Spring has finally sprung. Yassss!
This got me thinking about spring cleaning, but not the cleaning out your basement and closet annoying kind. I mean doing a lil spring cleaning for your life! You know, getting your sh*t in order. But instead of debating if you should donate your old denim skirts to Goodwill (you should), take inventory of all aspects of your life. Work, school, relationships, your health, passion projects–are you putting forth your best effort or going through the motions? One of my goals is to be more mindful so that I’m fully present in each moment. Gotta put down that iPhone.
Would you have more to give if you managed your time better? I think many of us feel we can’t squeeze 1 more thing into our day. In reality, we could get up a 1/2 hour earlier to workout or cut some Netflix time to work on a passion project.
Or maybe you are completely overloaded and need a moment just for you. A date night, yoga class with a girlfriend, relaxing with a good book or spa day can do wonders.
By organizing your thoughts, goals and to-do lists, you can create a plan to see your goals come to fruition. You probably came up with resolutions in January, so now is the perfect time to reflect on why they may or may not be working.
So, what are you doing that has been effective?
What obstacles are getting in the way? What can you do differently?
I’m in the process of trying to make a lifestyle change and eat clean on the weekends. I do fabulous through the work week, but once FriYay hits, I have a major pizza habit I haven’t been able to kick. Oh, and I love a good brunch…and did I mention mimosas? Not that it’s bad to indulge once in awhile, but I’m trying to shed some winter weight and prep for my belated honeymoon to Hawaii. I wanna feel good in that bikini on the beach!
Anyways, I recently read an article on one of my fave sites, laurenkelp.com about changing your perspective from “I have to do this” to “I want to do this“. This made me realize I’ve been viewing healthy food on the weekends as a punishment, when I should be looking at it from a positive lens. So, I try to remind myself of the good things–I’ll reach my goal sooner if I stick with it and I will be a very happy girl when I step on the scale on Monday. Not to mention my skin may look better, since sugar and simple carbs may cause breakouts. More importantly, I always feel sooo energized when I eat clean.
Real talk-sometimes I still want a cheesy slice of heaven, but I know the gratification is only temporary. I read a really powerful quote that cancer is hard, changing your diet is not hard. This stuck with me and I think it puts so many things in perspective.
See, we’ve totally got this.
Another major aspect of spring cleaning your life is clearing out and tossing all the negative, bad stuff that’s been taking up precious space and time. If it’s a draining job, negative thinking or a toxic relationship that is weighing you down, it’s time to free yourself. There’s no time like the present. Easier said than done, I get it. Take some time for yourself to meditate, write or discuss with someone how you’re feeling and your plan of action. Once you take that first step, you’re on your way to a lighter, happier Spring.
If you have any specific issues/questions that arise when you read this and would like my advice, message me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll post your Q & A anonymously.