Friday, March 25, 2016

What are you waiting for? Live your life as if...

Last Sunday was the first day of Spring - YAY!!  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen some of my pictures from my daily walks. I LOVE seeing all the flowers, trees, bushes, etc in bloom. I don't know about you, but there's just something about springtime that is inspiring and just increases my energy level.

While Spring brings up a lot of great feelings, these are also the days of Spring Break and the sense that Summer is looming. This is not a bad thing, of course, but putting away the bulky sweaters and jeans, and pulling out the more revealing shorts, tank tops and swimsuits can bring up a bit of anxiety. This is a time when you'll hear a lot about "getting your beach body" or "losing those last 5 lbs of winter weight."

Have you ever fallen for those messages and started a new "diet" or exercise routine to get in shape for summer, or a beach trip, or an upcoming wedding, or a class reunion, etc, etc?  I have a suggestion, instead of scrambling to get ready for whatever, let's change that mindset and enjoy each day as if we're already ready for those events.

"Be happy in the moment, that's enough.  Each moment is all we need, not more."

Mother Teresa

Friends, there's no time like the present.  What if you live life every day as if it's the way you want it to be?

What the heck does that mean, Becky? Well, take a few minutes to sit down and really think about how you want your life to be.  Who are you?  What matters to you or makes you excited?  If there are things you want to change, how would they be different?

Think about how you want your life to be, then live as if you're already there.

To give you some example of what I mean, here are some things that I want to be or have in my life.  And to clarify, these are not necessarily things I have fully today, but the way I want my life to be.
  • to be physically fit, strong and healthy
  • to have high self confidence
  • to be at peace with myself and my life
  • to have thriving and strong relationships
  • to have a successful business that inspires me and helps others
  • to travel and experience all that the world has to offer
Like I said, I'm not completely there yet, and every day is different, but these are some things that I want for myself today.

So now I know how I want my life to be, what next?

Every day I work to keep these things in mind, and I act as if I'm already there. I think about that version of me, and what she does as daily practice. Things like:
  • meditation which keeps me grounded and helps me be at peace and be confident in the person I am
  • movement or exercise that helps my body stay strong and fit, and keeps me sane
  • Eating healthy food to keep my body strong and make me feel better physically which translates to the way I feel mentally
  • reach out to friends and family regularly, and when I'm with them, give them my full undivided attention
  • work each day on some aspect of my business, even if it's just spending time each day writing
  • take advantage of opportunities to travel (don't put it off!!) and enjoy the little everyday experiences
  • be patient with myself and remember to practice self care
IMPORTANT: This isn't about being perfect or feeling bad for the things you're not doing today (NO GUILT! It's a waste of time and energy and life is too short!!), but more about being proactive and keeping your dreams and desires top of mind.

"Move confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined."  
Henry David Thoreau

Most importantly, enjoy this moment and make it how you want it to be! You don't have to do it all at once, little daily efforts can make a big difference. Just keep that mindset, be the YOU that you want to be, and focus on enjoying your precious life today.  

How do you want your life to be?  What is one thing that you can do today to be the YOU that you want to be?  

Enjoy your week! :)

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