Jill here. I'm taking a quick break from my Christmas vacation to share a Public Service Announcement...but first, THIS...
Every year at this time...it happens.
Maybe you feel it too?
This insanely powerful urge to CLEAR IT ALL OUT.
Clear out all the old to make room for new.
It’s what I’ve been doing this past week. It's what I've done for years on the last week of the December. Maybe it's because I let stuff accumulate through the year...or maybe it's because I am ready to begin a new year fresh. (Answer: it's both.)
During Christmas vacay, I love when hubby takes the kids out of the house for a few hours so I have the house to myself so I can go bat shizzle crazy, running around tackling my mountain-size list. Even better this year, he's doing it with me!
Clear out clothes that have been sitting in my closet without even a glance this year.
Sock drawer. Coat closet. Shoes.
Mail. Papers. Toys.
It always looks worse before it looks better, amirite?
Kitchen drawers get a cleaning and yes, they also get vacuuming with that awesome Dyson attachment that sucks up everylast crumb. It’s so satisfying.
And then there’s the toothpaste containers that have squeezed out all the last bits and somehow still in the drawer. And can we talk about how much toothpaste makes its way outof the tube and intothe drawer?
And my favorite - taking a q-tip to those bathroom floor corners...please tell me I’m not alone in this.
All the nooks and crannies.
And...I’m even going to attempt tackling my tech clutter. Gasp! Is there enough time for that?
I know I’m not the only one who has this insanely powerful urge. I have friends who also share this oddly pleasurable task of deep cleaning house the last week of December...
Wipe the baseboards! Clear the cobwebs in the basement! Wash the walls! Clean out the pantry! Organize the junk drawer!
I don’t know why I tell you this except to say that it has become a valuable ritual for me to mark the passing of time. Saying good-bye to the old year and making room for the new one.
One of my phrases (and challenges) for 2019 is Travel Lighterbecause I love going into the new year feeling open space. Feeling possibility. And when I have physical organization, I feel more space in my mind and my spirit. I breathe deeper.
I want that more often. Not just at the end of the year.
For me, two things happen when I clear out and make room. One, I celebrate and remember things from 2018 and two, I get excited about the adventures of 2019.
Which is why I'm setting aside my random miscellaneous pile of papers, legos and post-it notes for a moment and popping into your inbox today.
If you read our blog from a few weeks ago, we shared 4 questions to ask yourself at least once a yearand I find myself asking those questions during this week of cleaning house: What’s working? What’s Not Working? What’s Missing? What’s Emerging?
So, as we end the year, I invite you to ask yourself these questions around your food and self care journey.
What's working for you? Take time to celebrate what is going well for you.
What isn't working for you? (In other words, what do you want to clear out?)
Here are things we hear consistently from our clients:
Stress...and stress eating
Sugar, diet coke or coffee addiction
Lack of a plan
Running to the grocery store last minute 4 nights a week
Digestive upset and bloating
Impatience and irritability
Rushing and hurrying, not enjoying the pace of life
The amount of time spent on social media, phone or computer
_________________________________________________, you fill in the blank.
So we ask our clients, What's missing? In other words, what do you need that you don't have to help you reach your goals. And we hear:
Supportive loving Community
Therapy or a coach
Quality time with friends and family
Movement that you enjoy
New mindset (aka permission) for making the time to take care of themselves
And when they get done working with us, we hear all sorts of wonderful things(i.e. What's emerging?)
Less cravings and less emotional eating
Bloating is gone
Deeper connections and more quality time with family
Movement they finally enjoy!
Improved mood, less irritability and anger
Weight loss with ease and no dieting. Eating delicious food
Confidence in choosing foods and nourishing habits that work for them
So...what does my end of the year declutter fest have to do with my PSA announcement?
It's the last day of the year. Maybe you too have end-of-the-year rituals. Maybe you're looking ahead to a new year and wondering what you want to clear out. And also, what you want to make space for in this new year ahead.
Maybe you're ready to have a foundational roadmap for your food and self care journey in 2019.
If so, we want to be sure you snag our early registration special pricing before it ends on midnight December 31.
Registration is open until January 9 (but the price changes January 1, 2019).
We begin together on January 13. Are you ready?
"Before I did the Reset, I knew I needed and would benefit from this program; however, I had no idea how much these two weeks would benefit every area of my life. I keep coming back for more!" Lorna, 2018 Resetter