3 Things That Made me Happy in March

March has been a good month. I’ve been able to settle into my new life more, and the divorce papers have...

3 Things That Made me Happy in March

March has been a good month. I’ve been able to settle into my new life more, and the divorce papers have been signed.

I’m glad to turn the page, and move forward.

As I’m coming back to myself, and finding balance again I notice my insatiable hunger to dream bigger emerges again. Business is flourishing, writing feels light and easy, focus is back, courses are being created, projects are taking shape. Reflecting on the past six months I believe the work I’ve been doing for the last eight years has been my savior. It’s only when things get tough that we realize how far we’ve come.

Relentlessly trying to figure out this life, staying curious about myself, questioning my choices, my beliefs, my actions. It all helps to bounce back. To see the bigger picture. Last month this led me to experience new things that pushed the boundaries of what I’m comfortable with, and helped me reflect on the essence of things. Here are three of them.

#1 Screen printing workshop

I wrote about my screen printing experience in a previous post because it was such a lesson in self-awareness. Through this workshop I realized how difficult it still is for me to let go of control, and experience flow. My inner perfectionist believed that I could deliver a perfect work of art on my first try. Needless to say, she was in for a treat. Creativity doesn’t work that way.

Eventually I did find joy, and flow in the creative process. But not without letting go of all expectations about myself first. A beautiful life lesson.

What Screen Printing Taught me About Letting go of Control

The piece I’m most happy about, created during lesson two.

#2 Creating a new online course

At the beginning of March I started working on my upcoming course “Figure Out What You Really Want”. A 6-week program that I’ll be launching at the end of this month to help multi-passionate creative women to uncover their secret dreams, and then go get them. Creating this course has been on my wish list for a long time. Finally getting started with it, and putting words to paper feels fantastic. As I’m putting the course together, I’m finding even more focus about what it is that I really want!

You can’t enroll for the course yet – I’m launching at the end of the month – but you can sign up to be notified when doors open. Simply click on the banner below and it will take you straight to the course page, and sign-up form.

How to Figure Out What You Really Want 6-week program

#3 Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

In January redefining my life also meant figuring out where I was going to live next. With that came all the stuff that I’d piled up over the years. Close to 100 (!) boxes of books, old college material, clothes, kitchen items, things I couldn’t let go of from my parents, and so much more.

At the exact time I was organizing my move I released a module about Minimalism in the Dream Bigger Club. This module, created for the Club by Lexx Ellins, fellow life coach from the Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy and Minimalism expert, is the best introduction to minimalism I’ve ever known! I used the tips & tricks from this module to finally get rid of 75 percent of the stuff I was holding on to! An incredible achievement that I own entirely to the guidance of Lexx. Thank you change-maker!

After I’d cleaned out almost all of my material constraints in February, I realized it wasn’t enough. I wanted more space. In my business, inbox, mind. That’s when I came across Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

This book, in which the author articulates The Way of The Essentialist, isn’t a productivity or a time management manual. Essentialism is a discipline of discernment. A way of figuring out what is absolutely essential, and getting only the right things done. So you can eliminate everything that isn’t.

This “disciplined pursuit of less” is about choices more than things. It forces you to apply more selective criteria when considering your options, so that you can take leadership again over how, and where you spend your time and energy.

Practicing essentialism has been liberating. It allowed me to say no to opportunities that weren’t a real fit, to get rid of business practices that weren’t bringing in results, and to stay focused on what matters to me most. I recommend reading it if you’re looking to create more time, and space for what really makes you happy.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

(Featured photo by Aricka Lewis on Unsplash)

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