8 ways to make your day happier.

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1. Start your day with Jesus.

As a Christian I have been trying to make it part of my daily routine to start my day with Jesus. That can take the form of reading the word, reading a devo, writing or praying. There is no right or wrong way to spend time with Jesus. He adores you and longs for relationship with you. I promise you will notice a difference in your whole attitude and mindset throughout the day if you start your day with him.

2. Write or speak out 3 things you are thankful for, daily! 

As humans I feel like it can be so easy for us to get caught up and focus on the negatives rather than the positives. I’m guilty of this. We are truly blessed, its time to start being thankful for it. I was convicted when I was doing my daily devo last week and one of the questions read : “Thank God for at least 10 things that you have that would be considered a luxury to many people”. Straight away I listed off 10 things within 10 seconds. We get so caught up in wanting more that we miss whats right in front of us. Shift your perspective and fill your day with thankfulness.

3. Minimise Technology.

We live in a generation that is unbelievably blessed with such advanced technology. I have recently started a book called Be Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado (Incredible book if you do/have suffered from anxiety) it explains how technogoly is actually a cause of anxiety. Take the news for example. How often do you ever hear of anything positive? It’s pretty rare. Now on the other hand, How often do you hear of a terrorist attack, a natural distaer, a murder, a suicide, a beating, a robery. This list goes on. Being an anxious person, for me hearing these things constanly fills my mind with “what if’s”. I hate to admit it, but it puts a spirit of fear deep in my soul. If you are someone that thrives off the news, by all means, be my guest but if you aren’t, open up your bible and read God’s truths.

Social media

As a woman, I will be honest. I can get caught up in the world of aimlessly scrolling which then turns into the world of comparison. I’m not saying social media is bad, I flipping love instagram. But always remember to be aware of who you follow and how much time you spend looking at your screen. Don’t allow it to dictate or determine your life. Give yourself social media fasts and embrace the beauty of the world.

4. Have a Bath.

I love this. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I am a sucker for a long, hot bath. There is something about it that just brings clarity to your mind and soul. Add essential oils + epsom salts, watch a bath bomb fizz or fill it with too many bubbles. Give yourself time to r e l a x.

5. Pray, ALWAYS.

Life can be overwhelming at the best of times. Always remeber there is someone who is eagerly waiting to hear from you. Whether it’s a thankful heart, a repentant heart, a sad heart or an excited heart – He is ready.

6. Eat well. 

You know your body and it’s dietary requirments but nothing beats eating clean, whole foods. Your body is precious, nourish it and feed it well. You will notice a difference in your mental and physical self.

7. Move.

I have grown such a love for exercise. I used to do it for all the wrong reasons, i’d force myself to do something I didn’t want to in order to be “skinny”. My healthy exercise routine started when Gideon went back home to the states, I honestly went back to the gym as a distraction from being away from him but in the process actually grew a passion for it. I exercise to feel good and to aid my body in strength. I don’t have a particular exercise routine as such. I do what I feel like on the day. Somedays it’s cardio, somedays it’s weights, somedays it’s stretching. My goal is to just move.

8. Encourage others.

This is easily one of my favourite things to do. I’ve learnt that it is much more fulfilling to give than to recieve. A simple, genuine expression of encouragement can go such a long way. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing someones face light up from pure joy when you recognise their strengths and use your words for good. Making others feel good will make you feel good. Try it!

Stay happy, always lovely’s!

Beth xx

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Beautifully Blessed.

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Have you ever had those really dry seasons in your life? When nothing seems to be happening and your just at a stand still hoping and praying that God’s plan would just hurry up and unfold… Then all of a sudden out of the blue your life erupts with bursts of wonder and not-so-wonder everywhere like a party popper. Streams of all different colours flying at you and around you – overlapping, intertwining and painting your life like an abstract piece of art.

I FEEL YOU! 

I want to give you a little insight into my little party popper painted world now.

The month of February was a flipping whirlwind to say the least. A beautiful, hard and unexpected whirlwind. God really spoke, taught and instilled in me that my plan is not his plan.

