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Four months ago, almost to the day, I wrote about the word Tim and I chose as our focus for 2014: sanctuary. I talked about how we were seeking refuge from the over-scheduled, hyper-stressed lifestyle that seems to be the norm in America. And I talked about some key things that needed to go (lots of junk in our house) and a few things that needed to be added to our schedules (like working out) in order for stress to no longer have a grip on us.
So, how’s it going? Well, overall I’d say very good. But slow.
It actually wasn’t very slow, at first. We hired a professional organizer, just as I said we would, and we had an incredible 4 hour long session with her where we got MANY great ideas about how to change our current habits into ones that would serve us better, about how to get our children used to the idea of order in the home, and about the critical importance of using vertical space in our (quite small) home.
Just before and just after her visit, Tim and I were ON FIRE about getting stuff out of our house. Looking over our tax donation forms for the year, I count 11 trips that I have made to the thrift store, each time with a trunk full of items that we realized we would be happy to live without…even happier than we were to live with. 🙂 After ridding yourself of 11 trunk loads of stuff from a house that is just shy of 1400 square feet, I can tell you that we most definitely feel a little less burdened with stuff. And I don’t miss a thing (not even the ironing board…totally got rid of that visual reminder that I hate ironing!).
But we aren’t out of the woods, yet. We still need to find homes for the things that remain, and that has been a slower process. It takes time to really think through where something should live, and time is something we are still short on. But we are at least able to start thinking about these things because we’ve removed the distractions.
And by the way, if you are also trying to declutter and don’t want the process to take a year, you should check out fellow blogger Becky Mansfield’s fantastic ebook called Freed from Clutter that will walk you through how to free up space in your home by letting go of clutter in just 30 days.
The other element of sanctuary had to do with creating time and space for healthy decisions for our bodies (yoga classes, outdoor activities, and eating food that is good for our bodies, and not just our taste buds). I’m happy to report that thanks to having helpful resources on hand like my essential oils for weight loss and breakfasts I can easily make for myself at 4 am (shout out, ZonePerfect bars!), I’m down 13 pounds! I have cleared a good bit of clutter in a very physical way, I suppose!
But getting myself to the gym for those yoga classes has been slower going. But I’m feeling so much more motivated since my eating choices have helped me have some successes. It won’t be easy to get back into shape, friends, I have no illusions of that. But I know it will at least be easier with some of that weight already off, and I’m so proud of my progress so far.
How are your goals for 2014 going so far? Don’t give up on them if they are going slow, friends! Sometimes the hardest work is the first few steps. And sometimes you have to be ok with pacing yourself after beginning the race with a mad dash, like I did. Either way, I promise you can find your groove if you just don’t give up!