Episode 28 – STOP Blocking The Flow of Abundance

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Hey soul-friends,

Welcome to another episode of Minutes on Growth. My name is Tannaz Hosseinpour and today I want to talk about Abundance. In one week, I will be releasing my free 21-Day guided journal on manifesting abundance, but I just realized that in order for abundance to enter in our lives – we first need to know the most important fundamental rule.

See, we all want to live a loving life, abundant in health, wealth, happiness and joy, however without even realizing it, our mind holds on to some beliefs that block the flow of abundance into our life. 

Let me start with an example – how many of you have experienced a similar situation where You’re an entrepreneur in a specific industry and someone comes to you and asks for advice on how to enter the same field as yours. For a split second, you hold back on helping them out. Your mind automatically enters into a fearful state and starts thinking, if I help them out and they become my competitor then it automatically means that I won’t have as much business. In that moment you are no longer thinking about the presence of business and opportunities but rather on the lack. In that moment, without even realizing it, you close the doors of abundance why? Because you forget one of the fundamental rues of abundance which is that there is an unlimited source of abundance in the world. No matter how many people tap into the field of unlimited abundance and opportunities, there is still unlimited abundance left. That is the definition of unlimited – never ending.

By forgetting this rule, we not only block the light and blessings from entering into our life, but we also prevent our soul from doing what it loves to do most – which is serving and sharing its wisdom.

There is unlimited abundance going around, and as long as your aligned and in tune with that abundant flow, you have access to it. But if you think hey if I help that person out, I’m going to have less – then you’re automatically going to have less, because you’ve already started focusing on lack. 

And this applies to all fields and industries. For example, as coaches, our intention is to always help people recognize how powerful they are. We collaborate with each other so more people become their best, truest, highest and most authentic versions of themselves. We want everyone to recognize their potential – why? Because if we don’t share our insights and tools, they won’t succeed – & when humanity is succeeding – we are succeeding. 

Or have you ever thought as to why millionaires and billionaires write books, create courses or seminars? Why are they sharing all their wisdom with people? Don’t they understand that by sharing their secrets it might mean that they’ll make less money as more people make more money? Absolutely not. That is not how they think. Because they understand how abundance work. They understand that no matter of how many of their tips, insights and secrets they share, their share of abundance does not get impacted.

I encourage you today, if you’ve been in a specific field for x amount of time, are you willing to share your insights with those that are just starting out? Are you willing to help others realize their potential in your own field? Or are you holding on to this mindset that there is only so much to go around and I don’t want to share that.

Imagine a world with is unlimited abundance to go around, & everyone recognizes this truth and taps into that field of unlimited opportunities, what happens? everyone has what they need – and everyone is growing – how wonderful is that?

What a beautiful world it can be – but that will only happen if you truly believe that abundance is unlimited.

Are you wiling to shift your mindset?

Are you ready to allow abundance into your life? If so, please visit http://www.minutesongrowth.com and sign up to receive your copy on May 1st 2020.

Thank you for listening, Speak soon.

Episode 27 – Destroy Your Reputation

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Hi Everyone,

It’s Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of Minutes on Growth. The other day I came across a poem by one of my favourite poets Rumi in which he said, “Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.”

The poem goes against everything we’ve learned growing up, which basically was advice on how to not ruin our reputation and to always care about what people think of us because somehow our lives are dependant on the opinion of others. Which made me think… what is a reputation even, like what does it even mean. Is there one fixed reputation that I can have in my life or do I have different reputations because if you ask person X about me, they’re going to have a different perspective of me than Person Y, and so on. That’s because people can only see others from the level of understanding and consciousness that they are vibrating at. Which pretty much means that my reputation is just a compilation of other people’s thoughts about me based on their own level of awareness at that given time. How does that even make sense?

If I’m constantly worried about acting a certain way, talking a certain way, thinking a certain way in front of people, then when do I get to be me. And if I cant be myself, then how can I ever live life as an authentic human being? I’m pretty much a fake, and is that how I really want to live life?

