Fiona ChristieIt took a declutter to have it work like lightning speed…

I was petrified – I’d just evacuated my home following the tsunami warning after a massive earthquake. I drove up to a hill suburb, my cats in the back, on my own. I sat there and saw hundreds and hundreds of people just wandering around, as stunned as I was.

And that was when it struck me:

  • I was living in a home I LOVED, but couldn’t really afford at the time.
  • I was in a job that didn’t light me up (I went back to a stable government job after my marriage ended and left the other love of my life – coaching)
  • I’d purchased my home in a cluster of townhouses thinking that being amongst community, I’d feel supported – well not this time, I knocked on everyone’s door to make sure they were ok before I drove off, but no-one came checking on me – even though they knew I lived alone

I sat there on top of the hill and did a stock-take. I wasn’t doing what I loved, I didn’t want debt, I wanted to meet someone to share my life with but I was too cluttered with ‘what if’s’ and had been too afraid to act.

That one moment changed everything.

I made the massive decision to take imperfect action. I realised that I needed to make way for the new life I craved – the house, the man, the career passion. So I needed to take the courage pill and get to work.

Here’s the 5 Steps I took and below I’ll share exactly what happened and how long it took me:

  1. Make a list of all the areas in my life where I wasn’t experiencing joy, including the ‘why’
  2. Assess the list and put it in a time order – easiest to declutter first
  3. Define my BIG WHY – why was it important to me to declutter and take the steps to bring what I longed for into my life, be sure to include the joy it will bring
  4. Enlist the help of an accountability buddy/partner – and use a consequence based accountability system – trust me on this one, rewards don’t work, consequence on non-completion do – I know I’ve written a book about it and facilitated many mastermind groups.
  5. Start working on the first thing on the list that I assessed in Step 2, keep going until it’s finished, then start on the next and so on until the entire list is complete.

What did my own list include?

Eliminate debt – this was a biggie – to do that I sold my beautiful townhouse. I paid off ALL debt – I had an amazing end goal in mind – to build the tiny house on wheels I’d always dreamed of having – I did that too

Meet ‘the one’ – I had been dabbling in internet dating, swiping left and right, but it wasn’t until I made the conscious choice to declutter my thinking, my ‘list’, my visioning and journaling, stuff from past relationships and focus on EXACTLY what I wanted that it happened with lightning speed. Not only that but the life partner I did meet, just so happened to be a joiner, so he built my tiny house!

Live a simpler organic lifestyle – Oh wow this was huge for me. The changes I made were massive, yes, and weren’t without their challenges – but the outcome has been the most incredible EVER. People STILL tell me how amazing it has been to watch. So I now live on a 7 acre organic lifestyle property with my partner David. Eventually I sold the tiny house, accessed some of my retirement fund and purchased half the property from David so now I do own half an organic lifestyle property – living a simpler organic lifestyle.

Do what I love and was born to do – this one took a little longer. I know why, I needed to get some of the other declutters in place and they set me up to be able to enable this final declutter. Leaving the stressful workplace behind to do what I was gifted for – coaching. I now coach others to do what I’ve done.

So there you have it. Decluttering was the major catalyst to ALL of it! What next for me – keep decluttering – which is actually another massive exercise since we’ve amalgamated two households.

What part of your life needs a declutter to help you attract ‘the one’?

Conclusion – If you want to make room for the important stuff…

Make a list of all the areas in my life where I wasn’t experiencing joy, including the ‘why’

Assess the list and put it in a time order – easiest to declutter first

Define my BIG WHY – why was it important to me to declutter and take the steps to bring what I longed for into my life, be sure to include the joy it will bring

Enlist the help of an accountability buddy/partner – and use a consequence based accountability system – trust me on this one, rewards don’t work, consequence on non-completion do – I know I’ve written a book about it and facilitated many mastermind groups.

Start working on the first thing on the list that I assessed in Step 2, keep going until it’s finished, then start on the next and so on until the entire list is complete.

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