The last few weeks I have been taking the time to clear out unwanted clutter. It started with my closet, moved to my new office, cleaned up my apps, and now I am working on my email & pictures.
Toward the end of 2017, I was feeling really STUCK. In one sense everything was a blur and piling up, while on the hand it was the first year that I wasn’t stressing about the holidays, which was a first. I mean I was shopping for Christmas the Saturday before.. we just went with the flow, and surprisingly, it felt AWESOME.
After Christmas was over I had the chance to reflect during that awkward before the New Year & search out why it felt like I was spinning out of control.
Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships & bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self. – Eleanor Brown
I took the time to do some soul searching & praying. I journaled more pages than I care to count. I laid my frustrations on those pages and started clearing my mind. I was able to start putting together what I needed to do to get ready for the new year. For the first time, I wanted a fresh new start & I didn’t want to take 2017 into 2018.
Christmas was immediately taken down. I needed clean space in my home.
I cleared out our spare room and made it into an office so I could have a space to sit down and get work done without distractions. I cleared out closets and bins of baby clothes that I have been holding onto for 3 years. I dealt with people that were not moving me forward toward my goals and purpose in life. I then decided it was time to take a long hard look in the mirror & start changing some the bad habits & the past that I continued to bring with me. It was time to let go.
Every year I come up with a word for the year. I don’t set resolutions anymore. Let’s be real, they last a week anyway. Last year was a year of healing… NOT fun, but so worth it. I have carried years and years of hurt around with me. Always wondering why I couldn’t reach my full potential. Last year it was time to let go of a lot of crap from my childhood and old church that made me think I was never enough or would ever be enough. I had no idea what 2018 would bring but after a year of healing, anything would sound better.
RENEW. My husband actually said something about it first, but I was like, WHATEVER (insert eye roll),” until it really sunk in what renew meant to me in my life. By definition renew means to give fresh life or strength to. Writing this gives me so much hope and brings the tears. God is so good. He is so faithful & always has a purpose for every season we are in.
I have had so much change in my life the last year and it can make a girl feel a little weak, especially when you are stripped of stuff you have used as a comfort blanket even though they were not healthy. The word renew has given me hope. It has given me confidence in moving forward in life, into a new year. Renew means those things that I let die now have a fresh life. It has given me the strength to pursue my passion to shout to the world that women can LIVE A LIFE OUT LOUD by living my own story out loud.
I am so excited to watch women become fearless, to love recklessly, to pursue their passions + purpose, to share the truth, & to bring women together to live a life being unashamed for who they are and what they believe. -Lacie Figueiredo
Are you ready to live your life out loud? Do you need to take some time to let go of the crap you are carrying around? I encourage you to pray & journal like crazy so you can start clearing your mind and start living a life full of love and abundance.