5 Things My First Year Of Motherhood Taught Me About Living Life Beautifully

 

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Becoming a mother has been the hardest, most exhausting, humbling, wonderful amazing beautiful experience of my life. It has changed me in so many good ways; slowed me down, taught me patience, taught me compassion for other parents, and now I try to see the world with child-like eyes. Everything is more beautiful and magical and inspiring; it has breathed new life into my adult existence.

Today I’d like to share with you some of the best things my first year of motherhood has taught me. All the sleepless nights are worth the wisdom 🙂

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Why Minimalism is Important – It’s Not Just About Your Closets!

Hello Lovelies!

We’re big advocates of simple living here at Oak & Soul. For us the journey began with decluttering and unburdening ourselves of possessions. But like many people who start embracing minimalism, the search for simplicity led us far away from our closets and storage spaces.

Minimalism is about more than stuff. It’s about more than simple spaces and a tidy home. It’s learning to prioritize what’s important in your life. It’s deciding what adds value to your life. It’s making room for what lights you up and makes you happy, and ridding yourself of what doesn’t contribute to that.

Why is Minimalism Important?

Minimalism is more than an individual lifestyle choice. It’s become a social movement promoting sustainability, responsible consumerism and learning to see beyond the superficial.

Here are some of the important side effects of the wave of people embracing minimalism and simple living.

Why Minimalism is Important

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The #1 Way Minimalism Improved My Life

Minimalism is a funny thing. On the surface it seems like it’s about possessions, about the excess stuff. But anyone who’s started down the road to a more minimalist outlook soon realizes that it’s about so much more than material things.

// It teaches you a new way to define yourself that’s separate from what society tells us is important.

// It forces you to examine your life and your priorities in a new way.

// It teaches us to let go of the artificial / superficial definitions of personal value and success.

Most profoundly for me, minimalism has helped me get more comfortable in my own skin. I’m learning to stop defining myself by what I have, what I wear or what I earn. I’m learning to focus on deriving my value from within.

This change of perspective has made my life better, fuller and richer in so many ways.

How Minimalism Improved My Life

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Can You Be a Minimalist and Still Love Beautiful Things? YES!

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Here at Oak & Soul we believe in the power of simplicity. We believe that possessions do not form the foundation of our happiness and that our worth is not determined by the clothes we wear or the cars we drive. We’re certainly not alone, the concept of minimalism is becoming more discussed and prioritized but it’s still very much a countercultural viewpoint.

Why is this?  Why don’t more people see the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle? 

We live in a consumerist culture that absolutely overwhelms us with marketing messages and hype urging us to buy one thing or another. Companies are constantly trying to convince us that our problems can be solved with the simple action of forking over a few dollars. Not pretty enough? Smart enough? Outgoing, thin or stylish enough? Successful enough? There is no crisis of identity or confidence that can’t be resolved with the swipe of a credit card.

Of course on some level we realize that it’s all hype, but here’s the thing… the acquisition of something new usually does give a quick boost to ones ego or confidence. Whether it’s the fabulous new shoes that make your girlfriends drool or the new car that outshines your neighbour’s there can be a momentary burst of positive feeling from material things.

But it doesn’t last.

What Minimalism Is and Isn't

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Prioritize Experiences Not Things

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Today I want to talk to you about prioritizing experiences in life.

I’m constantly grateful for the fact that I’ve done some pretty cool things so far. I’ve bungee jumped, sky dived, snorkeled with manta rays, cage dived with great white sharks, climbed mountains and traveled to some pretty amazing places to do those things.

I’m certainly not rich and I’m not simply lucky… being able to enjoy those experiences took commitment, hard work and belt tightening. I decided doing those things was important to me, I prioritized making them happen and so my life style choices centered around those goals.

What was the main lifestyle change necessary? STOP SPENDING MONEY ON STUFF!

Seek Experiences Over Things

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