We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. Joseph Campbell
I’m doing a lot of shedding right now. Letting things whither on the vine. Die. Crumble. And fall to the ground.
I’ll sweep up the mess later.
I want to listen, and move swiftly, as I attune to this urgent calling to clean house. To let go–once and for all–of old beliefs, attitudes and habits that no longer serve me. That represent outdated, outgrown ways of being. And seeing. And relating.
I’m shedding parts of my business–and ways of working–that are no longer sustainable. I’m shedding aspects of my personality that are holding me back (thank you New Way of Being teleclass for helping me let go). That are keeping me from experiencing a lighter, freer, more open and “ready for anything” Renee.
I’m going through my spice rack, my old journals and purging my clothes closet. I’m releasing relationships and ties that are taking up too much energy. I’m using an industrial size loofah sponge and sloughing off the dead skin in my life.
So I can simplify, streamline and create wide open space for what’s coming my way. For the wild unknown.
Feeling called to join me? Here are three questions to sit with: What in my life am I ready to release and let go of for good? What aspect of my personality keeps me from living more fully, from living the life I desire? What recent signs have I received that indicate parts of my life/career are complete and ready for composting? If you’re in transition (read 10 things I tell my friends in transition) be gentle with yourself, reach out for support and take baby steps. Just start by purging your bedroom closet –then go from there.
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