off with a pack of Nowlaters or Chocolate cover Donuts from Dunkin!  

Fast forwarding again…

I became the adult and mixed both those bad habits! I worked all day, came home ordered my Chinese Food to be delivery at my door at a Himalyan quantity and then went off to bed 30 minutes later with my Himalyan Friend. 

Let us fast forward one more time!

To my mid 20’s, when I started to travel and leave my comfort zone. I learned about vegetarianism. For a Jamaican, this was unheard of! All our dishes are based in the both of some type of animal! I learned that there was such a thing as a serving size and this was not dictated by how much room you had on the plate or how you could manoeuvre moving over your veggies or starchs to fit just one more piece of food. I learned that I needed water beyond survival! Ok, I am making a joke, but you all know what I mean. I learned that they was such a thing as nutrition.

This was the start of me creating a relationship with my body…

One that I will share with you! I will share all that I have learned and hope you will share your health journey with me to. Finally! I love my parents and would not trade them for all the Chinese food or New York sliced Pizza in the world! You can see the depths of my love! 

Good by for now Friends, 

XoXo

LBS

 

Living Better Simply

 

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I am first just a happy person….

At age 27, I set off to see the world and spend every moment of my life when I was not as school or work seeing the world. Everyone has a hobby, I choose traveling. I know most people have other hobbies like wine tasting, marathons, reading books or tasting great food. My hobby is traveling, it is where I invest most ofter my money and time. I have traveled the world a few times around to visit over 100 countries (some 2 or 3 times each), 500+ cities, hitchhiked, Couchsurfed, camped, did jungle and African safaris, desert tours, bungee jumping, took surfing lessons and tasted all the awesome food the world has to offer many with names I can not pronounce. Having a lifetime of experiences to filled my mind with happy memories, when I am old and can no longer go those distances. I am a lover of culture, music, art, theater, diversity, people, food and differences!

Pursuing my professional and educational goals…

As I believe in life you need a balance between your personal passions or hobbies and your professional career and ambitions. I have a few degrees, which I am grateful for as they have given me different perspectives on life that added value to my professional ambitions. Most recently, my Masters in International Human Resources Management and Organizational Development and my MBA in International Business Development and Entrepreneurship), which I received after studying in France. 

My older sister often teases that she has no idea how I find the time to work, make good grades and travel the world. I think that’s why I really decided to create this blog, because I was so tired of people reflecting their insecurities and inabilities to dream big or achieve their own life’s goals on me that I wanted to share my life with others who dream big, as proof that you can have everything you want in life, if you work hard, focus and never take anything for granted.

Then, there is my love of fitness!

 I grew with parents that never had to do much to stay fit, this was not the case for me and I had to re-educate myself to create new relationships with food, habits of fitness and embodiments of health and intentional living. Today, I am a vegetarian (for more than just health reasons). I workout every day about 3 to 4 times a day. I start my morning with a mini workout, yoga, meditation and a reflective walk, my afternoons with yoga and a visit to the gym and my nights with a quick pm workout, yoga and mediation session. I know for many it might seem a lot, but my workouts take me about 30 minutes each and so in a 24 hour day, I think 2 hours of sports is more than reasonable. If I include the gym, then that’s 3 hours of sport per day. Then there is the giver in me! I have spent most of my life giving to people and I am a believer in Random acts of Kindness. When you allow your humanity to lead you without rewards, limitations, and judgments. I have given thousands in money, time and resources to help those in need.

Finally, the minimalist in me…

I was not always this way. In fact, I was a consumer most of my life and one day in October 2016, I got the book the Miracle Morning as a present. I read it and then decided to seek out more people living with intention and discovered minimalism and The Minimalist. I listened to their podcast daily until I had heard them all. I joined the Miracle morning online community to see how others living with intentionalism also were living with unlimited happiness. I stopped and looked at the one thing in my life that was not adding value and it was my consumerist side. In a second, I changed my life, as my mother would say, ” Harlem, your ability to adapt and change when you want is a unique gift that most people would never dear to try.” Wanting to make sure I took full advantage of my life, I became a minimalist and decluttered my life, apartment, and soul.

