February has come and gone. A number of you played the #MinsGame along with me in February, venturing to release 406 items over the course of 28 days.
Today I’m anxious to hear your success stories! What was it like attempting to meet this goal? How many items did you end up letting go of? What are you most proud of releasing? What did you learn about yourself in the process?
I’ll get us started.
As I look back over the course of the past month and consider the 406 items I released, what I was most proud of releasing were the handmade cards I released on Day 28. ( If you’re interested in exactly what I released during the 28 days, search my Twitter timeline, where I documented each day’s release.)
I used to spend a lot of time creating and making my own greeting cards. Ten years ago, I would easily devote 50-75 hours each year designing and making our family holiday cards. Because I appreciate how much time and effort goes into the process of making cards, I had a special appreciation for beautiful handmade cards we received and saved them in a container in my craft closet. It was time for them to go though, because they were taking up space on a shelf that I could devote to other things I deemed more important to me at this point in my life.
I honored each card one last time as I looked at it, recognizing and appreciating the skill and effort that went into creating it and considering the person who made it. I next disassembled them, separating recyclable components from non-recyclable ones, and released them accordingly. What I was left with was space on the shelf once occupied by that bin. What I was reminded of is that these cards are only things – small gifts given, primarily for the benefit of the giver and to be appreciated for a period of time, not necessarily forever.
If you didn’t play the #MinsGame with us this go round, there’s an opportunity to play every time you flip the calendar to a new month. If you’re looking for support, just search #MinsGame on Twitter and you’ll be connected to others who are releasing just like you. I’m feeling pretty pared down at this point so I personally don’t envision playing again anytime soon, but I’m guessing that come next February I’ll be ready for another go!