Not anymore. I want to live life as myself. I want to move out of my comfort zone and into the unknown, into freedom from judgement, into freedom from self criticism, into purpose. Is fitting in comfortable? Of course it is. you’re doing everything right by society’s terms, but you’re slowly killing that creative burn within you. You’re slowly silencing your soul’s voice. You’re suppressing your inner voice’s desire to shine. Would you rather be pretending to live on the outside, but be dying on the inside. Or would you rather let go of your need to have society’s definition of a reputation, and step into your truth, so that you can shine from the inside. and when you shine from the inside, your light uplifts the people you were brought on this earth to uplift.

So now I understand what Rumi meant by being mad. He just meant that we should chose to live life as our true self, as our authentic self. To show up to life exactly as we are, and who cares what people might think. If they want to call us mad and crazy, let them. I’d rather be mad and free, than a prisoner in someone else’s perception of me.

So today ask yourself, who do you want to live for, others or yourself.

Thank you for listening, speak soon.

Episode 26 – Faith & Hope

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Hi Everyone,

Its Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of Minutes on Growth. With everything that is going around the world, I thought that I would focus this episode on the words faith & hope.

I’m recording this episode wearing a shirt with the text ” Relax, nothing is under control”. It could not be any more relevant.

As we’re all sitting at home, some of us worried about the future, and how this will impact our lives, let us courageously take this opportunity to reframe the situation for ourselves.

Here’s a suggestion.. Why don’t we try to let go of the word “problem” and replace it with the word “challenge” – A problem suggests that there is something we need to fix, but as my shirt notes, this situation Is not in our control – There’s not much we can do on the physical realm except distance ourselves from others – The word challenge on the other hand suggests that this challenge like all the others we face throughout our life is one that we can turn inwards to overcome – one that is ultimately here to serve us & to help us grow.

Let us be conscious of our thoughts, beliefs and opinions. What are we putting out into the collective consciousness? How are we contributing? Are we speaking fear or hope into fruition? This is our opportunity to level up the awareness field

Today, more than ever, we are reminded of the power of intention, the all knowing, omnipresent force that is here and everywhere. Let us tap into that force – it is ours to tap into so let us align with it.

Let us be the living example of the power of spirit –

Let us be here, in the present moment. The future moment is filled with uncertainty, but this moment, this moment is the right moment for us  to Turn within, to Return to the source. And to strengthen our belief in certainty.

Let us allow our divine mind to take the lead , and surrender for it to connect with the collective mind.

Let us allow our souls to remember the spirit’s truth – that all is well – the source that blooms the flowers, flows the rivers, grows the trees – the invisible source – it’s still here – it’s still working- Know that the light is by our side – there is goodness everywhere – beauty surrounds us.

Let us envision that our prayers are blossoming in a new world –  a new world filled with more compassion and love – something wonderful is taking place and we choose to align with it.

Let us make a conscious effort to be In a state of absolute thanksgiving – knowing that which we are praying for has already come to fruition. Knowing that our prayers have come true. We allow it to fulfill itself more beautifully that we can ever imagine. 

We are the ones that get to choose. Today, just for today, choose to participate in goodness, love, blessings. We are opening ourselves to becoming the divine receiver of all these blessings and in fact, our cups are so full that we are  now bestowing these blessings onto our friends and family. Remembering that we are all connected, and we are all one,Let us extend this light to all of those on the planet 

We want to bring the eternal into our reality. So let us speak of blessings. Speak of hope. Let us amplify the energy within us – Let the light into every aspect of your life – mental and physical part. 

Plug into it and allow the transformation from fear to hope – This fear, let us let it go, let it evaporate. We rise, and thrive to a place of divine strength and clarity, divine cooperation and magnificence. 

