I have been participating in a very timely ‘experiment’ over the last 10 days called the #DoLessExperiment. The premise of this experiment is to test the theory that in consciously doing less, we create room for more of what is truly important to us and that we can in fact get more of the ‘right stuff’ done in our lives. Yes please to more white space, feeling spacious and being intentional about who with and how I spend my time. Thank you Kate Northrup!
The invitation to participate in this experiment showed up mid January when I was already doing as little as possible. In stark contrast to those in the northern hemisphere who have a short break over Christmas and New Year, we down here in the great southern lands get to coincide our Christmas festivities, New Year celebrations and lengthy summer holiday all at once and I love it like that!
I have been marching to the beat of the school year for 10 years this year and have long maintained that ‘Feb is the new Jan’. I relish every minute of January to take my time over feeling my way into the new year. This year was no exception. Days and weeks spent hanging out with our kids, hosting precious family in our home, many lazy hours on the beach, daytime snoozes, long lasting outdoor candle lit meals, reading and our much longed for annual camping trip.
Weeks of very little going on but being with the people I love most.
That’s my kind of freedom right there! 100% committed to doing nothing for the month of January and proud to say I gave it my red hot best go and nailed it! I had no idea how much I needed to do nothing. Like really nothing. I have wholeheartedly checked out and recalibrated.
I have to confess that the early weeks took some adjusting to as I struggled to let go of a couple of key projects that I had thought would be ‘in the bag’ at the end of 2016. I wrestled with my feelings of inadequacy and failing and even lost some sleep over it.
Somewhere though in the course of those early weeks as I kept calling in the guidance to ‘let it go’, I noticed a new calm. As the early days of January unfurled I found myself feeling a new sense of clarity about 2017 and what my work will be about this year.
Clarity. Devoted. Rise.
These words will guide me this year as I continue to spark conversations about Freedom with you. I am excited about those conversations and about continuing to providing solutions for more of us to live life on our own terms.
It was only in the stillness that I was truly able to feel my way. Man do I crave that ‘stillness time’ now and I am committed to making the time for it every day this year. A wee slice of ‘nothing’ everyday….that’s feeling good to me.
So Happy New Year!
I would love to hear how you recharged and what has come up for you for 2017? Is there something new for you? Have you let something go? Is ‘stillness-time’ something you make happen?
To your quiet-ness, your freedom and always with love,
"What I now know to be true is that the key to creating freedom is accessing choice and the way to create more choices is to have more of the resources that allow choice, namely time and money."