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Month: February 2011

One GMDL Challenger Reports On Her Experience

One GMDL Challenger Reports On Her Experience

Tweet Lisa Verdi is a woman with a business after my heart. It’s called MindfulBIZ and it’s all about helping creative entrepreneurs create a sustainable business through something we all could use some help with-designing a clutter free and focused website. When she decided to […]

GMDL Day 21: The Final Day of the Get More Doing Less Challenge

GMDL Day 21: The Final Day of the Get More Doing Less Challenge

Tweet {flickr photo by: Tambako the Jaguar} The Preciousness of Time Perhaps no one expressed it better than my grandma. With the early stages of Alzheimer’s reaching in and tugging at her memories, time seemed to fall soft, and slow like the sands upon an […]

GMDL Day 20: Awakening to Your Life

GMDL Day 20: Awakening to Your Life

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If you haven’t picked up a copy of The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo you are missing out.

I heard about it after Oprah mentioned it as one of her favorite things. And now it’s become mine.

The book is broken up into short introspective, daily lessons and it is beautifully, if not, poetically written. Nepo’s prose and intuitively way he expresses his intentions makes me catalogue Mark Nepo as one of the people I wish I could write like. I find it lifts me up, provides insight and reflection at the end of my day.

But when I got to February 1 (I’m a few weeks behind), I had to hold up and pause because there was something very important about this chapter that I knew I needed to share with you:

Live Slow Enough

What does it mean to, “live slow enough?” Here’s an excerpt from his February 1st entry:

“Follow anything in its act of being-a snowflake falling, ice melting, a loved one waking-and we are ushered into the ongoing moment of the beginning, the quiet instant from which each breath starts. What makes this moment so crucial is that it continually releases the freshness of living. The key to finding this moment and all its freshness, again and again, is in slowing down.”

Isn’t that beautiful?

On top of the importance of observing our environment, he also mentions how sad it is that we are all running around so fast and for so long, that only two things can stop us: “illness or breakage.”

Isn’t that sad?

But it is true. Illness is what keeps me motivated on this daily challenges. And I hope that it won’t be what stops you from a too busy existence. My biggest regret is thinking and rethinking last year and wondering if there was anything I could have done to prevent the chronic illness that I have. I often wonder if I had lived my life enjoying it and worrying and stressing less, I would not be in the situation that I am in.

I don’t want that to happen to you.

Keep up the journey we are near the end.

Daily Challenge: Do one activity in slow motion. Whether it’s taking a shower, washing the dishes or even going for a walk. And as you do so, observe how you feel, be conscious of every motion. Sometimes slowing down gives you insight to a problem. Sometimes it gives you a sense of peace. Other times it feels as luxurious as a mini vacation. Try it. Then let me know what you think.

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GMDL Day 19: Possessing Awe

GMDL Day 19: Possessing Awe

Tweet This post all started with this photo: Are you an entrepreneur wanting to take your business to the next level? Have you ever wanted to fulfill your dreams as a freelance writer? Are you a writer who wants to find a way to increase […]

Day 18 GMDL: Dealing With the Big Chunks

Day 18 GMDL: Dealing With the Big Chunks

Tweet flickr photo by: nedrichards This post is all about turning the big chunks into little chunks. Ugh sorry that doesn’t sound very good does it? But my intention is this: If we are going to create a life worth living getting more by doing […]

GMDL Day 17: Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

GMDL Day 17: Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

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It’s the end of another week of tips to inspire you to do less. Whew it’s been a good one. Hasn’t it?

So far, I’ve had one awesome and courageous entrepreneur sign up for the challenge and another beautiful and talented photographer send me the sweetest email with the subject line, “I love your blog.”

It’s been an amazing week. Good and bad (did I mention a power outage and almost getting hit by a car?), but I’m embracing both. I’m alive. I’m grateful. And I’m still as motivated to do less as ever.

And we’ve still got a few days left in the challenge. I hope you’re still here with me.

To end the week, I have a few inspiring things including something I found in an inspiring book entitled The Purpose of Your Life by Carol Adrienne. Hope it will keep you motivated on your own challenge to do less!

Be Inspired


1. Accomplish More, Do Less: Find Your True North

This Care2 blogger and reader has a lot going on in her life (things like yoga, blogging, school, daily chores). Sound familiar? I’m sure we can all relate. But I was over the moon excited when I read this part of her blog:

“At least once a week someone asks me, ‘How do you do it all?’  My answer is always the same – I do less.”

In her blog, she shares her journey from doing too much to slimming down to the necessities. She also provides helpful tips on how to get there.

2. The Power of Vulnerability

I can’t take credit for finding this awesome, honest and super inspiring video. It was a colleague that discovered it.

You may be wondering how being vulnerable has anything to do with doing less. Here’s the thing. Sometimes we feel ashamed and fearful of being vulnerable. And instead of embracing our fears and imperfections, opening our wounds raw for everyone to see, we avoid the pain at all costs. Sometimes we do so by filling our life with busyness. It’s a powerful 20 minutes and I hope you will take the time to watch.

3. Anything is possible.

That is the title of chapter 4 in Adrienne’s life changing book. This weekend, reflect on this statement, what it means, and say it to yourself every time you stumble or encounter a mental block. I have been reciting those three beautiful words to myself and with it have found peace. What will you find?

If you’re new here, welcome! Don’t worry about starting on day 15 of the challenge. You can start at anytime. If you want, you can start here on day 1 of the challenge. Feedback’s always welcome. I would love to hear how you’re doing.

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GMDL Day 16: Creating Your Vision

GMDL Day 16: Creating Your Vision

Tweet flickr photo by: -RejiK Having a Vision for Your Life Something organization expert Peter Walsh often talks about is having a vision for your life. What he’s usually referring to is your home, clutter-free. But it also applies to our challenge to get more […]

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