4 Reasons Why I Love Friday

4 Reasons Why I Love Friday

Today’s Friday. I love Friday’s, but not for the traditional reason you might expect. The majority of people love Friday is because it’s the last day of the week, signaling 2 days off if you work a  regular 9-5 job. Friday for me is a sort of special day, but not for the aforementioned reason.

See, on Friday, I take the day off from my usually scheduled writing and I clean my entire house.

Now I didn’t always clean like I do now. Oh no..in fact, I used to detest cleaning and part of me always will because of the traditional female role as the house keeper (who came up with that silly idea is beyond me, but anyway).  Seriously, I only would clean when I absolutely had to like when my mom or dad was coming over.

At some point in my Law of Attraction studies, I read that having a clear decluttered home actually changes the energy and allows a better flow of positive energy. I didn’t believe that for one minute at the time and as a result, my house stayed a mess.

That was until I had to move 2 years ago. I decided at that point to give decluttering a try since I had too much stuff and I was on a budget for the move.  3500 lbs was all I was allowed to pack so day-by-day, I went through everything in my house and got rid of anything that didn’t serve me or I didn’t love. I wrote about it here in The Great Decluttering of 2015.

Once I moved back to New Mexico, I decided to make this decluttering and cleaning a sort of ritual which I do every week on Friday. I go through my whole house and tackle the worst areas first, then I move on to the not to bad areas and I scrub away.

I’m now a huge believer in cleaning and decluttering.

Why?

It Opens Up Energy Channels

Not just for your house, but for you too.  When your house is a mess with stuff from your past or things you don’t really use or care about anymore, it can block your energy flow (and make you feel stuck).  I never understood this concept until I experienced it first hand.

I was raised to be a packrat and to keep EVERYTHING anyone every gave me because 1, it was rude to give or get rid of a gift even if I didn’t like it and 2, I might need that thing one day for something. My house was filled with boxes and bins of stuff that I never used or even looked at for years. As I cleaned and decluttered, I felt a huge shift in energy in my home which I’d never experienced before.  I enjoyed the feeling so much, I got rid of even more stuff I didn’t use or like and wooo….more energy shift and more flow. You gotta love that!

It Invites Inspiration and Creativity

When your home is clean, you’ll find inspiration and creativity show up with ease.

My office is usually the worst space for me when it comes to cleaning because in being creative, I make messes whether I am writing or painting or sewing.  If there’s a mess in my office, I don’t want to work in there (blocked energy, anyone?) Sometimes I allow too much shit get piled up on my desks because I am working on a project or I get distracted and…

Now I make it a point to get in there and clean because I’ve found when I clean and organize the area, I usually get super inspired to finish projects that I wasn’t keen on working on before.

It Feels Good

Having a clean home feels good, emotionally, physically and spiritually. When you look around at your home and it’s clean and smells nice, it just feels good.

I always feel a sense of accomplishment and ease when I’ve finished cleaning. I sleep better and feel better overall as a result of a big cleaning expenditure.

Manifesting is Easier

One of the best things about cleaning and decluttering is you’ll find it’s easier to manifest what you want. Again, it’s about clearing the negative and blocking energies to allow for positive energies to flow. Like attracts like which is why this works.  Sounds crazy, but it’s true.  Even if you just declutter one area of your house a week, you’ll find manifesting easier.

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Rebuilding, Decluttering and Insanity

Rebuilding, Decluttering and Insanity

Today marks the nearly half way point of December. Half way through the month and I have been busy. Busy decluttering and rebuilding my life here in New Mexico.

 

For those of you that don’t know, when I moved back here in October, I came home to a house that was destroyed and trashed by my younger brother. I had an inkling that the house was in bad shape, but I had no idea how awful it really was until I walked through the front door.

 

Since that time, my father and I have been working diligently to clean up the mess and restore what was fucked up.

 

And it’s been work.

 

Hard, physical and sometimes heartbreaking work, but we are doing it. Every weekend, he shows up and we work on the house.

 

Like the hardwood floors that all needed to be stripped, sanded and refinished and the walls that all needed to be cleaned, patched and painted.

