Creating space at springtime

March 27, 2016

I love this time of year as we leave winter and step into spring. The temperature warms up and the sun seems brighter.

As the weather changes I tend to get lots of ideas of what I want to change and improve but I’m never sure where to start. This year it feels right that I focus on creating space by getting rid of what I no longer want, and making space for what I want more of. So often we seek better yet insist on staying connected to the “not good enough”.  Things can only gain hold where there is space to embed and grow.


If you’re anything like me you’ve probably held on to many more things than is ideal; whether that’s material possessions, people or ways of being. Could now be the right time for a change?

What opportunities are present for you now and what might you need to let go of to make these happen?

Do share your thoughts and ideas – I’d love to hear from you!


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Shirley Anstis is a counsellor, author and former magazine editor with a desire to live well and support others to do the same. She uses counselling, mindfulness and therapeutic writing to help her clients to work through their past, connect to their present and step into their future.This means connecting to our thoughts, feelings, imagination, body, mind and soul. The aim is to live happier and more fulfilled lives as we remember to be living beings, not just doing beings.

11 responses to Creating space at springtime

  1. Nice to hear from you.
    Yes, Shirley, creating space is so important in life. Creating not only physical space but mental space I find is also refreshing….
    The mind needs space to work, relax and play.
    I too love this time of year in the UK – here in Australia, the nights and mornings are drawing in so we are now well into autumn. In the Highlands of NSW we have many deciduous trees so those lovely autumn colours are slowly changing the landscape…. Stay well and well done with Amazon.

  2. Were you reading my mind? I have decided that this year, as from spring, I will be doing much needed decluttering. It may also help to clear my mind. My head is really in need of a good sort out.
    So thank you for writing this. Lets hope we both achieve what we set out to do.

  3. Hi Shirley,
    Here in Oz it is finally heading to a much-welcomed autumn. (West Australia has had a L O N G and hot summer.)
    I am finally trying to do something about the long overdue de-cluttering… but it is interesting you mention about holding on to other things – more than mere possessions. Will need to take stock and de-clutter more than things!
    Great post!

  4. I firmly believe that in order to achieve anything positive in life we need to create space in our minds, thoughts and in our homes. Today is the day I let go of all the ‘clutter’ in my life that does not add any value to my life. I get rid of the old and make way for the new.

    My dear sister thanks for sharing and reminding us all that positive changes can only come when we make space for it.

  5. Love the idea of Spring and creating space. Reading your post Shirley has prompted me to start creating some new space at home for Spring …thank you!

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