  • I vowed last year that I would never go back to pre-school teaching. I was done, I lost my passion, my drive and my motivation. Yet here I am, working 5 days a week in the most beautiful pre-school, with incredible little loves. I am being so blessed every single day, I am honoured that I get to sow into, invest and love on these precious children for this season of my life. God has given me a purpose and is supporting me financially. God is good, He is in control.

Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

  • I have had extreme pain in my tail bone for months. It was time I faced my fear and got an X-ray to find out what was going on. I got a call back from the doctor saying they found a lump on my pelvis and requested a CT scan for further investigation. If you know me well you know that after my dad passed away I HATE taking medication and sickness is my biggest fear. I had an unknown ahead of me and if I am being honest my worst nightmare was beginning to unfold. My results came back and it is a calcified lyphnode from when I had previous surgery. Benign in appearance. God is good, he is in control.

Nehemiah 8:10 … for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

  • I have found a healthy relationship with exercise. It has been a beautiful outlet and time of reflection for me. I do it because I enjoy it, not because I am forcing myself to loose weight. I am finally content with my body, even if I am a little bigger than I used to be. God is good, he is in control.

1 Corinthians 6:19 – Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.

  • I am trying my best to find some sort of balance without Gideon. Long distance sucks. It really does. Our time is so limited yet so special and so beautiful. God is good, he is in control.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 –  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

  • I am learning who and what is important in my life. I have been really challenged by the Lord about friendships, family and myself. God is good, he is in control.

Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

  • I continue to look at the visa process. I often feel defeated because we still aren’t through with the paper work and every time we go to submit our application we find something else that needs to be filled out. I am forever looking into timelines and dates but tonight I had the most peaceful thought. Our visa isn’t in the hands of the government, it’s in the hands of God and in his perfect timing Gideon and I will be able to get married. He is good, he is in control.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time.

I share this little chunk of my life with you because I have been on such a journey this past month and I have grown in such a deep and intimate relationship with my Saviour. What I am experiencing with him is unexplainable. I longed so desperately to feel him the way I did when I was in America. I didn’t think it was possible to feel that bond or connection again but it is and it’s better. It’s all because I am surrendering my way and simply trusting his. He has given me no other option but to trust him and I love that. Have you ever thought that maybe your hurt and heart ache is just God wanting to draw closer to you? Is that not the most beautiful, precious and wonderful thought ever! The God who created the world and everything in it wants you. He wants you. He longs for you to come into his arms as you are and rest in his perfect, pure love. Through everything he is in control. He knows. He cares. He has a plan. He is fighting for you on your behalf.

I am forever learning the art of seasons. Sometimes you bloom where you are planted, other times you might feel bare and barren or crisp and fresh, filled with clarity. Maybe the wind is taking you somewhere new. Maybe you are transitioning and you can’t see the end of the old and the beginning of the new. Wherever you are at I want to challenge you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. The bible talks about the importance of our thoughts, holding them close and keeping them captive. Where your thoughts are, your actions follow. Choose to see the blessing. Choose to see the good, the good that God is doing in your life, the thing you thought was impossible. When you change your thoughts you change your world. Embrace your current season with open arms and trust that God knows what he is doing. He has nothing but greatness for you, he has the most spectacular plan, watch it unravel before you. Give him glory and honour and you will reap every blessing predestined for you. Choose to let him invade your heart, I promise he will take you on the most beautiful, challenging and captivating journey of your life.

Always find your blessing, you are surrounded by constant wonder in this vast, wide, enthralling world.

Beth xx

 

 

How can I pray for you?

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A few weeks ago I posted the image above on my Instagram (@bethcalverley) and spoke about the Power Of Prayer.

I was reflecting on the fact that I have recently started a Prayer journal and the absolute wonders it has done for me and my prayer life. I have been a Christian since the young age of 3 and I have grown up going to church.

Speaking has never been one of my strengths. I am petrified of public speaking, I often find my self stumbling over words, stuttering and embarrassed that I’m not making sense. Unfortunately, those fears were much the same when I was trying to talk to Jesus. I thought that my prayers were pathetic because I constantly compared them to the ones Pastors would say on the stage of a church. You know the ones with passion, the ones where their voices would raise as the band behind them would get more intense with their instruments. There is nothing wrong with that but The Lord has been persistent with me and this year he has taken me on a new journey with my prayer life. He has given me a new and honestly, refreshing perspective.

