I’ve Found My Bliss. Now What?

You probably think I’m a hypocrite, which is completely understandable because there are days where I feel like a hypocrite. How can I have a blog about being blissful and leading a life surrounding yourself with your passions—yet I’m still questioning and understanding my own bliss in life?

Trust me, there are more days where I’m sitting wrecking my own brain contemplating the same thing.

The problem is, I know I’ve found my bliss. I’ve thought this so many times. I think that’s one of the main problems with being a person who is passionate about several things. When I picture my life in five years, I don’t see myself in one set career path. I see myself doing several things. I see myself living a life I love, but I also see myself always looking to progress and change.

I don’t believe I’m set to be in one set position for my entire working career. With having several passions comes a desire for a versatile career where I can combine all those passions into one. This is easier said than done, which is why I don’t want to settle for only one career path. And that’s okay. I know many people who know their passion in life. For some people, they want to be a stay-at-home mom and raise a family. Others see themselves running their own side-hustle turned business while working from home.

Me on the other hand, I could see myself in SO. MANY. DIFFERENT. JOBS. And I think that’s secretly a good thing because it helps me keep an open mind about my future. I don’t have one path set out for me. I have options for myself, and I would like to keep it that way. Do I know what direction I will go in for the next few years? No. But am I excited to find out? Absolutely.

That’s the beautiful thing about not having everything figured out right now. It’s okay to still be on the hunt for your bliss and passion in life. It’s okay if you’re still trying to narrow down your options for your future. For me, I know what I’m passionate about. But I’m not sure how I want those passions to manifest in my life down the road. And I’m learning to accept that that’s okay.

Instead of pressuring yourself to always have a plan, practice patience. Time is a beautiful thing, and it’s important to know that everything will happen in perfect time. Don’t rush because you think you’ll be happier when *blank* happens. Learn to enjoy the journey rather than rush toward the destination.

Have you discovered your bliss in life? Do you ever feel pressured to find your passion in life and pursue it every day? What are your thoughts on finding your bliss in life? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Decluttering Challenge For Beginners

 

I believe that decluttering can have a positive and powerful impact on our lives. One day, I decided to declutter my closet, which lead me to pursue a more minimalist lifestyle. Now, almost a year later, I can confidently say that taking that initial leap and decluttering my space set the tempo for my decision to continue to a more simple and more minimal life.

It’s the first month of a new year, which is the perfect time to set aside a day where you can tackle some spaces in your home and make a difference in your mindset, outlook and more! There are so many benefits to taking on a more minimalist lifestyle, and it all begins with the decision to try.

I created a simple, decluttering challenge for beginners who are looking to free up more space in their homes, simplify their life and potentially look into pursuing a more minimalist lifestyle. The challenge is simple: you have 30 days to go through and complete the challenges. You can take several days to complete one challenge, and you can do as much or as little as you’d like. The purpose is to keep the challenges open-ended for each individual to interpret and make those decisions for themselves.

1| Remove everything from your closet you haven’t worn in over a year.

We all know there are a ton of things in your closet right now that you probably haven’t worn for several years, so why keep them? Go through your closet and carefully edit your wardrobe. Does it fit your personal style? Does it fit? Do you love it? If you answered no to any of those questions, then out it goes.

2| Recycle/donate old magazines and books you won’t read or reference.

Unless you know you’re going to reread the book or reference the magazine or textbook, there’s no need to keep it in your home. I have several books that I love and plan to keep for years to come. But if it’s a book that can be donated, make sure to donate as much as you can. You won’t believe the space you’ll save.

3| Sort your mail, bills, etc. Toss what you no longer need and file important documents.

Make sure you go through mail anytime you receive it to keep from paper clutter catching up to you in your home. Pay your bills as soon as possible, sort any files you know you’ll need for long-term, etc. If it’s trash, or direct mail marketing, toss it unless you plan to use it within the next week.

4| Clean out all other closet spaces in the house. Donate old/outgrown items.

Go through your spare closets, guest bedroom closets, and coat closets, and organize when appropriate. Do you need to keep the coats you haven’t worn in years? Donate them to a charitable cause like a coat collection for local homeless shelters in your community. Do the same with boots, winter scarves, hats, and anything else lingering in those spaces.

5| Donate all kitchen/dining room items you don’t use or need including: old tupperware, utensils, mugs, plates, gadgets, appliances, etc.

No matter what you say, you don’t need 15 mugs when there are only two people living in one home. The same can be said for excess utensils, dishes, tupperware, and anything else in these rooms that you feel you won’t need. Do you really need five tablecloths even though you only use one of them twice a year? Be ruthless when it comes to these spaces in your home.

6| Go through beauty products, makeup, etc. and toss expired items.

Similar to the unnecessary mug collection, you can get rid of a lot of things from your beauty closet, makeup collection, and bathroom storage areas. Go through your linen closet and toss anything that’s old and expired or you know you won’t use. Then organize the remaining items into baskets putting similar products together.

7| Organize your office space and digital space. Unsubscribe from emails, delete old contacts, unfollow people on social media, sort through emails. Shred old files you no longer need.

Create an organized filing system for any important documents at your desk. Keep your desk area minimal with only the essentials on your desk. Organize your digital files into folders. Sort through emails until you have none in your inbox. Unfollow people that don’t inspire you on social media, unsubscribe from any email marketing, go through your contacts and delete those acquaintances from high school you haven’t heard from in five years.

