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21st Day to Minimalism: clean up the Email Inboxes. This is not the usual “here’s everything I purged today” capture. I think we all realize that clutter comes in all formats, including digital clutter. Just like our homes, our email inboxes become inundated with STUFF. I’m especially guilty of hoarding emails. I save everything! So it’s important to recognize that email also becomes a noise in our life that needs to be simplified. I’m taking the time to delete years worth of emails, storing the ones that are important, and developing better email organizing and purging habits going forward. Emails read are now immediately addressed and deleted, unless it really needs to be archived in which case I file it away in a dedicated folder. My experience has been that email organizing methodologies are unique to each person, but it’s important to keep the inbox clean, just like you would your own home. .
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So go, please clean up your inboxes. Because an empty inbox is a sexy inbox 😉.
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Getting to Day 1 was not an easy journey for me. It took years of wanting it, reading books on it, listening to podcasts about it, browsing minimal decor magazines, but actually starting the decluttering was for some reason really difficult for me. So to show some of the latest purges is a huge feat for me. I can now say that letting go of stuff is getting easier each day. Some of the latest items were never planned to be removed from our home, and frankly I thought I’d always keep. This magazine holder that we bought soon after getting married. We both thought this was so SO cool. Fold it up when not used or when being moved around. We haven’t used it in years! It actually got replaced by a vintage mid-century modern version that we thought was even cooler, about 11 years ago. And of course, being who we are we kept this one simply because we have it, may as well keep it. .
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I’m letting it go. .
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In with the new, out with the old. Kids pooled together their accumulated gift cards to replace outgrown and broken sports equipment. They were tempted to keep these “just in case” and in the past I would have encouraged it, but no more. These are outta here 👍. .
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30 day Project Slowdown!!😁
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Week 1 - we will focus on mindfulness, which is an ability that we all possess. When we practice mindfulness, we’re practicing the art of creating space for ourselves - space to think, space to breathe and space to be our authentic selves. By being mindful, we can slow down our reactions and be present in each moment.
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Today, let’s add onto mindfully eating with mindfully brushing our teeth. (Note: add onto your routine how you would like, if any of the suggested mindfulness activities don’t feel right for you, simply don’t do them.)
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The 2 minutes at the start and end of the day brushing our teeth, is a great time to focus our minds and engage in a mini meditation session. Mindful brushing gives our mind a moment to rest and sets a mindful tone for the day and night ahead. All you have to do is:
-Focus only on brushing your teeth.
- Apply the toothpaste and begin to brush. - Breathe through your nose, slowly and deliberately.
- Relax your neck and jaw.
- Feel the bristles moving over your teeth and the gums.
- Rinse, notice the temperature of the water.
- Feel gratitude for your teeth and all that they allow you to do.
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The background for why we are starting Project Slowdown:
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My wife and I lived in the capital city of Alberta for the last 8 years. The “hurry up, rush, rush, rush” mentality is very real and the hustle and bustle of the city is draining and completely exhausting. We made a lot of effort to slow down while living in the city, but now that we have moved to a place that values a slower paced life, we are noticing we have a lot of work left to do.
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We have researched how to train our minds to embrace a slower pace of life and ultimately remove the internal stress we feel when we place so much importance on getting things done quickly. Let’s enjoy the process as we flow through life.
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The 4 key focus areas of Project Slowdown include: Mindfulness, Do Less, Disconnect and Connect, and Notice Nature.
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Follow along with our 30 day project to learn more about creating space for yourself in your own life. You can also join our Authentically Simple Living group on Facebook (link can be found in our Bio)

Life is about making choices. 👵🏼 Choose to let go.
Choose to #bepresent.
Choose to #bepositive.
Choose to #forgiveyourself.
Choose to forgive others.
Choose to see your #value.
Choose to see the possibilities.
Choose to find #meaning.
Choose to prove you’re not a victim.
Choose to practice thinking better (and #livingbetter), every morning.

