I mentioned in an email last week that I find the sweet-smelling air and extra hours of sunshine are ripe for inspiration this time of year and remind me to tune back into myself to rebalance after months mostly spent indoors.
And that brings me to our theme for April - "Living life in full bloom," an idea we'll be exploring on the blog, in a new post every Wednesday at noon all month long.
The equinox on March 20th shows us the way with relatively equal hours of day and night and it's that sort of balance we seek as we move forward through this season. What's it mean to live life in full bloom? That's a great question! And one you're going to have to find the answer for yourself. My version is a life long pursuit of creating my own sunshine. It's me, doing everything in my power to feel as good as I possible can everyday.
In our first week of living life in full bloom, I think it's important to begin by taking inventory of where we are currently. We all have an idea of where we'd like to be in our body, mind, and spirit but being honest with ourselves and assessing where we are now can give us a powerful view of how far we have to our goal of balance and the best course of action to get there.
There are lots of ways to take inventory of our lives. I like to make a list of things that are important to me like
- my overall level of joy
- quality time with family
- friends and social life
- moving my body/physical activity
- eating well/cooking at home/taking my vitamins
- me time/self-care/spirituality
- overall health
Then rate these areas of my life on a scale from 1 - 10.
1= not feeling fulfilled in this area and knowing I need improvement and 10= area feels balanced to me, I feel like I'm at the top of my game.
Now there's no wrong or right way to do this, I keep a little log in my planner from time to time. A personal tip from me is that I try to avoid rating anything a 7, in my experience rating any area of my life a seven (7) means I feel ok about it but not willing to give the area any energy to create improvement. Not helpful for exercise I want to do next week.
Another good way to take inventory is using the Circle of Life Exercise over on the IIN website. I'm an IIN graduate and health coach and being introduced to the idea of taking inventory of our lives regularly was a game-changer for me and a good reminder to reorient myself often, before getting too far off track.
Truth is, each one of us only has so much energy on any given day. We have a mile-long list of to-do's or a bucket list of dreams but unless we make an effort to feel our very best, accomplishing it all is damn near impossible.