In this episode, I have the pleasure of talking to Gina Ariko, a second-generation mixed-race Japanese American artist who shares her valuable insights on decluttering and finding joy in simplicity. Gina dives into the power of decluttering and how she’s made it a fun and rewarding practice.
She discusses her journey of replacing mindless scrolling on social media with productive learning activities, emphasizing the importance of intentional time management. Gina also shares her love for visiting a local community garden, highlighting the therapeutic benefits of connecting with nature.
One of the key takeaways from this episode is Gina’s advice on creating a primer action for the brain, such as lighting a candle or brewing a cup of tea, to signal the start of a focused and stress-reducing routine.
We also delve into the overwhelming and visually overstimulating nature of platforms like TikTok and how they can drain our energy. Gina suggests ways to balance screen time and engage in more mindful activities.
Lastly, Gina reveals her secret weapon for managing stress during big projects or deadlines: pairing decluttering or cleaning tasks with her favorite music, turning chores into opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Tune in for an inspiring conversation that will motivate you to declutter your life, replace bad habits with beneficial ones, and find joy in simplicity.
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