 

I love it when it gets done cause it’s so beautiful and clean, but damn, I get tired of working on it. Some days, it makes me sad that my brother cared so little for my house and in some ways it makes me feel that he doesn’t care about me or the rest of the family. Other times when we work on the house, I feel sadness that he is so messed up and I miss the person he used to be. I hope and pray that the sweet boy I grew up with is somewhere there buried within the horrific and destructive person who destroyed my home. And then there are the feelings of happiness I get when we finish something like the floors and walls and it looks so great and awesome.

 

I think the term for this cacophony of feelings is insanity.

 

Anyway….so there is the house. From the destruction, she is being rebuilt.

 

Then there is my life in the boxes. The boxes from oh-so-long ago, like 15+ years, of my stuff that I never really unpacked when I bought the house because back then they just were not a priority. Now, I’ve started to go through them.

 

I am calling this the great decluttering part 2 of 2015. It’s the end of the year and well, I had no idea what was even in many of the boxes because they’ve been packed up for so long.

 

Going through them so far has stirred up a bunch of emotions for me too.

 

Yay! More insanity!

 

The big questions that keep coming up are “Why did I keep some of the things I kept all these years? What stuff do I keep now? How can I free myself from being such a packrat? Maybe I should just accept that I am a packrat and love myself anyway.”

 

So my former life in boxes. Some of them are filled with wondrous memories and love. Others, not so much….but I am going through them, sorting and keeping some things that I really love and giving away other things that just do not serve me or that I do not like.
So I’ve been busy.  Busy and insane. I am nearly done writing another book and I am writing out my plans for next year. My office is nearly finished and once I get my new desk, I will be moving into that room and turning it into my sacred space for creativity and awesomeness.

 

So that’s where I am at today. Decluttering, rebuilding and insanity.

 

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Are You an Empath too?

Today the Vietnam Veteran’s of America is coming to pick up the last of the boxes and bags of stuff that I have cleaned out and decluttered from the condo.  They are sitting in a tower in front of the house awaiting the start of a new journey and life.  Soon, very soon, they will be gone.

 

The Great Decluttering Project of 2015 is over.

 

Cleaning out the house like I have been the last few weeks has stirred up a lot of energy both external and internal.  While I move stuff around, sort and pack it up, the feeling in the house became very unsettled and murky. As a result and because I am an empath, I have been feeling physically and emotionally unsettled.  Yesterday was one of those days. After purging how I felt through my writing, I’ve woken up today with a sense of peace and calm.

 

And that’s how it goes.

 

When we stir up the things around us, we may not realize it, but we are actually stirring up energy..both negative and positive. Old memories of when we bought something or who we were with when we bought it can come up.  Sometimes those memories are good happy memories, sometimes they are sad or bittersweet memories.  The point is though, that we have to raise our awareness to what is going on beyond the physical moving of objects and things.

 

We cannot control those energies that come up when we shift things around in our life and home, but we can control how we react to them.  We can choose to let them affect us or not.  Sometimes there is so much energy that we become overwhelmed and frustrated or angry very much like I was yesterday.   Maybe we become tired and lethargic as a result of the abundance of energy.

 

Being an empath, I am extremely sensitive to outside energies from both people and things.  I don’t like crowds for that reason and if I have to be in a group of more than 10 people for an extended amount of time, I have to take mini-breaks away from the group so I can cope and not get overwhelmed.  When it comes to things, I can actually feel the energies from the things especially if they are something that I have bought and brought home, so moving them around always stirs up some sort of emotional response for me.

 

Are you an empath too?

 

If you are an empath, you have probably been called ‘sensitive’ or ‘over sensitive’ at some point in your life.  I surely was.  When you are around large groups of people, you probably can feel the emotions of others as if they are your own.

 

For example, have you ever been to a party and walked in feeling great and in a good mood, only to start talking to some person and suddenly start feeling bad or angry or sad? If that’s happened to you, you’re probably an empath.

 

Another example would be to be able to tell what sort of mood someone is in when they walk in a room.  I had a boss who would come into work and as soon as she stepped through the door, I could tell if she was feeling good and happy or angry and bad that day.  Didn’t matter if she was smiling or pretending to be in a good mood, I could tell otherwise.

 

Another thing about being an empath is you need time alone from people.  Not a lot of time, but time alone to be in silence to recharge and purge the energies and emotions of others.  When I used to work in sales all day, talking to people, I used to come home and not answer my phone.  Some of my friends thought I was being rude and avoiding them, but I really wasn’t.  I needed that quiet time alone to recharge.

 

So are you an empath too?

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