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Month: February 2011

GMDL Day 15: The Importance of Faith

GMDL Day 15: The Importance of Faith

Tweet {photo by: JKönig} I bet there are some of you out there who think that this “accomplish more by doing less” thing is a bunch of baloney. How could someone really get more ______ (money, meaning, quality time, etc.) by doing less? It almost […]

GMDL Day 14: The Detriment of Doing Too Much

GMDL Day 14: The Detriment of Doing Too Much

Tweet It’s 14 days in of my Get More by Doing Less challenge and I’m all talked out. So instead of writing up another post, I thought why not show you instead? This weekend I was googling up a storm trying to find the perfect […]

Get More by Doing Less Challenge 13: Find Your Happy Place

Get More by Doing Less Challenge 13: Find Your Happy Place

{photo by: binkitybonk}

If you want to get more by doing less, one of the things you need to be sure about is your happy place.

Do you know where your happy place is?

It’s that warm, fuzzy place where you feel like time stands still. It could be the place where you feel completely comfortable in your own skin or present in your surroundings. It could be a location like the beach or the library or it could be from within.

The more time you spend in that state of mind, the happier you will be. And the more authentic living you will live.

How to Find Your Happy Place

Grab a pen or a pencil and a pad of paper. Jot down all of the places that made you feel truly alive in the past. Think about all the activities that made you feel grateful, excited, inspired. Start with a list of 10 and add to it when you think of more.

Here is a list of mine:

  1. Biking anywhere in nature. When I think about my past trip to London and Paris, what is most memorable to me is our bike ride. I love to feel the wind on my face, the freedom that comes from letting go of the brakes, the ducks and squirrels that I pass and the sound of branches and leaves crunches underneath as I speed on by.
  2. 2. Old bookstores. When I spotted this bookstore in Paris, I thought I had found my own Louvre. I even contemplated bypassing that and a lot of the other “must-see before you die” tourist traps on our way through France. Why? Any book lover could tell you. It’s the smell of old and new mixing together to create a culmination of everything hopeful and inspiring, past and future, life and death. It actually didn’t matter if it was France, London or California. When I am surrounded by books, I feel as though I am in the company of friends. Friends that have lots of stories and secrets to share with me and I am open to hearing all of them.
  3. Museums. Art museums. History museums. Museums filled with weird stuff. I love all of them. I love marveling at paintings I don’t get and photographs I wish I took. When I am in the presence of greatness, I am inspired to be a better person. When I see history, I see my future. Museums hold our past, present and our future and I love reveling in all of it.
  4. A lil’ ole cottage in Point Reyes. I love cottages. I love their whimsy, their character, what they represent-treasuring what is old and respecting small spaces. If I could, I would live in a cottage surrounded by trees and farm animals. I would live there and type and just be. That’s the happy and peaceful place I dream of when I’m stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. It’s my go to spot when I need a mental break from my work at home writing life.
  5. Reading biographies of people who inspire me. When I read about Walt Disney’s trials and tribulations I feel instantly hopeful. If you know of people who have endured hardship and have not only survived, but flourished, you feel inspired and encouraged to transform your own dreams.
  6. The original happy place. Yes I am a big huge Disney fan. I used to go there every year. There are those who think I am crazy and some of the reasons are understandable (long lines, crowds, etc.). But I go because every time I set foot on one of the Disney parks I believe in magic again. And that’s enough reason for me.
  7. The true happy place. Finding love and peace can be as close and easy to get to as closing your eyes. I sometimes forget the importance of meditation. But every time I take the time to go there, I remember. I am reminded about how important it is to shut down our inner critic and our outer world and just let all things be. And it’s easy to get there. Just breathe.

What do you do after you create your list of happy places? Devote to spending time there at least once or twice a week.

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GMDL 12: An Oops Revelation

GMDL 12: An Oops Revelation

Tweet {photo by: SarahDeer} You Are a Brandi! That’s what I thought it said on Amazon.com today. I thought that there was a book that knew exactly what my name was and was calling out to me. My brain went from shock to thinking about ways […]

GMDL Day 11: 10 Withdrawal Symptoms from Doing Less

GMDL Day 11: 10 Withdrawal Symptoms from Doing Less

Tweet {photo by Mike_tn} It’s day 11 on the challenge. While I don’t feel as angry as the Oprah show producer who swore off meat for a week and felt like punching out the vegan in charge, I am having withdrawals. Are you? Here are […]

GMDL 10: Gain More by Needing Less

GMDL 10: Gain More by Needing Less

Gain More by Needing Less

I know the challenge is all about getting more by doing less. But I think a BIG part of that is gaining more by needing less. Know what I mean?

It’s a slight shift in perspective, but one worth noting.

What if, for example, instead of working more to make more money:

  • we save our money
  • we use coupons
  • or we begin to appreciate what we do have?

Determining What You Really Need

In the August issue of O magazine, which I’m sad to say I’m only reading now, Martha Beck breaks down our needs and wants into four quadrants.

Forgive my drawing skills, but it looks something like this:

It was a table to bring consciousness to spending. But I think it’s also a great way to incorporate conscious thinking into how we spend not just our $, but our time.

Here’s your first homework assignment:

Think about one thing in your life that you’re spending time on, but question it’s value or purpose. Whether it’s an hour watching TV or on the internet, measure it against this matrix. What did you find? Did that specific activity stand up to the test? When you spend more time doing things you love and a few things you need (quadrants 1-3), you are creating a life filled with happiness and joy.

What do you think?

Does it help put your life into perspective? What has helped you get more from your life?

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GMDL Day 9: What does it mean to GMDL?

GMDL Day 9: What does it mean to GMDL?

Tweet {photo by me. yep. i have a little old photo shop. check it out here.} It’s day 9 of the challenge. Hope you’re getting less done since you started. That is the goal isn’t it? Forgive me if I haven’t started the challenge by […]

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