What would happen if for one month we dropped the layers upon layers of the "shoulds" within our schedules and instead replaced them with "non-negotiables" for our minds, hearts, and bodies? A sort of "filtering down" to what really moves us closer to what we desire for ourselves and those close to us?
There is something intoxicating about the idea of simplifying. Magazines, books, online programs, and movements focus on the topic. I'm not sure about you, but the word "simplify" gets me inspired...It's actually my theme for 2017!
There is, however, that crucial point where we bump up against resistance. Simplifying can be hard! Why? Because it forces us to trim away what isn't working to make space for what does work...and giving something up regardless of the positive impact can be scary.
I'm reading a wonderful book at the moment, Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living.
The author asks the question, "if someone gave you a completely clear calendar and a bank account as full as you wanted, what would you do?"
Once you have your answer, ask yourself how can you start implementing that vision now. For example:
▪ If your answer was starting a non profit for rescue dogs, you could start volunteering at the local animal shelter.
▪ If it's a vacation around the world but your finances are tight, schedule in a "stay-cation" at home and read books and watch movies on the countries you'd like to visit.
▪ If you would redecorate your entire home, why not paint a bedroom?
The idea is to embody and get into the vibe of what it feels like to have it happening NOW in your life!
P.S. I'd love to hear your answer to the questions above!
P.S.S If you are in the Milwaukee area on February 25th I am hosting a workshop where we dive deeper into magic of "Simplicity!" Click here for details.
All is well,