Make room for the new

Let go of what no longer serves you

In March 2000 I was in New Zealand on a 10-day mountain hike, having just quit my fashion job in New York City. It was on this trip that I met my husband, Armand.

We were hiking off-trail with a small guided group, which required us to carry all our provisions on our backs. After several days of trekking for hours and hours, I learned the virtues of traveling light. Really light. What I learned was that besides food, all I needed was the clothing on my back plus a dry change of clothing. Oh, and dental floss. Everything else was non-essential.

It's not what you bring with you.
It's what you choose to leave behind.

The lesson of traveling light stuck with me. Every few months I go through every drawer, cabinet, and closet in my home and storage space to seek out what I can let go of or giveaway. And each time I let go of something that no longer serves me -- whether material object or an outdated belief -- I feel lighter.

By letting go of the old, you make room for the new. It also allows for freer traveling, which allows you to notice the small things that make life worth living -- flowers, rainbows, and blue skies. These are the things that fill your heart and make life joyful.

A full heart weighs nothing and can lift you up like a balloon in flight...

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” ― Ann Landers