It’s Not That Serious!

Change Your View On Things

Change Your View On Things

These days there are so many ways to get motivation that sometimes you can’t help but wonder, “Do these motivators know what they are talking about?” I for one, am not an expert on motivating people. I am not a life coach, a therapist, or everyone’s best friend…I am just me, who in turn, is just like you. 🙂 There are those days where I am frantically searching for “that quote”. You know, the one with the pretty type and the inspiring image in the background that is supposed to give you that “ah-ha!” moment. I am a sucker for those quotes because they are a quick fix, but at the end of the day, can I really even remember what it said? Even after saying all of this, I am going to continue to post quotes, images, stories and other motivation mementos for those who follow Polka Dot Tango. Why? Because everyone is motivated differently and I hope that someday, a little Motivational Monday post will give someone even a glimpse of inspiration! So this Motivational Monday, I am writing a simple list as to what gets me inspired, happy and motivated!

Just wear it!

Just Wear It!

Wear Something Different

If I am feeling like I am in a rut, I try and wear something different. It could be a mix of old clothes you already have that could make a completely awesome outfit! Maybe there’s a piece of clothing you bought and have never worn. Been there done that! Wear it and feel good about it. I often find that I save clothes for a special occasion, but it’s not like I have a plethora of ball gowns in my closet (or even one), so why not wear something that you have been saving. I like to try and remind myself that each day is special and you should dress for you! Not only will you see the difference, but amazingly so will others. You will glow on the inside and out!

I Work Out!

I Work Out!

Move Your Body

Just move your body. This is the old stand by trick that works for most everyone to get a little motivation running through your veins. If you already “move your body”, then try moving your body in a different way. If you are usually lifting weights, try and go for a hike. Changing up your workout can be a challenge, but in the end, it proves to yourself that you can do more than you thought and it feels good!

Get Out!

Get Out!

Mix Up Your Surroundings

Just this weekend, I went to the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market with my family. It was like a detox/workout/massage for my brain and I LOVED IT! Being around new aromas, people, clothing, colors, foods was totally what I needed for some motivation for starting a business. Being immersed in a different scene can be exhausting, but your brain is taking in new information and it’s most likely waking up. The Farmer’s Market made me smile from ear to ear the entire time I was there, motivating me to push myself harder than I ever have before! Thank you LA, once again!

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Pop Open A Can of Creativity

Be Creative

This may seem like a daunting task to a lot of readers, but it is a relaxing and fun way (for me at least) to get motivated. You don’t have to be Warhol or Martha Stewart to be creative, so take it easy on yourself. Just doodle if that’s what it takes. Having fun and creating things is very inspiring and the great part is that everyone can do it. Once you’re done, you can either laugh and throw it in the trash or be proud and display your work!

Let Polka Dot Tango know what motivates and inspires you! We would love to hear all about it!!!

 

 

 

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Clean Out Your Closet!

This Things to Do Thursday, we are all about cleaning out our closets! This task can be stressful, but it can also help relieve stress in more ways than one! Firstly, any kind of organization is a sort of cleansing of the soul and secondly, you can sleep in ten extra minutes cause you know where your stuff is! Here’s one very truthful statement  ZenHabits.net had to say about clutter:

“Clutter is holding onto the past, or fear of the future”

I would highly recommend visiting this site to read the rest of the article…it is very eye opening! Now on to the rest of our article! Below is a little list to help you get started in cleaning out your closet. Don’t make it a chore, relax and go with it. Yes, there will be those items that may bring you to tears but honestly, what has it done for you lately?

• If you have any stacked clothes, take a look at what’s on the bottom of these piles. Most likely they are clothes you almost never wear.

• Put all clothing that you have worn in the last year in one pile.

• Pile up clothes that you have not worn in the last year.

• Of course there is a “maybe” pile! At the end of your closet clean try those clothes on.

• Any clothes that have a special meaning? I have my wedding dress, lettermen’s jackets, the top I was wearing when my husband proposed…anything like that? Bag it and put it somewhere safe, in the attic or in the corner of the closet.

• Can’t decide if you want to get rid of something? Ask yourself these questions:
1. How many times have I questioned myself about this item?
2. How old was I when I last wore this?
3. Is it still in good condition?

• When going through your shoes, check to see if a cobbler can fix them if they are an absolute must keep.

If you are at a happy and healthy weight, do not keep those pants that are five sizes too big. Congratulate yourself for being happy and healthy and replace them with a new pair!

• When all else fails, grab a friend and ask for their opinion. A friend that will unfortunately tell you the truth.

• When you have finally finished the cleansing of the closet, you have several choices of what you can do with the ones you no longer want:
1. Gather some friends and do a clothing exchange.
2. Sell your clothes to a store that will re-sell them.
3. Sell them at a garage sale.
4. Donate them.

• Keep in mind that if you decide to do this all in one day, relax, turn on the music, and remind yourself that you will ultimately feel better in the end. If doing this in one day seems like a daunting task then break it up into several days or into chunks of minutes!

Good luck and let Polkadot Tango know what you do to de-clutter! Here’s some inspirational closets to get your de-clutter vibes going!

We can all dream!