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Three weeks ago I was driving to yoga, and I realized what I wanted to fast from during Lent. Inspired by a friend (and past Lenten seasons), I already knew I wanted to at least consider giving up spending. And I was in a place where logging into Facebook was increasingly drawing me more towards comparison and less towards community. But something about giving it up felt incomplete.

Then somewhere before I turned left on Fannin I found peace with a fast that seemed like an authentic expression of the season – 40 days free of all but the most essential Internet (email) and shopping (food and gas). Before the commute was over, I realized why these resonated with me. I wanted to create space – for God, for myself, for Ben, for Leila. I want to create space in my schedule and my closet. Just identifying my Lenten fast helped me find space to breathe better.

The fact that the season overlaps with my yoga teacher training makes it feel that much more appropriate. I feel there is always a call from my yoga teachers to use my breath to create more space within my body.

This year has begun so crowded. Errands and paperwork and cooking and laundry and all of the rest of life continue to be there, but I am taking a season to not wait out the to-do-list but rather to create space within it.

The Advent before last I came to the epiphany that I need to create space without expectation. Over a year later, I am taking a season to actively practice that. If nothing grander than a deeper breath results, I think it will still be the most sacred Lenten experience of my life thus far.

To find the places where my breath catches, exhale and then breathe into that space more deeply.

The Perfect Closet

I have been thinking about the perfect closet for some time. It is wonderfully, gloriously, epically small. Fit in one carryon small.

I want to get there. I have been trying. I have been making progress – buying pieces I cannot wait to wear, choosing quality, filing in gaps instead of adding to what I already have and purging. Despite my efforts and intentions, I still managed to accumulate pieces that only served me in the dressing room. And there are many items I still need to acknowledge are not working for me and give them the opportunity to find a closet where they might be enjoyed.

I played around with numbers in my head, trying to figure out exactly how little I wanted. Then I happened onto this blog via Pinterest. It had exactly what I wanted – some guidance. At first I got distracted by her effortless style and wardrobe, and I was overcome by a longing to expunge everything I owned and just replicate what she was doing. Reason prevailed and the desire evaporated, and now I am sitting with a means to make our honest-to-goodness $0 clothing budget a lot more interesting.

My plan is to try it all out in March during Ben’s spring break. What better way to start the (Persian) New Year?

Lent & Its Aftermath

Two years ago I gave up checking Facebook for Lent. It was a thoughtful decision that made the season more personally meaningful. Instead of giving some genuine consideration last year or this, I just did the same. I also did quite a bit of internet shopping.

I forgot about the correlation until I was sharing yet another purchase with Ben, and he asked me, “Didn’t you do this last year?”

Yes. Yes I did.

Instead of checking Facebook during Lent, I bought…

Nowruz gifts for Leila (Leila’s Nowruz Adventure & Leila’s Persian Alphabet Adventure…How could I not?)

Two dresses for Leila (Apparently I had $20 credit on Zulily)

Two throws

A dozen napkins

New Napkins

A Popsicle mold

A 10-piece Greenpan set

Slate plant markers (because I’m gardening so much)

Two books about airports for Leila’s next airplane trip

An Awesome Book!

A pair of sandals for Leila

New Sandals

Three pairs of sandals for myself (…though I did return one)

Without Facebook, I felt more disconnected and found more time to click on email links and browse online retailers. I probably will not be fasting from Facebook next year.

Happy Easter!

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