One goal at a time

Month: October 2016

One goal at a time

One goal at a time

When you get fired up, or just plain frustrated with your current life situation, it’s tempting to go all out and resolve to donate all of your earthly possessions, quit smoking, never touch a drop of alcohol again and ban chocolate from the house so that you can lose 20-30lbs.  Oh, and stay in touch with your childhood friends more.  And get yourself out of debt. And what happens, almost immediately?  You become deflated and feel overwhelmed and useless.  Because of course  there is no way you are going to be able to tackle all of those things at once!  The

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Eudora

This beautiful lady, Eudora (Dora) is my grandmother.  She has Alzheimer’s.  She turned 85 on the 17th of August this year and, in the past two weeks, her mobility has decreased to very little, her speech is slurred and she sleeps much of the time.  She can barely lift her chin from her chest.  It is a change from the agitation and anger of the past couple of months, she is quiet and gentle at the moment, but her sudden deterioration is shocking and sad.  She is in pain this afternoon, itching and aching everywhere, but she still finds the

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What is acceptance? And why is it so hard?

What is acceptance?  And why is it so hard?

I think that acceptance is one of the hardest concepts to grasp.  And certainly one of the hardest to put into practice. But part of that difficulty arises because we misunderstand what acceptance actually means.  We mistake it for passivity or fatalism or apathy.  We believe that we must fight or struggle against life in order to ‘show it who’s boss.’ Certainly, there is nothing wrong with picking up the reins and guiding your life in the direction you want it to go.  But, as Eckhart Tolle says, “Whatever you resist, persists.” It’s not that you can’t make changes.  It’s

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How to beat those Sunday evening blues

How to beat those Sunday evening blues

Remember when you were fifteen or sixteen and Sunday evenings really sucked?  The thought of going back to school the next day, starting a whole new week of work, was just too depressing and sometimes, if you were anything like me, the Sunday evening dread could easily spoil your whole weekend. Maybe you still feel like that now.  Maybe you regularly feel that growing knot in your stomach that tells you it’s almost time to get back into work mode. I’ve only realised, in the past couple of years, what a waste of my weekends that was.  What a shame

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Three mistakes beginner minimalists make

Now, it’s true that minimalists come in all shapes and sizes, and I definitely don’t subscribe to the idea that there is a criteria for being a minimalist–but I would like to talk about three things that I have caught myself doing at the beginning of my minimalism journey that are not necessarily helpful.  You might recognise these behaviours, too! 1.  Believing that buying a certain kind of object makes you a minimalist. Yes, I have done this.  I have searched on eBay and Amazon for ‘minimalist jewellery’ or ‘simple tea light holders’.  I even bought myself a Daniel Wellington

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Coffee and a chat

Hi, I’m Louise.  Welcome to Minimal Belle!  It’s great to have you here. Those of you who have been following me for a short time on wordpress.com will know that I tend to write about my journey into minimalism and better managing my finances–though I also touch on other areas of my life, such as teaching, veganism, mindfulness and my family’s current experience of Alzheimer’s.  (My mum is caring for my beloved grandma at the moment, who is succumbing to the latter stages of the disease.  I will write more about her in another post.) My main focus is really

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