Gang, I'm so excited!!
Next week, I'm kicking off my first ever online challenge; Fall Into Wellness.
I felt like the summer was a little bit crazy-in all the best ways-but I may have over enjoyed if you get my drift. I decided that I want to recommit to my wellness goals after the new moon (September 9th) and it's always better to have some accountability when you're working towards lasting change.
As autumn draws near I'm excited for the slow moments the chill in the air brings. Summer time is very go go go in my household. Autumn brings a sense of slowness and preparation for the cold months ahead.
Of course, this got me thinking how we can take that idea of slowness and really find ourselves present in that moment. I know I have referenced before that our society's norm is to embrace the "busy", but what if we relished in the slowness? What if that first sip of coffee or tea was slow and you really experienced the flavor before gulping it down and running out of the house?
So let's start with your morning coffee...
1. Setup a Morning Ritual.
I know that's soooo buzz wordy, but if we wake up with a plan we can be sure to have time to sit down and gently sip our coffee or tea. If your morning routine is panicked alarm, throw some clothes on, and run out the door then you are probably starting the day stressed.
What if your morning routine went something like this:
Mercury is still in retrograde until this Sunday, the 19th, and I've been encountering some communication issues as well as being asked to sign some sketchy contracts at the day job! Any one else feel the effects of our communication planet being a little wonky? (totally a technical term-lol)
I'm always reminded during this time the importance of self-care. As someone who runs a business and works a full time job--while also trying to maintain a social life--I'm a pretty busy person. Mercury Retrograde also reminds me that I need time to step back and reflect. I'm also reminded that I need to schedule that time so I don't overbook myself and feel myself burn out. I'm assuming I'm not alone here?
So let's talk self-care...
I know I preach on and on about the importance, but it is something I truly believe we need to spend more time thinking about. We are busy people in a time that promotes being busy as doing well. However if we are always "busy", when do we have time to check in and see if we are actually enjoying this thing called life? When do we have time to reflect on our choices and even our busy-ness? How do we know if we actually enjoy the "busy" if we do not schedule time to notice?
Tomorrow is my birthday, and I've been really feeling that Mercury retrograde this week (along with the eclipses and other planets in retrograde--AHHH!).
So for my birthday I'm looking for some self care and self love check back in with myself and remind myself of my own magic. Below is a little Self Love Ritual I started last year and plan to continue. Of course you don't have to wait for your birthday, give it a try whenever you need some self-care!
Every year on my birthday I purchase myself a bouquet of roses, usually from Aldi's because they are cheap--amirite?--but still beautiful. These roses remind me of beauty, love and passion; all those things we may forget about in the thick of things.
In case you have forgotten, YOU are the Magic.
You hold all the keys that you need to open a new door, make a habit change or completely change your entire life. You hold all this magic and everything you need right now, in this moment.
In a world where sharing and witnessing other people's success is just a click away on our personal devices, we may get caught up in comparisons and envy. We may judge our path, our experiences and dreams.
Why haven't I done X yet and maybe this isn't what I'm meant to do?!
Here's your sign...
Do you journal?
When I was younger I wrote in my diary every night before bed. As I got older I stopped writing because I was "busy". Anyone else?
I'm super excited to have reconnected with this practice. I always find journalling a calming experience and helps me to focus my mind on the "good stuff".
So let's take a peak at my daily journal...
Of course, I always include the date (Month, Day, Year), but I also like to add in the moon phase and the weather. Looking back at old journals, I notice that the weather and the moon phase can affect my mood as well as what I write about! If it's a rainy, dreary day I might spend some more time "finding the good"--more on that later! (Ladies, I also include my cycle since it tends to ALSO affect my mood.)