The bible talks to us time and time again about Prayer. The book of Psalms is one of my personal favourites and such a beautiful example of Prayer. It is simply coming into the presence of the Saviour. This is exactly what David did. He came as he was, with Thanks, with Requests, with Hurt, with Honesty.

As a writer, starting a prayer journal was THE best thing I have ever done. I haven’t been doing it for long but I have noticed a huge difference in my personal relationship with the Lord. It’s a sacred space between only him and I. It has enabled me to express myself in a way that works for me. Not just insecure little prayers when I am too focused on how I sound rather than what I am actually praying about instead my prayers are heartfelt from the very depths of my soul.

1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Another positive and beautiful thing I have found from having a prayer journal is: Because I am physically writing my prayers out I am able to visually see where there is need but also where prayers have been answered. We are all well aware that God listens, cares and answers us according to his will for us. It sounds so silly and simple but I honestly have never experienced recognition of prayer in such an impacting way.

The Lord has been pressing on my heart to share the impact I have had and take it further. This is where YOU come in! Community is really important to me and there is something about being in a community of prayer that makes you feel connected, supported and encouraged no matter what season of life you’re in. With that being said, My simple question is How can I be praying for you? 

Please, If you have certain things in your life that you need prayer for, if you are in a season of struggle, whether that be heart-break, finance, relationships, anything! Let me pray for you! Or maybe you are in a season of thanksgiving and complete gratitude? Let me Praise and give thanks to the Lord with you! I want to encourage you!

Head to my contact section in the drop down bar in my menu located at the top left hand side of my blog. Send me an email or write a comment. I would love to hear from you!

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

I will finish off this post with a little challenge for you! Prayer is honestly such a beautiful way to connect with Jesus.

  • The first part of your challenge is to allocate a specific amount of time + time of the day set aside for Prayer – Your sacred time with God.
  • The second part of your challenge is to find what works for you. You might be a very verbal prayer, writing might suit you better, you might enjoy praying in the shower or in your car. There is no right or wrong when you are praying. God just loves to hear from his children.

Beth xx

 

Arizona!

A sight so captivating it leaves you whole body with goosebumps. The Grand Canyon showed the power, intricacy, and varsity of our God. This incredible form of creation is like nothing you will ever see in your life. It was beautiful to be in awe of our Saviours work with strangers.

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Colorado!

A sweet state of surrender, exploring the boundless beauty and wonder that Colorado had to offer with my forever love. A place so special to my heart.

Enjoy a collection of precious memories shared between lovers.

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Rocky Mountains. 

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Hot Springs over looking Colorado River. 

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I belong at camp Sonshine!

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I’ve really struggled to start writing this blog because I just had no idea where to start. It’s been two weeks on from finishing camp and I have had time to process and reflect on what God has done over the summer, lessons I’ve learnt and how I’ve changed as a person. So now I’ts finally time for me to share my 2 and a half month journey of my unfolding of how I belong at camp Sonshine.

25th of May, 2017 – My mum and I jumped on a train to stay in Sydney for the night before my journey To Lincoln, Nebraska began. I remember sitting with her talking about camp and reading over the training manual. This was the moment when it all became real for me, when my emotions started to go crazy yet take control at the same time. I was filled with wonder of what could be, fear of the unknown and Joy because God chose me to go on this journey with him. Sitting on that train I had absolutely no idea what I was about to step into nor did I know the experiences I was about to have.

It got to the morning of me leaving and I was an anxious wreck. I have never felt so scared to do something before. My journey to Nebraska alone was 3 flights and about 2 days worth of travelling. Keep in mind I am PETRIFIED of flying and I had no idea what I was doing. If I’m being completely honest at this stage I didn’t want to go. I didn’t think I was capable enough. All I felt was doubt and fear but thank goodness my incredible Jesus stepped in and carried me the whole way. As soon as I said good bye to my mum and step dad at the airport I felt nothing but peace. This was a big leap of faith and a defining moment in my walk with God and I am so thankful I was obedient and listened.

Fast forward a few days – I have arrived! As soon as my plane landed and I got greeted by Lauren, Lulu and Adrianna with open arms and smiling faces. I knew this is where I was meant to be. I knew this season was going to be life changing.

