Saturday, January 22, 2022

How to slow down time

Ninacat on the wine barrel the other night. She uses the chair next to it to climb up and enjoy the evening sun, such a funny wee puss :)

I heard someone say the other day that you can slow down time by changing your perception of time. It really stuck with me because days can go by without me even noticing, and hours pass by like minutes. I sometimes hold my breath and don’t breathe properly because I feel rushed; it’s like I am waiting until I have time to breathe fully and deeply. I often feel like I am running late, am behind, am disappointing someone.

When I looked at these things about time that seemed like fact, that’s when I saw what the quote was about. All of those thoughts are only my perception of time, and I can change it!

So I wrote down how I would rather experience time instead.

•    Time flows freely and slowly. It passes by at a snail’s pace and I feel so blissfully relaxed.
•    I move slowly and at my own pace. I do one thing at a time. Time passes slowly. I get things done in a paced and calm manner. It’s enjoyable.
•    I breathe fully and deeply every time I realise I’m holding my breath in my chest.
•    I take five minutes to close my eyes and breathe and just be. I notice the sensations in my body; what feels good, where there is discomfort.
•    I look at the trees out the window regularly and absorb their soothing green solid presence. They are always there.
•    I say to myself, Time is my friend. I love time. Time is good to me. Time looks after me. I have plenty of time. Time is abundant. Time is on my side.
•    I get so much done in such a short amount of time and I am completely relaxed doing it, it’s amazing I am the same person living the same life because I feel completely different.

Do you know, after writing those few points, which didn’t take long at all, I felt so tranquil. I bet you do too, reading my new mindset vs my previous thoughts.

So if you often feel like the day gets away on you, please, borrow my new views on time. And please, let me know how you feel calm and composed on a daily basis.

xx Fiona

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Find yourself with fun

 Happy new year chic friends!

I don’t know about you, but when I do some decluttering and organizing, I find out more about myself.  I find out what the real treasures are, and I can see what lights me up.

It’s such a great part of doing a bit of a clean out.  You can see, quite literally often, the next version of yourself.  Sometimes I have hung onto things such as clothing because I used to love them and think I will again, but then I don’t want to wear it.  It doesn’t feel like ‘me’ anymore when I put it on.

It’s a funny thing to experience, when you can feel yourself accelerating past your old self.  It definitely feels like you are moving quickly.  Have you ever experienced that?  I felt like this on and off all last year and still do.  Maybe it’s something with having an occasion birthday (with a zero on the end of the number).  You naturally start thinking to yourself about the next decade of your life and what you’d like it to look like.

It’s actually a thrilling prospect, at least to me.  Like the ultimate project to craft over the next ten years.  Where would I like to see myself at sixty? I ask myself.  It’s like a brand-new canvas to splash with art in any style you’d like.

And with keeping your home in a simplified and organized state, you get to move easily and fluidly through your years.

I plan to become more flexible and open to change as the years go by, not more rigid and set in my ways.  And I’ll get to do that because I choose to.  Why not?  Doesn’t it sound more enjoyable than slowly setting into premature rigor mortis?

And what I love about using things up, sorting out stuff to donate, and tidying the things I love and have kept, is that shopping for more stuff has never seemed less appealing.  It’s a strange thing that when you are drowning in clutter you shop for more, and when you are in a cleaning it out phase you don’t shop unless absolutely necessary.

I don’t understand how it works in the mind, but I know it’s like that because I’ve proved it for myself!

Let me know what side of the fence you sit on – happy clutterer or aspiring cozy minimalist like me?

xx Fiona

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