Author: lifeglowson

My thoughts on sadness, hardships, & grief

From a very young age, I’ve been emotional and sensitive. Being around arguments made me beyond uncomfortable and I always felt like I absorbed the emotional state of everyone around me. I grew up around a lot of alcoholism and fighting, and often felt like I couldn’t talk about it to anyone because they wouldn’t understand. Aside from not understanding, I didn’t want to complain and be a negative person; so I kept it all to myself. We each have things like that. For me, as I got older, I realized I had a really difficult time letting things go. Break ups, losing touch with friends, being misunderstood/ not liked – these were all things that were unusually hard. I felt like I was always the person who cared more, and I often didn’t feel seen or heard. At 29, I can say that my 20’s were absolutely transformational. Although I’m the same person, the last decade of life experience has rendered much introspection and wisdom overall. I see the ways in which I have …

My Journey With Minimalism and becoming debt free

I think minimalism can mean something different to everyone. There’s no set number of items within each category that you *should* have. To me, it’s about finding out what makes you happy, or as Maria Kondo would say “what sparks joy”. Some of the questions I ask myself when I’m decluttering is “do I love this?” “do I regularly use this?” “does this represent who I currently am, or does it represent someone I used to be?” “is this item taking valuable space and attention away from what I do use and love?”, just to name a few. I’ve never had trouble getting rid of things. To be honest, I overdo decluttering at times and over the years I’ve gotten rid of a few things I wish I still had (mostly little things from memory boxes and such). I just don’t like holding onto a ton of things. I’ve also moved so much and I think that has a lot to do with it. It’s now been a year since my last post and my …

Minimization

The purpose of this blog is to document my journey, learn from those around me in this space, and hopefully share some of my lessons as well. The year is half way through, but what I’m hoping to get started with is living a more simple debt-free life. In a world where we’re constantly seeking more, not happy with where we are, filling void after void – sound familiar? If I could count the number of times I’ve said “I’ll be happy when” this year, I’d be able to pay off my school loans. We don’t need more stuff to be happy. We need more presence, focus on what we want/ what we need in order to grow and be better, and more introspection. I’m $40,000 in debt (student loans + a car loan). Although I make my payments religiously, I find myself regularly finding other things that I NEED. $40 face masks, that dress that was “on sale” that I never wear… I see my own patterns of behavior and I’m working to better …

Are You Positive?

I’m all about positivity. I love manifestation techniques, silver linings, and faking it until you make it. I feel like having a positive outlook is ultimately the best thing for myself and my optimism and rose-colored glasses end up attracting a lot of good things my way. BUT my biggest struggle with writing or sharing is that so much of the good… has come from the not so good. We all have struggles, secrets, stories – the parts of us we’d rather keep to ourselves while projecting whatever makes us look best on social media outlets. I can kind of understand why we do this, because, why focus on the bad, right? Hm – I think society could benefit from our ‘bad’. We all go through similar things, but I’ve always felt like the more “connected” we become, the more we lose common touch. Depression, anxiety, “taboo” thoughts/ feelings, + so much more can be so shameful for us as human beings. But what I don’t think that we realize is that each of us …