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What I Learned from Clutter

Ray Through Lush Forest PlantsBy Fran Hafey/Mysti

I am shocked how much we had accumulated over the years. Together thirty-five years, moved numerous times and some of our children have come back to live with us, bringing and leaving some of their own “stuff.” We were running out of room! Bad health and other unforeseen circumstances had helped with the overabundance of clutter in our home! I know now, clutter and health issues can be an ongoing cycle and we can break it! For years I had shuffled boxes from one area of our home to another or even storage facilities, sheds, pods, basements and attics, because we just didn’t have the room in our small, oddly built home with no closets. Just as I got rid of some, more would show up, one way or another. I began packing up my personal collections and special sentimental belongings hoping we would move, one day.

I long for the day when I can display more things I love, that represent who I am or what I am compassionate about. We had decided to move after being here for fifteen years. In order to sell, we needed to make some repairs. By the time we got an estimate on the repairs, it was disheartening so we decided to stay and do what we could. We had a screened porch added where the deck had been, a new deck and took out a wall to put in new windows, doors and a big closet. We put in new windows in the sunroom and had a new heating and cooling system put in. Things did get better, but then a couple of years later I knew I needed more space and more organization. I had to take joy in the small things and the changes in our home had helped, but I found myself right back in the clutter a few years after my Dad passed away. For the first couple of years, Mom got rid of a few things. Then she decided it was time to sell the homestead out in the country that had been our home for fifty-five years! It was the only home I had ever known as a kid. I felt very blessed to have lived there and call it home.

Mom wanted to sell and move, and it all needed to happen pretty fast. Not because she was ninety years old, but because she had found the perfect “new” home in town a few miles away. Once that happened, she wanted to go and fast! First came the yard sales and her giving things away. Then came cleaning out the basement, attic, barns and more! Then there was more giving away, the second round. My four siblings and I took many carloads and truckloads of stuff home! I wasn’t too shocked, after all, they’d been there for over fifty years! We had to laugh at some of the odd things we brought home, as we cried, saying good-bye to a place we loved; such bittersweet memories.

Time flew and Mom put a contract on her new home and the old place sold fairly fast. We were so happy for Mom, and the new place is perfect. I smile as I remember her saying, “Well now I have to live to be One Hundred, because I love my new place so much!” That’s when I knew she had peace with my Dad passing, letting go of so many things she didn’t really want to get rid of, moving to a new home and now, living her life.

As for  me and my clutter? Well, I brought home tons of stuff from my Mom’s old place and I’ve sat going through it and deciding what to do with it all. So many memories in those boxes and storage containers. I decided I was going to make room for some of them, where I can see them every day. I’ve tossed out, given away and sold some of my stuff just to make room to see the things that really matter to me and I’ve learned some valuable lessons about clutter. We really don’t need so much all around us to be happy, but as humans some of us tend to save stuff and tuck little things away that are special. We like to collect. Now and then, we just need to go through things and sort them out, making sure to keep just the really special ones and pass them on to those that will love them as we have. Oh, I don’t need tons of clothes or too many books. I’m giving away some clothes, coffee mugs and dishes next week, we have too many. But, I can never have too many memories and things around me that make me smile and remember how blessed I am. I just have to remember this life is not forever and we can cherish something and value it for the love that’s in it, but we cannot take it with us. I’ve witnessed my Dad dying, my Mom letting go of him in the flesh, her letting go of the stuff that had so many love memories in them and keeping just what she needed to feel that love all around her. She also has some great kids, Grandkids and GreatGrandkids to love and remind her every day.

I am so grateful for all the lessons clutter has taught me and watching how to get rid of clutter once and for all. Clutter can also be cluttered thoughts and holding onto too much clutter in our minds and hearts. I didn’t say I’ve gotten rid of all of my clutter, yet, but it’s a work in progress. Part of the clutter is my business, which I run from home, but I believe our new home, the one day new home we are working towards, will have everything I need for my home and business!

I work at getting more organized often and I always take time to remind myself, “We have enough, we have all we need and as I get rid of clutter, the positive energy can flow more freely, bringing me and my family all we need.” If I hang onto everything, if I live in a mindset of lack, then other better and greater things cannot flow to me. I remind myself of this often and feel good when I let go of things that are no longer needed or serving me.

Blessings and love,

Fran~Mysti

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Cup with hot tea near computerBy Fran Mysti Hafey

Sometimes there are situations that require no words. A look, a knowing, an understanding between two beings or when a soul recognizes another soul.  When a smile and a hug show our happiness. Or perhaps when someone’s grief is so deep there are no words to comfort; just being there can be enough, a silent, loving energy that surrounds them with love and healing.

Words can be healing or hurtful. They can help or destroy. Choosing our words carefully can make a big difference.

