Lean Into It

Do you ever catch yourself thinking about the interests you abandoned or the ones you want to pursue, the projects you wish you could work on, the things in your community you wish would change or the art you’ve been putting on the back burner because life is just too busy?

Family, job, household, school, community; those hats you wear that eat at your days, weeks and months. But yet, you lie in bed thinking about those things you wish you would be doing and making time for.

Just Listen

Taking care of yourself first impacts those around you.

Not only how you present yourself to others evolves, but what and how you be becomes contagious. It influences the environment in which you live.

When you wake up each morning committed to doing the things that make you a better version of yourself than you were the day before, slowly it begins to be recognized; especially with those you are closest with.

Though, it’s not about being recognized, it’s about being your honest, authentic and best version of yourself; your truth.

Flex Your Mindfulness Muscle

You can’t control what comes up in your head.

In turn, we end up judging ourselves, harshly, which ultimately transcends into how we act.

All of this stemming from a mysterious fictional void. We take something that’s not real and allow it to make decisions on our behalf; decisions on how we act, how we present ourselves and who we become.

Again, we can’t control what comes up in our head. What we can control is how we handle it.

Humor in Addition to Vulnerability

I enjoy humor and being silly. I love to laugh and especially love to make other’s laugh. Making other’s smile through humor is probably one of my favorite character traits about myself.

I enjoy taking an awkward moment, an uncomfortable setting, or a moment where there’s a void of silence and throw in some humor to ease the tension in the air.

Humor is this release that pulls people together. It loosens our grips. It lets our guard down to open up to our surroundings allowing connectivity to occur.

Keeping that shield on and laughter aren’t possible at the same time. The connection is weak. It’s either one or the other.

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Become More Present

Do you think about the day ahead, the deadlines, projects, meetings; while driving? Do you worry and stress over an email you sent days ago that didn’t get a response? Do you feel the urge to check your phone while in a middle of a conversation or when spending time with your family?

Distractions are all around us. We fixate on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Tweet this

I would think about why certain things happened. My meandering mind on the past then created scenarios on how to steer the future.

Release Your Inner Ramblings

Writing is a major component of my self growth journey. It’s the foundation of being intentional.

Though, as much as I’d like to, I don’t write every single day. I set out to do so, absolutely, but with the longer summer days and beautiful weather we find ourselves outside longer, playing. Therefore my writing isn’t as consistent.

Lately, however, as I’ve been neglecting it it’s also what I’ve been needing most.

Wake Your Sleeping Muse

These past couple of weeks have been unproductive, in terms of my writing. Writing typically is a daily activity for me. Though recently, it’s been scattered.

Which, from time-to-time, is okay to let go from all expectations of needing to pump out writing each day.

But, the mindset I was having was filled with excuses. I was extremely tired so I am catching up on my rest or I just wasn’t feeling inspired so I didn’t feel compelled to write.

Then I realized how the muse works. She’s quite strategic like that.

Purposeless Play

Growing up, our lives revolved around playing.

Whether it was riding bikes, building forts, playing sports or something entirely made up. We immersed ourselves in play that served no purpose.

I recently listened to a podcast about how play is such an indispensable component of being human.

When children play it builds their mental capacity and character for a number of different things, that last a lifetime; creativity, empathy, compassion, trust, irony, problem solving.

Your Most Valuable Asset

How do you spend your time? Are you intentional about what you choose to do with your time? How are you going to spend the next hour?

Prior to committing to this journey of intentional self growth I would go through the motions of filling the void of time each day; yard work, cleaning the house, watching Netflix, engaging online.

Not that there is anything wrong with these things, it’s just, I wasn’t being mindful, or intentional, about the things that I actually wanted to be doing.

I was so numb to who I was, I didn’t even know what those things were either.