The dictionary defines abundance as more than enough, ample, sufficient, plentiful, bountiful. Interesting that the word money isn’t mentioned at all. I think many people confuse abundance with how much money they have, the size of their home, what kind of car they drive and how much stuff they can accumulate. For me, abundance has little to do with money. My life is abundant in so many ways, my health, family, friends, a cozy place to live, Sophie (my cat), my amazing coaching clients, spending time in nature, doing work that I am passionate about (designing and facilitating retreats for women, teaching classes, and working with my coaching clients), Artist Dates with myself, time to play with art materials, reading an engaging book, road trips and so much more.
What prompted this blog post is the fact that I am moving to a smaller apartment in a desirable neighborhood, close to retail stores, restaurants, Nina’s Coffee Shop, health club, bakery, coop and more. Downsizing may not sound abundant to some but for me it’s absolutely the next right thing to do. I am in the process of selling some of my bigger pieces of furniture and it feels right to let go of them. Time for them to find a new home. I have been having such great adventures scouring thrift stores and antique shops in search of furniture for my new place. Who knew that I would find a beautiful chintz loveseat, elegant ottomans, red wicker table, vintage kitchen set and a darling pine cabinet for my kitchen? My friend Kathleen has introduced me to the art of thrift store shopping and we are having such fun discovering all these treasures. For me, this is one example of how I have re-defined abundance. I am living an abundant life and I am filled with gratitude.
What about you? Are you living an abundant life? If yes, what does it look like? If no, what is one small step you can take today to manifest more abundance in your life? Would you rather be rich or happy? Please share your thoughts on how you define abundance. I would love to hear from you!