Friday, July 31, 2015

The Phases of Decluttering

It's been a while, I realize, since I have last posted. Three months to be exact, but I've been on a truly life changing journey of many ups and downs.

Since the last time I blogged, I found myself in a dark place. I had been rejected by every internship I applied to, I was clueless of my purpose and I was ever more scared about my future.

I felt like a failure, so I decided to go on a voyage.

Danny Kaye once said, "To travel is to take a journey into yourself." I don't think anyone could have phrased it better. For a little over a month, I found myself in my definition of a utopia, a famous city you may know by the name of Rio de Janeiro.

It was absolute paradise. I learnt um pouco de portuguese, indulged in fantastic food, exercised regularly, read endlessly and even went outside my comfort zone and meet amazing people in the process.

After my almost amazing month in Rio, I came back to America more determined than ever. I knew I was going to be successful. I strengthened my walk with God, and fueled by His courage and power I applied to every internship I could get my hands on, and landed two great internships: One with Course Hero and another with a local startup called Broke Compass (which you should not only download but also follow on both Twitter, @BrokeCompassApp and Instagram @Broke_Compass). I was persistent and that lead to success.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a smooth ride and not everything is crystal clear and perfect at this moment. I still have my doubts, I fall down constantly and I continue to question. But I feel like I have a direction.

Which leads me to the decluttering.

Lately I have been feeling utterly stuffed, physically and mentally. It wasn't until this morning, when I was inspired by a Good Morning America segment, that I realized how my "hoarding," messiness and consumption habits had a direct correlation to my stuffy sentiments. According the the KonMari method, decluttering and getting rid of things that don't "spark joy" in your life with simultaneously improve your well-being.

So I've decided to take a stance and clean up my surroundings to improve my mind, body and soul.

Hence, I would like to introduce you to the Life Detox, a rough phase by phase plan created for myself that I would like to share with you all. This is a journey I feel I need to take in order to mature as a growing woman (I'm 21 after all). Looking back, I realize that most of my problems sparked the moment I was disorganized and surrounded by a lot of useless stuff, and it's only until know that I realize my mums nagging of "limpia, organiza y levanta tus cosas," finally hit me.

So here we go, are you ready to DETOX?!

Below find a little diagram I have created to highlight the steps of my Life Detox. Feel free to include more steps in the blank spaces surrounding the phase bubbles. What would you add to this diagram? Let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts.

The key to this process is to listen to yourself. Do what feels right for you. Go as quickly or as slowly as you need to. Get rid of the things that you know don't make you feel good and ignore other peoples thoughts. I've provided you with the skeleton, it's now your turn to create the rest.