I’ve shared some of my story with you, and I love passing along tips and insight on how to navigate a plant-based lifestyle. This week I want to turn things around a little bit and begin to dig into what’s bringing you here.
I find it is easiest to succeed at any new undertaking, whether it’s changing eating habits, changing careers, deciding go back to school, or whatever lifestyle change it may be, if you really understand why you are doing it. So, let’s explore a little!
I can easily, at any given moment, ramble off giant lists of lifestyle changes and activities I wish I could incorporate or increase in my day to day…
- Eating Well
- Creating art
- Marketing for my husband’s business
- Reaching out/spending time with loved ones
- Sending birthday cards… ON TIME
- Home Projects
- Making playlists
- Whitening my teeth
- Picking out my outfit for the next day
To name a few in no particular order … Now take a minute to stop and make your list. Do it now before you can even overthink it. STOP, and type, write, or scribble whatever wish or whimsy pops into your head big or small, simple or unfathomable.
What are the things you wonder about? What are the conversations you overhear that make you wish you were just a tad closer so you could learn more? What catches your eye and makes you look twice? What thoughts frequently pop into your head, only to be brushed away by the day to day? Name those things … Make up names if you have to! There’s not a simple task item to say “Stop changing your clothes 15 minutes after you intended to be out the door!” so “Picking out my outfit for the next day” was the easiest way to get it down.
OK. LOOK at your list… Put it right in front of you. Slowly, read them (ALL!) aloud to yourself, or a friend, or a pet… (It’s perfectly fine, I bet your dog is used to chatting with you anyways, we’re all friends here!)
Which one’s catch your attention? Stand out? Seem to be CALLING to you? …be honest, notice the themes, but don’t analyze, just listen to yourself. Listen to the list, trust yourself, and be surprised!
Circle those that stand out, highlight them, star them, march right into your bathroom, and write them on your mirror with lipstick. Just give them their due importance so you can remember them.
Begin to really consider the possibilities of bringing these more fully into your life. Identify the speed bumps and roadblocks. Don’t be afraid to level with the hurdles that have been stopping you already. What tools might you need? What information? Who might you bring into your conversation? Take a little time with your wondering. Let these ‘new friends’ begin to sit with with you. Feel them out.
After a while…
Share the action items that stood out to you. If it feels a little too personal to add them in a comment to this post, feel free to click over to the Join the Community page and shoot me a note!
Coming next week to your friendly blog … Ideas for Dancing with your new pals!