Hi! So, if you have read my “about me”, then you would know that I am a college student, starting my second year this fall majoring in dietetics! At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to myself to be more minimalistic, natural, simplistic, and healthy. So far, I seem to be meeting these goals and have wanted to share my journey with others to hopefully inspire and motivate people to do the same!
Anyways, I just finished reading this book I picked up at Book Exchange when I was at Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The author, Elaine St. James, provides tips and solutions on how to live a more simplistic life. While every tip is extraordinarily helpful, only a few applied to me, currently being a college student. I decided to pick out 10 of the ones I have tried and experienced and thought they would benefit others as well!
#8 Clean Up Your Relationships
Maybe it is time to finally move on from friendships that no longer work for you. Ending a friendship, or relationship with anyone, unlike a marriage, doesn’t always require a major confrontation or even a discussion at all. Depending on your friendship history together, sometimes it is easier to just fade out of someone’s life.
Clean up your Facebook friends. Get rid of the people that don’t bring you some type of joy. Unfriend those you haven’t talked to in over a year and those who only post negativity and use vulgar language. When you go on and decided to use social media, it is not about how many “friends” and “followers” you have, but about who YOU “follow” and who YOU are “friends” with. Remember to bring positivity to your newsfeed and get rid of the negative.
Now, cleaning up friendships in real life could be a bit more difficult than simply just pressing the “unfriend” button on the internet. Figure out who you want in your life and the people who make you happy. Surround yourself with those you make you laugh, are encouraging, and have the same values and beliefs as you. To “get rid” of relationships and friendships you no longer need or want in your life, do it with love and know that all friendships aren’t made to last.
There are 2 ways to do so, a clean break or distancing yourself gradually. Which ever way you chose, remember to do it confidently, with respect, and with care. No one enjoys a “breakup”. Getting rid of toxic relationships can majorly transform the way you view yourself, therefore creating a stress free, simple way of life because you will only be surrounding yourself with those who love you and only want the best for you.
I hope you make this lifestyle change to be another step closer to having a simple life filled of love, gratitude, peace, and joy.
May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.