A Clean Sweep In March

March 30, 2015

Can it be March already? Didn’t the year just begin?

How can it be Spring already?

Be sure to mark March 20, 2015, 3:45 p.m. PDT on your calendars so that you don’t miss it.

It’s much more positive than that dang Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil — he didn’t do Boston any favors this year!

March in review

March has a few claims to fame:

  • To Julius Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March” (that’s the fifteenth of the month, every month has an “ides,” and this one wasn’t so good for Julius)
  • March roars in like a lion and out like a lamb;
  • St. Patrick’s Day;
  • Sometimes Easter and Passover — although not this year.

Spring cleaning

It is also traditionally the time for spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning of my home, office and car can be tedious and I’d rather avoid it. Better for me, I think, is spring cleaning of my thoughts, my to-do list, and my general well-being. Time for a “clean sweep” of all that is hanging around and not doing me any service!

What does that mean for me and for you?

I want to make a clean sweep of things – that means reviewing everything going on in my world right now, categorizing and prioritizing, doing and discarding. Notice I said “clean sweep” which is winning everything. I did not say, “Sweep it under the rug” which only leads to a lot of stomach-churning in the meantime and disaster later. Those are anti-acid chewable moments.

Step 1 in my immediate future is gathering all my tax information and making the appointment.

Step 2, I need to make some (very) difficult decisions about the care of my 90+ year old parents. I have avoided making the hard decision; they are hard and fraught with emotion – and there is no perfect answer, darn.

Are you struggling with something like this too? Family issues, work problems, finances?

This kind of “to-do” uses so much of your time and emotions and takes you away from the things you enjoy. Meet them head-on!

Step 3 brings me to that general well-being category – what am I doing to further my goals, my happiness and me?

I am not getting any younger (that is a fact for all of us) and I need to plan my future as I am nearing retirement. This brings up practical matters such as meeting with my financial advisor (I hope you have one) and deciding where I want to spend my “golden years.” I am leaning towards a move to Baja, California. It is not going to happen without action on my part.
What future planning do you need to do? For sure, don’t sweep that one under the rug!

What am I discarding? That perfectly clean house – lol!

And now you have plenty to do in March! 

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