What I’m leaving behind in 2015
The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a great time to reflect on life. 2015 has been a good year for me. I’ve explored new things, met new people and traveled a bit. I’ve also collected a ton of physical, emotional, and psychological “junk” throughout the year. There are things, people, and stories that cannot go with me into 2015. Here’s what I’m leaving behind in 2015.
- Unnecessary Junk – I’ve spent the last few days going through my house and getting rid of things I no longer need or use. The result has been less cluttered closets, pantries, and cabinets. I now stand in front of my kitchen pantry and I am amazed at how clean and organized it is. From tons of food that expired years ago to grocery bags and reusable bags stuffed wherever they would fit it was a mess! It is refreshing to walk through a space that is free from clutter. It just does something to you. Your psyche is improved. Your spirit is lifted. You are more aligned with your true self as you are not constantly distracted and overwhelmed with stuff. I’m leaving the unnecessary junk, the unworn clothes and the unused gadgets behind in 2015. I’m creating space in my house and in my mind for clarity. After all, a cluttered house is a cluttered mind.
- Self – Doubt – I’ve struggled with this for years although I’ve gotten better over time. *Writing and rewriting the same email, making sure it’s phrased just right, making sure I don’t look stupid. *Doubting my ideas and my opinions, thinking that I must have it 100% together before I say or do anything. *Doubting my progress and accomplishments. ALL THIS STOPS. Self doubt is like a prison cell that keeps you locked away from your dreams, your confidence, your happiness and your life. I don’t want to be a prisoner to my doubts anymore. I’m breaking loose!
- Letting the good get in the way of the great – A lot of times we settle for good enough. We don’t want to be greedy. “Nothing is ever perfect so why keep striving when what I have now is good? ” We stop short of great because this right here is good enough for us. In 2016, I am not settling for good when great is just as possible. Settling is staying in 2015.
- The people, events, and circumstances that didn’t turn out as expected – I will rerun an event in my head a million times. What they did. What I did. What I should have done. What I should have said. What I’ll say to them if I ever see them again (which never happens anyway). I think about the ex boyfriend who didn’t put in much effort past the first three months of our relationship. “Why couldn’t he just stay the same and be consistent?” I think about the boss who fired me (that witch) and that happened a long time ago! Think about how much head space goes to events that are long over. If it didn’t work, it just didn’t work out. There’s nothing wrong with that. Devoting ongoing time and energy on the things that didn’t work out is unwise. I’m clearing out the stories I have had running through my mind so that I have more mental space for ideas, planning, and personal growth.
What about you? What are you leaving behind in 2015? What things do you need to let go of so you can receive something new?