I don’t know about you, but 2017 has been a year filled with lots of growing pains and moments of uncertainty. However, in true Shenita fashion, I have looked inward to find the solutions to my pain and insecurities.
Those of you that know me, understand that I whole heartedly believe that the inner form creates the outer reality. When things are going well in my life, it’s because I am taking good care of myself and being mindful of my actions. When my life feels out of sorts, I am allowing life to get in the way of not making myself a priority. I often hear myself say, ” I’ll get to it later.” Thus begins the slippery slope on the downward spiral.
Fast forward through months of living and learning, and I want to share with you the top 3 things I’m happily leaving behind in 2017.
Declutter. Declutter. Declutter. This is a very liberating activity.
The act of getting rid of stuff. Clearing out old or stale energy from your physical space so that new and fresh energy can circulate without restriction.
At some point, you have to ask yourself, ” Do I really need to hang on to that?” I was notorious for thinking that as soon as I get rid of it that’s when I will need it.
Wanna know what I got from removing excess? I received decreased anxiety, increased peace of mind, and an overall better sense of well-being.
What was junk to me became huge blessings to others. It became apparent to me that in my home were many opportunities to reach out to others and be the blessing. Not once have I said, ” I wish I’d kept that.”
Self Imposed Limits
The new year will bring an openness to try new things. While I want to be mindful of my actions, I don’t want to miss out on life.
I was so busy holding on to old things, that I’d forgotten how to make room for new opportunities. I’d gotten too comfortable with what was and neglected the possibilities of what could be.
Feeling stuck is a difficult place to reside. The biggest tragedy is that I’d convinced myself that I couldn’t do any better.
Energy Zappers are people or things that literally zaps the energy from you.
Ever walked away from someone or something feeling drained? I certainly have. More than I’d care to admit.
I noticed that when I don’t enforce personal boundaries, some unhealthy patterns resurface.
Social media, unhealthy relationships, and poor self care are major triggers. You’ve got to be honest with yourself and know when it’s time to walk away gracefully and reclaim your life.
I am grateful for 2017. I learned some amazing life changing lessons that will serve me well in the new year. I look forward to growing stronger and happier with each day.
Happy New Year everyone!
Shenita Sanders, MA, CPPC