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Day 26 of the Great Release Challenge!


Gather up the Holiday Trash!

Day 26 of the Great Release Challenge!
30 Days to an AWESOME New You!

by Silver RavenWolf

Your Mission Today:  Part I.  Clear out all the holiday trash, muss, and fuss.  Most of you have been going full tilt on the seasonal stuff (whether it be midsummer festivities, Hanukkah, Yule, Christmas or any combination of whatever — Kwanzaa actually begins today), so at this point you’re probably sitting back and saying, “Whew!  Thank the Gods that’s over (or at least almost done)!”  Kwanzaa ends on New Year’s Day, 1 January 2011 — same day as our last mission of the Great Release Program (yeah, well, I know it says thirty days; but, I thought you might miss me, so we’ll motor on to the first, lol).

Today, let’s focus on clearing out the bits of wrapping paper, getting those seasonal dishes done up and put away, tearing down the boxes that gifts came in for recycling — that sort of stuff.  If you are like me these last few years I’ve made a concerted effort to take down the Yule decorations rather than wait for the New Year, so I’ll be doing that today.  A few years ago I also started buying more seasonal decorations than holiday specific ones.  For example, this year I decorated my mantle with snowmen, a white country-type garland, and mittens.  The rocker has a snowman pillow, and the table cloths in the dining room are basic colors rather than holiday focused.  I’ll leave these things in place through January and change when I feel the energy of spring stirring in my veins.

For some of you, your families sometimes pull their dramas into the seasonal festivities — if they brought it to your house — be sure to cart EVERYTHING out associated with the unfortunate event (let’s hope you didn’t have one) or person (if you can).   If you can’t get rid of whatever — at least do a thorough cleansing.  In Braucherei, objects can be cleansed or empowered by burying them in the ground — 3 days for empowerment, thirty days for cleansing — yeah, I know; but, it is a thought.  If you had a lot of people wandering to and fro like we usually do, a thorough house cleansing today would be a good idea.  I’ll be doing that.

Part II — access the damage (tongue in cheek here); but, don’t stress over it.  Do a bit here, a bit there, to get back on track.  For example, in erecting the rat palace, I had to displace a lot of stuff (argh).  Day by day, in between holiday stuff,  I’ve been trying to rearrange things to find some sort of order (ahahahahaha).  I still haven’t found places for everything even though I threw away two trash bags of bits n’ pieces and rearranged the entire alcove.  I will figure it out…eventually.

The one dog has taken the habit of sitting right in front of the cage and peering in (for hours).  Eventually, Chi came out and today, they touched nose to nose.  I don’t allow the dog in here unless I’m here, so evidently he thinks this is some kind of great new past time.  The problem here is when I roll the chair back, I roll over the dog.  Not good.

Part III of Today (yup, three parts make the whole of the thing) — is to try to spend some time — creatively.  Whether you fix cars, build models, scrapbook, paint, draw, computer art, knit, crochet, solder, weld — whatever…be sure to allow yourself quality time to refill the inner you.  You’ve been doing all these great things over the holidays, used your creativity where you could; but, today let’s really indulge in the creative process by filling some of your time with what you love to do.

Today begins the third cycle of Mercury Retrograde.  Ideally (if we hadn’t played in the holiday swamp) we would have spent a great deal of the past two weeks involved with completing old projects.  We’ve managed to do some of that with the release tasks; but, there may have been something you really wanted to finish up — and just couldn’t.  Only so many hours in the day!  Just think calmly, for a moment, if there is anything hanging out there in your life that you really need to pay attention to in the closure department.  If there is, make steps toward that goal.

The third week of the retrograde heralds what I call the itchy-period.  You’ve got new ideas, new ways to do things, new projects you want to begin and you are just itching to do them.  If you can control yourself (and if the situation appears to warrant)…wait but, be sure to write your good ideas down so you don’t forget them.  Wait until Mercury retrograde is over, and if it is something really huge, I usually hold onto my patience until the Mercury storm (one week after the retrograde) is also over.  Mercury leaves its storm on Tuesday, 4 January 2011 — which is also a partial Solar Eclipse.  Now, you can begin evaluating those great ideas you had during the Mercury Retrograde.  With the added boost of the eclipse energy, you can work some great magick toward your wonderful new ideas!

This week, too, we’ll be reviewing not only the release challenge; but, the past three months in total.  Pull out your calendar or datebook, if it helps, and review how you spent your last three months — what was good, what wasn’t, what you might like to change, etc.  This being the traditional year-end — you may find this evaluation process much easier.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday week!  This coming week, the last seven days of our release challenge, I’ll be talking about the traditional New Year energy, and what we can do with it!

My Release Diary — A lovely, slow day that allowed me to work on the release program writing, do a bit of laundry, indulge in a crochet project I kept putting aside, and cook the two ducks (my contribution to this evening’s dinner).   The evening was exceptional with all the family present, an excellent meal, and family games.  During the dinner we made a toast to Gary Diven, a good soul who passed on Winter Solstice, that helped our family in many ways.  We took a moment to honor his service and wish him many blessings beyond the veil.