The First Day of the Rest of My Life

January, 2, 2019

Sounds a bit dramatic but today is the first actual day that I don’t have to go to work.  After more than thirty seven years working in mental health, I knew it was time to make a change.  I have to admit, I am feeling a little lost but I am sure that is to be expected and I know it will be short lived.  Change is good!

There are so many things on my to do list that I easily can feel all over the map not knowing what to do or where to start.  My worry is that I might just want to hang out at home, nestle in, hibernate, clean the house, declutter, change things around, read books, cook nice food, do crafts, take naps, watch Netflix.  Well, I am sure I will still be able to do all of those things and more.  I really was doing mostly all of those things before and still working full time.  

But now, I have the gift of TIME.  Something I have craved for so long.  And I do realize that I will need a plan or I will just be only engaging in those activities above.  My focus needs to be on me and I really need to start to listen to my intuition about what is next.  I feel that I have been so much in my own head with my work, so busy, seeing one client after another who were often in crisis that it was difficult to come home and change gears.  The work can be emotionally exhausting and its hard to focus on anything else at the end of the day.

My first plan is to try to take things slowly, relax somewhat, get more physical with yoga and walking, have a meditation practice, take time to listen and trust my own intuition and figure out what is next for me.  I do know that my work is not done yet.

You will be happy to hear that I will be continuing with the Clearing Clutter Support Group that I initiated and is run through the Canadian Mental Health Association.  I am so excited about this as it is my passion and I want to continue in this work helping others to have more space and clarity in their lives.  

About This Blog

I am unsure about continuing.  Maybe, its time for a new start.  I know that quite a number of people read it and I do have some followers, however, I get so few comments (thank you and a big shout out to the Professionals Organizers who always comment Woohoo!)  I am just not sure what kind of an impact I am making and I really want to be using my time wisely.  If you follow me please let me know what you think and/or what would be helpful to you in your decluttering journey.  You can contact me privately if you wish at kimtremblay@sympatico.ca

So yes, I do feel that this is a new chapter for me and I am so excited for today and what is to come.

Thank you as always for following along.  Happy Decluttering!

About Kim

I am a Clutter Coach and an Expert on Clutter, Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding. My passion is working with individuals to help them to clear the physical and emotional clutter in their lives. I facilitate a Clearing Clutter Support Group which has helped hundreds of individuals to make positive changes in their homes and life. I credit the individuals I have met through my work in mental health for teaching me empathy, compassion and that all of us have strengths that can help us to achieve our goals. I work with individuals in their homes as well as offer workshops in the community. I would love to come out to speak to your group on How to Declutter Your Life and Mind.
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10 Responses to The First Day of the Rest of My Life

  1. Connie says:

    Congrats on this new chapter of your life!
    I have really liked and used many of the ideas and helpful props from your blog posts. With the hoarder gene very strong in me, I need the reminders often. We have gone through in the past month done sizing my in-laws from a house to an apartment and us from a 2000 sq. ft. house to a 1400 sq. ft. house.
    Your decluttering guidance has been very helpful during this very stressful time.
    Listen to your true self for the guidance that you are searching for!
    Thany you so much!
    Connie

    • Kimberley says:

      That is really great to hear Connie. I am so pleased that this blog is helpful to you. And Congrats to you on your achievements. Wow, that is amazing what you have done and I am sure its been quite emotional too. Thank you for commenting πŸ™‚

  2. I’m excited for you, Kimberly, and the next part of your journey. Transitions are an excellent opportunity, even if anxiety-producing. While we each find our way forward, it sure sounds like you’re beautifully approaching this time by allowing yourself to “listen” and see how things unfold. When we have a life pattern of close to 40 years, and then it stops, it takes time to find ourselves again.

    As someone who is a daily meditation practitioner and who has gone through many transitions in these past years, I can honestly say that one of the most significant benefits of the practice has been to hear myself better. As you called it, “intuition.” I wish you all the best as you journey on this next part of your path. With all the people that you’ve helped along the way, I love how you’re going to use your compassion skills for you.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thank you so much Linda. I love how you said that I will be using my compassion skills for me. I never really thought of it like that. I certainly have focused on others for many years so it feels good to listen to what I want to do now. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Congratulations on starting the next chapter of your life journey! I know you’ll do great no matter what you decide to do next.

  4. Seana Turner says:

    So excited for you as you enter this new phase of your life. I always enjoy your blog, but as a blogger I do acknowledge the time necessary to keep it fresh and interesting. I think the most important thing is to decide where you are feeling called and how you want to spend your time. And of course, if you decide to post less frequently, you can always drop it into the PO Blog Share and we’ll be delighted to see you:)

    • Kimberley says:

      That is so sweet Seana. I just really appreciate you and how you always comment on my blog. Thank you for your encouragement.

  5. Hope wonderful to give yourself the gift of time. Enjoy.janet

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