This led me here! I thought it would be a good idea to share my post-decluttered struggles, successes and challenges, as the world is packed with minimalist or people on minimalist journey’s sharing stories about their journey to minimalism.  Where was the same support for the people who had successfully decluttered their lives and wanted now add things with intentionality and clear value added purpose. This gave me the drive to create a blog and podcast about the post-declutter or post-minimalist reorganization and rebuilding of home that is intentionally filled with things that add value to your life.

So this blog is filled with personal experiences with some ramblings, cool recipes, weekend podcasts and free wallpapers… So that’s me in a few lines. A happy person sharing her reflections….

Goodbye for now friends,

XoXo

LBS

Essentials

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A decluttered, organized, healthy and minimalist lifestyle! For me becoming a minimalist was the easy part, but maintaining a minimalist way of life post-declutter, post-minimalizing and post-capsulating my wardrobe to a sexy collection of only solid black, garments is my current challenge. It is where my hell starts, as minimizing was the easy part and actually living a committed life of intentionality and simplicity is the hard part.

Having spent the better 100% percent of my life as a consumerist. Ok 99% of my life, as it has been a whole six months, since I started this journey to moving from a life of stuff to a life of intentionality. A decluttered, organized, green and minimalist lifestyle. Well if, I am honest. The green part has been a core value for me long before minimalism, but with a decluttered, organized, minimalist and intentional lifestyle, it only helps me to have a greener lifestyle.

The struggle is real! Everytime, I walk by a store, a grocery shop or open my computer. I can hear my mind saying. Didn’t you for get to buy something? Remember you promised to buy yourself this last week or month? You know you always wanted to try that and now it is on sale! The cost is totally worth the experience of trying that new product or adding that new item to your wardrobe. Isn’t it?!?!?! I am not sure if it’s as hellish for you, but my struggle is real! It has the bite of a hungry man and the persistance of a  2-year-old!

Then I look around and think about all the money I have wasted. The time I wasted shopping. By time, I mean hours, days and years of my life scrolling down page by page across Amazon.com or wondering the clothing store or supersize supermarket. The post lifestyle struggle is so real for me. I do not want to pretend it’s not!

To provide myself some support. I have taken to not buying anything that I “need” or “want” without having at least 30-days pass. Once I receive the product, I immediately incorporate it into my lifestyle and spaces. If the product is food or new vitamin or supplement, I never buy more than a 30-day supply. No matter if the 60-day supply is cheaper than the 30-day supply. This strategy is not a long-term one, but it definitely helps as I continue to move into a life of less stuff, intentionality and consciousness.

 

Good luck discovering your own essentials,

Goodbye for now ,

XoXo

LBS

Decluttering

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Deciding to become a minimalist, is a transactional decision, the same way walking and eating are transactional decisions. The ability to actually first declutter and then remain decluttered, is an intentional decision. I make the difference, because one requires effort, commitment and consistency, while the other, is a reflex, human response or requires little to no effort, unless you are walking uphill with tons of Groceries, but that is our exception not the everyday. 

For me decluttering is still a struggle and remaining decluttered seems almost a personal battle, between the gifts that I get randomly, the changes in life (ex. the weather calling for different types of coats or new hobbies and activities like, my art class that requires me to go out and buy tons of art supplies that I must now find a new place for). 

I hope my personal stories, battles and successes with decluttering will help others to know they are not alone in their daily struggle(s). My biggest kryptonite is Amazon.com. I love that site. I love how I can shop at home in my fuzzy slippers and click, click, click and two blinks and all my shopping needs are dropped at my door in a day or two. I have named Amazon.com officially, “My Husband” ..lololol. You can see my day-to-day essentials under the “Essentials Page.” If you want to buy the same product, just click the photo and it will take you directly to product on Amazon.com. This will save you the horror of Googling it. Plus, if you are like me, you just love to drop random stuff in your virtual shopping basket until you really need to make a purchase.