The meeting process began. I remember feeling nothing but overwhelmed at this stage because I felt so connected to everyone almost instantly. I can honestly say I have never met a bunch of people as beautiful as the team I was blessed to work with this summer. Each of them made me feel welcome, loved and accepted. They were each a beautiful representation of what a Christian should be. They were different because Jesus shone through them.

I am changed because of the things God has done in not only me but through the people around me this summer.

During our training week we were asked to write out a vision for the summer, our goal, our purpose, what we wanted to achieve. When I first got accepted into camp Sonshine after reading their visions and values I said to mum “This seems like the type of camp I would have needed when I was younger”.

As much as I knew this summer, the people, Nebraska and camp Sonshine was a part of my new beginning, my purpose for the next few months was about others.

I love to encourage so this summer that’s exactly what my vision was.

Growing up I was an anxious little being and a lot of people Judged me for who I was and I HATED how that made me feel so I wanted to use my past experiences to help empower and encourage young people that they are enough, they are loved and they are worthy just the way they are – the way God made them. Each week I taught my girls about how much God loves them and how important it is to love themselves. I did this through talking about their fears, picking up rocks as a representation of what they had just stated their fears were and threw them into the pond so they are now rid of what ever it is that was holding them back. I did it through reading my all time favourite book – You are special by Max Lucado, I did it by filling up each others buckets – We would get in a circle and say something we liked about the person to our left. I did it by reading them Psalm 139 and then getting them to write down and speak out loud 3 things they loved about themselves to the group.

I was blessed to be given the opportunity to work alongside each age group over the summer. Through each of the precious beings I became friends with came many lessons.

I remember sitting in my room at my host home one Wednesday night, I was praying to God because I didn’t feel as connected my group as I had hoped on this particular week. I was praying for answers as to how to make a connection with them in the space of 2 days. I heard God instantly and as clear as anything.. Be vulnerable.

The more I thought about it the more it made sense and the more I sat on the thought of vulnerability with Children the louder God spoke.

I have been through a fair bit in my 21 years of living and I know that it hasn’t been for no reason so why shouldn’t I share my life with my girls? I prayed for the opportunity to be vulnerable with my little loves and I prayed it would be in God’s time. It says in the bible if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can move mountains. Boy oh boy did mountains move that week. It came to Thursday afternoon and my group had become really interested in the concept of Heaven and hell. The girls shot out questions left right and centre during that afternoon group time. I kept praying as we had one more day left that their interest in this would continue. It got to Friday night during the over nighter and I decided to have my group by the archery stalls (right where everyone had their belongings to move into teepees and tents). I didn’t think the group would go for as long as it did but I heard God say loud and clear again.. Be vulnerable. So I struck up a conversation about how I felt the presence of Jesus and I started to share about my personal relationship with him. By doing this that then lead my beautiful girls to do the same thing. We spoke about our fears, things we’ve overcome with God, our self worth, our crappy times and how God has moved in our hearts.

I was super hesitant to share about a few things because the girls I had were 8 and 9 years old but I trusted God and shared about how dad had passed away and how God bought me through that time of my life. Being vulnerable really pays off because my girls shared about their experiences with death too. I remember when I shared this, my girls paused, some came and sat closer to me, some held my hand, others gave me their friendship bracelets they had made from earlier on in the week. There was a distinctive moment where one girl (I call her angel face or joy face because you feel nothing but happiness when you are around her, she is anointed with the love of Jesus and it is so so evident) She looked at me when she was sharing one of her life stories and She quoted the bible verse “Our God is a father to the fatherless”. I was so taken back because I was being encouraged by a 9 year old. She also shared an incredible story of how she felt the presence of Jesus. She said “I feel Jesus in my dreams, I have this dream where I am running up to Jesus on his throne and then we just embrace with this big hug”. This group time went on for about an hour when we were only given 20 minutes. All while these conversations were happening we had so many distractions around us with people moving their belongings, other groups were really loud as well as others packing up from s’more time. God gave me the opportunity to connect with my group in a way I never have before. We didn’t just have surface conversations, we were able to go deeper – We cried together, we prayed together and we felt the presence of Jesus TOGETHER. All because I was able to have the courage to be vulnerable. I will be forever thankful to my incredible Saviour for that moment.

