Day 11… Day 11 which should technically have been on March 11th, but if you’re connected to me in real life you know that I’ve been down for the count with a cold of epic proportions, thanks to my toddler attending day home. Hey, the kid has to go somewhere during the days, I just wish that he didn’t come home coughing into my mouth.
I’m gonna let that one go.
Speaking of, today’s topic is all about what kinds of things you can let go of in your life, the nitty gritty things, in order to make room, time and energy for the things that truly matter.
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First, I did mention a book called Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has Time by Brigid Schulte. To be clear, I haven’t yet read it, I hear great things… these things are why it is on my holds list at the library!
We talk briefly about Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. In this book she shares her thoughts on letting go of the ‘someday’ list and all the things you say you want to do, but never will.
In case you don’t want to rewind the podcast, here’s a shortened list of some things I suggest you let go of:
- Overly high expectations
- Toxic relationships
- Your to-do list
- Using food or alcohol as an emotional crutch
- Caring what other people think
- The idea of ‘someday’
- Comparing yourself to others
- The coulda woulda shoulddas
- The idea that there is only one way to get what you want
- The concept of regret – you can’t change the past, you can only move forward
- Guilt. Mom-guilt. Dad-guilt. Over-achiever-guilt. Whatever kind of guilt.
- Anger towards others: coworkers, the guy that cuts you off in traffic, etc.
- Trying to fit in or follow ‘the path’
Finally, we talk about how there are actually physical things you can let go of as well. Another great resource is the documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which you can watch on Netflix. I highly recommend it!
I want you to pick one thing that you’re going to let go of… then do it. It might not be instantaneous – or it might be – but I have faith in you. Maybe you’re going to let go of a toxic relationship or of gossiping or of setting unrealistic expectations of others. I bet you that whatever it is, it’ll improve your life.
If you’re brave enough to share, tag me @girltrieslife on social media and use #girltrieslife21 so that the community can share.
I look forward to catching up with you tomorrow!
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