I want to end this episode by reciting an excerpt from Dr Wayne Dyer’s book, the power of intention. He writes, “ In his book Man’s searching for meaning, Viktor Frankl describes a bowl of filthy water with a fish floating in it, given to him by his Nazi captors in a concentration camp during WWII. He trained himself see beauty in this meal, rather than focus on the horror of it. He attributed his ability to see beauty anywhere as a vital factor in surviving those horrific camps. He reminds us that if we focus on what’s ugly, we attract more ugliness into our lives. By choosing to hang on to one’s corner of freedom even in the worst situations, we can process our world with the energy of appreciation and beauty, and create an opportunity to transcend our circumstances”

So I kindly ask you to shift your perspective onto gratitude and appreciation – to remember that we are all going through this together, and if we can all just use this challenge as an opportunity to come together, to consciously show up, rise up, elevate, and reconnect with our true self, one another and Mother Earth , & to do this just one day at a time, I promise you that so much beauty and goodness will arise from this, as we raise the vibrations of the collective consciousness.

Thank you for listening, and speak soon.

Love & Light, Tannaz Hosseinpour

Episode 25 – Serendipity

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Hi everyone,

It’s Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of Minutes on Growth. As we’re all navigating through these uncertain times, and practicing social-distancing, I wanted to talk about a happy and uplifting word that has defined almost all my major milestones. That word is Serendipity. What is serendipity?

Serendipity is the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

These uncertain times have made me rethink many aspects of my life – Are my priorities in check? Do I actually need all the things I’ve accumulated? Am I happy where I am? Do I feel fulfilled? Am I surrounded by people who lift me up or stress me out? Am I sad that I can’t serve my clients to the best of my abilities because of the restrictions? Does my career add value to my life and to the life of others? Right when March started, I had written down a few monthly goals, and I’m happy that I was able to accomplish them all, but with April only a week away, am I still able to set goals even when the whole world is in a lockdown? These are some of the questions that have been running through my mind these past few days, as I’ve been spending more and more time with myself. I haven’t been forcing myself to find the answers, instead I’ve decided to just sit silently with the questions, knowing for certain that the answers will arise when the time is right.

Now back to serendipity…Yesterday, a few hours before our monthly book club session started, I suggested that we meet online instead. As I was talking with the other members, my eyes suddenly fixated on a book I had not read in many years, Dr.Wayne Dyer’s “The Power of Intention”. I suggested it to the girls and they all agreed to read it for April. I was about to pick it out of the shelf when I noticed that I had two copies. Random I thought. That night, I received an email from Hay House informing me that they had placed free content on their website. I sent the link to my book club friends, when suddenly one of them noted “This is the second time someone has indirectly sent me Louise Hay’s movie/book, I can heal my life.” What an amazing movie I thought. I had watched it many years ago, but just like every other Louise Hay and Wayne Dyer material out there, one can never watch or read it enough times. So after dinner, as everyone fell asleep, I switched on the TV, and put on the movie. It’s as if the movie was speaking to me – all the questions, the fears, the insecurities that were running around inside my head were being addressed, one by one. I was reminded to have faith, to believe in miracles, to trust that the universe supports me and that there is a reason behind all that is happening around me and most importantly to know that I am always being divinely guided. The movie reminded me that when I’m setting goals and intentions, I don’t need to think about the how or feel the need to assess whether its possible to not, all I need to do is set intentions and goals that are true to me, that I wholeheartedly believe in, that I know I truly deserve. I need to be flexible, to be willing to put in the work and to be open to divine guidance – to allow serendipity to occur. Teamwork…the universe and I both working together — and I need to trust my team member with 100% certainty. Feeling inspired, I opened my journal, and I wrote down some of my intentions.