The next big lesson I want to talk about is obedience. Obedience to God in my opinion is never going to be something simple but the outcome is going to be phenomenal. My first lesson of obedience on this journey was listening clearly to what God had called me to do. I was in shock when things started to piece together so quickly and so easily for me to come over to Nebraska. I had no idea why I was called to the middle of America to do a summer camp but I knew in my heart that I had a peace that I had never experienced before and I had to go.

It was the end of week 2 when I was sitting in a local church I attended during my time in America (Mosaic! Best church I have ever been to) when I felt God telling me to open up to John 13. I had absolutely no clue what story of the bible it was going to be but I was eager to find out. I began to read, It was the story of Jesus washing his deciples feet. My stomach instantly got butterflies and my heart began to tingle… I knew the Holy Spirit was calling me to not only share this story with my group in the coming week but to actually show an act of love by washing each others feet just as Jesus did. This was petrifying to say the least. I mean, really, who wants to sit and wash someones else’s feet, let alone make this experience engaging enough that the focus will still be on Jesus? The week started and days kept going by, I still couldn’t muster up the courage to do this devotion. This particular week was my absolute favourite week of camp ever because of the bond I shared with my girls completely through Jesus, it was incredible but I was still scared to go through with my devotion. It finally got to Friday and I knew I had to do it or I would be filled with utter regret knowing this is something God had specifically called me to do. We had just finished doing some spontaneous Yoga in the rain because the girls didn’t want to continue with pool time as it was a little cooler that day, we sat down for lunch underneath the white tent and we finished a lot earlier than expected.. It was time. God even gave me an extra 20 minutes to do this devotion. I went to Walmart the night before and bought some bath salts and moisturiser to make the experience a little more fun for the girls. We sat in a circle and I began to tell them the story of Jesus washing his disciples feet, I focussed on the fact that it was a complete act of love. I then told them that we, as a group, were going to wash each others feet just as Jesus did. At this stage I was SO scared of the reaction I was going to get but I was taken by surprise. The girls couldn’t wait to do it! they thought it was super fun and they grasped the concept of why they were doing it. They told me that it made them feel special, loved and relaxed. Then all the girls crowded around me to wash my feet and oh my, it was honestly the most humbling experience I have ever had in my life. We then went on to imagining how it would feel if Jesus washed our feet. I loved watching as their faces beamed with absolute joy and wonder of what it would be like.
My girls have were so hungry for God, so eager to learn about him and were such a reflection of all he is.

A few weeks after doing this, I got a little note from a mum from one of the girls in my group that week. It said.. “Bethany, Anya absolutely loved you. And it wasn’t just that you were fun, when I asked about her favourite part of the day she shared about your devotions and about you washing her feet. Thank you so much for being more than just a councelor. Thank you for purposely living out Jesus to my girl. She already misses you.”

With Obedience comes blessings that you can’t even comprehend.

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As wonderful as camp has been, I’d be lying if I said my growth was only through the good times because everyone that walks with Jesus knows that our real growth comes through the hard times and man oh man did those times come. I’m all about being real, raw and honest with my feelings and my writing so here it goes.

It got to the last few weeks of camp where I really started to struggle, I struggled in ways that I never have before. I struggled because I was doing ministry work, the work of the Lord. Looking back now it’s more of a compliment because the enemy saw me as a threat. There were so many times in those last few weeks where I just wanted to throw in the towel and give up. I was physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually drained. I was burnt out and I knew in those weeks I couldn’t do camp alone. The only reason I was able to finish was because of God’s strength. Working 12 hours days outside in 45 degree heat is not something my body would be able to do for 5 days a week normally. Not being able to talk to my family because I was working so much that when I  would be awake they would be asleep and when they would wake up I’d be doing camp. Not being able to spend more than 20 minutes alone with God because my mind was so distracted with planning for the next day of camp, spending time building relationships with people that I met in America or trying to have some time to only think about myself. From almost fainting a number of times, throwing up in corn fields, being sweaty, smelly and gross my God came through. I cried out to him (literally) because I was done but he wasn’t. I was sitting outside of the barn one night at camp and I was praying for help, I was praying for signs, I was praying for anything to get me through these next few weeks.

