One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.
— Bruce Lee

With my whole ankle debacle (finding out I can't do cardio for x months/being hospitalized/stuck indoors under recovery for 8 weeks), my energy level has been inconsistently wavering medium to low. It's a strange transition from my high to medium self but one that I'm now embracing.

I'll admit, I still try really hard not to look back and compare where I had been when I was top peak physique jumping across fire and doing the 100 Burpee Challenge for fun sort of stuff.

But that was then and this is now. That's the beauty of relativity and growth. 

Having spent so much time on Gratitude and Honesty already, I know that i'm grateful for having all my limbs in tact and honest with my intentions to recover now for the long haul.

Looking back at my experience, I've realized my definition of energy had changed to encompass more than just purely physical exertion or movement.

oh Arnold...I so get you...

oh Arnold...I so get you...

Having my ENERGY band on my wrist at all times forces me to be mindful of what "energy" really means to me. This is what I've learned. 

To have energy is to be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned. For this to happen, you need to create a healthy space in your mind, body, and soul. 

One example of how I've been boosting my energy is by simplifying my life and refocusing on the things that matter. 

I've been making a daily habit to toss, restore, and organize my clutter -- to simplify and remove myself of excess. 

I was surprised at how I've surrounded myself with clutter over the years. So I donated it all- Old high school sweaters (nostalgic clutter- excess crap from your past life), free cosmetic samples/notebooks/pens from trade shows (freebie clutter- meaningless and worthless)  old bras/cellphone chargers (crutch clutter - things you have that you shouldn't), white pants (buyers remorse clutter), kitchen gadgets (conservation clutter- useful but useless...I mean come on!). 

It feels so good and cleansing to cut back and get down to bare essentials. I was mentally focused during the process and after seeing the final product (a clear room), I marveled at the possibility of what I could do with all of this much more room in my life. 

Stepbrothers reference :P

Stepbrothers reference :P

Not just physical room but actual room in my mind to focus instead of being constantly distracted by excess stimuli.

When your possessions don't possess you, you can have the space to create instead of being bogged down by mess and stress. 

So now my rule is:

Don't hold on to things you won't use or haven't used for more than a month. 

Instead, save your time and energy to work on your relationships.

Because at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.

Simplify your life. Recharge. Reenergize. Recover. Just do you.