This morning, as I was cleaning the house, my partner suggested that we use this time to read more books. I was surprised at his suggestions but then I remembered “divine guidance”. I quickly turned to our library and said, “Why don’t we start with Dr Wayne’s Book?”. He quickly agreed and I put one copy on each of our bed stands. A few hours later, as he was taking his afternoon nap, I decided to open the book and start rereading it. As soon as I opened the book, 3 letters fell out. As I opened them, I could not believe my eyes. I had written one in 07, one in 08 and the last one in 09, as I was sitting in my Hinduism class at George Washington University. I always believed that my spiritual awakening started after experiencing a life changing event in 2011, however these letters proved to me that there has always been a part of me that believed in the power of the universe, in manifestation, in the power of myself, in the power of positive affirmations and thinking, even way before I had read a single self-help or spiritual book. We all hold so much wisdom and magic within us, if only we trusted ourself more. Anyways, so much of what I had written down had manifested and come true, and the parts that didn’t, simply didn’t because they are no longer aligned with my purpose. I no longer want to be a politician or desire to live in busy cities – and that’s perfectly fine. Have I made mistakes? absolutely and thats fine too. I’m happy that I’ve allowed myself this compassion and flexibility to change and grow throughout the years. The letters reminded me that the answers I’m seeking are all within me, waiting to come out by forgiving myself, healing, meditating, journaling and with the help of all these wonderful teachers that have released free materials online. I have a choice, and I can focus on trusting my inner wisdom and co-creating magic with the universe.

I urge you all to welcome serendipity – to use this time to go on a journey of self-discovery, of self-love and healing. Write letters to your future self – write letters to your current self – write letters to your inner child – Discover your truth, your dharma, your purpose. Be open to life, to change, to divine guidance — be open to all the signals that life is sending you on a daily basis even if its not how you expected it to be. Whether we like it or not, this time has been given to us, so let us use it to the best of our abilities.

Thank you for listening and talk to you soon.

Love & Light, Tannaz Hosseinpour

Episode 24 – Take No For An Answer

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Hi everyone,

It’s Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of Minutes on Growth.

For the longest time, I have been asking my guy friends if I can play football with them, and every single time, they kept rejecting me. You see, I used to be a very active kid growing up, but I haven’t worked out in over 4 years, after injuring my back in kick boxing. Since then, I’ve avoided working out all together (In fact I used my back as an excuse to get super lazy). As a result, my muscles got so weak that I developed health issues, to be specific, a disc issue in my lower back and I ended up in physio for over a year just so that I could become able to sit down without pain. Anyways, all of this to say that because of my absence from the active world, I’ve been really eager to play football, because its one of the only sports I genuinely enjoy playing, and it doesn’t feel like a work out to me. The boys kept saying no, and I kept insisting, until one day, in fact it was two nights before turning 28, we were all at the dinner table, as soon as I heard “no” for the millionth time, I suddenly said out loud ” Fine, I’ll make my own team.” I don’t know what took over me, or what the rationale behind it was, but I was fed up of having someone tell me I can’t be a part of something that I love. I suddenly picked up my phone and started messaging all my friends. Within 4 days, we were at our first session, and since then we set a goal for ourselves and hired a great international coach to get us there.

This experience has taught me to think outside of the box, and to realize that sometimes surrendering to a NO isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes in life, a NO can lead you to much better and bigger things. In fact, sometimes a NO is exactly what you need to hear to get you to step up and elevate.

So the next time you hear a NO, ask yourself – is this really what I want and if it is then is there another way for me to bring this vision to life? Can I surrender this path and seek a better alternative?

You see, life is filled with unlimited potential and opportunities – and if they don’t already exist, we can try our best to create them!

Thank you for listening and talk to you soon.

Love & Light, Tannaz Hosseinpour

Episode 23 – Confidence & Comfort Zones

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Hi everyone,

It’s Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of minutes on growth. 

Ive been examining and studying leaders from all around the world in various fields for years, and I’ve noticed that the one trait they all have in common is confidence. Whether they’re on a stage giving a speech, or recording vlogs on their social media or you’re simply in their presence and watch them carry themselves in a room filled with people, you’ll notice that with every word they say, they exude a special type of confidence. In fact, this doesn’t only apply to educated and knowledgeable people. Have you ever been in a room where you’re extremely knowledgable in a field but someone with more confidence and less knowledge maybe even incorrect knowledge is doing most of the talking. I have. I mean there have been times when I’m absolutely confident that what they’re saying is a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but the way in which they carry and deliver themselves makes me actually doubt myself. I want to speak up and correct them, but I cant. Why? Because their public speaking skills are stronger than mine.