God started talking to me through the book of Philippians in the bible. It is essentially a bunch of letters from Paul writing to Philipi while he is in prison, in literal chains for having a faith. I know that my situation is nothing like Pauls but I took comfort in the fact that to some degree I felt like I was able to relate because I had to completely rid myself of me and all the things that I found comfort in to serve God in a way that I never have before. I was reminded that I have been called to Nebraska all the way from Australia to serve God. God chose me! He chose me to love on all of these little American babes and use me as a vessel to pour his love on them. WHAT A FREAKING HONOUR!

I received all of these verses in my time of a breakdown.

Isaiah 43:19 – See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Philippians 2:13 – For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Philippians 2:17 – But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy.

Philippians 4:4-7 – Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:19 – And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 – Always be joyful. Never stop praying.

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The list goes on and on to how much I have learnt and how much God has taught me over these last few months but I am changed because I’ve learnt how to be completely obedient, I am changed because I have learnt how to be vulnerable, I am changed because I have learnt to love like Jesus loves, I am changed because I now know my capability of how far I can push myself and I can only do that because of God’s strength, I am changed because I have learnt how to surrender the things I am comfortable with, I am changed because I let God do what he wants even when I am scared. I am changed because I belong at camp Sonshine.
By Bethany Calverley.

 

Less is MORE!

Since quitting my job a few months ago I have had such a strong realisation that less is actually more. I was having a discussion with a few of my close mates over the weekend about values and different experiences and I was explaining that I don’t think I ever want to be someone with a lot of money. I don’t want a lifestyle of spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on superficial and materialistic items because money doesn’t bring you happiness, things don’t bring you happiness. I’ve watched money ruin people and destroy families. I’m aware that we need it to live but since not having a constant weekly income I am so much more thankful and appreciative for the little things. Whether that be someone shouting me a meal or putting petrol in my car or buying me a chocolate. I’ve learnt to have fun without spending money and I have explored and experienced some of the most beautiful places ever as a result of “not having much”. This is the fullest and happiest I have ever been in my whole entire life. I feel like I’m actually living.

After explaining this to my mates, one of them suggested we watch a documentary called the minimalist.

This documentary is essentially about people who have been in high roles/ positions with work, earning big money, living in huge houses and having a life of “luxury” but found they were so ridiculously unhappy. There are 2 main men who created this concept of minimal living – Living with the bare essentials. A few shirts, shorts, one jacket, underwear, a few items of furniture etc. They go around telling everyone their story and how much their lives have changed since living life this way.

This got me thinking and inspired to make a change in my own personal life. I went home and cleared out my whole wardrobe, all my drawers, everything I owned and I got rid of 3 bags full of clothes because I just don’t wear them. I also got rid of 2 whole bags of “stuff” that has been sitting in my cupboard for years. As I was clearing the clutter of my personal belongings, I was clearing the clutter in my mind.

Everyone’s idea of minimal living is different. I still have a wardrobe full of clothes, the difference is these are clothes that I will actually wear. Does this mean I’m not going to go shopping and buy new stuff? No. It just means that I want to be more conscious in what I buy and question if this is going to serve a purpose in my life?

These are clothes I’m throwing away.

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This is my wardrobe after throwing out my clothes.

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Another thing this documentary made me realise was the fact that I was giving way too much of my time to social media. In a negative way.

For the last few days I have turned off my notifications to Facebook, Instagram and snapchat. I check throughout the day occasionally but I’m not sitting and scrolling for hours. I’m choosing to be more present and invested in the people I’m spending time with.

Every morning when I wake up, instead of scrolling pointlessly through my phone I grab my journal and write down a few things I am thankful for. This has had such a positive impact on me and how the rest of my day plays out. We should always start our day off thankful.

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I was so impacted by this documentary and by blogging about it I’m wanting to challenge you in ways you can prioritise. How can you minimise things that aren’t important and maximise the things that are?

Every single person in the world deserves happiness – Your happiness is in your hands.

I’ll close with the quote they closed with off the documentary.

“Love people and use things, the opposite never works”.

By Bethany Calverley.