• Adriana Dos Santos


I’m not sure about you all, but I believe in signs. Not in the sense that the stars and retrograde determine what is going on in my life, more like motifs. It’s been almost as if everywhere I go, I see or hear something involving organization and minimizing. Whether I am scrolling on my Facebook feed, or talking with a friend – it never fails to come up.

Anyone that knows me knows I like a clean space but 6 times out of 10 I don’t feel like cleaning. But I will say that 40%, brings out a very motivated Adriana that will clean every and every surface. Anyhow, I don’t want to go in to 2018 with that same habit of living in organized chaos. I’ve been telling myself for way too long that I am going to cut back and live a more minimalistic life (I’m not interested in being a minimalist that’s a bit… much). But these signs, or motifs have really made sure I pay attention to what I consume and how to manage my belongings.

I am not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, as I said in a post last year – if you want to change something, there’s no use in waiting until January. With my prolonged desire to become more organized, I finally took a weekend off (yes, a whole weekend) to clean my room and purge anything I knew I wouldn’t need any more. It sounds simple, but it was definitely hard. I had a bit of guidance with a video by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus (which I can't find, but this Ted Talks mentions some points that encouraged the Purge).

This also wasn’t a spontaneous decision obviously, I started to realize I had a bunch of clothes I had never worn, journals that have never been written in, and numerous planners from the same year. It finally clicked when I read 2 Timothy 1:17

God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.

If that verse doesn’t speak for itself, then I must’ve read it wrong. The Word is so powerful; God puts people and situations in our lives for a reason. Sometimes it takes an extra nudge for some of us to realize it. This verse reminded me that I am in control of my finances and what I consume, not the other way around.

Whether I’m the bad guy and purchase myself too many things, or I’ve been given something I know I don’t need – it’s still so important that I ask myself “what am I going to do with this?” Keeping in line with being more intentional in my daily life, I really stop and ask myself when I’m at the store or online shopping. My personal vendetta is shopping, but yours could be any other destructive behaviors. I'm not saying shopping is terrible and that I need to be completely restricted from treating myself, but everything needs to be done within reason.

My source of relief when I’m bored or stressed is to shop or eat. By being more intentional and living a more minimalistic life, I need to actually take the time to know why I resort to those actions. Putting my energy in writing, reading, and just plucking myself from that kind of temptation has resulted my mental and physical betterment. Y’all notice when you take yourself out of stressful situations your skin starts to glow and your hair starts to grow? That’s no coincidence! Leading a lifestyle guided by the Holy Spirit and fostered through His church is what has allowed me to declutter my life.

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