From Marc & Angel Hack Life | thank you @marcandangel your inclusion in #BecomingMinimalist newsletter seemed like a good narrative for this photo.
Who is this lady? Brave sweet loved senior immigrant #MariaLuisaPastel at age 88, who worked hard for many decades of her past, ready for her #memorialday lunch at #CasaDeVida #respite for family #caregivers of folks with ADRD #alzheimers disease and/or related #dementias. While life sometimes makes you forget, working on a good heart (disposition) is a beneficial attitude that radiates internal #beauty
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It’s easy to be carried along by these emotions and therefore result in you holding onto things that you probably should let go of. Guilt is probably the biggest culprit of stopping people from letting go. You might have bought something in the past when you didn’t need to but it cost a lot of money so in your mind you have to keep it as if you don’t the money you spent was wasted. The problem is that the money is already wasted and you can’t turn back time, at this point it’s simply a sunk cost.
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You need to also consider the cost of keeping certain things, as in the cost of your peace of mind, storing it and maintaining it on an ongoing basis. Not to mention the fact that one object can cause you to buy another, then another and so on, like all it takes is one domino to knock down a thousand. Fear and the projection of the future that hasn’t come yet are also significant factors when it comes to struggling to let go.
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It’s easy to run through scenarios in your head and experience fear of missing out, but the thing is you aren’t missing out as the scenario you are running hasn’t happened and those mental pictures you draw for the future most times don’t play out like that when reality comes. It might go something like you have this trail bike but you haven’t done that activity since years back and your interests and priorities have changed since then. So in actual fact you are holding onto the person you were in the past and how you spent your time back then.
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In other words, it’s about owning the things for the person you are in the present, not for what you used to do or what you might do in the future. Dynamics do change and you may require different things at different points and seasons across your lifetime. This is why it’s important to acknowledge that owning less isn’t a destination it’s an ongoing thing and is to be used as a tool in order to serve who you are at any given time.

Growth has been one of my most favorite benefits of this relatively recent shift in priorities.
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It’s just as elusive as prosperity, but it never fails to fill you up.
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Through times of peace as well as adversity, let’s never stop learning, maturing, and becoming who we were made to be.
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Growth is the greater pursuit!

Was about to say Happy Monday, but it’s Happy Tuesday! Was a productive long weekend. Lots of decluttering and re-arranging, our home is really coming along and everyone is feeling like there is a lot more space. I am enjoying the peacefulness I feel with the new appearance of simplicity. I’m tempted to think we are good now and believe there isn’t much more to do, but then I remember there are still many corners of the house to work on and certain categories of stuff put aside to address. I still have lots of items listed in my head that I realize it’s time to let go of now. I wish I could take a sabbatical off work for a month to just address it all at once, but this isn’t an option for me. Life must continue as well. So I continue to try to keep things in balance, enjoy the flowers, the beautiful weather, family time and my new simpler space 💕.
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Current view: pure unadulterated chaos. Moving sucks, but it definitely reminds a person that stuff isn’t important. Carrying that shit from town to town, house to house...? Yeah, not worth that backache. #moving #movingforward #calgontakemeaway #becomingminimalist

Day 22: I’ve been sorting like items mostly but today decided as I was short of time I’d see how fast I could walk around the house with a basket and collect 22 things. Well it took be about 3 mins and I didn’t get out of my bedroom 🤣🤦‍♀️ Felt really good 🙌🙌 and very efficient #declutteryourhome #purge2018 #30dayminimalismchallenge #attemptingminimalism #lettinggo #gettingridofstuff #purge #buyless #removetheexcess #simpleliving #mysimplerhome #thesimplelife #minimalism #minimalstyle #mydeclutteringproject #reduce #sparkjoy #buywhatyoulove #minsgame #lessismore #bemorewithless #becomingminimalist #seekingminimalism

Not tomorrow, not when you get to this point in your life, not when you make this much money, not in the future.....Right Now #lovethisquote#becomingminimalist #rightnow

As a society we need to stop the glorification of being busy. Enjoy the time you have on this earth. It’s okay if you have nothing planned but relaxing and taking time for yourself. Be proud of this this time and enjoy💕

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Credit to @ilarimaa
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Let’s get started with our 30 day Project Slowdown!!😁.
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Week 1 - we will focus on mindfulness, which is an ability that we all possess. When we practice mindfulness, we’re practicing the art of creating space for ourselves - space to think, space to breathe and space to be our authentic selves. By being mindful, we can slow down our reactions and be present in each moment.
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Today, let’s focus on eating mindfully.
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Instead of hastily cramming as much food as possible into our mouths, simply enjoy eating. Eating quickly leads to overeating and a lack of satisfaction and enjoyment of our food. Be mindful of each bite. Appreciate the food’s appearance, flavor, texture and aroma. Truly taste what you are putting in your mouth.
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The background for why we are starting Project Slowdown:
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My wife and I lived in the capital city of Alberta for the last 8 years. The “hurry up, rush, rush, rush” mentality is very real and the hustle and bustle of the city is draining and completely exhausting. We made a lot of effort to slow down while living in the city, but now that we have moved to a place that values a slower paced life, we are noticing we have a lot of work left to do.
.
We have researched how to train our minds to embrace a slower pace of life and ultimately remove the internal stress we feel when we place so much importance on getting things done quickly. Let’s enjoy the process as we flow through life.
.
The 4 key focus areas of Project Slowdown include: Mindfulness, Do Less, Disconnect and Connect, and Notice Nature.
.
Follow along with our 30 day project to learn more about creating space for yourself in your own life.

Lineup of small pieces of furniture leaving our house, minus one more matching IKEA table that my daughter was initially trying to (hoard) save. 5 larger items out of this house.
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