LOVE YOUR LIFE
I would have to say that I have always been on the self help journey. It was the driving force behind my decision to study Psychology in college. Later, when I was finally able to read for pleasure again; I read a lot. I am always reading. I also had a habit of doing a master goal list on January First and a long session of reflection and writing to see where I wanted to go In The New Year. The years of my life where I just felt lead along by my busy schedule and the need to pay the bills and be the best Mom I could, I did not do these reflection and assessing sessions as consistantly. I think this was a mistake because during those years I had very little focus on personal wellness and I was really worn out. The word of the day was Stressed-Out!
FAST FORWARD 15 TO 20 YEARS…
Let’s Go! Start your Love Your Life Project Today –
With an empty nest and a years of working under my belt, I was ready for a change. Life needed to get simpler, that’s for sure. The past two years have been like time spent in a cristalis, new roles to play, new identity and new needs. This leg of my journey is well underway, and already I feel more grounded, connected and like I have my stuff together better. I will share this personal journey with you, because I think as I incorporate the skills and tools (from all that study) in my everyday life I will live the life I love and inspire others. Join me on the journey to better health in our body, mind and spirit.
These changes are small and positive and involve better use of time, taming negative tendencies, and having to be accountable to ourselves. Structure is key.
I am incorporating the advice of so many Goo Roos you cannot imagine. I have time blocked, created a vision, wrote in my journal, planned, added tech tools. done yoga, studied, and read a great many works by brilliant people. Today, I began the day with a few quiet moments breathing and drinking water. Then I took a glance at the calendar. I have previously set certain tasks or areas of my business for different days of the week. Today I am going to work on website, social media and blogging. I scheduled in going to coffee at my parents. I scheduled in the time slot to get ready and eat breakfast. I scheduled in a challenge and a yoga practice session. By putting things in my schedule I am more likely to hold myself accountable. I did everything I had on my schedule and I stayed on track time-wise.
Ordinarily I schedule the have to dos and not the want to dos. Scheduling everything in and blocking a couple hours on the most important task will ensure the work actually gets done. I even turned the do not disturb on my phone. I also asked my housemates to help me make this possible by not interrupting that block.
Healthy meals and snacks are so important in the success of my personal and professional goals. One day I was complaining to my son Dane that I was low energy and just wanted a nap (for no reason.) He suggested that I had not eaten and would probably have more energy after a healthy snack. I guess he’s a Goo Roo because, now when I feel run down, I assess my diet and realize it is time for a Shaklee Shake. I also made a menu for the evening meals this week making it so much easier to get dinner on the table. These strategies have been game changers for my productivity and happiness.
A little note on task for the day. Advice from Mel Robbins, an psychic friend of a friend and Jay Papasan in the book The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Resulst tell us the focus is supposed to be on the one thing you can do right now or today to make everything else unnecessary or much easier as a result. I confess I have a great deal of trouble doing this. I usually find I can choose 3, so I allowed it, but, frame it as the BODY MIND & SPIRIT. I also like to take these tasks and prioritize them. A1, A2, A3, B1. B2, B2 and so on. For me, it’s the top three and I schedule them in.
I totally love Mel Robbins’ advice about getting up early and beginning my day journal writing and planning out my day… no email or social media the first hour. I personally find a lot of value in doing this. The no electronics in the bedroom at night is BIG, too.
For my Mind I am always reading at least 2 books one nonfiction and one fiction. For my Spirit, I set aside time every morning and evening for quiet time. I need to slow down, breathe and just take a look inside to see how I’m doing. I also make sure to spend sometime to chat with my husband. We really work to stay connected. To keep connections strong with my adult child and other friends I plan calls and outings to keep us doing stuff together. Important! (I could be better at this.) For my Body I schedule in exercise, usually yoga, but, I like to take a walk sometimes too. To really fire things up, I can schedule things from two areas at the same time, like, a walk with a friend or listening to a book while making dinner. This is the good kind of multi-tasking!
Here is an excellent “Mindfullness,” meditation exercise shared by Thich Nhat Hahn in his book Living Buddha, Living Christ. This practice will really help you connect with your inner life in a blissful way. Let’s begin:
Breathing In – think – I calm my body.
Breathing Out – think – I smile.
Breathing In – think – Dweeling in the present moment,
Breathing Out – think – I know this is a wonderful moment.
I love this exercise. See how you feel very centered and connected and calm? In later posts we may do more work on the SMILE, but, for now just practice doing it a lot and see how much better you feel, not to mention those around you.
Also, I set an end of day time to be sure I take advantage of Parkinson’s Principle. We are there…. so, good day Peeps!
Have a fab week.