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What Brings You Joy?

I love organizing—organizing my pantry, organizing my closet, organizing my life…


I heard of Marie Kondo years ago and really didn’t give it much thought. But then we had a snow week a couple of weeks ago — we didn’t go anywhere beyond the borders of our neighborhood for almost a week!


It was a perfect opportunity to binge watch whatever I wanted…and I found Marie Kondo’s Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.


I was intrigued.


I take organizing seriously, but seriously, how can tidying up change someone’s life?


Each episode introduced me to a new family who were going through different situations. The theme that ran through each situation, though, was they were stressed, overwhelmed, and tired of their situation. Whether they were downsizing or making space for a baby, they definitely learned more than they bargained for in the 30-45 days of “tidying up”.


Unhealthy boundaries were identified and new, healthy boundaries were established for one Mom.


A woman was supported in grieving her husband’s death.


A married couple created better communication and their stress, overwhelm, and time management was improved.


…all by tidying up.


Now let me tell you. These people worked! They put in the time, effort and energy to go through each of their rooms, each of their items, and decide what they wanted to keep and what they wanted to let go.


How did they do it?


It was so simple.


Marie asked them to hold each item and ask themselves, “Does this bring me joy?”


What a small gift this was, but yet so powerful!


How often do we go through life and allow things and people to drain our joy, without even knowing it?


Sometimes we tend to believe that this is how life is, that this is all life has to offer, and I just need to be good with what I have…but are we really?


I want to encourage you today to ask yourself:


What brings me joy?


How often do I take time to do what brings me joy?


Who brings me joy?


If my world was full of things that bring me joy, how will I approach each day instead?


What is my next step to inviting more joy into my life?


Please let me know what you come up with!!


As always, however you are feeling today, I want you to know that you are never alone. I encourage you to reach out—if not to me, then to someone! 


I believe in you,


Teresa


P.S. How helpful was this? If you think of someone who may benefit, please do not hesitate to forward this information. Thank you!

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