Simplifying Life to Increase Joy

Simplifying Life to Increase Joy

My Spirit Guides told me many years ago that when I follow my joy, it is the best thing for everyone. That guidance has stuck with me, and it’s something I regularly share with my clients and something I live by every day. As soon as I notice that some aspect of my life has stopped being as joyful, I figure out what changes I can make to bring the fun back. Usually it involves simplifying my life to make room for what I truly enjoy.

Lately I’ve been toying with different changes in my business. Behind the scenes I’ve been working on a new book, new online courses, a new website, articles for other websites, blog posts on my website, and keeping up with social media pages, along with doing my readings. I get so many ideas about things I want to do, but it got to the point where I was running out of time in the day. I felt like I could never get enough done, and then some aspects of my work became more of a burden than a joy.

I’ve seen a lot of “successful” people who have no time for their family and are constantly busy and burned out. That’s not how I want to live my life. My dream life includes a lot of free time to spend with my wonderful husband, my family, enjoying our travels, and doing whatever I want to do.

On the whole, Mark and I have been pretty good about making that dream a reality, but it’s something that regularly needs tweaking and balancing as our lives and priorities change. That tweaking and balancing comes from listening within and noticing what is working for us and what isn’t.

Mark and Melanie Rummel in Florida
Making time for my top priority 🙂

For the past several months I’ve been getting the feeling that I want to simplify my biz. Even though I’ve had ideas of what I want to do, I kept worrying about what my readers would think and what I’ve read that you “should” do to develop an online business.

Have you ever found yourself in that position? You know changes you want to make but then think there’s no way you can make them because of what you’ve been told or what people might think? Do you ever think, “I wish I could quit doing _____ because what I really want to do is _____”?

Eventually I remembered what my Spirit Guides told me – Following your joy is ultimately best for everyone.

That’s when I switched from video posts to written posts. Also, I’m trying a different newsletter format. Before, I created posts AND a newsletter each week. Now, my written posts will be sent to subscribers automatically as they are published. It’s an experiment, so I’ll try it for a few weeks and see how it goes.

I also realized that my focus is on being a medium, not a blogger. I will continue to create posts as I feel inspired, but it’s not something I’m going to hold myself to creating each week.

Making these changes will allow me to focus on what I do best – sharing messages from Spirit Guides and loved ones who have crossed over. It will allow me to have more time to spend with my family and time for myself.

Simplifying Your Life

If you feel like you’re running out of time each day, start with asking yourself what is most important to you. What do you wish you had more time to do? Then ask yourself what is currently taking up a lot of time that you don’t enjoy doing. How could you simplify your life? Are there activities you can cut down on, change to save time, or eliminate completely?

Here’s the biggest, most important question: If you didn’t think about how people would react or what you “should” do, what changes would you make?

When I had the idea for changes in my business, it took several weeks for me to get up the nerve to start making those changes. It’s okay if it takes time. The most important thing is that you’re listening to what you really want and  open to new inspiration about how to make it happen.

Remember, following your joy is ultimately best for everyone. I know you have big plans for your life. Simplifying your life by changing or eliminating what you don’t enjoy will boost your energy and help you move forward with those awesome plans!

What change are you going to make today?

Sending love your way!

Melanie

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