“If you’re going to do more, you’ve got to do less.” - @katenorthrup
I’ve been listening to Kate’s new book this week, Do Less, with the intention of simplifying my life.
It’s interesting because I’ve always been a minimalist in the outwardly sense. I keep the same wardrobe all year long and have distilled it down to a few investment pieces with a consistent neutral palette, I can’t stand clutter in my home and love the visual sense of spaciousness (Marie Kondo and I would get along), I keep my cooking simple with dishes that are just a few fresh ingredients, I haven’t traveled with anything but a carry-on (whether it's for 2 weeks or 2 days) in almost 10 years, and my entire “office” fits in my little leather backpack.
But my mind, can be a mess.
Especially when it comes to my work and my own healing, which essentially, are one in the same. When I finally found the courage to talk about the holistic mindbody approach that worked for me when all else failed, I thought I had to talk about everything. All of the pieces. I started my journey with nutrition, then movement, followed by a number of lifestyle changes including everything from finding more purpose, returning to nature, and rediscovering a spiritual connection, to eventually integrating the subconscious/belief system reprogramming, mindset training, and continual inward focused work I do today.
I think that’s the common misconception of holistic health though, the idea that you have to do everything. More so, that you have to do everything all at once. It can be completely overwhelming through that lens. Everyone’s journey is different. Some may start with nutrition, others with spirituality.
I eventually came home to the idea that my work here is to focus on the latter piece of that holistic approach; the belief system reprogramming, mindset training, and inward work. The self-healing.
That’s where I can provide the most value. The rest is still important, just not what I’m here to do.
I think we all have to return to the idea that we can do anything, but not everything. And anything, especially really important worthwhile anythings, takes great time and patience.
I feel lighter already.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.