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“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” -Marie Kondō

29920718_1802825500025840_1792278_nGood news everyone! I completed something on my 30 before 30 list! What did I complete? Marie Kondo‘s method of tidying up, aka “the Konmari Method.” It’s number 29 on my list and I am I’ve been wanting to do it for a while now.

First of all, you probably want to know what the Konmari method is and how I stumbled upon it. Here is an excerpt taken straight from the website: “The KonMari Method™ is a way of life and a state of mind that encourages cherishing the things that spark joy in people’s lives. Belongings are acknowledged for their service and thanked before being let go of, if they no longer spark joy. People are drawn to this philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective, and optimistic.” So what you do is you go through everything (and I mean everything) you own, category by category, and touch each 30020583_1802825496692507_1848334969_nitem. It’s important to touch everything! If it brings you joy when you touch it, you keep it and if it doesn’t then you thank it and bid farewell. Marie Kondo’s method of organizing focuses on what we are keeping now what we need to get rid of.

I came across this method in a bullet journaling group I am in on Facebook. I don’t remember exactly which group it was but several people were discussing pages to create and keep track of their progress. Of course, all things organization interest me so I asked what it was all about. That’s when they referred me to her books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. I immediately checked my library mobile app to see if they had the books and sure enough, they did. So I checked out the first one and from chapter one I was hooked. This was when I lived in a tiny 500 square-foot studio and most of our belongings were packed away in storage so I was unable to do the whole thing. Now that I have everything I own in one room, I decided it was time to get into it. And in the span of just a few hours, I was done.

30007435_1802825493359174_979829267_nSince my first encounter with the Konmari method, there have been more things happening for Marie Kondo. Just last year she released The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up. She saw how popular her book was, selling millions of copies world-wide, so she developed this book. There is also the mobile app. Unfortunately it is only for iPhone so I was unable to use it but I have heard great things about it. Now, just a couple of months ago, Marie Kondo announced that she is working on a reality show about the Konmari method. There is no release date or much of any information out there about it but it will be released on Netflix and the first season will have 8 episodes. I don’t know about you all, but I am super excited to see the show because I think this method is so healing, especially when you are going through a lot in your life.

I urge each of my readers to look more into the Konmari method and try it out. It helps to read the books first but it’s not required. I can garuntee that if you do this and complete it, your life will change. You will feel cleaner inside and out. Letting go of your physical clutter clears your mind, whether you realise it or not.

As always, I thank you for visiting my blog. If you have done or are in the process of doing the Konmari method, drop a comment below and tell us about your eaperience. Was it easy or hard for you? What category did you struggle with most? Did you learn anything about yourslef? I know I did!

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“Sometimes it’s hard to see the rainbow when there’s been endless days of rain.” ―Christina Greer

pcosI know many of you are still confused about all that is going on in my life.Which is why I decided to make a blog post about one specific aspect of my life that many are ignorant on, through no fault of their own.

In August of last year, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), view my post on that here. Of course, I had no idea what it was, no one I knew had ever mentioned having it nor was it in the media like cancer or diabetes. What even is PCOS? What does it mean to have it? What are complications that arise from PCOS? Will I be ok? What can I do to make sure it doesn’t get worse? I had all of these questions and more. I was harboring them inside of me and I was afraid to let everyone know because I was worried enough, I didn’t want to worry anyone else. The couple people I actually opened up to just brushed it off as nothing. But sadly, it’s not nothing. It’s something bigger than we all thought. In my previous post I really just spoke about what the symptoms were and added a list of famous people who also have PCOS. This time I am going to give you a few things that I have learned since then.

  • pcos plateAvoiding gluten and dairy help
  • A low GI diet is important
  • Being active is vital, strength training as well as cardio
  • Losing weight (when overweight) helps immensely. According to PCOS for Dummies, “If you are an overweight woman with PCOS, even a modest weight loss of 5 percent leads to
    1. A decrease in your insulin level
    2. An improvement in your menstrual cycle (or acts as a trigger for it to start again)
    3. Reduced testosterone levels, leading to reductions in hirsutism and acne
  • Every issue I’ve been dealing with (digestive issues, depression, acne, weight gain, irregular menstruation, vitamin D deficiency, and many other things) are linked together with PCOS
  • 75% of women with PCOS have a relative with PCOS as well

I have made a whole board on Pinterest full of helpful stuff for managing PCOS, which you can find here. I also have a board for gluten/dairy free recipes and foods that you can visit here. I will be attempting to be gluten and dairy free, though I know it will take time. I am starting off small. Right now, I am focusing on following the PCOS plate so we will see how this goes.

