I can tell it must be a new year because I feel compelled to get on containerstore.com and order desk organizers, and also I want to throw everything out that’s in my closet. You?
It’s definitely a good time to reassess and maybe set some goals. I’m not a fan of New Years resolutions per say, because they often set you up to feel less than initially (and then 90% fail).
But I am ready to tune up my...I don't even know what to call it. My thoughts and attitude? If you know me personally, this might surprise you. I am generally a glass is half full kinda gal. But man, these last two years. I am incredibly thankful that my family has been ok. And I pray we are finally, hopefully, heading towards a manageable equilibrium. But we're not there yet.
What's my plan? Mostly the usual - declutter a bit, and strengthen the muscles I need to.
I spent time today cleaning my desk and office. It will last maybe 3 days but feels good. Maybe I'll tackle a closet a month. Ambitious but achievable :-)
I have decided to quit one of my jobs. Officially I can't until May but it makes me feel great already. It's a job I enjoy but I would love to regain some "unicorn space." (See below).
Strengthen the muscles (aka a reading list):
I already reviewed the great Jon Acuff book Soundtracks earlier in 2021, but it might be worth a re-listen. Did you know you can text him at 615-398-6873 and he'll text you back?
I just started reading The High Five Habit by Mel Robbins. I came across her several years ago on a podcast and have been following her on instagram. She will also text you (text 617-284-0725 to get it started). It sounds cheesy but getting "You’re awesome. That’s all I wanted to say. 😘 Xo Mel" randomly can make your day. Full disclosure: I will likely eventually buy the audio version - I am terrible at finishing non-fiction books.
I am currently listening to Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World by Eve Rodsky. Unicorn space is "the active and open pursuit of creative self-expression in any form that makes you uniquely YOU." It's definitely aimed at the working mom with school-age kids but I've enjoyed what I have heard so far.
And if you are looking for a quick and interesting read, try 100 Tips for a Better Life. They had me with "'Where is the good knife?' If you're looking for your good X, you have bad Xs. Throw those out." How my jeans/bras/leggings do I paw through to find the ones I actually wear all the time? Hmmmm.