One of the things I did to help myself heal is writing. I was never very good at journaling or writing in a diary every day, but about twenty years ago I began writing more seriously. I wrote poetry and short stories when I was younger; it helped me deal with some tough situations. But much later, I needed to write and share my stories to help others. I dedicated more time to writing and it felt good. It helped me to remember memories, good and bad, as they came to the surface. I always ended each story with a positive note that felt good. Suddenly, I had people sending me emails and leaving comments at my website and groups, telling me how my stories helped them. It felt good to know my sharing was helping others and also helping me to heal inside too!

I’ve been upset for a while that I haven’t been writing every day or even every month! When I came to my blog to make some updates, I noticed I hadn’t posted here in a year! I was shocked and sad too. I feel so much in me that wants to come out onto paper or online! I take notes or jot down ideas I have so I can come back to them later. Then something else comes up or I’m in pain, need to rest or just plain busy! I desire to write more again, so this post is my promise to myself and to others, that I will write more! I hope to write at least once a month! It’s important for me to write, it is part of me and what I am here to do, and, it’s healing.

Love, light, joy and blessings,

Fran~

P.S. Just to let you know, I typed this whole page while wearing a thumb and wrist brace on! It took me forever, but I wanted to post it before midnight, Eastern time, so it would be posted in January! I then remembered, it’s also the Full BLUE Moon and a Total Lunar Eclipse!! What a great time to reaffirm to myself to write and heal more! (((Very Big Smile!!)))

Smarter Not Harder

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Smarter Not Harder

By Fran Mysti Hafey

Sometimes we have to let go of things, ideas or people. Maybe we need to change our way of thinking, how we do things or just change things all together. Sometimes we need a new beginning!

I used to over complicate things. As I am getting older, I am learning some details do not matter and it is easier for us when we let some things go. In my life, I have been wanting simplicity, less stress and less clutter. I began by letting go of small things; one step at a time. No one ever said we had to go cold turkey! I let go of big reactions to little drama and things that didn’t matter anymore. I put my energy into more important things like family, hobbies I enjoy and living life smarter, not harder.

For instance, learning to meditate or find what works best for us, can take time. In a busy world we need to be gentle with ourselves by asking for help, reading books, looking up information online, doing things we love and asking for guidance in a dream or just taking a walk and asking our guides, angels or helpers for help and advice. Sometimes we need to take a break, take a breath, sip on some tea, or coffee, smile… and just be.

Some people are used to the fast paced crazy world or a hectic schedule, while some may have a boring routine that needs more excitement and a breath of fresh air into it. Which ever it may be, we can all learn to live smarter, not harder and when to let go and let things flow.~

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My Super Power-Laughter

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My Super Power-Laughter

By Fran Mysti Hafey

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”~Milton Berle

Every now and then, I may write something here that is a bit deep and dark, because we all have light and dark within us and we must strive to keep the balance.

Many people on the internet and even in my personal life, know me, but they do not really know all of me. What we choose to share with others is our choice. I am an upbeat person, but I also go through darker times when I need space and to figure things out. My super power is laughter! When my body aches, I am tired and life gets very busy, laughing always helps me. I am very blessed to have a quick wit and I not only enjoy laughing, but making others laugh too. I am also very addicted to “the movie or song” game. When I see an actor in something, I have to figure out where or what else I have seen them in! When I hear a song, I will try to figure out who it is singing it! Some people think I am obcessed, but if you look around, a lot of people do that or something similar. LOL. I am also very expressive. I laugh, cry, make faces, use my hands and body to talk and express myself and I can immitate sounds and voices. I also whistle and sing… all the time! I live to my own rhythm, music and beat!

I think “who” I am has come from being very sensitive about everything. I feel things deeply and laughter has been my way to lighten up my life for a long time. I know when to use my super-power and when it is needed most. I am very grateful I have been given this ability and I will always use it for good.

We will always have to keep the balance between light and dark in our lives, so choose to laugh as often as you can and be grateful. Laughter is a gift.~

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Mystical Messages~Spider

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Mystical Messages~ October 17, 2016

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I was just about to go out to pick some tomatoes a few days ago and I almost walked into this beautiful web. I respect spiders and think they are very interesting. I did not break her web, but today I did re-route it and ask her to forgive me, and told her she could rebuild close by. I thanked her for her blessings.~
*Spider tells us we are part of the huge web of life and we are all connected. We must respect one another and remember we are all creators. Spider may be reminding us to go within and take note of the life we are weaving. The lesson of spider is to maintain balance between our past and future, spiritual and physical. She teaches that everything you do and experience now, how we react and choose, is part of weaving our future.*

~Written by Fran Mystiblu Hafey~

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Challenges of our Mind, Body and Spirit

By Fran Mysti Hafey

Sometimes we choose our challenges. Other times they come at us from lots of directions. Some are easier than others to handle while others are seemingly out of our control. We may feel we have to “play the game” to get things done even when we’re biting our tongue and our knuckles are white!

