By Cristin Van Horn, Edgewater Studio Manager
We all have baggage that can feel heavy at times, but in light of Jacey and Dani’s recent Doody Free* experience, let’s take a page out of their book (or rather a sheet from their roll) and LET THAT SHIT GO! Put down the baggage and learn to live a little more freely; free from excess crap, free from expectation, and with a little more freedom to DO YOU. If you need some help, here are some ways to get started:
- DE-CRAP your closet
Lucky for you, it’s Spring Cleaning time! Gather up all of those outfits that are just taking up space and GIVE THEM AWAY! Give them to a friend, a shelter, or drop them in a clothing drop near you. My golden rule is, if I haven’t worn it in a year- it’s free to go!
- DE-CLUTTER your email
If you are like me, you have about 375 unread emails in your inbox, most of which are junk mail. Take a few hours to unsubscribe from all the junk mailers and delete messages that you no longer need. Come up with a filing system for the emails that you need to keep, so that they are easily accessible, but make your inbox look neat and tidy. It’s crazy how a clean inbox can help you free up your headspace.
- DE-STRESS your routine
The everyday commute, back to back meetings, or unchecked boxes on your to-do list can start to feel overwhelming, so come up with ways to de-stress the small stuff, so that you are fresh to take on the big stuff. Little tweaks can make a world of difference in your day to day. Some of my favorites are:
- Wake up 15 mins earlier so that you don’t have to rush.
- Pack up the kids lunches / your own lunch the night before.
- Lay out your gym clothes before you go to bed, so there is no excuse not to get up and tackle your workout.
- DE-PRIORITIZE things that stress you out
Remember that everything is a choice. After kids parties, family obligations, and work events, it can feel like you have ZERO time for yourself. One way to make time for yourself, is to stop saying yes to the things that stress you out and start saying YES to YOU. Sure little Bobby needs to go to the party, but that doesn’t mean you have to volunteer to make the dessert, carpool the entire neighborhood, and stay for the clean up. Saying no sometimes doesn’t make you selfish, it makes you SMART!
- DE-CONSTRUCT your expectations
We live in a Facebook world, where we are constantly seeing pictures of what our lives “should” look like. But we say LET THAT SHIT GO! Let go of the expectation of what your family, love life, job, or bikini body SHOULD look like and FLIP THE SCRIPT. Start to see the beautiful way in which you are uniquely YOU. Your one superpower in this world is that you are the only YOU, so embrace it! Find strength in what sets you apart from the rest of the world, and by letting go of the expectations of others (and the unrealistic ones we place on ourselves) you will finally be FREE to write your own story.