8| Toss expired food from your fridge or pantry.

Remember those small jars of mustard from your Hickory Farms gift from two Christmases ago that you said you were going to use, but never did? Yep, toss those whether you had promise yourself to eat it or not. Do the same with anything in the pantry or fridge that may be expired.

9| Miscellaneous items throughout your house in the garage and basement.

The garage and basement can be huge targets for keeping old items that you don’t use or want. Whether it’s old furniture or home decor items you’ve never used, or equipment you know you will never use ever again. Donate/toss or sell anything miscellaneous from these specific spaces.

10| Get rid of anything that makes you unhappy or stressed.

Are you one of those people who has kept clothing in storage for when you lose those final 10 (or 20) pounds? Donate it and remind yourself that if you ever do lose the weight, you can treat yourself to a new wardrobe. Don’t old on to items that can trigger stress and unnecessary expectations. If it brings you stress or sadness, get rid of it.

With the beginning of a new years comes an exciting time of new opportunities for yourself and a time of self improvement. With this challenge, you’ll be able to take the first step in decluttering your home, and simplify your life for 2017.

Do you think you can complete this challenge? What have you been decluttering lately? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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Redirecting the Focus of Blissfully Brunette

2016 was an interesting year for my blog. I felt like it went through several periods where it was having an identity crisis. It kept me thinking that maybe I should change and redirect the focus of the content I share on my blog.

Naturally, when change like this presents itself—I ignore it completely. I try my best to remove it from my mind. Why? Because sometimes, I’m a little irrational. Sometimes, my anxiety can get the best of me and make me believe things that simply aren’t true.

Your readers don’t want a change, Kiara. They’ll stop reading if you change anything.

If you change your blog content, the last few years of blogging will have been a waste of time.

It took a lot of convincing before I felt comfortable with the idea of changing the type of content I want to share on my blog mostly because I still love beauty and fashion. I don’t want people to think that I don’t have a passion for those things anymore because that’s not true.

I don’t feel as proud of that content rather than when I’m sharing content related to living well, minimalism, decluttering, living your best life, and other lifestyle posts. Writing those posts bring me the most joy. They make me feel like I’m truly helping readers take control of their own lives and help them live a life a bliss. That’s the intention and goal I want to set out on my blog.

Will you still see beauty and fashion posts? Yes. But you won’t see them as often. When I do decide to share something beauty or fashion related, I want it to be meaningful and intentional. I want it to be a source of inspirational for my readers rather than something that feels like it’s lacking purpose.

My goal for my blog for 2017 is to truly focus on content and the direction of my blog. Yes, you will still see a mix of everything from lifestyle, beauty, and fashion—but you will also see more on minimalism, intention, simple living, living your best life, living a life of bliss and more.

I’m very excited for this journey with my blog, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will have in store for Blissfully Brunette. Thank you for being supportive and wonderful readers.

Have you ever considered rebranding or redirecting the focus of your blog? How did you handle it? Are you still working on it? Make sure to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

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Things I Want to Treat Myself to in 2017

I am a firm believer in treating yourself regularly, but I don’t mean with an occasional glass of wine or your favorite chocolate. Granted, it’s perfectly fine if you want to treat yourself to those things because wine and chocolate make everything better—amiright?

Instead, I want to share important things I want to treat myself to now that a new year is upon us.

1| Frequent Self Care

There are some months where I practice self care regularly, and there are other periods of time where I go months without proper self care. For 2017, I want to make self care a main priority because it’s important to keeping yourself sane, happy and healthy. Spend a Saturday at home reading, drawing, or with your closest friends or family. Spend time on activities and hobbies you enjoy. And don’t feel guilty about doing so. You deserve it.

2| A Spontaneous Adventure

In 2016, I was able to take rather spontaneous trips: one to Albany and one to Texas. Both were incredible and definitely were highlights because I got to visit two college friends that I don’t see as often now that we have all graduated and live in different places. in 2017, I want to treat myself to an unexpected adventure or trip. I don’t know what it will be, but I can’t wait to find out!

3| Invest in Quality Items

Since I have been practicing minimalism more throughout 2016, I want to continue those habits and focus on this lifestyle more in 2017 as well. One of the main lessons I’ve taken away from minimalism is that I have changed my spending habits and what items I bring into my home whether it’s an article of clothing, or something for my home. In 2017, I want to treat myself to high-quality items for myself, but only if I truly need them. Quality over quantity is very important to me with this lifestyle in mind.

4| Breaks & Time Off

I work hard, and I know that I deserve time off. I also know that I deserve to spend my days off not thinking about work. For 2017, I want make sure that my days off are truly spent taking time away from work and focusing on other things. I don’t want to be the person who checks their email or takes business calls on their vacation or on a Sunday. I’m treating myself to a life outside of work that I truly love because work should never control your life in that way.

5| Time for Myself

Everyone deserves time for themselves. Time to read, relax, workout, have a coffee date with yourself or treat yourself to your favorite sushi. I want 2017 to be a year where I consistently treat myself to time where I can go alone to my favorite sushi restaurant and not feel awkward, or spend a weekend alone and find complete comfort knowing that I don’t need to make plans to have a fun weekend. I want to focus on independence and time for myself.

What are you treating yourself to in 2017? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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