“Living simply makes loving simple.”
― Bell Hooks
My energy is shifting since I started this challenge. I feel it under my skin. The urge to surround myself with beauty is strong, vibrant, calling me…. I am longing for simplicity.
You see, I spent most of my winter and spring cocooning. As part of my healing process, I needed to rest and find myself in a snuggle blanket just me, and my pup. The kids were troopers during this time, as they kept me laughing and smiling when I was sad. The thing is, I let things slide… and slide they did.
…. and it was all part of the plan!
Time for me was more important than time for laundry, cooking or dishes…. Towards the end of my cocooning phase, the clutter was piling up, and I really never actually finished the laundry or the dishes..etc… I did them as we needed them…. a few dishes and pots at a time.
About day 10 or 11 in the challenge. The kitchen started to bug me. Slowly I began to empty the fridge of anything that had been there for over a week. Then the freezer was emptied of things which have been there over 6 months. All this to make room for healthy food for my family..
Then came the rest I did ALL the dishes, and put them away. I even decluttered the counters and rearranged my Tupperware drawer. I put all the “odd” lids and containers in the recycling.. then I put the piled up recycling out.
NOT ALL IN ONE DAY!
These tasks were actually on my list of “things I was putting off” (see post here). I still have some decluttering to do, however, I will wait until I am inspired just like I did with the kitchen.
My inner voice loves to talk…. because she is so happy that I am finally listening. My inner voice is warm, patient, and loves to gently nudge me into one direction or another. When I take her lead, miracles happen… factual, real, authentic MIRACLES…
Today, Day 15 of the challenge, I am honoring my inner voice, and taking a bit more time to rid myself of the things which do not serve me… slowly, at my own pace…
Lovingly sweeping myself off my feet!
“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. (148)”
― Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty