Traveling for Cyclelogical to all our events all over California and the southwest means living hardcore #vanlife in our Sprintervan. Admittedly it’s pretty cramped yet cozy but when I get home to my restored 1976 Ambassador Airstream…WOW, I feel like I’m living in a palace after existing in the Sprinter;)
However, the most ANNOYING thing about getting home to the Airstream are my “li’l spider friends” who use my absence as an opportunity to “expand their kingdoms” throughout. Around the window on my plants, especially in the kitchenette area and in the bathroom (like in photos). The worst is going for a shower or sitting down on “the throne” and getting wrapped up in cobwebs…YUCK!!!
As Spring is now here that got me thinking about “spring cleaning” and the need to clear out the cobwebs and junk in my own life. Here’s what I like to take time to do…not just every Spring but at least monthly, if not weekly!
First, I tackle the “clutter” in my living/working spaces. Life keeps happening at a whirlwind pace at times and it’s easy not to take time to put everything back where it should be. It’s so important to do that though. Get clean and folded clothes back in your drawers, receipts from traveling entered into spreadsheets and filed away and collect all the recyclables and actually RECYCLE them. Living in an Airstream doesn’t afford much space…so “as a rule” when I come back from an event with a new Tshirt I usually pick out an old one “to go” so that my closets aren’t overflowing with clothes I no longer wear (or fit into;)
Second, I figure out new ways to GET ACTIVE. This can mean engaging in some physical activity, like jumping on my bike for a morning ride or even just taking more time to go to the post office on my bike and giving the Jeep a day off. It also can mean activating a project you were once passionate about that’s been on the shelf (like me and blogging;)
Last, I encourage you to take time to “share your story” with someone. Like the cobwebs in my Airstream, as annoying as they are…they remind me that we are all interconnected. We all are apart of a bigger web…a larger story from those who have gone behind us to those who come after us, it’s healthy to share that story. Just this weekend at San Diego’s GranFondo, I had an amazing opportunity to get to know a young cyclist and photographer to hear his story and share mine. There is something healthy and spring-like in doing that…helps clear out the clutter of bad things I need to “let go of” and actively practice gratefulness for the joys, experiences and lessons learned.
Enough with writing this…time to get active and clear some clutter in my office, peace!!! bs
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