So how can we learn to speak up about the areas we have expertise and knowledge in?  How can we build our public speaking skills? We know that the art of public speaking stems from having a high level of confidence, but how do we attain confidence? Is it a learned trait or does it come down to genetics? In my opinion, we’re all born confident. Over time, as a result of society comparing us with others on the basis of looks, success, money, fame, or traumatic childhood memories and past experiences, rejection and failure in our personal lives and careers, we may lose our confidence. But how can we regain it? We need confidence to be a good speaker, so how can we build up our confidence again?

One way to gain confidence is to force ourself to step outside of our comfort zone, to do things we normally shy away from. I have always been comfortable with live public speaking, but for some odd reason, whenever there was a camera involved, I would get nervous especially with social media. When I started my minutes on growth instagram page, I didn’t feel comfortable showing my face to strangers and I was hesitant to record videos, I felt more comfortable sharing my words through text, until one day a great friend of mine forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and to record something with her on a topic that was special to us both. While I was super nervous at first, having someone I trusted there helped me overcome my fear. Since then, I’ve recorded many videos and I’ve noticed that my creative mind has been much more active too. I’ve also been feeling much more confident with the message I want to put out there. It’s as if by stepping outside of my comfort zone, more opportunities magically started to emerge.

So today I urge you to think about your confidence levels – how can you enhance your skills – how can you step outside of our comfort zone – is there someone you can reach out to, to help you through it?

We’ve all been given a voice, a unique voice, and a special message to put out there so it’s important for us to confidently use it. 

Thank you for listening and talk to you soon.

Love & Light, Tannaz Hosseinpour

Episode 22 – Manifesting Your Desires

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Hi everyone,

It’s Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of minutes on growth. I am going to be doing a workshop on manifesting in a couple of days, so I thought I’d first do a short episode on manifesting our desires. So let’s dive right in. When we talk about manifesting, we are not speaking about going out there and getting something. We are talking about vibrationally vibrating with our desires. This means that we need to embody our desires, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, so that we are vibrating at the same frequency as our desires.

In order to manifest, we first need to ask ourself, what is it that I truly desire – what is it that brings me happiness and joy ? One great way to find out what your soul desires is to ask yourself if those desire hold inspiration and service within them? If you can envision yourself happy and joyful with that desire, then there’s inspiration.

The next step is to make sure that during the manifesting process, we are not focusing on the lack of our desire. For example, If we want love, we need to be loving to ourself and to others, instead of focusing on being lonely. If we want abundance, we need to respect money, instead of focusing and thinking about debt. Once we recognize how manifesting works, and the mindset behind it, then we need to implement the 3 step rule.

The first step is to simply ask, similar to the old saying, ask and you shall receive. Once we’ve asked for our desire, we need to spiritually surrender and allow the universe to take the reins which is the second step. During this time, we need to avoid trying to control or manipulate the outcome and simply allow the universe to do its job. Simultaneously, step 3 comes into place, which instructs us to be open to receiving. In other words, we need to be in a state of joy, and gratitude in order for the universe to be able to deliver our desires into our life. The universe cannot deliver our desires, if we’re vibrating at a low frequency. Energy attracts its likeness, so as long as we’re in that low energy state, our desires will be blocked too.

We have over 50,000 thoughts a day, and if we give any single thought enough time and energy, it can come to fruition. So it’s important to become conscious of our thoughts and the energy we are vibrating at. If we want to attract light and positivity, we need to vibrate at a higher frequency. One way to do that is by practicing gratitude, because gratitude allows us to step inside the realm of positivity and joy. By expressing gratitude, you are simply asking the universe to give you more blessings! Whenever you are grateful for something, is like you’re asking for more of that same thing.

So today let us set the intention to vibrate at higher frequencies and to become more aware of our thoughts, so that we can start co-creating and manifesting our desires.

