Courtney from Be More with Less is changing my life

Courtney wrote a mail recently called “A Toast to the Tiny Steps (Every big change is the result of 100 tiny steps)”

And in that mail she lists a whole lot of the little steps she took which resulted in big changes which changed her life – for the better. In Courtney’s case she was diagnosed with MS which was her reason to start making changes. She suggests we create our own list – so I thought I would – seeing as my blog is about how I am taking steps to create a simple beautiful life for myself and my family.

From Courtney – “Write your own toast and list your 100 tiny steps. Raise your glass, or a taco (yes, you can toast with a taco), or ice cream and celebrate these tiny steps that have helped you change your life.”

So here goes, so far this are the small steps I have taken. Courtney is many many small steps ahead of me, but rather than see my progress as disheartening, I shall toast it as a start. My start:

Big: Changed my diet

Timeline: ongoing.

Tiny:

  • swapped coffee for a shake at breakfast
  • then started making breakfast smoothies
  • got veg and simple home cooking recipe books for Christmas for home cooking inspiration
  • tried some new recipes to re-ignite my love for cooking
  • bought organic eggs and locally farmed meat
  • did my first juice cleanse
  • keep trying to drink more water
  • keep remembering to avoid all processed junk food
  • next – eat less meat

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Big: Paid off all personal debt and started an emergency fund

Timeline: ongoing

Tiny:

  • unsubscribed from all but one email offers
  • bought Dave Ramsey book
  • downloaded a budgeting app called 22Seven which records all spends and makes saving and investment suggestions
  • just signed up for the Decluttered course – I am hoping to start my journey to financial freedom

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Big: Started to move my body

Timeline: started

Tiny:

  • signed up for a year-long self-practise yoga course
  • joined a 5.30am yoga class once a week
  • keep trying to get onto my yoga mat 4 x a week
  • started to go on short runs, and loving them (even if most have been chasing my young children around our village on their bicycles)

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Big: Started some personal healing

Timeline: started

Tiny:

  • started Courtney’s daily 5 minute hand on heart challenge and posted on instagram to hold myself accountable – thank you Courtney.
  • started seeing an EFT and energy healer
  • started regularly saging house to clear negative energy
  • started taking some online courses to up-skill career-wise
  • started writing asimplebeautifullife blog more often – to improve my content writing skills
  • started posting on asimplebeautifullife instagram page more often – to improve my social media skills
  • started creating a asimplebeautifullife MailChimp newsletter to family & interested friends  – to improve MailChimp skills

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Big: Get rid of 50% of our stuff

Timeline: started

Tiny:

  • regularly give the children’s outgrown clothes away
  • At Christmas time we give some toys away
  • Decluttered and removed the easy things – like duplicates, unwanted and uncomfortable clothes, kitchen surfaces
  • Noticed the space I created (Courtney’s words)
  • Felt a little lighter (Courtney’s words)
  • I think hard before buying any new clothes now

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Now that our renovations are almost done at home, the period of limbo will soon be over and I can begin to clear more clutter and give everything we love a place in our home.

It’s a work in progress, worthwhile work, and even if I am not yet where I want to be, I am further towards creating a simple, beautiful life, than I used to be.

Incidentally the picture below is from Recruit My Mom which is a web-based job agency in South Africa with a focus on educated, capable mothers who have chosen to stay at home to raise their children – but who are still able to contribute to wider society through the work they can do. A brilliant idea which has grown from strength to strength in the flexibility it offers and the value it places on people who have chosen not to commit to a life of drudge.

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