The best way to let new stuff in

"Letting go isn't about having the courage to release the past; it's about having the wisdom to embrace the present." Steve Maraboli

Happy Wednesday!

I just got back from a whirlwind trip around the Midwest. Lucas and I visited his family in Kansas, then I headed up to Milwaukee to see mine, and finally I went down to Chicago for my 15th law school reunion.

So many magical moments took place along the way that it would take me 10 newsletters to tell you all about them.

One of the most impactful, though, was the morning I spent alone in my parent's basement, cleaning out boxes of my childhood mementos. It took almost an entire day, but wow, was I amazed at how good I felt afterward.

There were 6 big moving boxes filled with report cards, yearbooks, pictures, stuffed animals...even my wedding dress.

At the end of the day, I had thrown out or recycled several garbage bags worth of old memories, taken the rest to Goodwill (including the dress), and kept a small box with my baby book, high school yearbook, and some pictures that truly touched my heart.

Then I rewarded myself by going to the pumpkin farm with my sister and nephew to play...

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I noticed a theme while I was cleaning. A lot of the stuff that I had kept over the years was tied to me trying to prove my worth. I found my SAT and ACT scores, admission letters to college and law school, and a ton of pictures of a girl who was always trying to be better than who she was.

That's not to say I didn't have a happy childhood. On the contrary, my childhood was filled with love, abundance and opportunity. Reviewing my life in that way simply allowed me to see how far I've grown in accepting and loving myself exactly the way I am.

Do I think it's necessary for everyone to throw out all their old stuff? Of course not. But I do believe that clutter causes stagnation. And stagnation keeps us anchored to where we are now. And I don't know about you, but I wanna go places.

Throwing out things that you haven't used or looked at in years is one of the fastest ways to create the energetic space for new things to come in. CLICK TO TWEET

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Now I turn it over to you - do you have some stuff in the basement that could use a little cleaning out? Or are you all about the minimalist life and have some suggestions for the rest of us?

Please share your thoughts on the Shift Bars Facebook page. You may just learn something big about yourself in the process...

Lightly through life,
Emily