Over the past couple of years – and especially the past 2 years – we have been through quite an intense purging process in our lives.

We’ve been letting stuff go…

  • Relationships that have run their course….
  • Work and particular commissions that aren’t worth the money we’re paid to do them….
  • Emotional baggage from the past….
  • Financial debt…
  • Limiting belief systems that crippled our hearts and minds….
  • Low self-esteem…
  • Weight…
  • Mountains of *stuff* that we’ve accumulated over the years…
  • Fear…

I feel, in a sense, that I’ve been walking through life while carrying a sizeable load of extra baggage.  And because my back has been so burdened and my arms have been so ladened with all this STUFF (both in a physical and emotional sense)… I haven’t been able to open my arms and embrace The New.

You can’t embrace The New when you’re still clinging tightly to The Old.

So… the last two years have been all about Spring Cleaning… my life.

As I sit here in this half-packed-house… it occurs to me that the house is an apt metaphor for my life.

A lot of clutter has been cleared.  There are open, empty spaces where there used to be mini-mountains of superfluous stuff.  The house feels like it can breathe again.  There isn’t an avalanche of clutter that overwhelms me every time I open a cupboard.  Our clothes have been reduced to small, manageable piles.  I no longer own 16 pairs of (mostly unworn) shoes.  The linen cupboard isn’t haemorrhaging flat old pillows and thread-bare sheets anymore.  The bathroom isn’t littered with endless half-used (or unopened) creams, scrubs, shampoos and what-not…

The house can breathe again.

I can breathe again.

Sure – there’s still work to be done.  My Office is still a work-in-progress (much like my Work Life)…  and there’s a junk cupboard that I’m in denial about…. but, other than that, I already feel so much lighter… so much freer than before.

Today is the 14th of October.  In one month from today, we will be jetting off to begin an exciting new chapter of life… and I feel like I’m ready for it now.

I am ready to embrace The New.