Life + Faith

New Growth and Spring Cleaning

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Photo by: McD22

It’s Tulip time!! Or at least it will be shortly. Mine have been ordered, and I’ll get to pick them up later this month! Oh Spring, how I love thee.

This also means that April showers bring May flowers… or in my case, April, May, and June showers bring July sunshine! Yeah, so that doesn’t rhyme, but whatever.

Spring is one of my favorite seasons (a very close second to Fall) because it just makes me feel happy, and excited as the world around me springs back to life. The rain even seem gentle and refreshing, instead of cold, bitter, and spiteful… (Winter: not my favorite season in the NW). Waking up to birds singing, colorful flowers blooming, and sneezing at the smell of fresh-cut green grass, are all things that keep a smile on my face this time of year.

Something else I love about Spring? Cleaning! I think a lot of people feel this way though. There’s just something in the air that makes us want to throw out all the garbage and start fresh and clutter free. I admittedly have lots of piles to sort through (especially my recycling … oh lordy, the recycling!) and I’m finally ready to part with a large amount of unworn clothes that have just been taking up space on my dresser… yes, I said ON my dresser. Hoarding much, Tiffany?

I’ve decided to pretty much gut my home. If it doesn’t enhance my life in some way (this includes just putting a smile on my face) then it must be relocated — garbage or GoodWill are the two most likely candidates. I’ve already cleaned off my book shelves, and my recycling/shredding piles are next. If you don’t hear from me in the next few days, it’s because I’ve been attacked by boxes, magazines, unopened envelopes, and coupon packets. Pray for me.

What I’m really trying to accomplish with my cleaning frenzy, is simplicity. Too much stuff. Too many distractions. Too much clutter. Too much time wasted. Too many self-imposed obligations.

I realized last week that I crave simplicity. I mean, I’ve always known that, but I’ve been pushing the feeling aside, as if ignoring it for long enough will eventually make it go away and I’ll finally become the multi-tasking super woman I’ve been trying to pretend I am. I admire (with a touch of envy) people who can do 10 things at once: work a job, raise a family, write four blogs, stay active on every single social media site, work out for an hour every single day, and cook every single meal at home, all while taking pictures and tweeting. I’m exhausted from just writing that (and yes, I know I’m exaggerating).

I have one job, two cats, and two blogs, yet that is still not simple enough for me. Hahaha!

I’ve been thinking about a blog name change for a while, and I’ve decided that since I’m Spring cleaning my house, I might as well do the same thing with my online life. I’m not sure exactly when it will happen, but I’m consolidating my blogs into a single site under a new name, and I’m really excited about it! All the content will stay the same, I’ll just feel a little more free to share other parts of my life in addition to weight loss and fitness.

I’m keeping the new name a secret for now though. ;)

 

Do you feel the urge to make big changes in the Spring, or clean out your house?

 

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  • Reply Kate April 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Oooh a new name is always fun! I always love spring cleaning time and getting my life in order. It just feels so good right after you finish all the work and everything is beautiful and organized, you know? Of course you do, you just wrote a whole post on it. I’m excited to see your new site and how you “simplify” everything :)

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