Day 3104 – Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

“Mindset” is such a buzz word, it can be easy for it to lose its meaning from overuse. But changing our mindset in different areas has truly changed our lives the past few years. We’ve had some major shifts in how we view our money over the last year, as well as how we spend our money and think about saving for things. I’m in the process of creating a budget for an EPIC trip to Disney World and Universal Studios. I want to include EVERYTHING we want to do and not come at it with a “how can we do this cheaply” mindset. I’m trying to take my own advice from My road trip book (Note this is an affiliate link – so I’ll get a small percentage if you purchase) and I’m planning a big trip so I know what it would actually cost. Instead of thinking it’s a “pie in the sky” trip, I’ll know, we need XXX to make this trip, what do we need to do to get there?

I had a seemingly “small” mindset shift from reading a book about consistently showing up, every day. Before I was just overwhelmed with everything I needed and wanted to do, but once it clicked that it’s ok to take even super small steps (one page read, one blog post edited, one small workout) because they add up to huge things over time. Instead of feeling “I’ll NEVER get all this done” I now think, “ok, I may still have a long way to go, but I’m making my way there.”

Also changing from a “We can’t afford this” mindset to “HOW can we afford this?” has been a huge shift.

I’ve even changed my mindset about my online presence. I thought I had to get my other websites up to date and regularly updating them to be successful. But it hit me – THIS blog is my home in this digital world. THIS is where I have set up shop. Even though my name isn’t in the web address, this is where people are finding me. And instead of trying to figure out what everyone wants me to write, I’ve embraced writing what I want and what I’m experiencing. (Thank you to Tribe of Mentors for this particular shift). And I’ve already noticed a change. From more views to more subscribers to feeling truly proud about each post. Sure, they’re taking a lot longer to write and that takes time from other projects, but I feel good about it.

I think the best advice on this whole “mindset thing” is that it’s ok to change your mind about things. It’s ok to think one way and then another and then go back to what you originally thought. Growth, honesty, and a willingness to fail is what we’re after here.

Have you had a recent mindset shift? Was there one big event that change your mind about things or was it little things along the way? Let me know in the comments below.

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About 365 days of marriage

I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

6 thoughts on “Day 3104 – Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

  1. So good to read! I am changing all the time, my moods, ideas, my interests, my beliefs, and so what I say today may be completely different to what I said a few months, weeks or even days ago. I’m kind of coming to the conclusion that that is the human condition, or at least, the condition of humans who are growing. We’re taught that being inconsistent, changing our mind, are bad things… but what if the opposite is true? That is what I love about blogging, it’s in the moment, it’s honestly what I think or feel at the time of posting, but I’m also honest about the fact that that may well change. I’m not trying to build a coherent narrative or a story line that makes any obvious sense, I’m just being honest, right now. All the best!

    • Thanks! It’s one of those things that I also didn’t pay attention to until the last few years. I absolutely agree about “the condition of humans who are growing.” I’m SO glad that I’ve taken the stance of sharing honestly on this blog (and Facebook), because it has given me so much to measure my growth by! Just today I noticed that I shared a post about hating Loose Cannon beer in 2009, on the same day I shared my testimony about being an alcoholic in 2016 on the same date. And Loose Cannon beer was the very last alcoholic drink I had. I never would have known if I didn’t overshare.

      • Well done on overcoming addiction. I also admire you being so brave! Hardly anyone I know knows about my blog, no family, no work colleagues, only a very few trusted friends. Should I be braver? Can I be braver? What is it that I am afraid of? Would anyone read it anyway, or would only the people who are interested read it, and be supportive, like the wordpress community? Its a dilemma!

      • Sorry I didn’t respond sooner! Been a busy couple of days! I started out sharing publicly, so I haven’t been in your situation of not sharing with people you know.

        I think it comes down to knowing who you’re trying to reach with your blog. Are the people you know in that category? If not, then no need to share.

        But I will say, there were times I was surprised by who read my blog. I would see someone in person and they’d mention something I shared on my blog. lol, and parts that I thought were like the deep depths of the blog. Or a super small detail.

        I’ve been learning more and more that I just want to be me on the blog and the right readers will stick.

        Lastly, I’ve never regretted anything I’ve posted. Each more personal thing came as a result of another thing. There have been posts that I thought were great, but didn’t get the views I thought they would. But I think I can chalk that up to not sharing properly.

        Good luck!

      • Thank you! I think I am just going to stop worrying about it and share with individual people as I have the urge to/ feel they may like it. My main thinking about this blog is to just write honestly about whatever I feel like writing about and hope that the honesty /subjects resonate with some people and that those people find it.

      • You’re welcome! Ha ha, I think a good old fashioned “what’s the worst that could happen?” exercise would help here. Check out Tim Ferris’s Ted Talk for encouragement in this area.

        In regard to your last sentence (write honestly about whatever you feel like writing about) I’ve found that this has been so true and has worked so far this year. While I don’t write for stats and followers, I do watch them. My follow numbers have been huge just in the last two weeks. And I’ve made a conscious effort to write what I want and not worry what people think.

        Good luck friend!

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