I suppose the best way to describe the blog for the past couple of months is radio silence. I'm going to go ahead and blame my (now diagnosed and being treated) brain problems and the general weather accompanying a Canadian Winter coupled with just a lot of other stuff on my plate.
But Spring is here, the snow is melted, the anti-depressants have kicked in, and I am back - mostly - I do have a million and one things on the go.
But the minimalist Journey continues, enhanced by the growing popularity of the Konmari method developed and popularized by the ever delightful Marie Kondo. Netflix had a special on her, which apparently everyone has watched (including myself) and it's inspiring to see houses go from cluttered chaos to cheerfully minimal in a matter of weeks.
One of the particularly beautiful things about the show is that Marie Kondo maintains an air of no judgement around the state of a house. She will crack a joke, or make a point, but she is never belittling to her clients and encourages them to make choices that are good for them. Most folks exceed their own expectations on the program, commenting frequently that their biggest hurdle was just starting.
And that is what it boils down to: finding a place to start. In the Konmari method you start with clothes and build your purging muscle (yes, it is a muscle). The ability to say goodbye to things is an art that requires practice, so start from impersonal items and grow towards the more sentimental ones. Do what makes you feel good, and breathe into your new space and new mindset.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of clutter in your house is to not bring it in at all. Friends of mine and I are participating in a no-buy. Well, they are, I've broken the rules so many times my habits haven't changed at all, so here we go starting again!
If you find yourself in a position like me: the best of intentions and no willpower to change bad habits, take a moment to stop and breathe, reset, forgive yourself for past mistakes, and sit down and write an action plan for how to change your habits. The important part is to forgive yourself and move on. Reset your expectations, give yourself a pep talk, and get back into it. You can do it, I believe in you.
So GOALS this week include: Update the Lethbridge Blog, I have been sitting on 2 interviews for MONTHS and I really need to get those published, plus continue with efforts in the basement of the house.
Onward and upward friends!