the vernal equinox: time to cleanse

At long last, we have reached the Vernal Equinox. As equinoxes always go, today the earth’s hemispheres receive the sun’s rays equally, resulting in a day and night that are seemingly identical in length. The term equinox literally means ‘equal night’ when translated from Latin (aequus means equal and nox means night).

To me, the equinox– like all others seasons– stands for more than the amount of sunlight and moonshine we receive. It’s a time for self-reflection. A time for deep emotional and physical cleansing. Like the flowers spring back to life after a dormant winter, we too, can dust ourselves off and bounce back with grace.

Frankly, I don’t think you need any excuse to hit the reset button, but a new season is a great opportunity to do just that. A season, in and of itself, essentially symbolizes a fresh beginning. So as an ode to spring, I’m doing some spring cleaning- of my feelings, my belongings, and anything else that no longer serves me. I’m also doing some spring striving, but we’ll call them resolutions. You should try it, too.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been documenting the return of various flowers and plants. It was amazing to see them come back to life right before my eyes.

Springing into Action

  1. Simplify
    • I’m talking about my closet, all my cabinets, and my feelings, of course. I want to get rid of any stale feelings or thoughts of mine that don’t do a damn thing but weigh me down.
      • I want to get rid of impulse purchases, unflattering pieces, or anything else that I haven’t picked up in over a month. If you haven’t worn or used it in 1-2 months, chances are you don’t need it. Make some extra cash by selling ’em. Or donate ’em.  Either way, it’s better that they won’t be taking up space in your dresser drawers.
  2. Self-love
    •  Exercise. Go outside. Wear sunscreen. Read. Be kind to yourself. Dry brush. Eat chocolate if you want chocolate — try to stick to dark, but if you want milk, by all means, eat the damn milk chocolate. Eat greens, too. Sleep in late sometimes. But also get up earlier than usual sometimes. Challenge yourself.  Journal. Don’t be too critical. Draw. Paint. Write. Write some more. Think. Dream. Plan. Cry. Laugh. Be a human. Accept that everyone’s journey is different. Listen to music! Breathe.
      • No more negative self-talk! Ignore the internal dialogue that tells you ‘you aren’t good enough’. Or you ‘can’t do this’ or ‘do that’. Because you can. And I can, too.
      • This point is probably the most important. Creating a healthy relationship with yourself, for some people, is a lifelong battle. That’s okay. As long as you’re taking the necessary steps to accept and love yourself,  you’re on the right track. There’s no timeframe or finish line. Be patient.
  3. Zero-waste
    • This is a new thing of mine. I’m trying my hardest to live a zero-waste lifestyle. No more plastic. Buy in bulk. Reusable bags, duh. A glass coffee mug.  It’s a change that will take time, mostly because it requires investing in several different reusable items, which I will elaborate on in an upcoming post.
  4. galtruism
    • Moving forward, galtruism is my priority. After simplifying, I’ll have more brainpower to dedicate to posts. I want to create a space that people can come to for advice, inspiration, tips… anything about anything (but mainly fashion, living, etc.). If there is anything in particular that you’d like to see or learn about, let me know. I’m always open to ideas.

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I’m not sure how I forgot to say it, but happy spring to one and all. It’s one of my top four favorite seasons. The vernal freshness that fills the air can’t be beaten. On the real, though– go sit on a park bench next to some blooming beauties to expedite your self-reflection process.

Your Gal, Shaye



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