My new year’s resolutions often start at odd times, and not once but twice a year. Maybe these markers of renewal are tied to fashion; maybe they’re influenced by deep seeded ties to the beginning and end of the academic calendars. It happens intuitively and without much foresight. Like a bear knows it’s time to hibernate, my urge to purge and rebuild is pretty hardwired.
Spring is often about stripping back, and fall is about adding on. Closets are purged as it warms up and stocked again by September. Diets move towards the lighter and healthier food, and fall brings IPAs, crockpots and comfort food.
I thought it would be appropriate to follow my instincts and dedicate a month to the spectacle that is the season of spring cleaning. Sure, there’s the obvious closet overhaul and detox meal plan, but what does spring cleaning mean for your mental health? How do you pack away whatever emotional turmoil your winter blues kicked up? What about that breakup? Is there ever such a thing as a clean emotional break? And how about the clutter in our brains? Is it possible to clean up those racing thoughts in my head?
My hope is that we can bring you along on our request for tidying up our physical and emotional lives. You’ll get to know more of our internal W&D team and I’ll share more of a behind-the-scenes look at how our businesses are structured. We’re already testing products and sharing notes; looking at new ways to bring you product reviews that not only give you my point of view but of our team members, too.
In addition to a more communal approach to lifestyle content, I’ll be documenting my quest to embrace the body I’ve been living in post-baby and ease back into working out, eating well, and restoring my physical health. I’m hoping that writing about it will help me develop healthy habits.
Alright, let’s get this show on the road! And, if you have any topics you’d like to see discussed in the upcoming months, please comment below! We always love to hear what you’re thinking.
Illustration by Kate Worum
BY Kate Arends - April 4, 2017
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.