I am rather proud of me.
I use to work all day, then all evening. Or even late into the night to compensate for day appointments. Workworkwork.
These days, my regular routine is much different. Much.
After dinner, I get outdoors and walk or bike or both. Then I come into the house, shower, then basically collapse while watching Ellen or a little Netflix (currently on 17 Reasons Why), then hit the hay early.
Basically put, I’ve needed to become kinder to myself. As part of my better-me plan, I’ve even started going to counselling, which has been completely enlightening. I’m generally working on behalf of other’s issues, which left no time for me. I’ve gained weight, become more unhealthy, and neglected so many things that I personally need.
As a result of the changes, I’m starting to feel human again. Stronger. Encouraged.
And booking all kinds of overdue appointments. Such as teeth implants (yikes$$$) and a possible upcoming foot surgery (oh goodness…)
While I love to travel, this may be the year to stay home or perhaps travel my own region instead. We shall see where things go…
One key point that I’m trying to hold onto this past week is, “Accept another’s choices.”
Being reminded that others do have the choice to live their life their way… good or bad… was, well, rather enlightening.
“I accept your choices” isn’t easy, but it has helped enormously. Sometimes you just have to walk alongside someone as they journey through their own process. (vs in front of or behind)
So anyway, if you are interested in hearing little snippets of what I’ll be learning each week, let me know.
I’m looking to downsize the things that just seem to drain time away that give no joy back. So I’ll be losing a few flowerbeds and turning them back into lawn. The yard as is has become a little too much to care for with my time and health. (and dare I say age…)
Anyway, first up was to clean up the corners.
Indoors, I like to refer to this step as ‘picking up nests’. You know how piles of stuff seem to just appear everywhere? Nests!
And there is nothing quite like throwing on your garden gloves, getting on your knees and reaching every square inch.
I don’t like my current weed eater, so it’s hands and knees pulling until I pick a new one up that I do want again.
I’ve also been struggling with the amount of moss in the lawn the past few years. I know what it needed, but it was too much for me to manage on my own, and every time I attempted to hire another, they didn’t show up. So I gave up.
Until now. My amazing neighbour Hank has a connecting front yard to mine, and after he removed the moss on his lawn, asked me if I wanted mine done too!
Oh goodness… I need to buy this man a pizza!
So grateful! This will be huge. There was so much moss, it felt like I was pushing my lawnmower over it without wheels.
Then I was REALLY encouraged to spiff up the outdoors.
Can you guess what came next?
Pressure washing is imperative in my yard. I have lots of north facing stuff, hence the lovely shade of green on everything.
It’s a lot of work, but always worthwhile. I use to do it ALL in one day, but these days I break it up. The back yard is first, then the front yard another day.
I like doing the back first because then I feel good about sitting on my patio sooner than later!
And it encourages new patio projects too! Which it indeed started… can’t wait to show you next week!
The shed among other areas, is now squeaky clean, ready for new inspiring ideas!
Here’s to new happy beginnings, outdoors AND within…
Wow, you guys! This post was only going to be about cleaning outside. I nearly removed all the personal references several times over. Now I’m really glad I didn’t.
I will indeed share what I learn as I walk through this season of change. Thank you for your thumbs up and interest!
Now I’d better get to work… 🙂