Love everyone you meet. Promise to make yourself a “no negative zone.” You made it through another year. You were gifted with breath and life. Go outside and touch the Earth, whether there is snow, grass, or water on the ground. Look toward the sky and feel the wonderment of the Universe. Look within your heart and send love to yourself. Send that love out to everyone so that peace on Earth becomes a reality.
Set your intentions today for the next year. If you walk in those intentions for the next 365 days your intentions will come to pass.
Have quiet time today. Encourage your loved ones to do the same. The Eve before the Eve is a good time to reflect on your year. Do not judge yourself so harshly on what was not accomplished. Life is not a race to the finish line. Life is a series of creations on your part. What do you want to create? If you didn’t like what you created this year, then create a different life next year. You are more powerful than you realize.
Remain guided by God in all that you do. Let every action you perform be for the glory of God. As you serve God, you are serving other people. If you ever question what move to make in life, ask, “What would God do?” God would do the highest, grandest, happiest, most joyous thing.
Manifest love by being love today. If you are feeling depressed this holiday season, get up and bless someone else. You all are one heart beating on Earth. As you send love to someone else’s heart, you are sending love through your own. Happiness is that simple: make someone else happy.
You all are glorious manifestations of God. Celebrate each other at this time of year. Be joyous and appreciative of the gift of life. Cast your “problems” aside. What good does it do to dwell on your “problems?” Worry does not solve them. Worry keeps you stuck.
Celebrate! You can breathe, see, hear, smell, and touch! You have plenty for which to be thankful. Your five senses allow you to experience God’s earthly creations. Breathe in the air that gives you life. See the sun rise and set. Hear children laughing. Smell food cooking on the stove. Hug another person and feel the love pulsating back and forth between you. Celebrate!
At the beginning of the first episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Ryan, a toddler who’d never met Marie, practically jumped into her arms. Ryan said, “I want to hug you.” She let Marie hold her like they go way back!
I was stunned because a toddler doesn’t do that. She doesn’t reach for a perfect stranger who just walked through her front door. And certainly not while being held in her mother’s arms. I said to myself, “Marie Kondo is something special.”
And she is. After binge watching all eight episodes of Tidying Up I bought two of Marie Kondo’s books, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up,” and “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.” I will be getting “The Life Changing Magna of Tidying Up: A Magical Story.”
I’m already a minimalist. I did a massive decluttering the first half of 2018. What I am not is organized. And not being organized creates clutter and chaos, which gets on my last good nerve.
Netflix released Tidying Up on January 1, 2019. Marie, and her translator, help families in different stages in life declutter their homes.
A couple with two toddlers
An empty-nester couple
A couple with two preteens who downsized from a 4-bedroom
house to a 2-bedroom apartment
A widow who had been married for 40 years
A twentysomething couple who are transitioning
from college life to adulthood
A couple with two toddlers who want to have a
A couple expecting their first child
A couple newly married merging two households
What they all have in common is:
They have too much stuff in their house (and garage)
They feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start decluttering
They have trouble letting go off their stuff
Their quality of life is being affected
They are having communication issues
The communication issues between couples varied from
resentment of who’s doing the household duties, to one person being more challenged
by decluttering than the other, to what to keep (“we have to keep this ‘just in
case’’ which is the death knell of tidyness).
The KonMari Method ™ is simple in theory. Tidy by category.
Clothes first. Then books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and finally
sentimental items. Keep the things that “spark joy.” In other words, keep the
items you love. For the items you let go of, thank them for their service, then
let them go. In the end, your home is full of only things you love. In
practice, it’s a lot harder. I know because I started the process last week.
The show only touches on the KonMari Method of organizing. She has very specific ways of folding everything from underwear to hoodies. Buy her books because they are necessary to truly declutter and organize your home.
Once you finish the first season, watch the “Where Are They Now?” clips to see if the families kept their homes organized.
I love this show that inspired me to organize my home the KonMari way. I will let you all know how the process is going.