Thank you for listening and talk to you soon,

Love & Light, Tannaz Hosseinpour

Episode 21 – Decluttering Your Mind

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Hi everyone,

It’s Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of minutes on growth. I am going to be doing a workshop on decluttering in a couple of weeks, so I thought I’d first do a short episode on decluttering the mind. What do I mean by decluttering the mind? On average, we tend to have 50,000 thoughts per day. Now, how many of these thoughts do you think are positive? Michael Beckwith from Agape quotes that there are 4 windows of manifestation, and the first window is that your thoughts, opinions, perceptions and beliefs become your reality – so they manifest themselves into your reality – in other words we really need to be conscious of what we are storing inside of our minds as they hold so much power but in order to do that we need to first become aware of what is already there. One way to do that is by looking at areas of our life that are bothering us or ask ourselves if we’re attracting the same negative situations over and over again – To think, am I holding a negative belief about myself or my life or environment? – then look deep into our subconscious and find the root, the seed that we had planted in the past that have lead to this manifestation and attraction. We really need to be not only aware, but also have the courage to put on our evaluation glasses and actually admit some of these truths to ourselves, because once you do so, it makes you accountable for your life – you have to step outside of victimhood and courageously take responsibility for your reality. And once we’re able to identify the beliefs, opinions, thoughts and perceptions that are not empowering us, we can then decide to remove them. When pulling out the self sabotaging seed, we need to be able and willing to forgive ourself for holding on to it in the first place. I always like to use the analogy of gardening – our mind is our garden, so we need to go in there, remove the weeds, forgive ourself for neglecting it, prepare the soil, and replant the flowers and trees that are meaningful and beneficial to us and our growth and purpose. & complete this whole process with compassion and unconditional self love. But then it’s also as important to remember to water our garden, every single day! Why? because if we don’t, they’ll wither and die! If we don’t take care of our garden, weeds will grow. So how do we water our garden? By consciously and consistently journaling, meditating, by taking care of our mental health, our physical health, by surrounding ourself with an empowering and uplifting community,

So tonight before you go to bed, open up your journal and on the top ask yourself ” what negative beliefs, opinions, perceptions and thoughts do I carry with me?” pen to paper.. let the answers flow out of you.

Then ask yourself, what the opposite of those negative statements are and write them down. These are the new positive seeds you’re going to plant.

So for example, for me, one of my negative beliefs was ” only fit girls can succeed in the corporate world” and this stemmed from my father always telling me that only if you’re fit, and look great in a suit, will people take you seriously. So these past couple of years, as I’ve been gained a few pounds, I always felt “not enough” – I thought that because I’m no longer a certain size, I won’t be able to succeed anymore, regardless of all the other things I have to offer. So I had to do this exercise myself – to go in there and to pull it out and replace the belief that was keeping me from living my full potential.

So put on your courageous glasses, go in there, find the weeds, pull them out, replace them with what you want to manifest and remember to water your garden every single day with non-nonjudgement, unconditional love and self-care!

