“Don’t be afraid to go into the mist,
be excited because you don’t know where you will end up.”
Last week I was literally and figuratively living in the land of fog. I didn’t even realize that I forgot to write my weekly blog until I was sitting at the vet’s office last Friday due to an “unplanned” cat health issue. I was in the middle of reading someone’s blog and realized…
CR*P…I forgot to write my blog this week!
How did that happen? Oh that’s right…
- Monday’s ice storm forced me to re-juggle my work schedule for the week
- Tuesday’s fog slowed down my departure time
- Wednesday’s 7:00-5:00 jam packed business meeting schedule
- Thursday’s over packed meeting schedule followed by an unexpected cat crisis
My old friend “CHAOS” has returned.
By Friday morning, all of these external events left me scattered and distracted as I reverted back into reactive mode and threw all of my usual self-care practices to the curb. And then last Friday afternoon I saw the lesson of the week as my own internal fog started to lift. As I coached a Master Coach through her own work/life balance issues, I realized (like her), I was making time to help everyone else with their issues and I was making no time for myself. Basically the airline safety talk popped into my head…
“Please put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.”
I had to laugh and realize, chaos is not actually my enemy but my friend. Chaos tells me when…
- I’m running too fast and I need to slow down;
- I’m no longer being present and mindful about how I spend my time;
- I’m no longer in touch with what really matters, my values and priorities;
- I’m not dealing with my stress in healthy ways;
- My calendar space is overbooked;
- My decisions, or in-decisions, affect everyone in my home (including my pets);
Bottom line…when I become scattered and distracted I’m unable to make a positive impact on others. Based on last weeks’ lesson learned, I have decided to pull the “overbooked go-go-go weed” from my 2017 Garden of Inspiration, Possibility, and Unlimited Potential and replace it with a new seed called “self care white space”. I have placed this new seed in my calendar so that I make time and space to nurture myself daily in 2017.
When CHAOS appears in your life, what message is it trying to tell you?
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
~Winnie the Pooh
As I write this blog, I’m in Fargo ND. Nothing like being surprised with donuts when the temperature outside is -12 degrees and the wind chill is -27 degrees. As I selected the donut with the sprinkles, I giggled with delight. I was then told the following statement from a co-worker:
“Life doesn’t always come with sprinkles!”
The statement made me stop, pause, and reflect. I contemplated what he said and I realized:
“This is his belief and not mine!”
Then I went back to thinking about the sprinkles on my donut. What is it about sprinkles that me smile and laugh? And then I realized that sprinkles remind me of…
How I want to feel in 2017:
Yes, there are fun days and not so fun days (thank goodness 2016 is over). But regardless of the external circumstances of my life, in 2017 I choose sprinkles!
How do you want to feel in 2017?
What image can you use to remind yourself of how you want to feel in 2017?
“I gathered my habits
and released the ones
that could never lead me to
joy and freedom.”
2016 was a “9” year in numerology (2+0+1+6)(9) and the number 9 signifies endings. I have spent the last two weeks de-cluttering and bringing closure to various areas of my life. I took this opportunity to throw away things (items, relationships, habits, thoughts, and beliefs) that no longer served me. I found the process to be both energizing and empowering. In farmer terms, I was pulling weeds out of my garden.
5 habits I left in 2016:
1. Trying to please everyone.
2. Fearing change.
3. Living in the past.
4. Putting myself down.
5. Over thinking.
2017 is a “1” year in numerology (2+0+1+7 =10) (1+0=1) and the number 1 signifies new beginnings. As a result, it is time to energetically move towards a brand new start. This year I have chosen the word “curiosity” to plant in my garden. After spending the past two weeks pulling weeds, my wish for 2017:
“be open and curious” to what starts to grow in 2017.
In prep for 2017:
What weeds are you ready to pulled out of your garden?
What word(s) would you like to plant in your garden?
If you are unable to join us Saturday at the Kent Emporium for our annual “Word for the Year Painting/Wish Tree Celebration”, feel free to send me an email of what weeds (habits) you would like to throw away (and burn in the fire) and what word (and wish) you would like to plant for 2017. I will paint your word rock and send you a picture. If you would like me to mail you the word rock, just let me know and we can figure out the shipping costs.