After months of contemplation, I finally made the decision to resign from my job. Remember: this was not an easy decision. I like my job, I love my workplace, I love the memories, the people, and the opportunities. The downside was that there wasn’t enough of me to go around, and the pressure was too great. Some days, I felt like I was drowning. I missed my baby. There weren’t enough hours in the day. After sticking it out for a while, I realized that the way I was living my life just wasn’t meant to be. It didn’t feel right.
So, have you heard of this guy named Peter Walsh? He has written a few books and has a show on OWN, which I stumbled across the other day. As he was helping this family de-clutter and organize their home, he basically told them that clutter wasn’t just tangible items, but anything that stood between them and the lives they wanted to live. This includes mental clutter. At the time, I too was feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything. It is so easy to be overcommitted these days! There are so many expectations, and it is easy to be spread too thin.
Does your life seem out of balance? If so, don’t be discouraged. Maybe it’s time for a healthy “spring cleaning” to help you sort through your clutter, whatever it might be.
For me, having a baby really helped put things into perspective. Are you familiar with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? Stephen Covey’s 2nd Habit is “Begin with the end in mind.” With an infant, I want to be intentional about laying a solid foundation for her life and for the life of our family. In a similar fashion, The Baby Whisperer swears by her grandmother’s motto: “Start as you mean to go on.”
So, in order to be intentional about laying this solid foundation, I want to address any clutter that might be in the way. From big things (me quitting my job), to small things (cleaning out our home office and donating items to charity). We are prioritizing. We are minimizing. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted. We are attempting to be proactive instead of reactive.
Being proactive and laying this groundwork has me feeling optimistic and hopeful. The load is lighter. Looking back to even a few weeks ago, I see myself swimming in a sea of stress. That is not how life was intended. I have learned so much from these experiences, and I am truly excited to see what this new chapter holds!