I’m a few weeks into “summer break” and already feel the positive effects of my simplicity and tranquility summer mantra. There are many more changes I intend to make over the course of the summer. However, reminding myself of the commitment to de-clutter physically, mentally, and emotionally has allowed me to make choices that fulfill this focus and I’m noticing shifts in certain areas of my life as a result. Here are some updates:
I wake-up in the morning feeling refreshed. I’m sleeping better than ever. I’m sure this is due to having less stress, less clutter, and being more consistent with when I go to bed and wake up.
I wake-up excited and ready to greet the day. This has not always been the case. I truly believe that I have managed to create a life that I’m excited about, which trickles down to being excited for each day. I love my job at UT, I love having structured time to work on my dissertation each week, I love having time to run in the mornings and visit with friends throughout the week. Its all awesomeness!
I have time to focus on my health. I’m training for another marathon and LOVE that I have time set aside each morning to get my run in before the summer heat really turns on for the day. Before, my time spent exercising always seemed like a luxury, or that I should be doing something more productive than running or yoga. I’m excited that finally, I have structured my life so that its a part of my day and has just as much of a priority as anything else in my life.
Cocktail Hour! I’m bringing it back, baby! Happy hour and having a cocktail at 5 or 6pm is when I get to spend time with friends, or just relax when I get home from working. It reminds me of a time when slowing down to relax and mingle with family and friends was more of the usual in our culture, versus exception. It brings a vision of sipping mint juleps out on the veranda, hearing the cicadas start their evening symphony, while putting my feet up on the porch swing. OK, I realize I don’t live in Savanna, GA in the 1950′s but if I did…this is what I’d do.
Eating clean. I’m doing pretty well with this. During the week I’ve been organized and I’ve planned ahead for breakfast and lunch eat day. I never eat out for these meals and it feels great to know that I’m fueling my body with healthy, organic, natural foods. I’m still learning how to keep this going during the weekend.
Therapy. I’ve started seeing my own therapist and so far its been wonderful! I’m still getting used to being the client versus the clinician, but I love that this is a time when I’m not the one in charge. I get to do this for myself and I’m so excited for breakthroughs and de-cluttering emotionally and spiritually.
GoodWill. This isn’t just about bringing 7 trash bags of clothes to Goodwill this past weekend in my efforts to de-clutter my closet. Its also about giving GoodWill to everyone I interact with during the day. My intention is to bring just a bit more lightness, love, and gratitude to everyone I see and talk with during the day. I’m noticing that I have more energy to do this now that I’ve simplified my life. I don’t feel frazzled and rushed anymore. I’ve slowed down and can fully be present when I interact with people.
Lastly, I want to recommend a short blog post, “7 Ways to Find Happiness through Simplicity“. This is one of my favorite blogs and wanted to share with ya’ll!