I hope this helped everyone understand at least a little bit about what is going on inside of me. I also hope this helps everyone have a better understanding of my diet, so if I say I can’t have something it’s not because I don’t like it. I want to help my body be happy.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you come back to read more. If you still have questions, check out the image and video below. I will talk more about PCOS later so please don’t think I’m leaving you out to dry. Stay tuned!

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“God won’t give you more than you can bare. He might let you bend but he won’t let you break.” -Unknown

Almost two years ago, I received a letter in the mail from someone I admire very much. She wrote me often, it’s our favorite means of communication (other than in person) because we feel that snail mail is more personal than a text or email. Anyway, in this letter she included a short one-page story that she had written and dedicated to me. Upon reading it, I cried. I actually shared it with many people and also used it in a homework assignment last semester. I do not and will not ever take credit for it, it is completely hers. So, without further ado, here it is.

Once Upon a Time…

…There was born a little girl, with hair of while gold. She was a beloved and special child, even the daughter of the Lord of the Manor. Though his child was dearly beloved and cherished, the Lord, being extremely wise, chose not to provide her a privileged life of ease and plenty, least it should destroy her inner strength and beauty.

At birth, this little girl was placed in the temporary care of one who, herself, needed much care. This priceless little one was often neglected, forgotten, or even out of sight of her Father, the Lord of the Manor.As the years seemingly slowly crept by, the child, at times, was confused, as her true, inner child and sense of worth collided with the realities of her barren life, devoid of the proper care of one so highly valued. Her father watched and waited!

Early childhood passed by, and the little girl’s Father could see that His daughter was beginning to lose confidence in herself, and was about to forget whose child she really was. Realizing the need for a change, He stepped forward , and arranged for a new set of caretakers to fill the voids in her life. He now chose individuals who had matured, and had learned from their experiences. This couple knew that giving and receiving love, along with being connected with one’s true self, are, in deed, the most valuable attributes in this life, if one is to grow and “blossom.” Her Father watched, and waited!

And “blossomed” she did! The child had survived bare and infertile years, and yet, those years had not been unprofitable. She had moved on, not as a spoiled, pampered child of the Manor, but as a girl with “eyes wide open.” She had acquired the qualities of selflessness, resilience, gratitude, and appreciation for all and any food that came her way. Expecting little, she began to receive much!

The couple knew of her past experiences and, with all their hearts, built a loving and true home for the young, golden-haired girl. They were also quite wise, and sought from her Father’s advice, the wisdom to guide her through the years to come. They provided for all of her needs, and helped her to grow in light and knowledge. For the first time in her young life, she was living in a world compatible with her true identity and worth, and she soared. Just as her Father knew she would!

Then, many years later, the time came when this loving, caring couple, was needed by the Lord of the Manor, elsewhere. He knew that his precious daughter had matured enough to stand on her own with his grace, beauty, truth, and trusted friends at her side. She had weathered well her early years, and benefited. She had basked for a season in the glow of love, validation and learning, and benefitted.

Her Father, ever closer now, and as He reaffirmed the wisdom of His plan, He placed great confidence in her future.

He called her to ride, and go forth, fully prepared to help others to learn and to grow. This precious and beloved child had now become a custodial daughter of the Lord of the Manor, just as He knew she would.

-E. Drysdale

I hope you all enjoyed it. She is a great writer and I love the meaning behind this. It is about my troubled life as a very small girl and how I over came it with the help of my grandparents (whom I lived with for 10 years), who passed away when I was in high school. It was all hard on me but I what I have experienced has taught me so much and it’s all apart of who I am and who I will become.

Thank you for reading again today. If you have any inspiring stories, poems, or anything, I would love to help you share them to the world. Just comment below and let me know and I will get them from you and I will let you know how to get it to me.

Also, if you have a story that has inspired you, I would love to hear about it! Just comment and let me know.