It’s October, can you believe it?
This year feels like it’s been a bit of a whirlwind and here we are officially at the beginning of the last lap of the year. No matter what this year has brought into your life or how you feel things have gone, you can still make some headway on those goals you set back in January.
As we get ready to hit the holiday season it can bring up a lot of stuff for people. Usually the holidays means more lists, travel, and people to see, and places to go. The holiday season can also bring up sensitive feelings, situations, and relationships.
One of the most common things people tell me is that they want to enjoy the last lap of the year but that it can be overwhelming and easy to let things they care about go by the wayside as they try to get everything done.
I think we can all relate to that experience; I know I can.
So, one of the easiest yet most significant things you can do to make the most of this season is to: Get Back to Basics.
I know it sounds too simple, but while it’s simple, it’s also really effective.
Taking 5 to 10 minutes to get clear on the goals that you want to achieve and or experience this fall is really important.
Be really honest with yourself, no one else is going to see your list.
Include things that don’t feel like traditional “goals” that you usually make for yourself.
Add things like:
Reading books that have been stacking up with a cup of cider if that’s something important to you.
Maybe you want to host an autumn garden party
Sit on your porch every night to watch the sun go down
Go on one more fishing trip
Most of us don’t include activities that we really want to do to our mental or physical lists because we tell ourselves that we’ll get around to it once ____________ is finished.
It’s really easy to let everything else get in the way of what really matters most to us. Then, we feel depleted and that we’re missing out on our lives. This can create a slippery slope where we let more and more of the things that matter to us get pushed to the background of our life.
It can feel like there’s not enough time to do all of the things that we want to do while also honoring all of our commitments.
The truth is that you can do both.
Yes, you can do both.
After you’ve finished your list; make another one, this time make a list of the things that you’re going to let go of so you can create time for the things that really matter to you.
No matter how busy your schedule is, you can do this, there’s always something that can be cleared or shifted to make room for your priorities.
Your priorities are important.
You are important.
You may need to go to sleep a little earlier, so you can get up earlier to do something that’s valuable to you.
You may need to turn off your devices, television, and other screens so you can do something that’s valuable to you.
You may need to say no to extraneous demands on your time so you can do something that’s valuable to you.
You may need to slow down so you can do something that’s valuable to you.
You’re worth making these subtle but significant shifts.
This may seem like a no brainer, and it may be, however the magic is in doing the action so you can enjoy your life while also managing all of your responsibilities.
When you change the way you’re moving through your day to day life,
Your Life Changes.
How do you change the way you’re moving through your day to day life?
One way is to Focus on Getting Back to Basics
Focus on what you must do and then get rid of the rest.
Fill in those spaces of your life with things that fill you up from the inside out.
You may find that you feel more like yourself when you start this practice.
You may experience more, joy, happiness, and life satisfaction too.
In fact, you may just be able to get one or more of the things that you have on your 2018 list or vision board accomplished.
By getting Back to Basics this month, you’ll create momentum as we move into the last lap of the year. You’ll create a healthy balance which includes supporting you and your responsibilities. This healthy practice will also support you as we move knee deep into the holiday season.
Use this time as an opportunity for a re-set on your day to day life. When you look outside, you can see that Mother Nature is doing this reset right now too. Give yourself permission to release the stuff that isn’t serving you and create space for the things that feed your soul.
You don’t need to wait until January to begin creating a life that feels like your own. Begin now.
Getting Back to Basics is a powerful tool to create a life that’s in alignment with your goals, values, and personal sense of self.
This tool will support you in maintaining more calm and gentility when the demands of the holiday season become more prescient. We know that creating a new healthy habit takes 21 days to fully integrate into our brains and day to day life. Getting Back to Basics now will set you up for success during this last lap of the year and into 2019 too.
You are worthy of investing in your life in a way that resonates for you.
Give yourself permission to invest in yourself and your personal brand of
Back to Basics.
I know you can do it; and I’m supporting you as we move into this last lap of the year, together.
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