easing into your day

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I have a box next to my bed where I keep ideas for these
posts. I am probably like you, my greatest ideas [ so I think ]
come just as I am about to fall asleep.

You too?

I guess this is because our minds and bodies are relaxing, switching
off so to speak.

A few weeks back I wrote an article about breaking your routine
and sometimes that is a good thing, sort of an adventure. But today
I want to talk about the positive aspects of a routine.

And

Easing into your day.

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I learned something recently. I have a holiday guest staying
with me for a while.

Each morning he wakes up and switches on the tablet and looks
at the news, he might turn on the radio or television AND this
is so unlike anything I do.

I ease into my day [ routine or no routine ] and I cannot
imagine starting my day any other way.

I walk Miss Evie, cause a girl has got to go after such a long
sleep.

I then do some quite meditating. A dear friend just gave me a
great app called Calm. Google it, it is great.

I then do some reading and writing [ in today’s environment it is
called journaling – but at the end of the day it is writing ] I write
my thoughts, my ideas and the people, events and things
that have brought me joy.

I ease into my day.

No loud music
No loud noise from the television.
Quiet

Now I know this is not possible for everyone. I get it>>>
But

I encourage you to ease into your day the best you can, it is so
rewarding, it is so calming and peaceful.

So

Try it and let me know in our Facebook group or hit
that reply button and fill me in.

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less is more,my friendml
less is more.

a balanced life

Balance.

The old me did not have a clue as to what constituted a
balanced life.

Today I woke up very early, made myself a cup of tea and
crawled back into bed to read.

The old me would never have done that.

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The old me would have jumped onto computer and started to
“work”.

The old me did not realize that that sort of drive did not
produce more, but less.

Do you see a theme here?

The old me never understood that in order to succeed in
life you [ finger pointing ] you must have balance.

Balance.

Between
Family
Fun
Business
Exercise
Eating
Faith… and I could go on…

Do you life a balanced life?

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so why not >>>gift ideas for Fort Lauderdale

I have a suggestion.

But first let me set the scene.

Black Friday is behind us [ don’t get me started on this one ] and the
big countdown to the December holidays.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas tis the season
to shop. A lot.

Crowded malls,
Crowded parking,
Crowds of people.

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This year why not turn back the clocks to a time when>>>>

You made a card.
You made a gift

All by hand.
With thought
And with care.

No standing on lines
No mad dash to spend crazy amounts of money.

Simple.

Love.

Why not?

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less is MORE | the coffee trick

less is more coffee

So they say drinking too much caffeine is bad for you. It
is said that consuming excess amounts of coffee or tea is
dehydrating.

And

Hey as I mature this is the last thing I want to do… we
are talking wrinkles here and well…. enough said.

So

In this battle to stay hydrated I have got into the habit of
drinking water, a lot of water.

And [ here is today’s tip ]

I use a smaller cup to drink my morning coffee. Sounds
simple but it works.

Me thinks that because there is less to drink I savor every
sip. And a bonus is because I am savoring every mouthful I tend
to drink slower.

I stop
I drink
I think

It’s a really good trick.

Let me know if you try it…

You know the drill…less is MORE…always

back to front | de-clutter tip

It is my wish that as the weeks roll by
and you read my thoughts on a
less is MORE lifestyle, a minimalist lifestyle you will be
inspired to take action, even a small step.

And

Today

I have one tip to start you on your
way to declutter your closet not only in Davie, Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Florida but in your spot on the planet.

So

Let’s talk ce-cluttering the clothing in your closet

If you are

Not sure which item[s] to donate or
give away?

Here is a tip on determining if you are
getting use out of your clothes.

decluttering in fort lauderdale,tips, less is more carolyn chebaro

Turn the hangers back to front.
Wait one month
Review
Any article of clothing that still has its hanger in the back to front position
You have not used.
Toss
You haven’t worn this skirt, pair of trousers,top or dress in a month.

That item has no purpose, no value. Maybe you do not
feel good in that dress, or top? Doesnot matter.
This article of clothing is taking up space.

Donate it, sell it, pass it on.

Easy

Peesy

Next.

And

BTW

I would love to know if you follow this tip.

human contact

human contact less is more

I was sitting on my balcony this past week having
My coffee and nibbling at an orange. I do this most
Mornings [ yes, I admit, I am very lucky ]

During this time, I watched two young men
greet each other.

Their meeting caught me to by surprise.
The two did not shake hands but hand punched each
Other. [ Gosh I hope I got that right, the hand punching thing.
You know where people acknowledge someone by putting their
Knuckles to knuckles ]

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I have seen this before but never really contemplated this
action.

Interesting how gestures have changed over the year and yet
remain the same.

In my world a firm handshake is appropriate. If I am familiar
With the other party this turns into a hug.

This knuckle to knuckle communication made me
realize that the more things change, the more
they remain the same.

Human contact, in whatever form is very
important.

Sure it is great to host a business meeting online.
using say, zoom or one of the other online meeting
programs.This form of communication saves time, money and energy.

But that human contact, that knuckle to knuckle is
so important. It lifts me up, makes me feel part of the whole.

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It gives me MORE of a feeling of
belonging.

trust your gut

carolyn chebaro less is more

If you follow me on Facebook you probably have seen
My posts on “following your gut”.

It recently occurred to me that I have never put “Pen to
Paper” on this subject …. So here goes.

For me

This gut thing is:

~Listening to that inner voice, my personal radar system [ go for it, go for it ]
~That feeling that I get in the pit of your stomach [ turn right- turn left ],
~Or it is that moment when I get A “Hunch” [ yup that will work ]

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For me it is that invisible person [ God ] sitting on my shoulder
telling me do this, don’t do that.

