The spring equinox is the kick off to my favorite time of year, not just because it is the launch of a month long birthday celebration, but because it is my reset season. For the past 3-4 years I have had to manage a two week conference during my birthday/ spring equinox, which pushed my reset to the the summer solstice. So……when my job announced the conference was cancelled due to #rona, I went into detox planning mode. My inner child did a happy dance, with all my work essentials right out of that office door. Self-isolation and social distancing, what?! I was both prepared and ecstatic.
My employer did not have to tell me twice to self-isolate. By the time they gave us the go ahead I already had a month’s supply of “everythang.” Including the lilies I treat myself to every two weeks! I went into serious self-care mode. Self-isolation and social distancing was in full affect! The first 10 days of self-isolation was staged to be detox time, starting off with two days of water only, transitioning to a veggie detox and lastly my Ayruvedic detox with kitchari for four days. I LOVE me some kitchari. Kenya’s detoxes always include facials, abhyanga (self massages) and bath soaks! Yeah, my skin is slightly spoiled. My facials….let me tell y’all, they were so juicy and spa like. The bath soaks had my skin feeling like I had just had a full Korean body scrub. With my inner child imagination I left Atlanta and went on a spa retreat, aka Sanctuary de la Kenya. The menu curated by me, myself and I; meals were fresh and organic. Of course, I could not go on a retreat without my morning meditations and evening yoga. No TV.
Side note: to be fully transparent the spa experience was before and after “teleworking” hours (I said I was using my imagination)!
The spring cleaning began the week after detoxing. First, clean the body and then the home! When I de-cluttered my condo back in 2018 I didn’t realize how that process would change my seasonal cleaning. Now, with the change in seasons I no longer go through clothes to figure out what I want and don’t want, that’s an ongoing process. My spring cleaning is actually about cleaning, you know…… dusting, wiping down windows, changing air filters, and dusting off the lawnmower. Spring cleaning is NOT sorting through “stuff” I need to purge or putting up winter clothes and bringing out summer clothes. That’s so 1999. The KonMari Method™ helped me toss all that out the door. Bye, bye…….
Many people have called to check on me concerned about my favorite unannounced guest showing up, loneliness. Thank you! Surprisingly, I feel more loved and cared for than ever. Most importantly, because I have taken a different approach to self-isolating and have seized the opportunity to continue the journey of healing my body and heart this has been a spiritually enlightening experience. I’m in Sanctuary de la Kenya feeling loved on by the world and myself. I don’t know what life is going to throw at us the next few weeks or months, so I m keeping my body, mind and home physically and spiritually sharp. Hit that reset button y’all, it’s not too late!