Vail on purpose: Spring clean your life
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado “-Spring cleaning isn’t just something you do. It’s an attitude that blossoms during this time of the year in Colorado’s Vail Valley. It is a feeling of getting things in order, cleaned out, sorted and arranged to help you move forward.
One of my clients took the idea of spring cleaning beyond bleach and elbow grease, and applied it to her life. Here’s how she started to create the life she wanted to live:
At our first appointment, Kelsi began, “Something is out of balance. The more I try to figure it out, the more I feel like a gerbil on a wheel. I go round and round thinking about what’s not working, but never get anywhere,” Kelsi said. “That’s why I’m here.”
She took a few minutes to complete the wheel of life exercise (which is available free at: http://www.coachwithsheri.com), where she rated her satisfaction level (1 to 10) in each area of her life (physical environment, career, family and friends, significant other/romance, fun, health, money, personal growth). This gave us a starting point.
“It looks like you are less than satisfied in both the finances and the family areas. What’s going on here?” I asked.
“I am always short on money, even though I work two jobs,” Kelsi replied.
“Where does your money go?” I asked.
“My social life,” Kelsi answered immediately. “Since I broke up with my boyfriend, I go out three to four times a week. It keeps me busy and I like to be out with friends.”
“How can you more specifically determine where your money goes?” I asked.
“I’ll start with my checkbook and credit card statements to determine where I spend my money,” she said. We agreed on when this would be completed and how she would let me know ” her first step.
“I see you rated friends high, but the family, mental and health areas much lower. Tell me about that,” I said.
“My grandmother lives in town and I only visit her once a month, if that,” she said. “The other low areas are the mental and health wedges. I am two semesters away from getting my degree, but it’s been put on the back burner … just like my workouts.”
Already we had identified four areas that Kelsi felt were out of balance.
“It’s all tied together,” she said. “That’s why I’m here. I guess I need to do a little spring cleaning in my life.”
“What does ‘spring cleaning in your life,’ mean?” I asked.
“Each spring I get motivated to get my house in order,” Kelsi began. “This goes beyond moving clutter and surface cleaning; spring cleaning means sorting through boxes, getting rid of things and cleaning the house top to bottom. In looking at the wheel of life and realizing how stuck I’ve felt, I feel it’s time to do the same thing in my life.”
Kelsi accepted her assignment to review the areas of her life that were less than satisfactory and write down how she’d rather have each one look.
I asked for one more step she was willing to take to help bring more balance in the following week.
She replied, “I’ll commit to visit my grandma this weekend. She was a fabulous housekeeper and might have some great tips for spring cleaning.”
If your life feels out of balance, here are some ‘spring cleaning’ tips:
– Take Inventory: Look at where you are in your life. The wheel of life is a simple tool that gives you a snapshot of what’s happening today
– Determine what needs attention: If one area’s rating is less than satisfactory, start by imagining what you’d like it to look like. What would you like to see more of or less of?
– Sort through the clutter: Clutter and disorganization can make things feel crowded. With each area of your life, determine what stays and what goes.
– Create action steps to move you forward: For each area that needs improvement, come up with an action step to get you on your way.
– Re-evaluate: In two months do the wheel of life exercise again to see what progress you have made.
Sheri Fisher is a life coach who lives in Grand Junction, Colorado with her husband Tom and three sons. Her practice, Living On Purpose, focuses on personal and professional coaching. The situations and characters in her column are fictional to maintain client confidentiality. If you have topic suggestions, please e-mail or comment on Sheri’s blog, http://www.coachwithsheri.com/blog/. Sheri can be reached at email@example.com or for more information, visit: http://www.coachwithsheri.com.