A Few Notes on Essentialism (The art of doing less but gaining more)

A Few Notes on Essentialism (The art of doing less but gaining more)

Let’s Talk About Essentialism

I have been practicing Essentialism for many years now, but didn’t know it had a name. You see, Essentialism is a mindset and approach that emphasizes focusing on the most important things and eliminating non-essential elements. It involves identifying and prioritizing what truly matters to you and making deliberate choices to allocate your time, energy, and resources accordingly. 

By embracing essentialism, you can streamline your life, reduce stress, and create more meaningful and fulfilling experiences. It’s about simplifying and aligning your actions with your core values and goals.

So here are five things that I find interesting about Essentialism:

🌟 The Importance of Focusing on What You Can Control 🌟

When you constantly worry about things you cannot control, disappointment and frustration can quickly creep in. Instead, shift your focus to the things within your control and take action to improve them. 

By doing so, you empower yourself to make positive changes and avoid unnecessary stress. 

Remember, your energy is best spent on what you can influence!

✨ Overcoming the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) ✨

FOMO can create anxiety and stress, but you have the power to overcome it. 

Redirect your attention to your own life and pursuits. 

Remind yourself that everyone has their own unique journey, and what truly matters is aligning with your own aspirations. 

Don’t worry about missing out on what isn’t meant for you or what you can’t pursue.

 Embrace your path, and incredible opportunities will unfold!

🔑 The Role of Essentialism in Decision-Making 🔑

Essentialism is a powerful approach to decision-making. 

By focusing on what truly matters and eliminating the rest, you gain clarity and enhance your ability to make effective choices. 

When faced with decisions, identify what is truly essential and what is not. 

By removing non-essential elements, you free up your time and energy to invest in what brings you the most value and fulfillment.

🌱 Creating a Culture of Essentialism in Your Life 🌱

To foster a culture of essentialism in your life, start by establishing clear priorities. 

Ensure that everyone understands what is truly important. Get your family, friends, and co-workers to understand your new priorities and boundaries.

Next, eliminate anything that does not align with those priorities. 

This may involve scaling back projects at home or work and reevaluating work processes and home systems. 

Finally, celebrate successes and learn from failures, creating an environment for yourself that encourages focus, productivity, and growth.

💫 The Benefits of Living an Essentialist Life 💫

Living an essentialist life can lead to a more meaningful and fulfilling existence. 

By focusing on what truly matters to you and discarding the rest, you create space for what brings you joy and purpose. 

With increased time and energy, you can fully invest in the people, activities, and goals that align with your values. 

Embrace essentialism, and watch your stress diminish as your satisfaction and fulfillment soar!

If you want to talk more about the benefits of Essentialism, set up a self-discovery call with me. I coach utilizing these practices, they have changed my life, the life of my clients, and they can change yours too. 

Self-Care for the Women Sick of Hearing about Self-Care

Self-Care for the Women Sick of Hearing about Self-Care

Okay, hear me out.

I know that everyone and their cousin is touting the importance of self-care.

You’re probably thinking if one more person talks to me about bath bombs or girls nights, I’m going to puke.

You’re a busy, self-starter, career driven (and killing it) lady, and you do deserve to take some self-care time.

But what if self-care wasn’t literally caring directly for yourself?

Dr. Laurie Santos, Yale professor and host of the Happiness Lab podcast, says, “Self-care doesn’t have to be selfish.” I just started listening to her podcast thanks to an amazing interview Dr. Santos did with Jenna Kutcher, the Goaldigger herself, and it really made me realize that maybe we’re missing the true point of self-care.

Dr. Santos says about improving our well-being, “One of the most shocking ones for me is a study looking at how simple interactions with strangers positively affect your well-being,” she said, adding that, even for introverts, “a simple chat with a stranger can make people feel great.”

You can learn more about this here (Association for Psychological Science) or here (this links you to the New York Times).

So self-care may have more positive benefits for us when it involves other people.

In the interview with Jenna Kutcher, Dr. Santos noted (and I’ll strongly paraphrase here) that doing small acts of kindness for others or volunteering helped improve well-being more than doing things just for ourselves.

I’ve started to test this for myself. For me, self-care has been buying dinner for a good friend and getting caught up post-COVID. Also, self-care has been going with a friend to do volunteer work.

That being said, if you’re sick of the same ol’ self-care, then it’s time to shake it up. Find a friend and go volunteer. Help out a neighbor (meet your neighbors, now there’s a challenge). Tell a stranger you like her blouse or hair or smile. Take care of yourself by taking care of others.

And if relationships of any kind are hard for you, book your 30 minute Discovery Call. I’m not just a life transformation coach for women, I can help you in all kinds of relationships or with dating. I’d love to chat with you, as you now know, taking to a stranger can make you feel wonderful.