When your days feel like too much routine or repeating themselves over and over again, like your in the movie groundhog, it may be that you are feeling spacey or scattered.
It happens to the best of us, including myself.
When you experience a disconnect, it’s a gentle reminder to ground yourself. Go outside with your feet firmly planted on the ground and feel the etheric roots that extend deeply into the earth. With each exhale, imagine the roots going deeper and each time you inhale draw on the nurturing power from mother earth.
Think about how trees are rooted and standing in balance with their branches reaching up and out as giving thanks and praise. The roots are deeply planted into the soil and give back by accommodating the needs of other plants and the animals that surround them.
See the strength in being rooted into the earth as your ground yourself, allow yourself to be reminded of your own strength. Your spark (dreams and goals) are the light you are moving towards too but not only upward but recognize that as you are grounded that you have an impact on those around you.
In contrast, not all trees are deeply rooted and supported by mother nature. Sometimes grounding yourself to remove the scatteredness is to be willing to let go of what no longer fits into your journey.
Trees that are not contributing to nature are let go to make room for new growth. As you stand outside and strengthening your roots, be willing to recognize the parts in your life that have reached the end and let them go, so you have room to bring new focus into your being.
I love being on the trails in nature surrounded by trees. As I walk or run through the forest I am in awe of nature around me, how everything grows and falls. It’s calming and brings a shift into my own being.
When I feel all over the place in my thoughts, or when I am experiencing a challenging situation I get on the trail and just allow myself to be while simultaneously observe my surroundings. It’s helped me solve problems that I haven’t been able to work through as well as receive new creative ideas for a new project or even finish a project.
When you step into nature, it automatically shifts your breathing but it helps in releasing because in that space there is a deep connection that feels magical. Every time you exhale, you have the ability to let go. It’s where you get to go into thought and consciously become objective about current situations you are facing and with a deep breath choose to release what is hanging on or even holding you back.
Make time for a nature walk and be an observer in the miracles and the collaboration between plants and animals that help serve each other live and thrive. And then step into the moment to take in the sights, sounds and smells as you walk through the forest. Nature always reminds me to get back to being in the moment, not in the past or in the future. Trees don’t worry about the storm ahead and fear the fall nor do they worry about how they got to be where they are. And yet it feels magical all the same.
Engage in active gratitude for what is, the lessons that you were given and as you walk out from your connection with nature, observe the shifts you were able to experience as you take each breath.
For the first time in 3 years into my business journey, I took time off and I had the time of my life.
It’s so easy to forget to make sure you take a timeout to help you fuel your creative juices. I know because I am definitely guilty of this on so many levels.
Many of days will you find me working, even if it’s just for 2-4 hours without taking a full day off.
This past weekend, my partner and I attended the Blue Ridge Rock Festival and a good time was had by all. Not only did we camp out and enjoyed the music, we made new friends with plans to do the next one together.
The event was only an hour away from hour home and we could have driven back and forth but just thinking about this sounded exhausting for the 3 days. And deciding to camp not only allowed us to have quality time together – and hey we didn’t kill each other – we didn’t even argue, so that’s something! But we were close to the event, merely needing to walk down to the events area but we got to spend our evenings at the fire pit having conversations with other people and like I said, make new friends.
When we returned on Monday, both of us were exhausted and by Tuesday I was ready to hit the road again but I am going to have to wait for the next one just a bit!
But something really cool came to my realization!
You see, I want to live in an RV and drive around the country seeing new and cool places and meet people and attending the festival definitely got me closer to that dream. Furthermore, however, it showed me that truly this is what I want and that it totally fits into who I am. I mean coaching and mentoring around a campfire sounds like a total blast to me.
Here’s the fun part, I have given up selling my art at Farmer’s Markets and the like but as we were leaving on Monday, we stopped to talk to one of the organizers and I shared some of my work with her and she was like “You have got to come as a vendor next year”.
There is opportunity everywhere. And while I am excited about the possibility to sell my creations at the festival, I already know I don’t want to be tied down sitting at my booth for three days. And this is the cool part, my creative juices started flowing.
Because well, I can hire someone and still do demos at different intervals.
This just shows that opportunities are everywhere if you are open to them. And I have a year to plan this all out and get pieces created.
This is my second day back to full-on working and I am more inspired and excited about my life and my business than ever before. I think part of this is also because I hired my first team member and it feels amazing to let go of an aspect in my business I was not handling well.
But taking that time off gave me more creative ideas to explore and get super clear on the work that I do and not be pulled into too many directions.
And it doesn’t matter if you are self-employed or if you are working for someone else, taking time off and making space for a regular vacation where you unplug from all the things, is really good for your mind, body, and soul.