Thank you for listening and talk to you soon,

Love & Light, Tannaz Hosseinpour

Episode 20 – Fear

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Hi everyone,

It’s Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of minutes on growth. This episode, I want to discuss a word that I have been battling for years, FEAR. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been scared of something. Growing up it was of getting bitten by dogs, and when I got older, it was of heights. I still don’t know where the fears stemmed from, but I do know that they caused great inconveniences for me growing up. When I was moving away for university,  a family friend of mine pulled me aside and gave me perhaps one of the most life-altering words of advice I have ever received. She said, ” the only thing to fear is fear itself.” As I was checking into my dorm room, I kept reciting that sentence and promised myself that I’d try to tackle my fears, because I did not want to live with regrets when I was older. After months of having numerous pep talks with myself, I decided to go to my friend’s house as she had a dog.  I forced myself to sit next to the dog. Honestly, I couldn’t stop shaking and my hands were so sweaty, but I kept telling myself to hold on for a few more seconds. When I went home that night, I kept reliving that moment. I felt empowered – I had faced my fears and I had survived. Then I suddenly made a decision that changed my life. I went online and started browsing, and hours later I was on the road to an amish county in Pennsylvania to pick up my new puppy! Yes! ME. The girl who was petrified of dogs, was going to become a dog owner within hours. When I picked her up, my face was ghost white and I used a blanket to hold her because my fear was still there! The first week was an absolute comedy show. We kept chasing each other around the house because I still couldn’t get over my fear.. but day by day, I talked myself into shedding away a small piece of it.. and within a week, I was finally holding her and bathing her! She is now a member of my family and I cannot possibly imagine life without her. Once I got over my fear of dogs, I applied the same logic to all my other fears. I faced my fear of heights and jumped out of a plane. I still had not ridden myself completely of the fear so I went bungee jumping. I then went zip lining and recently I went on a one hour hot air balloon ride. I can now say that I am 90% over my fear of heights… I still get a bit scared when I’m on an escalator, but I’m making a conscious decision to go on more of them to finally free myself of it all. The decision I made in university to face my fears changed my life and it taught me  that many of my fears have all been illusions and they hold no merit. I stopped allowing fear to stop me from living life. Instead, I learned to differentiate between fear and caution. When ever I was faced with a hard task, I asked myself if this was fear talking or caution … because if it was the former, I had to rethink it, get to the root of it and face it. In fact, after immigrating when I was 15, I developed a fear of change so ultimately, I had to force myself to move to 4 different countries to study and work to get over it. Was it easy? definitely not, but every time I moved somewhere new I made wonderful friends and memories, and learned so much! The universe truly gifts you unlimited blessings when you live with courage. So today, I ask you to think about your fears. Write them down. Then ask yourself how your fears have stopped you from living. How your fears have impacted your life decisions and goals. Do you really want to live with your fears forever? If not, then take a step forward and face them. I know it seems terrifying at first, but the more you face your fears, the faster fear’s mask will fall off and you’ll realize that it was all an illusion. remember, the only thing to fear is fear itself.

Thank you for listening and talk to you soon.

Love & Light, Tannaz Hosseinpour

Episode 19 – Decluttering & Organizing Your Home

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Hi everyone,

its Tannaz  Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of minutes on growth. Today I want to discuss a topic that has been very relevant in my own life over the past couple of years and that is the art of decluttering and organizing our life, both our physical personal spaces and our mindset, and how vital this act is to your mental health, and for your soul to recharge and rejuvenate.

This episode, I want to focus on and discuss why it is important to declutter our personal space and homes, and more importantly how to do so. So why de-clutter? When decluttering, we have the power to lighten our space and make room for exciting new possibilities. Louise Hay, one of my favourite authors, once said that” our closets can be considered symbols of our minds. a cluttered closet could mean a cluttered mind.”

One of the things I’ve noticed is that people are putting aside big chunks of their time on the weekends to clean their homes, when really the purpose of the weekend is to relax and recharge your soul and family. And while for some people cleaning is very therapeutic,  for many it can feel overwhelming and cause intense stress and anxiety. So how do we remove that feeling from our life and our weekends so that we can truly do what we love to do during our free time without feeling burdened or trapped.

Before we begin, I want to mention that our rooms, homes and personal spaces are sacred spaces and our souls deserve to feel inner peace there. So it is absolutely important to make sure that when we leave our work or school and overall the outside world and step into our homes and rooms, we should feel rejuvenated and calm.

