This time of year, there's a large emphasis on "stuff" and "things". What I mean is the things people want, buy, have, and are surrounded by. When you get ready to leave your house in the morning, are you able to choose what coat you'd like to wear from several options? How about boots - and women, come on. I GET it! Yes, you own more than one pair of boots. Have you ever thought about your things - and the items in your house, family, and life as things that weigh you down? I have just the White Gloves Off podcast guest for you.
Pam Nelson has always focused on authentic living. This included her career in entrepreneurship, nonprofits, and executive teams in small business. She's been a certified life coach since 2011 with Designed for Purpose Coaching, but Pam has been mentoring for the last 20 years.
You've heard the phrase practice what you preach a time or 200 and for Pam, that meant applying authentic living to her personal life as well as her professional life. Recently, Pam and her husband of 30 years, Jeff, upsized their marriage by downsizing their home. Think a drastic reduction of space, stuff, and things ... to the tune of 400sq.ft. from 4,000sq.ft! You have to hear Pam tell this story; it's one of the most unique, real, and powerful ones I've had the pleasure of hearing. She shares the tale in her personal blog, Two Live Minimal.
"Pay attention to what the world is trying to tell you. We're people of faith, and we felt compelled and called to look at our "things". Like our physical "stuff"- we determined what we use. What we need. What we love. We used those determinations to reshape our values. The more we saw the things we were using intentionally, the rest just became this weight we needed to rid ourselves of," Pam shared.
Hear the rest of Pam's story and intention in our newest podcast episode including how you can start small, and even what to do with Grandma's china you've stowed away in the back of a closet.