Helloooo my friends! I wanted to share an update of where I am in my home journey, since if you’ve poked around this blog, you know I haven’t really shared much about my intention experiment (yet) 8 years ago. I will make the long story short (for now) since you may be wondering what happened. You may wonder did I find the all-encompassing love I had described? Yes. I have. It may have shown up in a different form and size, but I’ve found it. Do I wake up every day with a twinkle in my step and a sparkle in my eye? You know, the answer to that is also, yep. Things have changed. I’ll share more as it becomes relevant to this blog, but, YES, life has turned a 180 in ways I could have never imagined.
After I wrote my intention, I wrote a little bit about how I would go about my experiment. That’s the thing about intentions. They are not goals, nor measurable outcomes. For me, it was simply in listening to what my heart was saying and trusting that the Universe would have my back. It was my starting point for change. Within a month my life was off on a new trajectory, I trusted that whatever happened was all in my highest good. So I followed.
Funny thing happened, though. Very quickly after I designed my experiment, my life felt like it had been swept into new territory and I was just trying to stay afloat. So much so that most of the things I said I was going to do (ie massive decluttering, radical self-care), I didn’t. And yet STILL, events took place that would change my life forever.
Fast forward to 2017, now living 2000+ miles east of my tiny home in my hometown of Reston, VA, I have this yearning to do it again, but in a new revised version shaped by how my first experiment unfolded. This time it’s in my 1 bedroom condo where my daughter and I have lived for 7 years and THIS TIME I intend to keep my end of the bargain (ie massive decluttering, radical self-care!). It feels like the right time to do it and circumstances are right. I am in a job transition as I fully enter the real estate world and my daughter is settled in her second year routine of elementary school. We are baby steps into a new chapter and I want to infuse it with as much positive intention as I can.
As it would happen, (synchronicities don’t surprise me anymore as they have become daily parts of my experience), I recently came upon a course that resonated with me.
It is called A Year to Clear by Stephanie Bennet Vogt and it is refreshingly simple. One thought, tip, video or assignment a day that relates to the mind, body, home experience slow dripped to your inbox for 365 days. No more, no less. Her philosophy is that of a slow drip, day by day approach to clearing the invisible and visible clutter that holds you back from living your true nature. And I love it! I’ve been studying on my own for years and years about everything home related; organizing, decluttering, time management, feng shui, vastu, you name it. Vogt’s is the first that is purely focused on the experience. Yes, there will be measurable achievements made in your home, but that is not the end goal. This is more about a way of being.
So far (and I am only on day 12), I’ve found this immense feeling of relief to take the pressure off doing. We live in such an era of speed. Everything is so….fast. It can be insanely overwhelming. I recently read a statistic from a Harvard study that said 50% of our time is spend thinking of either the present or the past, and that we feel unhappy when we do. Yet, when we focus on the present and are fully immersed in the activity on hand, we are much happier. That’s where I want to be.
So I suppose you could say my “end goal” for my 365 is to cultivate a way of being in the present as much as possible.
I’m also opening up to possibilities. When I allow life to flow and trust that the Universe supports me, what can it look like? What can it feel like?
So I am dedicating this next year to slowing down, while engaging in some massive Self-care. Slow drip. Day by day. Here and now.
If you’d like you can hop on over to my personal Instagram where I am sharing snapshots of this journey in real-time using #my365 or continue to read my blog as I share how things are going long-form.
And if this resonates with you, I invite you to go ahead and check out A Year to Clear. Maybe it is just what you need to slow down.
lotsa good vibes + to clearing the clutter,