I spent the last 10 years living in the same apartment. It was great when I first moved in. It was an old vintage building with cool woodwork and lots of character. The kitchen was old and small but I made it work because I loved the rest of the place. I decorated and bought new furniture and it felt big and spacious and it also fit my budget nicely. I was very proud.
When quit my job and went back to acupuncture school for 4 years, I was so grateful for my apartment because I could afford it, and it felt like home. As the years went on and the apartment and everything in it got older and older and older, I kept making excuses as to why I had to stay. I couldn’t afford to move because I just got out of school and needed to spend my money building my practice. Moving was a pain and I was too comfortable. And on and on.
And for awhile this was fine. But once I started on my journey inward, it became glaringly apparent that I was quickly outgrowing my apartment. When I came home from living in Paris for two months last fall, it was finally the kick I needed to make a change.
Fast forward to today: I moved into my dream apartment complete with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. I have a beautiful kitchen and lots of space and light. I feel like I live in a tree house.
What I realized through this whole process of finding a new space to call home is how much deeper I feel at “home” in my body now that my actual home reflects my inner self. My new apartment says to the world that I care enough about myself. And, over the past several months living in my new place, I’ve felt a really powerful shift.
So here’s today’s exercise:
Is your outer world a reflection of your inner life? What things in your life are you putting off changing? What feels outdated to you? Are there things you know you need or want to do, but you keep coming up with excuses?
Maybe like me, it’s finding a new home, or maybe it’s a new job. Perhaps it’s something smaller like buying some new clothes that truly express the real you. Whatever it is, acknowledge your own inner growth and give yourself permission to uplevel the areas of your life that feel incongruent with your inner being.
Want some real life accountability? Tell me about the change you are making over on my Facebook page, and I’ll be checking in with you!