My New Happy: Share Your Abundance

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Share Your Abundance


I recently finished a book, Waking Up In Winter by Cheryl Richardson, which I totally recommend if you're a midlife woman.  It's a life journal that explores what really matters at this stage, and I found myself agreeing with so much of what she wrote.

But one idea stood out above the others:  share your abundance.

I'm a big believer in positive thinking.  Which doesn't mean I practice it all the time, since I'm the queen of falling back into old habits.  But when I stay positive, truly wonderful things happen.  Good stuff comes from good thoughts.

Cheryl wrote specifically about reframing the way we view spending money on things we'd rather not spend it on, like paying bills or taxes.  Instead of seeing it as "wasting your hard earned money", shift the focus to "sharing my abundance with the world". 

That abundance goes out and helps others stay employed, gather income, and in turn share their own abundance with someone else.  And I've already seen it come back to me in positive ways.

There are so many ways to share your abundance.  Share your knowledge, your skills, your talents.  Share your kindness, your smile, a helping hand.  You can even share your closet.

This is only half...HALF of what I donated.  And then there's the consignment stuff.  Eeks.

Over the weekend I decided to do a major closet purge.  It was way past time, and honestly a little embarrassing.  My closet was bursting, with overflow into at least two other closets in the house.  I've never considered myself a hoarder, but apparently when it comes to clothes, all bets are off.  I had what I referred to as "the archives", because maybe it will fit again, or come back into style, right?  Well, no more.  The archives are gone, along with all the old bridesmaid dresses, and things I'd held onto because they evoked a good memory.  

As I dropped them off for donation, I felt a little sad.  There are some good pieces in those black bags.  Then I thought about sharing the abundance, and it felt good.  Someone needs those clothes way more than I do.

Plus, now there's room for a few new things.  Just kidding.  Well, kinda.  Shopping is sharing my abundance, non?

16 comments:

  1. I am so with you - I have tried to adopt and attitude of thankfulness. Being thankful - even when I do not feel it. As far as closet cleaning. I have done two major clean-outs in the last year and a half - I donated 2 bags of designer jeans that I had collected over the last 10 years - someone is enjoying them now...

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  2. Just call me an enabler...but YES, shopping is sharing your abundance. You're supporting the companies that make and produce those clothes. That's my rationale at least...haha!!
    I'm starting to slowly purge too.
    Wasn't that a great book?? And fabulous take away, too!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

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  3. I love the idea of sharing your abundance! There are so many ways we can do small things that make a big impact on someone else's life! I have a hard time parting with clothes too but it is a good feeling knowing they are going to someone who can use them!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. That's what I figured. I'm not wearing them, so someone else should!

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  4. I love this way of thinking! I need to go thru my closet and donate too. I have 7 bridesmaids dresses I can’t seem to part with.

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    1. I have just the place for you to donate stuff to!

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  5. Wow, that's a major purge! It feels so good though, doesn't it? I did that a few years ago and probably need to do it again.
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  6. haha, I would have had the same thought.. that it was time for more shopping. And it feels bittersweet sometimes to do those purges, but like you said, share the abundance!

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  7. Thanks as always ❤
    Gonna look for that book!

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  8. That is so good that you cleaned out and organized your closet like that. I remember when I donated my good suits when I used to work in an office and that made me so sad but I knew I would never really wear them again. It does feel good to know that someone else will be able to enjoy the clothes. I do the if one thing comes in then one thing goes out too.

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  9. Holy- that's awesome. Also, love the way she framed it to sharing your abundance. I'm gonna think on that one.

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