The Things that Matter

Photo by Luca Upper on Unsplash

Photo by Luca Upper on Unsplash

Given everything that’s gone on in the world throughout the past couple of months, from natural disasters to mass shootings, it’s difficult to write a blog post, where I share advice about how to simplify your wardrobe, declutter your pantry, or style a coffee table. All of those things seems trivial and unimportant.

Yet, when going down this path, it’s also easy to get lost in the pain and suffering in the world - without also appreciating the little moments that light you up.

Don’t drown in the sorrow or fear. Keep doing what lights you up and brings you joy. Keep strengthening your gratitude muscle. Keep being kind. 

A few years ago, I would have considered my interests in decluttering, home organizing, and interior design trivial and unimportant, when compared to the massive devastation, suffering, and sorrow in the world. I would have told myself that I should only do things that actually “help people”, and not pursue any of my fluffy creative interests that actually make me happy. 

But if I were to stop doing the things that light me up, I’d be only depriving the the world of (and myself) of more joy and magic.

In her book, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert says, “Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”

The only advice I have for you today is to keep doing what brings you joy (even if that’s color coding closets, painting watercolor florals, or baking gluten free dog treats). Don’t deprive the world of the joy that only you have to offer.

How have you been sharing your joy with the world these days? What lights you up? What are you thankful for? Comment below to share the love.