Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Changing Things Up

How often do you change things up in your life?  Maybe something big like changing a job or something little like a room arrangement or your schedule?  I realize I am in about a six month period where I am playing with changes and finding things I like.  Part of it is trying to align my life more closely with my purpose.  Part of it comes from suddenly finding myself a single mother of a toddler.  And some of it is just plain making sure I am still myself and not just Jackson's mom.

One example is that I used to volunteer 10-15 hours a week outside of the home.  This was extremely fulfilling for me and was one of the first things to go.  Now I realize I have a few hours after he goes to bed in the evenings so I am searching for (and finding great matches) opportunities to contribute my skills virtually.

I also went from having a car to not in the split.  Now everywhere I go (daycare, shopping, etc.) involves walking and usually pushing a stroller filled with 25 pounds of baby and whatever other gear and shopping happens to be on the list at the moment.  This is a great change for me both mentally (no longer dealing with car mechanics, inspections, and filling the gas tank), physically (the pounds are falling off), and psychologically (walking just helps me clear my mind!).  I'm not a saint by any means, I have a ZipCar membership for those times when you need a car...but they are a lot fewer than I would have thought.

Another example is that I work for the government and pay raises have been non-existent for a few years and now we are facing furloughs.  Honestly, financially I am not where I would like to be and increasing costs without any increases in income is difficult.  So I am searching out other opportunities and recently joined the Scentsy family where I can earn income at my own pace (and ramp up if needed in case of a furlough).

Part of the process for me has been a thorough clutter removal process in my home that is still ongoing. I do some every week and it makes me feel good.

I've also been adding color to my home and work spaces.  Colors that inspire and energize me.

Add that to finally finding my groove with this blog, making time for friends, spending quality time with my son, and devoting myself fully to the job detail of a lifetime.  I am finally finding where I fit.  I made a few changes that didn't fit and just let them go.

When was the last time you changed your routine?  What would be the first thing you would change?  What would the impact of a change be on your mental and physical self?  What is stopping you?