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Spring Cleaning

Spring is here!

The birds are singing, the grass is growing, and flowers are popping up everywhere.

I don’t know about you; but I feel like I have been in hibernation since December. I was laid low by a health challenge that stole my energy and left me sleeping away the days and long winter nights.

Not that I’m making excuses for my long winters nap.

I am happy to say that I have reawakened just in time for spring.

How many of you have been in a state of hibernation this winter or even this past two years of the pandemic? Have you been staying inside trying to keep safe and warm? Have you been staying away from people, places, and things you loved doing because of mandates and fear?

As we emerge from our hibernation this spring, I invite you to do some much needed Spring Cleaning.

My mother always did a complete Spring Cleaning every year. She would open the windows an get rid of the stale air of winter.

She would take down the heavy winter drapes and replace them with airy sheers or her lace curtains from Germany which allowed the light to dance on the floors and walls as they blew in the breeze.

Every book on the bookcase, knick-knack in the curio, dish, crystal glass, and silver serving piece was removed, dusted, washed, and polished before it was returned to its original place.

The walls were washed, the ceiling dusted, the windows washed inside and out, the carpets vacuumed and shampooed. The bedding was changed to a lighter brighter warm weather weight comforter.

Every nook and cranny was cleaned to within an inch of its life. You were reminded to wipe your feet, put things back where you found them, and not make a mess.

Everything smelled so fresh and clean. The two weeks it would take her to do the Spring Cleaning left her both exhausted yet satisfied. As time went on the two weeks turned into four and my dad was enlisted to help. He never complained as he knew she would not rest until it was done.

Spring Cleaning was a ritual I witnessed every year although I admit I have not kept the tradition in my own home.

The idea of Spring Cleaning has taken on a new meaning for me over the years.

I look at it as a time to shake off the cobwebs of hibernation. I feel like my brain has been sound asleep and its time to really wake up and re-engage in life.

When you are not feeling well it is so hard to just do the basics like brush your teeth and get dressed. I was content to lay around in my PJs, nap when I needed and binge watch movies on the Hallmark channel. I couldn’t focus. I didn’t want to think. Even eating was a chore.

Well now I am feeling better. I feel like myself again. I measure my progress back to feeling like me by small and medium steps and it feels so good to be alive.

I have been nesting in my hibernation den for three months and now I am awake and ready to get back to life.

I am dusting off the projects that have been sitting there for months and finding that under that layer of dust there are great opportunities and ideas that I am ready to tackle.

I am airing out the musty closed-down space I have been living in and opening the blinds and changing the curtains.

I am hearing the birds singing outside my windows, stopping to admire the flowers starting to bloom, and getting out and engaged with life once more.

I am saying yes to meetings, luncheons, speaking, and events.

It’s time to clear off the piles of paper that have accumulated on my desk and reclaim my office.

Its time to declutter and release things that I no longer need or do not serve me. That garage sale is really going to happen this year.

For all of you just emerging from your hibernation be it just for the winter or from the pandemic I invite you to do your own Spring Cleaning.

· Are you ready to open the windows of your life and enjoy everything the breeze blows your way?

· Are you ready to shake off the cobwebs that have clouded your brain and believe that anything is still possible?

· Are you ready to dust off that project that has been languishing and turn your dream into a reality?

· Are you ready to wash away your negative thoughts and beliefs and replace them with a bright shiny positive future?

· Are you ready to release the things that clutter your life and no longer serve you?

Are you ready for the best Spring Cleaning of your life?

I’m ready!

I am so excited to see how my Spring Cleaning journey unfolds for me.

It’s up to you to make your own magical Spring Cleaning journey happen for you.

And when it does, take a moment to thank Spring for your positive vibe.

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