This gut thing is

a trust that I am making the correct decision, the right choice, selecting
the right path.

It’s

intuition, my inner guidance system. I reckon it has
always been there but I was too noisy.

My intuition is a gift, a bonus if you may, compensation for the gray
hair and wrinkles [ but that stuff doesn’t bother me ]

It has been strengthened as a result of my less is MORE mindset
and my minimalist lifestyle. It’s because in my world, my surroundings
are free of “stuff. My mind and thoughts are also free and clear of
nonsense and noise that used to drown out my gut thing.

Now don’t get me wrong.

Sometimes the guidance signal gets fuzzy and
this is when I know I am on the wrong track, I am heading
up the wrong street, the wrong way, the wrong thinking… or it could be that I have
lost perspective. I might be tired.

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That in of itself tells me to Stop.

Think.
Relax.
Bring in the gratitude.
Hit the reset button.

Get back on track.

As I “mature” I am finding “my gut thing” is really invaluable. I have been
known [ but would never admit ] to talking to my gut… scary I know but
hey it works!

I am curious, do you use “ your gut thing”? Put your comments below:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

de-cluttering | the other kind as a caregiver

There are many forms of “clearing out”. Decluttering is one way:
getting rid of items that no longer have a purpose, no longer serve
you is another way. You need this clear out mindset in order to go
effectively go forward.

But

There is another form of clearing out and going forward. This
process is a bit more tricky.

This form of evolution comes after the role of caregiver is no longer yours.
And, dear reader I speak from experience.

This transition takes much longer and requires, in my opinion
courage and perseverance. For in an instant the life I knew was
changed, the years that followed, those precious caregiving years
took a toll on me. The role of caregiver was mine, and mine alone.

Stress.

When my greatest cheerleader was no longer on the physical plane I
was lost.

I did not realize this until recently.

And I can only think that it is the same for many in the same role.

It is not the “stuff” that needed to be cleared out, for me, that took
place years ago. I had to deal with the lack of purpose I felt.
Where did I now fit in? What was my new role?

And

My conclusion has been to take each day as it comes, step by
step. To set goals and go forward. I recently did this with a challenge
I gave myself in swimming. I still marvel on the feeling of
accomplishment that task gave me.

That fancy term, thrown about so often nowadays “ Self Care” really
comes into play.

Self-care comes in many forms. Sometimes it means taking a nice bath,
or a coffee in a quaint cafe. Other times,  for me it also has come to mean that quiet
reminder, that whisper in my hear ” I made a difference- look what I did”
Be proud, Stand tall”.

And

Finally, and in conclusion

Rely on friends, a good friend. For they often see things with a clearer eye. It is
as if they can see clearly because their windshield wipers are on, while your vision is clouded by the tears you still secretly cry.

 

 

 

 

storage spaces

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I recently watched a YouTube video about storage spaces. You know the buildings

Where you store your “stuff”. Items that you cannot house in your home or dare I say garage…

Articles you just simply cannot live without, so you tell yourself.

Items that years ago would have been considered trash.

So what is the point of a storage facility a.k.a  storage space.

I guess your “valuable junk” could have been put into some landfill causing havoc>>>

So on a positive note your “valuable items” are now  quietly hidden from view in the modern day form of a large garbage bin [ which btw you are paying $$$ for ].

Earlier today I decided to have look at the number of storage units in my local town of 101,871 residents. Believe it or not, and yes believe it there are 11 storage facilities in my local neck of the woods [ just west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida ]

So tell me>>>

Why spend the money for the storage space?

Think of the time and energy going back and forth to fill the unit?

Is it the “out of sight, out of mind” theory in practice here? Could be.

Me thinks, that a storage facility still takes space up in your mind too.

Thoughts?

less is MORE…. always.

The “old” way

carolyn chebaro less is moreRecently, Miss Evie and I, she is the one smiling in the picture, took a dander up to West Palm Beach.

[ You might of heard of West Palm Beach as a certain president has a home up there.]

I love the drive up to this eastern coast of Florida.There are some pretty cool views of the Atlantic Ocean. If I close my eyes I can see them in my mind’s eye now as I type. Life slows down driving up that two lane road for me.

Relaxation.

The journey is about 1 ½ hours.

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There is an elegant street in West Palm Beach called Worth Avenue. Every chic designer shop

Can be found lining the tree lined street there:, YSL,Tiffany, Brooks Brothers … the lot. Off the main thoroughfare are snazzy shops and eateries. The appearance and ambiance is very European and the whole atmosphere reeks of sophistication [ and money].

This part  of the Sunshine State is home to many billionaires. Sprinkled about them are those residents that come from “old” money , meaning their wealth was been passed down from generation to generation.

And

Here is I LOVE about Worth Avenue.

The“old” way the shops close at 5:30 pm and they are closed on Sunday.

Imagine.

Magical.

Do you remember when stores, clothing, grocery, hardware to name a few called it a day and closed up, went home in the late afternoon or early evening? We all spent time with the family at a dining room table together. Laughter, Stories. Fun.

Somehow as a consumer you were able to purchase all you needed, you planned your day. Enough was enough. The term “shop till you drop” was never in vogue.

For me, life seemed more rounded.

I know it might be difficult to recall, and for some of you that concept is completely alien but gosh, I miss those times.The days when consumerism and beating the Jones’ was not a national hobby and pastime.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not one to look back and say “ those good ole days” because,

Well I know life goes on and things change.[ I get it ]

But

This does not mean I, you, me, we have to participate in this type of lifestyle. I would like to think

We can all can create our own way of living.

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A time when you simply called it a day. Rest. Reflect. Await tomorrow to bring new adventures, experiences, expectations.

Less is MORE my friends.

Less is MORE.