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40 Days Lighter: My Journey through 40 Days of Decluttering

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I was recently inspired by a Facebook post from a friend sharing a link to participate in 40 Bags in 40 Days, a challenge that asks participants to declutter their homes, work spaces, email inboxes, among a host of other “non-stuff” ways to declutter and incorporate healthy, beneficial habits. The challenge is aligned with the period of Lent, where many people give something up for the period of 40 days.

I found this particular idea to be a timely one, as I have recently been in a season of “letting go” – of unhealthy habits and routines, and of things that no longer have a place in my closet, home or life.

What I quickly discovered is that once you get a taste of the freedom that release brings, a new, simpler yet satisfying way of living begins to emerge. I also discovered that giving into the process of letting go of the “way I’ve always done things” has made so much room for new habits, opportunities, and simple joys that I didn’t imagine achievable at this stage in my life.

Over the next 40 days, I would like to share with you, my experience as I take daily, intentional steps to release the “extra weight” in my life. (I’ll talk about dropping the literal weight in an upcoming post!)

During this time I’ll share my journey to release the emotional baggage that this newly embraced way of living has revealed, that still hides in the corners of my heart. I’ll talk about shedding the doubts and fears that have held me back from bringing my dreams to life. I will also be making observations on my journey to become more consistent in the spiritual disciplines of worship, prayer, fasting, reading my Bible and meditation.

And of course, I will be setting aside time each day to write, and provide even a small update on my progress through this challenge.

I hope that you will join me in my journey, and that you might take a journey of your own to live a lighter, freer life.

I can’t wait to be 40 Days Lighter!

P.s. Here is a list of some of the tools/books I’ll be using/reading as I go through this process:

Garbage Bags!

A Journal

ESV Journaling Bible

Fitbit App

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith

the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

 

8 thoughts on “40 Days Lighter: My Journey through 40 Days of Decluttering

  1. A practice that is hard to do, however uplifting once you let go and fully commit to the change. We look forward to reading your next post.

    1. Reggie! There aren’t any words, except Thank You!

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