Happy Friday My Beautiful Tribe!
It is a sunny “springish” day here in Vermont . . . and my garden is calling my name!
My day lilies are just popping out of the cold soil, my sedums are showing their pretty faces and even my forsythia is beginning to trust the warmth of the sun! I CAN NOT WAIT to get my hands dirty and finally begin to smell spring!
Gardening is something that nourishes me deeply. It requires all of me . . . my strong body, my creative mind and my nourishing spirit. I am proud of the fact that I always take time to get into my garden! (Even with dirty dishes in the sink, laundry in the dryer, dust balls floating around my bedroom floor and unfinished client emails.)
As I create this program AND live it . . . I have discovered that taking time is a bit more involved (in a good way, I promise) than just giving yourself 5 minutes of “me time” a day.
Taking time also means . . .
Whew . . . it’s a lot to think about!! Nourishing your beautiful self so you can kick butt as a human being is hard work! (I never said it was going to be easy.) BUT 100% worth it, so hang in there lovies!
So this week, let’s chat about “part one” of Bliss Element #2 . . . Taking Time.
Take time doing more of what you love! Creating time for YOU prevents you from living life by default (constantly reacting to what is important to everyone else rather than what is important to you). Take the time to make yourself a priority and go for that run, have lunch with your bestie or enjoy that glass of wine on your front porch.
Remember that “overwhelm” is usually in your head. Most of us truly believe that there isn’t enough time to take time for ourselves! We feel overwhelmed with our never ending “to do” lists, our work demands, the dinner party we are dreading or the spring cleaning we promised ourselves to finish this weekend! I’ll let you in on a secret . . . overwhelm isn’t real! It’s usually a sign that you are not clear about your priorities. So go back to clarifying what you love to do, what nourishes your spirit and just DO IT!
SCHEDULE your YOU time. Put it in your calendar, write it on your to do list, post it on Facebook and ask your “friends” to keep you accountable, put a sticky note on your steering wheel, hire me as your coach! Whatever it takes to make sure you take time for yourself to kick butt as a human being!
Be ok with just taking things off your “to do” list (I know, that’s scary for me too) AND asking for help! Even Superwoman asked for help . . . and you can too! Your spouse, partner, or kiddo may not sweep out the garage as perfectly as you do 🙂 . . . but now you are sitting on the couch reading your book because you asked for help to make time for YOU. Delightful!!
Lastly . . . I am here to tell you that you DESERVE to take time for yourself! I am giving you permission to take as much time as you need to nourish your gorgeous self because this world needs as many beautiful and healthy human beings as possible . . . and you are one of them!
Your action step for this week is to choose one or two things that you love to do . . . something that brings you joy and makes you sparkle! Now open your date book, or your calendar app or your weekly “to do” list and schedule yourself in. Don’t use a pencil or put it in parenthesis . . . use a pen or your favorite colored marker, put it in all CAPS with lots of exclamation points!!! Make YOU a priority . . . no more excuses . . . it’s time to take time.