I know what you’re thinking, and no, BBG is not canceled. In fact, BBG might be one of the few things in my life right now that I keep around.
I don’t know if I’m just doing a little cleaning because it’s spring, but I’m starting to take a hard look at things that bring me joy in contrast to those that do not.
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. However, some stresses can be managed, contained, controlled, and even eliminated. I set out this week to evaluate some of the more mundane things in life to see whether they cause me stress. As a result, I’ve been canceling a lot of services and memberships this week. It’s been surprisingly gratifying.
This weekend, I ended up recycling two large grocery bags full of clothes. I realized that in my petite New York abode, I am constantly concerned with space and how much of it things take up. I’m often browsing and see things that I want to buy, but I don’t like to accumulate things because it’s not like the size of my closet is going to grow overnight! It felt amazing to get rid of clothes that I’m not happy with and not wearing. So if spring ever really does arrive and I have the desire to buy a new sundress, I’ll have room for it!
I also decided to finally take the plunge and cancel my ClassPass membership. ClassPass was a great way for me to experiment and try new classes, especially when I first moved to the city. Now that I have my favorite studios picked out, there’s no reason for me to continue with ClassPass. On my lunch break at work, I whipped out my calculator and determined the monetary value of the credits that I buy each month. Surprisingly, I discovered I was paying the same or more money than I would pay for a class if I had just booked it directly through the studio. The 12-hour cancelation window is annoying and some of my favorite fitness studios in NYC aren’t even on ClassPass (ahem SoulCycle), so it is in my best interest for what I want personally not to subscribe to ClassPass.
Thirdly, my grocery delivery membership just had to go! In general, grocery delivery is still in its baby stages, and there are a lot of problems to work out. I often (as in every 1-2 weeks) received spoiled food (gross). If my food happened to actually be fresh, it sometimes wasn’t what I ordered. My deliveries also didn’t arrive within my window, which defeats the entire purpose of having delivery in the first place. Delivery is great in the winter because walking to and from the store in 20 degree weather is awful. However, now that it’s at least 50 on a good day, I think I can manage making the trip. I realized that my grocery delivery was actually stressful because of all the things that consistently went awry. I will feel more at peace knowing that my food is fresh and I won’t have to run back to the store to replace the incorrect and spoiled items in my order.
As you can tell, I’ve been making a lot of small, but meaningful changes in my life. BBG is one of the few, positive constants in my life right now. It’s still keeping me motivated and challenged. This week, I struggled with everything from jump lunges to jump rope! I have no idea why I always end up stepping on the rope after 15 seconds. Maybe I’ll be more coordinated by week 12!
As always, until next week! Maybe by then, I’ll run out of things to cancel.