Hats off to the Spring! The season of new beginnings, fresh blossoms and warmer days. This time every year, I find myself feeling increasingly motivated, ready to embrace change and explore personal growth. The longer days and bright evening light certainly lift my spirits too! Oh, how I have longed for evening runs in the sun! On sunny afternoons, I literally skip home from work, excited to hit the road for a run. I am so grateful to live in a stunning area where I can walk out my front door and run alongside the beautiful Kennebecasis River or amongst the trees and quaint trails of Rothesay. Spring just makes me feel alive!!
This glorious time of year is also an opportunity to clear out unwanted “stuff”, let the fresh air in and it brings on a strong the urge to minimize! I’m on real kick of keeping only those items that have true meaning, or bring comfort and joy. I am also working on being more accepting of empty space and blank walls, rather than filling my life with temporary fixes. My focus has shifted to quality over quantity. In fact, I recently cleared out my closet, ridding it of so many articles of clothing I was holding on to for no good reason. Initially, I feared that cleaning out my closet would leave me without enough to wear or limit my choice in outfits. It has had the exact opposite effect. Everything in my wardrobe now fits me well, feels good when I’m wearing it and is true to my style. In the morning it is so much easier to pull out an outfit. I am ready and out the door without leaving behind a mountain of clothes tossed on the bed in a fit of “I have nothing to wear”. It has been a very liberating experience. I also feel like it has changed my focus of new purchases and I am less likely to buy something on a whim.
Here’s to minimalism and being present over perfect. I’ll let you know what I think of this new read!
Happy spring! Enjoy the warmer days and muddy roads.
(updated April 2, 2017)
I had no idea when I started reading Present Over Perfect, that it would have been so closely connected to the post I was working on. It was recommended as an inspirational read and as you know, I am in the mood for these types of books. When I started it, the book did not really draw me in, I felt it was average at best. A few chapters in, I was debating putting it down as I assumed the author and I had too little in common. She is a mother with a strong Christian faith whereas I currently have no children and do not subscribe to a particular religion. I reminded myself, however, that these things were a part of the author, Shauna Niequist’s, life and even if it we weren’t identical, it didn’t mean we couldn’t relate. I continued reading, and finished the book. I cannot tell you how glad I am that I stuck with it and didn’t let my ego guide my decision. Little did I know, when previously writing this blog post about the spring and minimizing the clutter in my life, that the book I was about to start would directly speak to these ideas.
I certainly feel her sentiment exactly, that “it almost [seems] like the less stuff there [is] in our home, the more freely I [can] breath, the more deeply I [am] able to think”. I also agree with Shauna, that “how we live matters, and what you choose to own will shape your life, whether you choose to admit it or not.”
This book was, in the end, a wonderful addition to my mindful morning reading and has made me think a lot about my life and reflect upon who I am. I related to Shauna so much more than I ever thought I would, and truly love how she speaks about simplicity, saying “[l]et’s live lightly, freely, courageously, surrounded only by what brings joy, simplicity and beauty.”