I have never been a big, “It’s [whatever month] and I’m thrilled!” type of person.
By writing that, I realize I have an automatic elimination from the PSL (pumpkin spice latte) club and the sweater weather crowd. Not that there’s anything wrong with either because I wear sweaters every chance I get and drink exactly one PSL per year.
But October 1st, on a Monday, the day before a vacation, after a ridiculous September, and I’m all about a big cheer for October.
September was a month for de-cluttering our home after reading this book. The book talks about the “magic” that happens beyond having a tidy home. Pounds are lost, money is found, new paths are revealed, relationships change, etc. I was skeptical of it being one of those pseudo-spiritual things but the author was right.
It’s not an automatic state of enlightenment but what happened for Steve and me, as we let go of our past belongings, we were freed up to turn a page and consider the future.
- New boundaries were set that were long overdue.
- Relationships changed. And for the better, no matter how you look at it.
- Things we thought we needed; turns out we didn’t.
- We found ways to save over $1000.00 per month.
- I started writing again.
I’m amazed at what we were able to accomplish in September, even with high stress levels because of situations outside of our control.
And about the control; I know I’ve written that in large part the past four years have felt completely out of my control. I lost myself. But I feel like I found myself again in the simple acts of throwing away papers, donating clothes, and finding what brought me joy in my surroundings.
Who knew that I was buried under a stack of papers and in a sock drawer of mismatched misfits? That’s not where I imagined I would find myself because let’s face it, that’s not as adventurous or exciting as going on a solo kayak trip or climbing a mountain eating berries and drinking water from a filtered straw.
But I’ll take it. Along with the $1000 in gift cards that we found tucked away in cards and drawers.
So bring on October! The month where we will turn the page, travel, and finish creating a home full of what brings us joy.