Time for Spring Cleaning!
Spring has sprung! Flowers are in bloom, love is in the air, folks are shedding their winter coats and donning the latest spring fashions. For most, the spring weather also includes spring cleaning: opening the windows, airing their rooms out, scrubbing floors, changing sheets, etc. But why stop there? Spring is the perfect time to think about what really matters to you and who you may want to let go .
A friend often tells me, “Life is a theater, invite your audience carefully.” I have to say this is one of the best pieces of advice she’s given me. If we are lucky, we are presented with tons of positive, supportive and thoughtful friends. If not, we will encounter a few that may challenge our patience and even our sense of self. What is amazing is that we are so quick to change and re-evaluate things, but refuse to do the same with people. When the cost of having people in your life outweighs the benefits, what is the draw? What keeps you there? Yes, you may have been friends with someone since high school, but what is your present relationship like? If the only thing you have in common is the past, it may be time to let that go. Obligation is self-imposed, and if that person makes you unhappy, so is your unhappiness. Don’t underestimate the power of freeing yourself!
While you’re at it, you might as well evaluate your priorities. What matters most to you? Why? If it is making money- are you doing that in a job you love? Are you giving yourself the opportunity to grow and develop your skill set? If not, you may be selling yourself short. Pay no mind to the reports about the economy. If necessity is the mother of invention, then lack is the mother of innovation! The recession is the perfect time for you to polish up your resume and reassess where you want to take yourself professionally. The most important thing to remember is to let go of the fear. Pack that away along with your winter clothes! You are not required to keep anything that no longer adds to your experience. No one and nothing defines you, except you. So open up those windows and let that fresh air revitalize your life!
Brittany is a 23 year old soon-to-be graduate of Boston University School of Law. Originally from New Jersey, she attended Rutgers University-Newark Honors College and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. While there, she interned with Sisterhood Agenda as a staff writer. She is a founding member of The Gem Project, Inc., a non-profit organization that creates leadership programs for youth. Her interests are to increase financial literacy among women of color and to explore the effect of pop culture imagery on women of African descent. She can be found at BeNobodysDarling.com or Twitter.com/MissBHale.