It has been a few years since I’ve written here and as I come back to this WordPress landing page, I am having a rush of memories from the time in my life when I used to post here. SO much has changed since then and, most importantly, I have changed, from the inside out.
A huge part of this change came from all that I’ve let go, so I thought it would be interesting to make a list in black and white. Sometimes it’s good to take inventory so you can see how far you’ve come. 🙂
First and foremost, I let go of all things toxic. This seems like it’s not a big deal, but it actually encompasses every area of my life and is the single biggest change accelerator I could have employed. I grouped these toxins into five big categories:
- toxic people, neighborhoods, school systems and houses (I let go of two in the last four years.)
- toxic food, cleaning products, toiletries, make-up, hair dye, medications
- toxic water, air, yard weed killers and fertilizers
- toxic habits, thought processes, expectations, routines, and work life
- toxic spending
I could write a blog post on each of these areas, and I probably will, in time.
Along with all that, I let go of tons of stuff! With two downsizing moves, this was inevitable, and the truth is, I’m still getting rid of things. I’m in the process of selling some of the last pieces of furniture that wouldn’t fit into my small three bedroom. And I’ve been going through my closet with an even more discerning eye. I’m really liking the idea of doing a capsule wardrobe. This will force me to distill my style but that is a process that I am well acquainted with.
You see, everything I have done in the past four years has been about distilling my life down to the essence of what I want it to look like. Sometimes the process has been messy and painful, but it has been incredibly worth it so that I can be where I am now, which is free and emotionally and physically healthy.
Freedom is one of my core values. In order to be free, you have to live from your truth. You have to have space to create from. You can’t be free if your life and body are sluggish and weighed down with toxins and stuff. It’s a simple idea that is sometimes hard to grasp and untangle from. And, it’s the best place to start.
I got really clear about my values as I started out four years ago and this has made all of the letting go so much easier. I’ll talk more about core values another time, but until then, I invite you to think about what you can let go of. It doesn’t have to be all at once. In fact, I recommend tackling just a few at a time so you don’t go into a life herx*. 🙂 If you want help getting started or putting a plan into place, you can contact me below.
*Herxheimer reaction: a reaction to endotoxin-like products released by the death of harmful microorganisms within the body during antibiotic treatment, resulting in systemic inflammatory response.
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