Every month I’ve been sitting down and making a list of intentions. Things I want to focus my energy on and things I need to work on or accomplish. I thought I would share mine for April.
This time is all about getting ready- its a preparation for the return of the sun. It’s the sometimes uncomfortable transition as nature starts to shift from darkness into light. My 1st goal of April is to lean into the discomfort of this time. To embrace transition.
Change is hard and my natural reaction is usually to avoid it or smooth it over. I like my normal. I like my habits and patterns and knowing, for the most part, what each day has in store. I only like adventures when I plan them and sign on for them but life doesn’t always come with warning labels. If I’ve learned anything from living through a global pandemic it’s that you can’t take your normal for granted when you have it but you also need to be flexible and adapt to changes when they’re necessary.
My second goal is to downsize and organize- Spring is a great time to take a long hard look at what you own and whether or not it still serves you. I’m a whimsical Maximalist and I need my statues and knick-knacks and books and bobbles to feel cozy and at home. Even so, I want to be completely surround by things I LOVE.. Things that make me smile when I see or use them.. I don’t want more stuff- I want the right stuff. So, with a thank you and a smile I will release all the things that are no longer meant for me.
My third goal is to continue to focus on my health. 2020 took a toll.. I was in pretty good shape in the beginning but by the end I’d slipped. I was on track for a few months and then off track again. In March I decided to take a different approach. Gentle Self Care. Instead of working myself to death, working out 6 days a week, eating only turkey burgers and Brussel sprouts with occasional brown rice. I decided to just let my body have a break from the stress. I found that yes, I gained a little weight but overall I wanted to move- not because I felt I had to. I wanted veggies and lean protein while I also allowed myself to eat from restaurants. I made time to mediate every single day and complete a french lesson on Duolingo. I felt happier. When I was feeling tired I slept, When I was hungry I ate. I want to continue my journey in Gentle Self Care.
My fourth and final goal is to start packing a little each day. By the end of next month i’ll be beginning the process of a slow move.
What’s a slow move?
A slow move is a blessing. I will be moving house and I want to do so a little at a time. While the house is empty I want to take the time to clean, repair and restore it. This house was build in 1925 and it’s had multiple tenets. I want to clear out all the negative energies. I want to remove the carpet and redo the floors in most of the rooms, paint all the walls, moldings and ceiling, and maybe add some built-in storage units. I want to find some replacement french doors for the livingroom and add updated lighting fixtures.
I know that this isn’t a fast process but since there won’t be any major renovations (fingers crossed) I imagine this will only take a month or 2. During that time I can start bringing over boxes. By the time I’m ready to make the final move I plan to only have a small suitcase, a box or two of items to unpack immediately and all the big furniture pieces that will require a moving truck. I don’t actually have a ton of stuff so I plan to just put a couple boxes in my car every evening when I get home from work. Then the next day as I leave to go home from work i’ll take those boxes to the new house.. Clean or paint for a couple hours before heading home and then repeat the next day. This is why I have to embrace transition a slow move will be so much better in the long run but during that couple of months it will be hard both physically and emotionally.
Once the physical moving is complete I still have all the business stuff to handle- Address changes, updating all my contact information on all my sites, new driver’s license and so on and so forth. It’s a lot but it will be easier to handle from a completely unpacked and settled office.
So wish me luck! And as always…