I recently had a good email exchange with a friend about some things we are letting go of. For her, it's the blog she started. She purchased her domain name for a year, with the intention that she would decide whether or not to renew it based on her activity with it. When she realized the domain expired three weeks ago, she accepted it as proof that she had never grown attached to it. In fact, it had largely been a source of procrastination and guilt.
For me, it's the idea of a physical location for my business, which I've been trying to establish for the last year. First, I had the retail shop, and then I moved into a studio space instead. But, like my friend with her blog, it's something that just never aligned with my life and my lack of desire to work on it (ie. force it) made me feel overwhelmed and guilty. Which is no way for intelligent, creative, capable people to feel! As soon as I made the decision not to renew my lease after this month, it was like abundance just poured in. Overdue checks from clients arrived, new leads came in, and I felt a huge surge of focus.
My fear was that letting go of something so visible to others would make me feel like a failure. Instead it gave me the chance to re-evaluate my purpose and my goals, and I actually feel MORE successful and MORE aligned than I have in months. I think it comes back to this very powerful philosophy:
"Release that which no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy."
Which also makes a wonderful mantra for this time of spring cleaning. You have to get rid of that which does not serve you, grow you, or make you happy to make room for the stuff that will. Spring cleaning, commence!
Whether it's something mental or physical, what do you intend to let go of during 'spring cleaning' ? Let me know in the comments. As for me, I'll be working on clearing out a lot of 'stuff' from our house. Clothes that don't feel like me, books I don't love, and anything that would be great in a future home, but doesn't fit or get used in this one, will be donated/sold/stored.
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.