I think a little of my happiness talk has rubbed off on my husband, David.
He has a dad friend who also stays at home with the kids, and this friend is way over his limit in stress. The stress is getting into every little part of his life.
David told me a story about how he helped his friend understand that he needs to find a way to center himself before his wife gets home so that they can have a smooth evening.
(I guess someone’s been paying attention!)
He’s learned this is absolutely something I need, just like his dad friend. He knows the tone of my voice and the look on my face that says “I just need to collect myself,” often before I recognize the feeling myself.
Whatever our circumstances, we all need the time to center ourselves, and that’s what inspired this month’s Collected Challenge.
That’s my friendly challenge to you to step back from the busy day-to-day and ask yourself what you need to feel happy, healthy, and collected.
To talk about this idea of collecting ourselves, the first thing that came to mind was being selective about what we’re picking up so that we can stop carrying around so much of what’s weighing us down. I guess you could think of it as living an internally minimalist life so that we can create space inside and out for more of what we want.
Space for more time.
Getting more of what we want begins with first creating the space.
The problem is that so much of life can be gobbled up by filler. By the end of the day, we’ve filled ourselves up with the things that have no nutritional value for our spirit.
We fill up on busy work, expectations, doubts, fears, obligations that we dread, comparisons, and all of those things people say, and don’t always give ourselves the time to sort through it and ask what we want to hold on to.
It’s like mental hoarding.
The funny thing is, this time of year our minds are definitely on clearing things out and making space. We’re all about the spring detox. We want to purge the closet and wipe the windows clean because it makes is feel clear and refreshed.
Let’s begin spring cleaning on this inside by clearing up some space and being selective about what we pick up.
My favorite ways to practice this are meditation, writing, and drawing. In the spirit of feeling collected, I put together a little collection of my favorite things for you and tucked them away in the Free Library.
To follow along with this Collected Challenge, start with this meditation to collect more of what you want and sign up for the free library to get access to the audio download of today’s meditation, printable journal pages, and a coloring page.
Join the Collected Challenge now in the Year of Happy Free Library to get off that hamster wheel of overthinking and overcomplicating and start being more selective about what you’re holding on to.