So, The Great Life Revamp has begun.
I'm 11 days into 100% raw and great things have been happening, inside and out. I haven't consciously tried to do or not do anything but have watched with interest what I have naturally been drawn to do as my diet has shifted up a gear again.
And the first thing, and main thing I have been aware of in the past couple of weeks has been intense urge to get sorting, tidying, washing and cleaning. In fact I have been through my office at least twice, and my whole house has had various changes made to it, whether they be in reality or in my imagination. I have even emptied my car, brought out every single CD in there to be re-cased or binned, and my whole office filing system has been reorganised. Add to that a new pinboard, two wall planners, a 2006 diary and a new way of working and you could say it's clean sweep time.
And I'm not yet done, not by a long way. This week, in preparation for my RFFB class as well as for personal "just want to do it now" reasons, the kitchen will get it! Not one thing will stay in my kitchen unless it's absolutely necessary, and I daresay a few new things will make an appearance as well.
As mentioned in a much earlier blog, one of my main projects this winter is to go through my home room by room and write down everything I'd like to change about it. I'm fortunate because, even though I only moved in late summer, there is not a lot I would change about it. It's a truly great house and suits me and my lifestyle very well. And I'm loving having a huge garage in this cold weather. No more ice-scraping for me! Yes, even the garage is about to have a good clear out, probably next week once the course is over.
So, is this raw-related behaviour? You bet it is! It happens to me every time I adjust my diet upwards. It's literally as if the external has to mirror the internal, which, if you think about it, can cut both ways - people who eat fast food often live in junk-filled houses do they not? Not that the two are always mutually exclusive. I had a client once who could eat a high raw diet successfully when her house was in a mess, but when she had to tidy up her house her diet went downhill! What this told us both was that she had some serious shifting to do inside. Some aspect of her was resisting the growth, so she was trading off, as in "it's one or the other, but not both". Once she has this awareness she broke through it, but it was very puzzling to her at first.
In line with all of this, I have a saying that I find very inspiring. I think I can credit myself for it as I've never heard it anywhere else to my knowledge, but I think it has the makings of a classic ; )
"When life is getting you down, up your game."
If this needs some explanation, let it be this: Usually when we feel down it's because we're not being fully who we are. We may feel stifled or as if we are playing too small. Our depression can be a sign that we are ready for bigger things, not smaller. So... when life gets you down, if you up your game (think bigger thoughts, go after your dreams) you will instantly feel better, as if you are stepping into the boots you should be wearing.
It works for me every time - and it makes a lot of sense, don't you think?
But back to our theme of this first instalment of The Great Life Revamp: Cleaning.
My coaching challenge for you in the next day, few days or weeks is - assuming you are raw, are trying to go raw, or at least radically clean up your diet - get cleaning. Cupboards, floors, walls, files, shelves, whatever feels right. The clearer you get on the outside the clearer you will feel on the inside. Then you will want to keep the feeling and eat cleanly too.
Try it and see, and please report back if you have something to share : )
For my part, my big cleaning project is still ongoing, and I know it will easily take me until Christmas to do all I want to do. I just know that I won't go into 2006 without every nook and cranny of this house having been tidied and cleaned in some way. (If I'm starting to sound neurotic I can assure you I'm not!! - I just love cleanliness and order even if it doesn't always last very long when you have a busy life and a 3 year old running around stomping playdoh into the carpet on a daily basis!). And of course it has to pass the "is it beautiful, useful and/or do I love it?" test. I know I'm a fair way there, but you can bet that when I get to my wardrobe there'll be a lot of "why on earth did I buy that?" going on, as there is every season, even just a few weeks after I've just bought something! <sigh>
That's the thing about raw... forever shedding the layers, inside and out... God knows who I'll be next year!