Last week I jumped onto Instagram and did a quick video about how hard it can be to let go of things we no longer want to do. It resonated with a lot of mamas who sent me messages about it so I just wanted to share a gentle reminder here that:
“You can complete a project by dropping it.” (thanks Arianna Huffington for putting it like that!)
What a liberating concept, right?
I’ve had so many unfinished projects from over the years and all these little things sit at the back of our brain and sometimes on a shelf in our home, gathering real or visual dust and they often do impact our way forward, even if we don’t realise it.
Heck, sometimes we say “no” to a fabulous new opportunity, project or inspiration because we feel guilty that we haven’t finished that previous one…
But in case you need a gentle reminder, here it is: you don’t have to finish every project that you start.
Are there any current projects that you’ve had laying around for some time, waiting to be completed or even started? Are these still a priority for you, or are they just taking up headspace?
Something I recommend doing today (don’t put it off till tomorrow!):
Find a project that you haven’t thought about or worked on for more than 6 months. Evaluate if you want to make this a priority in your life again and if not, ditch it.
Tip: if your previous project cost money and you’re feeling guilty about that, try selling it or gift it on to someone you know will love it.
We’re moving house in a couple of weeks and as I pack 5+ years worth of life into boxes, I’ve come across many projects that I started and didn’t finish. Some, I want to get back to, but for others, the desire is gone and I’ve made the decision to let them go.
It hasn’t been particularly easy, because I don’t like the idea that I’ve given up on something… but I’ve just had to reframe my inner dialogue around it and acknowledge that letting go of one thing means making room for another.
I hope you’re able to do the same, because life is too short to finish projects simply for the sake of finishing them…