So let’s start. Its obvious to say that if the house is tidy and organized, then you don’t really need to put aside big chunks of time to clean. If we end up putting back everything back to where it belongs right after using it, then theres no need to put aside time to tidy that area. Let me get more specific. We’re going out of the house and we’re trying on clothes, if we put back every piece of clothing that we’re not wearing, instead of just piling them on the chair or on the bed, then when we come back home, we’re not faced with clothes scattered around the room. Or for example you’re on the phone and you need to write something down, so you pick up a pen and piece of paper, but then you forget to put back the pen where it belongs, an action that wouldn’t take more than a couple of seconds, then you’ll end up having to do so on the weekend as a bunch of these seconds accumulate. Putting things right back in their original spot doesn’t take more than a few seconds but can save you hours in the future.But what happens if you don’t have assigned areas for some items? I’ve entered homes where people just scatter their mail on their dining table, kitchen island or console by the door. It’s all over the place because theres not an assigned area for the mail. So it’s as important to make sure you assign spaces. For example, you can use an empty shoebox and place it near the door for all your mail to be placed in there. You’ve allocated a specific place for the mail. This applies to everything. Let’s consider the doorway and hallway as this area seems to be one of the difficult spots in every household. You can assign a space for the shoes, a space for the dog leashes. You can use dividers in your drawers for the stationary, headphones etc. Or Let’s consider your home office or your bedroom where you have a desk. You can use dividers here too to categorize your sheets of paper, and your notes. You can use a jar for your pen. You can use a small saucer for your clips, and pins. So summarize, the first step is to allocate a space for everything and then to remember put back everything where it belongs immediately after you use it. Now when you enter your house, you no longer feel overwhelmed, as everything is where it belongs. And if you have kids and it’s a little bit more difficult, research shows that kids tend to learn best through observing. So once they see you do it, they’ll be more inclined to follow in your footsteps.

I know that there are a few people who thrive in chaotic spaces, however the majority of people do much better when they’re in decluttered, clean, organized and tidy spaces. They can focus better, and achieve more as their space ignites the creativity within them. But for some, they’ve been hoarding and compiling for so long, that they don’t know where to start. Its important to start small. To look around your house and choose on a room you would like to work on. For example, your kitchen. Then take a look at your kitchen and choose one area to work on, a smaller project to work on such as your fridge. Put aside a couple of minutes and go through the fridge. Take a look at the expiration dates and throw out anythings that expired and try to create mini spaces; a section for the fruits, a section for the vegetables, a section for dairy products and so on. This shouldn’t take more than half an hour. Once you’re done with that, then move on to another mini project in your kitchen, such as your condiments and tea cabinet. re-organize it to your liking and convenience. Do not try to do it all at once. Whenever you have some free time, work on one mini project at a time, day by day, week by week. And slowly, over time, those mini projects will complete your large project and In this scenario your kitchen is completely organized, de-cluttered and tidy. Then move on to another room in your house. It didn’t get cluttered over night, so don’t expect to declutter it within a night either. Take your time and be patient.

I’ve also noticed how helpful it can be dedicating 5 minutes every morning or every night to ensuring everything is where it belongs. By dedicating a few minutes everyday I avoid having to dedicate hours on the weekend, It also helps incorporating a more minimalistic approach to life. Over the years, as I’ve accumulated less stuff, its been easier to keep an organized space. I’ve donated and gotten rid of many items I no longer used and the ones that I have kept, I have many a conscious effort to honour their presence in my life by making sure they’re clean and where they belong at all times. I  enjoy honouring my possessions and my home because ultimately its me honouring myself, and honouring my peace of mind, and I cannot tell you how much of a difference its made to my mental health. When I’m home I feel extremely calm and comfortable.

I want to note something though. Everyone’s definition of organized is different and that’s okay. For example, for me its absolutely important that all my clothes are organized by colour, whereas for my partner it’s important that all his clothes in his closet are ironed. So as long as you feel at peace in that space, then that’s all that matters because you’ve accomplished that state of mind, So something that may bother me, may not bother you. So ask yourself what bothers you in your own room or space, and which spaces drain your energy, and create a personalized plan and take it from there.

We live in such a chaotic world . we turn on the news and all we see is chaos. we’re working longer hours and we may feel overwhelmed and burnt out. So it’s absolutely necessary for us to recharge at home, and to have a light space that allows for that to happen. Decluttering can be a very healing and process, so I encourage you to try it.

If you have any specific questions on how and where to start, please don’t hesitate to message me. I’d love to help out.

Thank you for listening and talk to you soon.

Love & Light, Tannaz Hosseinpour