Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a sucker for “Fresh Starts!”
New moons, new seasons, the day after a hangover… anytime is a great time for a fresh start.
Well, here we are… Easter Sunday, (and the day after quite the hangover,) and as the rain washes away the last of the winter dust, what better time to take a deep breath and make some new intentions for change.
Intention is key. Recognizing where you spend your energy and on whom, will determine the root of your priorities – and if you aren’t finding yourself number one in that equation, it’s absolutely time to make a change.
- Be selfish. That is, take care of yourself FIRST.
Your body will be the first to shut down on you – not somebody else’s – trust me. Prioritize your own health, mind, body and spirit, above all else. This is a tough lesson to learn, and I’m smack in the middle of it right now. Learn to rest, learn to listen, learn to nourish and heal, or you’ll be of no use to anyone, including yourself.
- If it’s not working – let it go.
Projects, relationships, habits. Take a chance, try it out, but as soon as it starts taking up your energy in a way that does not fuel your soul – stop. Just stop. I have wasted more time of MY life on people and projects that simply don’t matter. You are under zero obligation to anyone but yourself. As a friend of mine likes to say, learn to recognize when it gives you the “no” feeling, and say NO. Do it sooner, rather than later – do it now.
- Enjoy small pleasures.
Lounge in bed, drink wine in the afternoon, sit quietly with your face in the sunshine. Do what you love, and do it often. Enough said.
- But take the chance…
Life happens just on the edge of your well-planned comfort zone. Sign up for a class, smile at a stranger, look for magic in an unexpected place. As they say, the time will pass anyway…