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Clean and Clear For A New Year


I LOVE New YearsIt is a celebration of getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. Old habits and emotions are discarded and replaced with new and innovative ideas and practices. A time to Clean our Slates and Clear the Clutter.

So isn’t it fitting that the Christmas takes place just before the arrival of a New Year? Snap…I had not thought of this before today…It is actually the celebration of the birth of Christ that prepares us for a fresh start and new beginnings.
For me, any transformation should begin with an analysis of the areas which most need attention. This can be applied to our Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, and Professional lives. A cleansing of all the piled up crap from the year before that has weighted me down internally while clearing the clutter from my external surroundings.

Spiritually, it is a time to reflect on the things I’ve done which make my Heavenly Father sad. I not only want to acknowledge them but reflect on what drove me to those choices. Once I am able to understand the origin of my infractions, I am better able to ask God for his Mercy and Forgiveness and trust He has covered them with His Grace. Only then will I be better able to receive the assignments He has for me and others are able to see Jesus in me.

Physically, now that is a bigger struggle for me. I often overindulge, stay up later than I should, and blatantly refuse to exercise. Now for whatever reason, this one is quite the challenge for me. This is the area centered around the new year I don’t particularly enjoy. It seems just as soon as Christmas is over…Here come all the weight loss commercials. Rather than pursue the source of the weight gain (typically emotional) I seek a quick fix, a pill, or a membership at the gym. Then by February or March (actually before the end of January for me) I am back to my old ways and have spent a fortune with minimal results. This has been a life long battle for me. My goal is to change the focus from food to the identification of the attached emotion and then deal with it.

Emotionally, now that is an ongoing challenge!!! Clearing the emotional baggage that piles up is a momentous task! Today’s emotions are often linked to emotions from early years and even childhood. So it is critical all feelings are cleared  rather than packed down creating imbalance and havoc in life. ( Read more here “Moving On”).

Professionally, nothing pleases me more than to start a blank spreadsheet with the new year’s date on it or a new binder. Both are blank slates and pregnant with opportunities for improvement over the prior year. A New Year allows for creativity, review of processes, and improved productivity. It also provides an opportunity for review of the previous year’s accomplishments and can be utilized for setting goals for the upcoming New Year.

While the New Year brings on a New Hope for a fresh start it also brings with it quite a bit of work as well…

So, I Guess It’s Time for Me to Get Myself Clean and Clear For a New Year…

Can’t Wait To Witness God’s Handiwork in 2015!!!

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Get Rid Of The Life Suckers

How many times have you walked by or into a closet and thought to yourself, “Oh My Gosh…this clutter is killing me” or opened a drawer and said, “I am going to clean this out one of these days”. I call the areas of my home which evoke frustration, dread, or irritation “LIFE SUCKERS”. I am sure you know what I mean…those areas that literally suck the life our of you when near them.

Well, lately I have been checking my pulse to see if I am  even alive!!!

Last May we bought our dream home; a home we have admired for over 25 years. With the help of family and friends we moved into the place like a whirlwind…That should say it all. “Essentials” were unpacked and  the rest left in boxes and placed in closets, drawers, and cabinets. Needless to say, almost a year later I am still going thru boxes… “Life Sucker”

Each day I pull into the garage of our wonderful home, I am greeted by dark cedar walls, a work bench full of clutter, yard tools scattered throughout the garage. Welcome home… Wow, I am being greeted by a… “Life Sucker”

Then as I exit the car and walk through the breeze-way to the back door, yet another “Life Sucker” tries to grab me…the dark brown paint on the walls doors, and ceiling of the breeze-way and entrance.

As if that were not enough…As I enter the back door, the kitchen with its dark worn cabinetry sucks me in…“Life Sucker”

My list could go on and on to the point I have no pulse so I recently decided to tackle the major “Life Suckers” in my life.

So, during the time period in which I made no entries to my blog…I was very busy trying to take  my life back.

First, we started with our cabana out by the pool…It was dark, heavy and uninviting so we lightened it up with a lot of paint!

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Next, I moved to the kitchen…Also dark, drab and worn thus MORE paint!!!

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While these were a couple of my big “Life Suckers” I have also manged several small ones as well…

  • I made a table-cloth to put on my glass top table so I no longer saw finger prints and smears on the glass
  • Removed heavy curtains in one of the guest rooms and replaced them with light and airy sheers
  • Cleaned out the closet under the stairs
  • Unpacked more boxes stored in an upstairs closet
  • Organized a “Christmas Closet” which holds all the Christmas decorations

No, I haven’t tackled the garage but…that is coming up next!!!

So, if you find the life being sucked out of you by your surroundings…TAKE CHARGE!

Get Rid Of The Life Suckers!!!

Love Lee ♥

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