So many people are talking about it.
Watch out. Christmas is the prime focus RIGHT NOW, but mark my words after that festive day passes everyone will be turning their attention to the New Year.
The New Decade.
Because that’s what it is, not just a new year… it’s another huge shift of time. Another decade forward.
Transformation, reawakening, setting intentions, clearing of old and making way for the new…
These are all the key terms for a New Year, but at the moment they are hyped up and on steroids because it’s also going to be 2020 in 20 days time.
I must admit I fall for the ‘New Year, New Me’ crap every time. I fall for it initially, and then spend the rest of the year reminding myself, with action, that I can change my life and myself anytime I like.
I don’t need to wait 365 days to start again.
Just last month. I’ve transformed my life in one very little way. It’s minor, but I can see it paying dividends. I didn’t have to wait ’til the end of December for it to start. I didn’t have to announce it on social media or make some big fan fare out of it… I just DID IT, and have been slowly moving forward, increment by increment.
Anyone can do it. You can do it too… like right now.
And then tonight. Like, I could have waited until the holidays, or the New Year to start to clear out the fridge…
But I did it simultaneously as dinner was being cooked.
I HAD TO. I realised last night as I was looking for a sauce to add to my chicken mince (for those tacos ;)) that almost ALL my fridge sauces had expired 1-2 years ago… I had fish sauce in there from 2015.
WHAT??? It moved houses with us and was even expired then! Get out!
And you know what, a couple of these bottles had no expiry date… simply a ‘refrigerate after opening’ message on the bottle. They smelt fine, and a google search told me they might be alright…
But you know what? Something my bestie told me YEARS ago came into my head. In fact, she probably doesn’t realise this, but this little thing she said about her own cleaning/cleansing process, made such an impact on me, probably because it made so much sense.
She was throwing out old clothes, and coming across the old thought pattern of “what if I need it one day?”
Ahh, that old chestnut. ‘What if I need it one day?’ That question that bugs us and keeps us in permanent doubt over whether to keep or throw, with the former always the end result as we tuck our object back into the closet for an ‘in case’ day.
She said that when she came to that thought, she told herself “If I ever need something else like this, I will just buy it.”
That simple. No she wasn’t wasting money. 9 times out of 10 she probably wouldn’t need that item. She rid herself of clutter, and in that 1 occasion that she did have to go to the shop to buy something that she’d had years ago… easy peasy.
But oh the mental freedom. Not to be weighed down by junk, ‘what-ifs’ and ‘in-cases.’
That’s what I did today. I said “if I really need this sauce, I will buy another one… and actually enjoy it knowing it’s not 2 years old.”
So that’s what I did today. Shocking to hear but I probably rid the fridge of about 20 assorted jars and bottles.
Next week…. the pantry. Watch out.
Seriously though… it’s all well and good to look towards a fresh start and a New Year to inspire you to do something great and help your life go in the direction you want it to…
But also, why put off happiness? Why put off satisfaction?
Why put off cleaning your fridge?
Just do it, now…