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I’ve gone through different periods of my life where I wrote in a journal very regularly. Until the last year or two I kept every single one of them. Recently I came across some old journals again and decided it was finally time to reread them and feel into whether they were clutter. Was it time for them to go or was there was something really worth saving in there? The first journals I read went back as far as middle school. It was very interesting to see how many times I wrote something to the effect of “Wow, all this stuff in my life would sure make a good book/movie someday,” in not only the old journals, but the more recent ones as well. I began to see that a big part of the reason I was hanging on to these journals was because I had it in mind that I would need them for that day I wrote my book. But what I also found was that instead of really meaningful stories there was a lot of hurt feelings, anger, despair, depression. In the most recent journals I read I discovered some really, really funny stories too though – so funny I laughed out loud and was glad to have the reminder of such happy times. Did I end up keeping the journals? Most of them, no. I shredded and recycled all of my journals that were more than 20 years old. And so far in the more recent … Continue reading
I realized the other day that it’s been a long time since I connected with you! I apologize for being so out of touch, but if you’re been a part of the Synergy Organizing Community for awhile, you know that I’ve recently had some health problems that really knocked me down. I was surprised at how hard it hit me to tell the truth, because I’ve always been the kind of person who keeps getting up, dusting herself off, and forging on forward… no matter what. But that attitude wasn’t going to work this time (because it’s part of what led me to being in the state I was in), and after spending the last three months saying NO to more than I ever thought I could in the past, I’ve had some really big realizations. First, as women, we tend to take on more than we can really handle. And because in the last 50-60 years or so we’ve taken on a much more masculine approach to how we work through our daily activities, our female bodies suffer. I am close to completing a course on Femininity where I’ve really come to understand just how much my own physical body has been drained by taking this masculine approach to everything (this included clutter clearing!), and how much it’s going to take to heal the damage that has been done. I’ve had to ask for help a lot – a lot more than I’ve ever been comfortable with actually. And … Continue reading