Fiona Blayney plans to fight off any idea of hi­ber­na­tion this win­ter by re­fus­ing to let the cooler weather in­flu­ence her mood.

Elite Property Manager - - Contents - Fiona Blayney

Ihave al­ways thought the no­tion of a spring clean was kind of funny. I un­der­stand the the­ory. Win­ter brings with it the tra­di­tional need to rug up, stay in­doors, turn on the heater and eat soup. Af­ter this win­ter-long siesta, things have got­ten a bit stuffy. Your home is dusty, the shine has gone off your pos­ses­sions and life has just felt that lit­tle bit slower.

And then bang, one day you awake and the sun­shine is pour­ing through your bed­room win­dow; birds have taken to flight and are chirp­ing with a vi­brancy that feels like a metaphor for the spring in your step. You feel a smile adorn your face and you come alive. Woo hoo – spring has sprung!

Many of us then have this over­ar­ch­ing urge to clean; en­ter the spring clean. Of course it makes sense. It’s time to grab life by the prover­bial and get crack­ing – there’s no time to lose. If you’re for­tu­nate enough to have wo­ken on a Sun­day, you start with a vengeance; oth­er­wise you’ve locked in the week­end to sort out your life. Clean­ing, de­clut­ter­ing, dust­ing, sort­ing out clothes, plan­ning your ex­er­cise regime to get your sum­mer body back... Per­haps you can feel the warmth across your face as you re­count this.

Imag­ine this year if the spring clean didn’t ex­ist. I’m not say­ing stay in hi­ber­na­tion; I’m sug­gest­ing not hibernating to be­gin with. That’s what I’m do­ing. I’m re­fus­ing, so much so I’ve de­cided to take it to a new level and I’m do­ing an au­tumn clean in­stead, as a pre­ven­tion strat­egy for what win­ter could bring. If win­ter has the po­ten­tial to bring ill­ness, chills and de­mo­ti­va­tion, I am get­ting ahead of the curve to cre­ate the op­po­site.

I’ve started with the of­fice, lift­ing the en­ergy through the com­mence­ment of a re­vamp, work­ing with the team, ad­just­ing headspace to keep our­selves healthy across win­ter, pre­vent the ill­nesses and main­tain mo­ti­va­tion on a cold, wet day. We’ve done a stock­take of our en­vi­ron­ment: what do we need to do to keep us feel­ing vi­brant? The tradies have been called and it’s time to make some changes.

As for my body, I’ve upped my train­ing ses­sions to com­pen­sate for a re­duc­tion in out­door ac­tiv­ity, bought a weath­er­proof run­ning jacket (ap­par­ently I’m not made of paper) and get­ting bet­ter at my vi­ta­min in­take and meal plan­ning – that’s the hard part!

On the home front, we re­cently moved to al­low our home to be ren­o­vated. As a re­sult we down­sized into a prop­erty half the size and I de­cided to call it ‘go­ing camp­ing’. We’ve al­ready de­clut­tered and I am de­ter­mined to keep it that way. Some­thing comes in, some­thing goes out.

When it comes to my mind, I have writ­ten a list of all the things I love to do in sum­mer and I’m work­ing out what can be done to con­tinue do­ing these things through­out the cooler months. I’m sure I won’t be go­ing to the beach for hours mak­ing sand­cas­tles, but we’ve agreed as a fam­ily to find al­ter­na­tives and not al­low some ear­lier rain and wet play equip­ment to keep us away from the park or other fam­ily ad­ven­tures. Car trips, so­cial vis­its and more time


at the li­brary will be on the cards, not ex­tra TV time. Keep mov­ing to keep the en­ergy up! We’ve also sched­uled the fam­ily hol­i­day and a cou­ple of nights away to en­sure we still get that spot of sun­shine and vi­ta­min D.

As you head through the fi­nal days of au­tumn, brace your­self for the pull to­wards hi­ber­na­tion. Make a choice to not al­low the weather to in­flu­ence your mood and em­brace your coat, hat and scarf – you look Lon­don Town cool.

This year I say, ‘Come on, win­ter, let’s have some fun!’ ■

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