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One of my mantras for 2014 is to start making changes that will help me improve my life a little at a time. Making changes can be scary, and certainly not always easy, but when you feel stuck in a rut or bored with how your life is going, they can be the key to helping you move forward past those roadblocks.

So many of us are afraid of change and we resist making any adjustments in our lives that might take us out of our comfort zone. Just today my daughter and I were looking around my house at what we could do to improve it. It’s a small house and there’s not a lot of wiggle room to rearrange furniture, so our options for drastic change are pretty limited. Suddenly my daughter dragged a chair across the floor and reached up to take my white lace curtains down off the windows. At first I was horrified; I loved those beautiful curtains and thought they went just perfectly with my wood blinds! “I’m sure they were just perfect and the height of sophistication back in the 90’s when you put them up mom,” my daughter said confidently. After she had removed all three, I looked around my living and dining rooms and was shocked by how much more light was flooding in through the windows. It looked like a whole new living space! As pretty and delicate as those curtains are, my daughter was right, they’re outdated and had just become dust collectors blocking the already precious few rays of winter northwest light.

It was such a simple change to make to my home, it took about two minutes but it made a world of difference. Just seeing how much more modern my home has the potential to look was inspiring and even though I enjoyed those curtains for 15 years, their time had come. I’m going to give them to Goodwill and hopefully another family will enjoy them in their home. I encourage you to take a good look around your home and see what you can change or remove to freshen things up a bit. Really take stock of everything you have laying around your home and evaluate whether you still enjoy looking at it, or whether you look at it every day without even noticing it’s beauty anymore.

For awhile now I’ve been toying with the idea of switching my bedroom and home office. I’ve been at a stalemate about making any headway though, fearful of so many aspects of this daunting task. I’m terrified of how much time it will take, how much it will cost, and how many important tasks it will get in the way of. Fear, fear, and more fear is giving so much energy to something I’ve mostly created in my mind. These things are but obstacles and obstacles can always be tackled.

It will be a huge job and require painting, changing my phone lines, and losing a closet, but after seeing and feeling what a difference a simple curtain removal made to my home, I feel more inspired than ever to make the change! So in the name of fresh starts and 2014 mottos holding true, I invite you to ask yourself what you’re fearful of and what are you holding on to that you’d like to change? Maybe it’s a bedroom makeover, moving to a new house, or changing the way you’re spending your time or money. Whatever it is, start with a small change and see how it makes you feel. You may be surprised how such a small change can influence and affect various areas of your life.

 

12 Tips for Making Changes

1. Get it out of your head that you need to do it all – even one small change can bring about incredible inspiration.

2. Be curious about what a change might be like. What will it look like? How will it change the environment as a whole? How will you feel about it once it is done? If you do not embrace the change immediately, be willing to try it on for a few days and see how it grows on you.

3. Get help – making changes will be so much easier when you have someone working with you.

4. If you’re going to change something in your home, go sit in that room and calm your mind by doing a short meditation to bring yourself to the present. Then contemplate how you might recreate the space.

5. Have an open mind to how things might look and feel in a new space.

6. Remove what no longer serves you. If you look around at the things in your life and find that they do not bring you a sense of joy or serenity then consider passing it along to someone else to enjoy.

7. Look for many small things that you can change to improve your home or work space. Do one of these a day or every other day. In time you will have made a lot of changes.

8. Be creative in how you rearrange your space. Try several different options before you settle on any one way.

9. Take time to absorb and enjoy the changes you have made. You may find it surprising that this will help you get inspired to do even more.

10. Make changes regularly. Becoming habitual in life limits us from all the wonderful new possibilities that might come into our lives.

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