What a small change can do for you

I don’t know about you, but there are times in my life when I just need a change.  Whether it is a change in my wardrobe, a new haircut or changing the décor or layout in a room, making a change makes a huge difference.

Most people spring-clean once a year; others regularly go through their stuff and throw out what is not being used anymore.  Decluttering both our homes, office, cupboards and our minds, not only bring peace and joy into our lives, but it is as if we feel “lighter.”  It always amazes me to listen to people who literally just travel with 1 or 2 suitcases and that is all!  Even though I have been decluttering the last couple of years, there are still some things in my home that I am not ready to part with.  My shell collection, for example, is something that is rare to find these days.  My memorabilia from my days of travelling, is another example. 

In the past I also kept things that was my gran’s, purely for sentimental reasons. Luckily that has changed.  Now I got to a point in my life where I realized that I should only keep things that I either use regularly and/or brings me joy.  These changes, albeit small, does make a difference.  Even just having my haircut makes me feel “lighter.” 

Change (-s) can be daunting; especially if it is not something that was planned or expected.  Many people go into panic-mode when these types of changes happen and that is ok.  However, you should never let any kind of change drag you down for long periods.  Change is inevitable and, as the saying goes, the only constant in life!  It is the way we deal with change that can either bring us lots of tears or lots of joy. 

If you are trying to lose weight, for example, but don’t know where to start, then start small.  Instead of taking the lift, use the stairs; instead of parking your car close to the shopping mall-entrance, park further away.  If you are trying to cut back on what you eat / snack on, start by eating less / smaller portions.  Many people cannot go “cold turkey” straight away, thus give yourself time and take it step by step. Small changes might not seem like you have achieved much, but it doesn’t matter what others think.  It matters only what you think, what you do, and the commitment you have to bring about change in your life.

Changes can be anything from a new haircut, hair colour, new outfit, new furniture or simply re-arranging furniture or replacing small things like scatter cushions.  It is amazing what a new look (either your look or that of your home) can do on your psyche.  If you need inspiration, just look outside.  Nature provides us with so many colours and fragrances throughout the year; showing us that change is and can be beautiful. 

Whatever change (-s) you want to make, just do it!  Regardless what it is, know that you are doing it for yourself.  If you want to redecorate but have a limited budget, try some DIY or look around at second hand- or charity shops.  Changing the colour of your cushions can change the look of a room, for example.  A haircut or a new outfit can also change your mood.  Whatever it is that you’d like to change, just start.  If it is something big, then take it one day at a time.  Just start and keep going!

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