I’m off on a holiday retreat, a sacred month-long journey, and a writing break.
Propelled and inspired by the energy of the Cardinal Grand Cross and eclipse season, I am taking the crazy audacious step of an entire month away from work. I know I will be coming back spiritually recharged and ready for inspired action. Are you interested in getting help with your business, with defining and manifesting your passion, mission and purpose in everything you do? Are you feeling called to find out more about Astrology for Your Business? Send me an email, or fill out the form on the Share Your Magic page here on the website, and I will get back to you the last week in May.
By the magic of technology, I get to schedule these guest posts for you, one each week that I’m gone. Enjoy!
This is a guest post, by the beautiful Shân Watts. She lives in Australia, and I just love her work. She inspires and challenges me to be my very best self in her writings. She’s about to launch her eMagazine in May. Check out her website and blog here for more of her goodness! Oh, and she spells and punctuates as if she’s a product of British education (which I’ve left untouched).
We’ve all heard it said, time and time before that in order to lead your best life, you need to declutter — physically, spiritually and emotionally. If you’re anything like me, you read that stuff and nod your head in agreement.
You know deep in your gut that this is truth and that you’d feel soooo much freer and you’d create soooo much more space in your life for good stuff to come in if you actually did it, but the truth is you’re overwhelmed by it all. You have no idea where to start!
I know exactly where you’re coming from. I think I’ve only ever really decluttered once in my life and that was when my daughter and I went on our epic adventure. In order to be able to travel, I had to sell my house and get rid of the majority of our possessions. Decluttering was unavoidable. When we finally settled down again we had a camp table, an esky and a couple of sleeping bags in a two bedroom flat. It didn’t take long for our stuff to accumulate again.
Twenty-one years later I still have a few boxes that I’ve carted from one State to another and at least six residences. I don’t even know what’s in them any more. After much reflection though, I know why I haven’t been ready to let them go, until now.
They represent one of the happiest, carefree times in my life. A time when I was surrounded by friends, I was in a loving relationship and had more than enough money to meet my needs. An intensely spiritual time when I was exploring my belief system and working out what my truth. It’s not surprising that I haven’t wanted to let go of the memories those boxes represent.
The thing is, though, that regardless of whether the boxes are there or not, I still have the memories. By holding on to physical reminders, I’ve prevented other good stuff from flowing to me easily. These boxes cluttering up my life didn’t just take up space. They drained me of energy to do even the smallest things. They drained me of the energy it took to keep the rest of my space uncluttered. They drained me of my desire to keep the rest of my house physically and mentally in order.
They drained me of my desire to beautify my space and work in a comfortable, creative environment and were actually a reflection of the way I felt about myself. Cluttered, scattered, disorganised. Full of dreams but unable to start because I literally couldn’t see my way forward because of all my emotional and physical clutter.
I’m a massive advocate of one small step at a time. My words for 2014 are ‘prosperity, self-love and fun’. I love gardening but hadn’t done any for so long because I kept telling myself I needed to declutter first before I could do anything I enjoyed. I’ve spent the past year or so cooped up in my house because I felt I had to get my business established first before I could go out and have fun, which is an essential component of self-care.
What right did I have to go out and have fun or pursue activities that fulfil my soul if I had clutter that I needed to be rid of?
This year, however, has been different. With my commitment to self-love, I’ve sworn to be gentler and easier on myself. I’ve also sworn to ensure I feel freer and less encumbered than at any time in the past. This year is the year I’ve begun working holistically towards my ideal life. As is my way, I’m doing it one step at a time.
This is what one step at a time looks like for me on a daily basis during the week:
- Wake up and exercise for half an hour
- Spend 20–30 minutes in the garden
- Have breakfast while checking email (yes, I know that’s not ideal but I can’t be an angel all the time and the geek part of me justifies it as fun)
- Divide my day into hourly segments. For each hour I spend working, I spend 15 minutes decluttering. It gets me out of my chair, moving around and creates waves of noticeable change which is incredibly satisfying.
- Break around 5.30/6.00 to prepare dinner and take my daughter to work
- Self-development in the form of study and focusing on tapping to create a more abundant mindset
- Pick my daughter up from work and eat dinner together
- Relax until bedtime when I do chakra work before falling asleep
In this way I’m working on self-love, decluttering, prosperity and fun every day. My day is full of variety and makes me feel nurtured and happy.
On Wednesday nights I attend a Taiko drumming class which keeps me incredibly grounded and satisfies my yearning for rituals apart from the ones I create myself. When I need a change of scenery I take myself out to a local coffee shop or down to the river to work. When I feel the need to socialise I contact girlfriends to catch up with them after work, ring my mother or other friends I know who won’t be at work.
I’m wondering as a result, what is it that you need to let go of in your life that’s holding you back?
What represents clutter to you?
How can you get rid of it, one small step at a time?
It doesn’t matter how long it takes, what matters is that you start. Go on — make a start today! It will be one small step for today and one giant leap into the rest of your life!
I promise you, it will be worth every second.
What’s cluttering your life? How can you add more clear space? I’d love to know, please leave a comment!
Shân wants just one thing in this world — to expand love throughout the Universe by empowering women, creative people and small business owners to manifest the lifestyle their spirit yearns for and empower others as a result. A heart-centred, gifted coach and mentor, she’s setting an example by creating her own ideal life on the beautiful far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. You can find her hanging out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ as well as on her blog.