This is the time of year where I always start to just withdraw a bit…the colder air, the darkness, the holidays coming and needing time to prepare….it always causes this shift in me. Does it in you?
I think about…
Clothing for myself and the children: what do we really need, what do we really wear? How much is enough? If I have just a few outfits, I especially like skirts, and some tops, I am fairly happy. I find the more clothes my children have, the more overwhelmed they are. I love paring down clothes.
Clutter. This is such a good time of year to really go through closets, drawers, and really get things to be neater and simpler before the holidays.
The garden. What needs pruning, what needs fertilizing, what needs mulching?
The kitchen. What can I pare down and give away and what will I really need for holiday baking and cooking?
Our schedules. We often are much better at cleaning up our homes than we are to say no to things in our schedule. (At least I am!) But, almost every winter we take breaks from things and honor our need to be home and together, to celebrate that inward journey of Advent. This year I am making my way through this little book for Advent: http://www.amazon.com/Monastery-Journey-Christmas-Victor-Antoine-DAvila-Latourrette/dp/0764820818/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320292679&sr=8-1 and want to have the space and time to just be.
It feels good to let go of things, to pare down, to relax and slow down. Where are you these days? How are you feeling?