Goodbye for now friends,

XoXo

LBS

 

 

Capsule Wardobes

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Creating a capsule wardrobe is just another step a person can take to becoming closer to being a Minimalist, but what is a capsule wardrobe you ask? It is a small selection of your favorite clothes, shoes and accessories that if you had to wear them everyday for 365 days, you would happily wear them. For each person, your style is different and this makes your capsule unique.

For me for example, I only wear black clothes, so my capsule is 100% black, sexy and worry free. If you visit the “My Capsule Page,” you can see my personal capsule wardrobe.

If you have already capsuled you wardrobe like me, maybe you want to try to create a uniform. I know it sounds funny, but last year I bought this dress and it just made me feel great when I put it on and I was like wow, what if I could feel like this everyday. Realizing that it was totally possible! I bought 5 of the same dresses and I wear them 5 days a week. On the weekends, I mix it up with my capsule clothes. If you want to know more about what a uniform is, just visit the “Uniform Page” and then “My Uniform Page,” if you want to know what my uniform looks like. I will even add the links to my outfits on Amazon. Yes, I even shop for my clothes on Amazon. Remember, it is click, click, blink, fuzzy slippers and boom its at my house typically with free delivery too. 

If you have a capsule wardrobe already, I would love to see your favorite piece(s). Can you drop me photo in the comment box below or by email humanistminimalist@outlook.com. 

Goodbye for now friends,

XoXo

LBS

The Silence …

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This last decade has been a period of rebirth for me that I could not have anticipated. When I look back on my first 25-years of life, I see all the paths I took that led me away from the person I was meant to be and the life I was meant to have (ex. poor decisions born from laziness, stubbornness or lack of vision). I sometimes look at other people -that I have know since a child- that have always known the person they were meant to be and that took all the right steps to arrive at their true-self and perfect-life. 

Thought not yet at my true-self or my perfect-life and having traveled on a wavy path to even arrive at this point, I feel confident that I am transitioning slowly into my true-self and perfect-self. I am not sure if any of you have felt like you were living in a fog or a shadow of your true-self and perfect-life, but when I reflect on all my actions, exchanges and decisions in life; I can see where I could have made better decisions, gambled on different things, chosen to let things naturally occur or taken things into my own hands. The art of managing your own life with emotional intelligence, wisdom, intentionality, objectivity, visioning and clear purpose is not easy! 

My decision to seek life outside of the lines of New York City and then America, put me on a journey to transition into my true-self and perfect-life. Visiting over 100 countries, allowed me to understand that there are many approaches to life and mines might not be the right one, but a combination of lifestyles -learned, experienced and observed-, if customised with intention, could allow me to arrive at the right blend of my true-self and perfect-life.

For example, today…

  1. I know that I love to visit big cities, bit I prefer to live in a small city or town. I know that the place I call home needs to be a place of calming rejuvenation, but must still have great transportation. I am not a nomad, but a person searching for a little quite in a loud world 😉
  2. I know that consumerist or popularise objects will not make me happy or more comfortable, but instead the things that I love or habitually use on a daily bases should be kept close. So, I have got a 30-day-rule that I will explain later! 
  3. I realised that a career in business with all the risks, competitiveness, globalisation, team spirited and “A Type” personalities, was the place I would feel most comfortably professionally. This allowed me to realise my dreams of earning my MBA, move to France and accept that my true self is as a women in business.
  4. I have learned about nutrition. I learned that a healthy lifestyle is both attributed to your upbringing, financial means and your association of food as a source of nutrition of live and not a source of emotional comfort. 
  5. I realised that thought I was moving, but I was not taking the risks I needed to make my dreams happen. I was not investing energy in things that would position me to arrive at my true-self, perfect life or deepest personal desires. 
  6. I was still letting my high-school-self drive my life decisions, instead of allowing the adult in me to build a plan. I was attempting to build my life with pieces of scraps and momentary satisfactions without a clear long-term vision for what I wanted.
  7. I was being stubborn! lol.. ok maybe I am still stubborn, but smart enough to know when I am forcing myself to swim up stream instead flowing with the waves. Well, I try at least! 
  8. I was not letting my inner most desires, guide my outer actions! 

