Saturday 4 June 2011

Creating Space & Simple Things

Most week days I recieve a phone call from my Mum in the morning asking what my plans are for the day, this puts me under pressure sometimes as I feel like I should know what I am doing with my day, sometimes I don't, sometimes I do, yesterday morning I knew I had lots to do, but didn't know where to start. So, I checked in with  Mondo Beyondo  and the topic was creating a clearing.
A clearing is a wide open empty space in your life that is ready for something new or amazing to emerge. A clearing can be a cleaned-out closet or a regularly unscheduled Saturday. A clearing can be dissolving an unproductive business partnership or going to bed early two days in a row. A clearing can be saying no to a pesky friend or saying yes to a forbidden treat. A clearing can be as simple as taking out the trash or as serious as leaving a job or ending a not-so healthy relationship. A clearing can be recycling that piece of furniture you never really liked, not for one second.

I decided to get rid of the clutter in the cupboard under the stairs to create a clearing - it was bursting at the seams, each time you opened the door something fell out of it!  So, a couple of hours later with much huffing and puffing, I cleared out my cupboard, the contents of which were divided into recycling and charity bags.

My cupboard under the stairs is now fit for Harry Potter to have a bedroom!
How ever you choose to create your clearing, the point is that you let go of something in your life that has no purpose anymore, drains your energy, or draws your attention in a direction that leaves you feeling more burdened than free - I definitely feel less burdened.

Feeling inspired, I sent my work stressed partner an email asking him what time he was coming home, he replied that he would try and get home early, and he did!  I packed up Dora (my campervan) and we spent a a very pleasant English summer evening walking the dogs down the  Lancaster Canal and having tea in Dora.

As soon as I stepped onto the tow-path I sunk deep into my soul and felt at home - I'm a simple girl, my heart sings when walking down a beautiful canal path on an English Summer's evening.
What a sweet little Canal Boat named Blue Jay!
You can just make out the name of this boat - Night Owl - lots of bird inspired names

Beautiful Flowers

Jasper - my 9 month old Cocker Spaniel - went for a swim and got stuck trying to get out!

Conny - my 9 year old Cocker Spaniel - she is such a gracious swimmer

A bit wonky but I would have fallen into the canal trying to get a straight view!

I am now inspired to add a few more things onto my Mondo Beyondo List!

What inspires you and what simple things makes your heart sing?


  1. Good thought provoking advice about clearing space - something we probably should all do regularly especially on a mental/emotional level.

    Beautiful photos. Like you a trip out into nature can make my heart sing. Other things include: music, getting involved in creating something, my children and acts of kindness.

    Hope today gives your heart plenty of chances to sing!
    Kat :-)

  2. love this post Swirly, it's so you. I know what you mean, clearing is needed in my nest. I'm struck by how much is congested. I love you writing x

  3. Oh I need to make a clearing so badly! Maybe this weekend I'll take all that stuff to the charity shop so the tiny box room as room to move and maybe, just maybe we could think about taking the bed out of it and putting in a desk... for an art studio! What do you think?