Springtime is when we clean up everything around us — the indoors and out. But many of us forget to dust off our insides and do an internal spring cleaning.
A few weeks ago I was in full-on nesting mode. After wading through an adoption process, we heard that our family was going to quickly grow by two. In those moments, like a flash of light, I saw everything that needed to be done to my home to prepare for a family of six. I frantically dug through every closet, cleared every shelf, and organized every space in my home. We were clutter-free, minimalists ready for the green light.
But then the adoption process slowed down, our situation changed, and we were back to waiting. The two kids are still in need of a home, but the court date isn’t officially for another two months. The frantic, spring-cleaning side of me has had to slow down. But then, I got to thinking…
What about my insides?
So much is going to change with my family, and I’m running around preparing my kids and my home while the insides of me remain dusty and the unhealthy habits overgrown.
You may not be in the middle of an adoption process, but I believe we can all relate to neglecting the internal parts of us for the external pleasures of preparation and order.
I want to challenge you to join me for an internal renewal. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Examine your thought-life.
Your thoughts are powerful but often are left unattended and unexamined. We convince ourselves that we aren’t complainers or full of negativity, but if we truly dissect and evaluate what’s going on in our minds, we would be surprised. Before any changes can occur, we must spend time examining. The Bible tells us to “hold captive every thought” for a reason.
Decide if what you are thinking is something you want to keep telling yourself or replace it with another truth. You will suddenly see your life transform when you provide better discernment to your thought-life.
2. Get rid of a dishonoring habit.
We all have them — neglecting self-care, overeating, too many frequent Netflix binges, fear that keeps us from moving forward, etc. What is it in your life that has unexpectedly become a habit but is keeping you from the growth you desire? Name it, and uproot the dishonoring habit.
3. Plant the garden of your soul with gratitude, positivity, and self-love.
The metaphor of our lives as a garden is often used this time of year. But if you really take the time to think about it, you can see how we do choose what we want to cultivate in our lives and need to be sure we are planting seeds of goodness.
4. Water what you want to grow in your life.
When you plant a garden, you don’t stop after planting, you have to water and nurture the plants along the way. However, we so often feed the parts of ourselves that give us pleasure rather than the ones that help us grow. Let’s be sure to water the parts of our lives that we want to multiply and be fruitful.
5. Check-in on your goals and dreams.
Did you set a New Year’s Resolution for yourself? Or maybe you have spent years dreaming the same thing. Check-in with yourself this season. What are you doing to reach your goals? What CAN you be doing?
6. Visualize success in all areas of life and then take the first step.
This goes along with examining your thought-life. Visualizing success in the areas that are important to you aligns yourself with the right path to meet your goals.
Take time during this new season to really clean out and simplify your life from the inside out. When you are happier on the inside, you’ll see that the things on the outside become less important.
“You can’t change what’s going on around you until you start changing what’s going on within you.” –Zig Ziglar