 

Last year, I had a serious health battle, family battle and love battle. It was not a year for the weak. However, I think I family and love battle had to occur. The health one, I could have done without for sure ;-). 

I tried about 10 times to find a polite or classy way to explain the events of those 10 months, but I failed. I would characterise January 2017 to October 2017, as the longest cold shower of my life. This cold shower force me into the “SILENCE.” I realised that I was the one creating the noise around me and I was the only one able to create the “SILENCE” around me. I took my 2 months of post-surgery recovery as a gift! I turned off my facebook notifications. I deleted my LinkedIn account. I put my phone on silent most days. I began to share privately about my life and no longer posted on social media to be popularised. I became the little early in the shadows, instead of the women who was in the center. I learned to enjoy the silence!

 

The SILENCE allowed me to make a real plan for my future with logical steps and realistic goals….

Here are the big things I am now sure I want…

  1. I want personal and professional success, which can only be defined by me! 
  2. I wanted to own my own home. My HOME! 
  3. I wanted to be married to my partner in crime and not just be married!
  4. I wanted kids. Though for most of my life, I told my mom the best she could hope for were some fancy poodles with people like names 😉
  5. I wanted to live in France and have an international lifestyle.
  6. I wanted to feel a spiritual balance between my mind, body and spirit.
  7. I wanted a better relationship with my friends around the world and to build a deep inner circle in Paris as my day-to-day source of support! 
  8. I wanted a healthy life! 
  9. I wanted to be fluent in French, grrrhh.. and this is no easy goal! 

I actually took my goals setting much deeper than this and will share them with you in other posts, but I wanted to give you a general idea of my wants. From this silence, came a much needed life plan and it allowed me to be able to see clearly the actions that put me closer to my goals and the actions that move me away from my goals. 

Now, I totally don’t want you to think this plan came in one day..lol, because I spent each day of those 2 months thinking about what I really wanted. Then, it was only in these last 2 months that I arrive at a clear action plan for how I was going to get to my perfect life. 

For sure, this will not be the last time that my inner-self cocoons herself to be re-born stronger, smarter and with clear visions, but the difference is now I am open enough to listen, aware enough to accept direction and focused enough to get uncomfortable temporarily, so I can be comfortable long-term!  Especially, when you know your true-self and perfect-life walks the lines between normal and extraordinary 😉

 

Goodbye for now,

XoXo

LBS

 

 

 

 

 

Deciding to become a minimalist ;-)

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Deciding to become a minimalist, is a transactional decision, the same way walking and eating are transactional decisions. The ability to actually first declutter and then remain decluttered, is an intentional decision. I make the difference, because one requires effort, commitment and consistency, while the other, is a reflex, human response or requires little to no effort, unless you are walking uphill with tons of Groceries, but that is our exception not the everyday. 

For me decluttering is still a struggle and remaining decluttered seems almost a personal battle, between the gifts that I get randomly, the changes in life (ex. the weather calling for different types of coats or new hobbies and activities like, my art class that requires me to go out and buy tons of art supplies that I must now find a new place for). 

I hope my personal stories, battles and successes with decluttering will help others to know they are not alone in their daily struggle(s). My biggest kryptonite is Amazon.com. I love that site. I love how I can shop at home in my fuzzy slippers and click, click, click and two blinks and all my shopping needs are dropped at my door in a day or two. I have named Amazon.com officially, “My Husband” ..lololol. You can see my day-to-day essentials under the “Essentials Page.” If you want to buy the same product, just click the photo and it will take you directly to product on Amazon.com. This will save you the horror of Googling it. Plus, if you are like me, you just love to drop random stuff in your virtual shopping basket until you really need to make a purchase.

