In the spirit of renewal, I paid my library fines this week and my delinquent behind is finally allowed to check-out and renew books again. Maintaining the spirit of renewal, I wrote this: a quick guide on certain areas of your life that could probably use some freshening up for the spring. It’s time to shake those winter woes.
- Your stagnant relationships. Pick a fool, any fool, and let them go. Know a person that no longer serves you in any way? Wave goodbye. Before you say you’ve known Person A forever, note that the thread of time is almost hardly ever strong enough to sustain a relationship. If you feel that 100% of the people in your life are necessary and conducive to your spirit (which is usually not the case), then, by all means, skip #1 and proceed directly to number 2.
- Your mental geography. Pick 3-5 areas of your life: romantic relationships, family, friendships, career paths, whatever. Consider your current position. Set an alarm for ten minutes and write down how you truly feel about where you are in those areas. Be real and be raw. You don’t have to know what to do with these truths yet. Just excavate them. Bring them to center. Put them on paper. You have my permission to (safely!) burn the paper afterwards.
- Your Workstation. Every hustler has a workstation. It could be your desk, a corner in your room, or your kitchen table. Wherever your workstation is, chances are, it’s time to freshen it up. Clean it: dust, wipe, and sanitize. Change the scenery desktop photo on your computer or tablet—add a little color or your new favorite selfie. Bring in some aromatherapy. Peppermint, lemon, basil, and evergreen are good for focus, while rosemary is rumored to help with relaxation. Celebrate with a solo dance party to Outkast “So Fresh So Clean.”
- Your Phone. Most of us reading this are millennials. And even if you’re not, in this day and age, our phones matter. Go through your contacts, delete “Anna (Chemistry)” with whom you haven’t spoken since your sophomore year group project. Read through your notes. In most cases you’ll find a gem: song lyrics, a blog post idea, a bangin’ caption for your next Instagram Photo. Delete your old photos and update your home and lock screens. Replay Outkast “So Fresh, So Clean.”
- Your Discomfort Zone. This may be the most important area of all. We should probably renew our discomfort zones every few months. Get in there and do something big! Whether it’s finally shaving your winter fuzz and wearing that dress, or not shaving and wearing that dress. Pitch that piece to that huge publication. Buy that ticket to New York City. Apply for that new position. You are not doing yourself any favors by shrinking your own worth. If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it. Go!
What are your favorite areas to spruce up for spring?