I had a major surgery in December 2015. I didn’t exactly choose it, but because of degree of physical pain I was in, I almost welcomed it, even though I knew it would be one of the hardest things I have ever done. The surgery was a Total Knee Replacement or TKR. My left knee was in bad shape and had been for a long time. I dealt with pain and I was losing the ability to walk. The surgery went well and I came home with tons of drugs to help me get through it. To those who know me, they know I don’t care for taking pills or medicine and I tend to do without as much as I can opting for “just getting through it” or with alternative natural herbs, essential oils, supplements, ointments and rest.

My life revolved around the surgery for quite a while. It has now been ten months and I am doing pretty well, even though I still limp, use a cane and take something for pain now and then. My knee is very stiff and still swollen and my other knee acts up too. I also have other health issues so the knee wasn’t a fix all, cure all. My life has completely changed! Let me tell you a bit about my life post knee surgery…

I remember going to the hospital to prepare for the surgery. As I mentioned above, I have other health issues. The other health issues are why some doctors did not want to do the surgery in the first place because blood clotting issues, blood pressure, apnea (shallow breathing when asleep) and being over- weight were a few of them. They knew what to watch for and I was grateful for the angels who took care of me and watched over me at the hospital. Not just my angels and spirit guides and helpers , but the doctors, nurses and staff. They made me feel at ease and like I was the only patient there.

I had a difficult time after surgery because my blood pressure dropped very low, so they kept me in recovery several hours longer than most patients. Because of my sensitivities, (to everything) they were unable to get the pain medicine type and dosage just right. I remember very little about being in the hospital, not even knowing when my family was there. When I got home I stopped taking one of the pain medicines that made me feel trippy and concentrated on getting in and out of bed, healing and just being able to get to the bathroom without bending my leg or falling! Physical therapy still makes me cringe! Oh, I do not want to scare anyone from any of this, but it is very hard work and it is not for the faint of heart! After showing up every time with a smile on my face I finally had to take matters into my own hands and go with what my higher self was saying and stop them from some of the “exercises” they wanted me to do!  I did what felt right for me! Everyone there at physical therapy were wonderful, helpful and did a great job pushing me to keep going to heal!

While healing, I had time to think. Being an Aquarian and the personality type that tends to think a lot anyway, I went deeper in myself, took notes and did my best to deal with the daily roller coaster. For me, it was not easy allowing someone to take care of me, cook for me, bring me food, help me to the bathroom, help me with bathing, dressing and other daily activities. I had to learn a HUGE lesson in really letting go of housework and doing normal everyday things most take for granted.  I was still on some heavy pain killers, but not as heavy as what they were giving me in the hospital. I know my thinking and sleeping patterns had changed because of the “trauma” my body had gone through and now what my body, brain and energy were dealing with. Everything is different than it was before and I wondered how life was going to be from now on.

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I am going to stop there for now because I will be writing and sharing more here soon. I have a lot to share with you about my journey, the journey of my mind, body and spirit as it changes and as I learn so many wonderful, valuable lessons about life and death.

Thank you for being here.

Blessings,

Fran~Mysti

Great quote from Martin Luther King Jr. It makes me cry and smile when I read it!!

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Hello dear ones. I can hardly believe it has been almost a year, in just a couple of weeks, since I posted here! Life hasn’t just been busy, it has been changing like the waves of the ocean, going up and down, fast and slow, swirling me around in many directions. Sometimes we have to take time to figure out our priorities and do what is best for us. For me, traveling and dealing with doctors takes a lot of time and energy. I am not one to take what doctors say as the only way or option, and I have to remind them I have a brain and I know my body more than anyone. Yes, yes, of course doctors know a lot and I admire them, but when they have me going in circles trying to convince me of something I know is not so, then I have to stand up for myself and tell them the way I feel. There is a way to handle ordeals like this and while doing so, I have to keep up my strength and keep moving foward.

With this being said, I will get right to it. I cannot promise my blog will be filled to the brim every month, because I do have other things on my plate, but I have words to write, stories to share and lessons to convey and teach. My mind is not controlled so much now by pain medications or overfilled with appointments these days, even though my body is still healing and still needs more TLC, I have to write. I have to get all of “this” out of my head and heart and share it!

Thank you for being here and I pray you will share my blog and new pages, links and information with others if you feel led to share.

I think the picture I shared today is appropriate. It reminds me of healing and me. *smile*

Blessings and light, Fran~Mysti

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