Goodbye for now,

XoXo

LBS

Getting Down to Your Essentials

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A decluttered, organized, healthy and minimalist lifestyle! For me becoming a minimalist was the easy part, but maintaining a minimalist way of life post-declutter, post-minimalizing and post-capsulating my wardrobe to a sexy collection of only solid black, garments is my current challenge. It is where my hell starts, as minimizing was the easy part and actually living a committed life of intentionality and simplicity is the hard part. 

Having spent the better 100% percent of my life as a consumerist. Ok 99% of my life, as it has been a whole six months, since I started this journey to moving from a life of stuff to a life of intentionality. A decluttered, organized, green and minimalist lifestyle. Well if, I am honest. The green part has been a core value for me long before minimalism, but with a decluttered, organized, minimalist and intentional lifestyle, it only helps me to have a greener lifestyle. 

The struggle is real! Everytime, I walk by a store, a grocery shop or open my computer. I can hear my mind saying. Didn’t you for get to buy something? Remember you promised to buy yourself this last week or month? You know you always wanted to try that and now it is on sale! The cost is totally worth the experience of trying that new product or adding that new item to your wardrobe. Isn’t it?!?!?! I am not sure if it’s as hellish for you, but my struggle is real! It has the bite of a hungry man and the persistance of a  2-year-old! 

Then I look around and think about all the money I have wasted. The time I wasted shopping. By time, I mean hours, days and years of my life scrolling down page by page across Amazon.com or wondering the clothing store or supersize supermarket. The post lifestyle struggle is so real for me. I do not want to pretend it’s not!

To provide myself some support. I have taken to not buying anything that I “need” or “want” without having at least 30-days pass. Once I receive the product, I immediately incorporate it into my lifestyle and spaces. If the product is food or new vitamin or supplement, I never buy more than a 30-day supply. No matter if the 60-day supply is cheaper than the 30-day supply. This strategy is not a long-term one, but it definitely helps as I continue to move into a life of less stuff, intentionality and consciousness. 

Good by for now, 

XoXo,

LBS

30-day Declutter Challenge! You can do it!

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Decluttered? Now Discover Essentials!

For me becoming a minimalist was the easy part, but maintaining a minimalist way of life post-declutter, post-minimalizing and post-capsulating my wardrobe to a sexy collection of only solid black, garments is my current challenge. It is where my hell starts, as minimizing was the easy part and actually living a committed life of intentionality and simplicity is the hard part. 

Having spent the better 100% percent of my life as a consumerist…

Ok 99% of my life, as it has been a 1 year, since I started this journey to moving from a life of stuff to a life of intentionality. A decluttered, organized, green and minimalist lifestyle. Well if, I am honest. The green part has been a core value for me long before minimalism, but with a decluttered, organized, minimalist and intentional lifestyle, it only helps me to have a greener lifestyle. 

The struggle is real! Everytime, I walk by a store, a grocery shop or open my computer. I can hear my mind saying. Didn’t you for get to buy something? Remember you promised to buy yourself this last week or month? You know you always wanted to try that and now it is on sale! The cost is totally worth the experience of trying that new product or adding that new item to your wardrobe. Isn’t it?!?!?! I am not sure if it’s as hellish for you, but my struggle is real! It has the bite of a hungry man and the persistance of a  2-year-old! 

Then I look around and think about all the money I have wasted. The time I wasted shopping. By time, I mean hours, days and years of my life scrolling down page by page across Amazon.com or wondering the clothing store or supersize supermarket. The post lifestyle struggle is so real for me. I do not want to pretend it’s not!

To provide myself some support….

I have taken to not buying anything that I “need” or “want” without having at least 30-days pass. Once I receive the product, I immediately incorporate it into my lifestyle and spaces. If the product is food or new vitamin or supplement, I never buy more than a 30-day supply. No matter if the 60-day supply is cheaper than the 30-day supply. This strategy is not a long-term one, but it definitely helps as I continue to move into a life of less stuff, intentionality and consciousness. 

Goodbye for now, 

XoXo

LBS