I don’t think I will ever cease to be amazed at how quickly 7 days of my life can flash by.
This week has really highlighted to me the importance of managing those precious hours and minutes properly, to make sure you’re giving yourself everything you need.
This week’s word is most definitely balance.
Now usually that is used in relation to ‘work life balance’ [cringe] or in relation to diet – e.g. chocolate covered raisins. But essentially, what I mean when I say balance, is the balance between inner and outer. For me, my balance comes from making sure I have enough time extroverting, and enough time introverting. I need to spend time socialising, exercising, interacting with people, but I also need just as much time on my own, in silence.
And this week has been the ultimate test of that, but I think I’ve cracked it!
Noise cancelling headphones.
What a miracle purchase delivered unto me by the Amazon Prime gods. [In truth they were delivered unto me by the Universe and short series of divinely timed synchronicities. As is everything else, of course.]
These headphones have meant that I can rock up to work in my busy open plan office [extrovert] and block out the noise [introvert] in favour of more melodic instrumental vibrations – resulting in concentration in abundance, productivity on high, and unparalleled inner calm [well, unparalleled in an open plan office].
This also means that I can happily socialise on my lunch break with my colleagues, so I still experience the energetic benefits of being in the company of others, without the strain on my brain cells.
Don’t get me wrong, I still need one work from home day a week, and one day in the office without headphones [mostly due to the nature of my role] but it is still miraculous.
My schedule is now fuller than ever because I have made a new commitment to the gym, to food prep, to my job [I have a new role with a wider remit – exciting!] and to myself. Which means I have to spend my precious hours and minutes wisely, and I have to switch between states of inner and outer quicker than ever. But it is working!
I am concentrating on ‘being here now’, which helps me to focus on what I am doing in the moment [even though I have a to-do list as long as my arm, a work schedule to rival Santa’s elves at Christmas, and a serious ‘home schedule’ to boot]. It is a skill. And I am still honing it. But those headphones… wow.
Another thing that has had a huge impact on my ability to stay committed to my full and bright life is deleting those social media apps off my phone!
Oh. My. Word.
I cannot tell you how liberated I feel. Week two of my social media detox and I have gained approximately three hours a day [I know!!!] and an infinite amount of headspace.
I’m starting to remember more of what people tell me [really, my memory is shocking] and I feel more connected.
To everything – to myself, to my friends, to my goals, to my work, to the Universe. Everything!
It’s incredible. I love it.
Don’t get me wrong, whenever I post one of these I really want to put it on Facebook too to maximise the reach and the impact. But other than that, I am not missing it.
My friends send me screen shots of their most significant posts, or link me to videos I might find valuable – but this doesn’t happen very frequently [which I think says something about the amount of crap content I must have been consuming before].
I do miss creating pretty Instagram stories though – I miss the creative side. But I think it’s an opportunity for me to use that creativity in other ways. For example, I ordered a load of actual prints of pictures from 2017 and I am going to put them up on my walls. I think I’m going to do more of that – real life physical photo memories, instead of just digital ones. Wouldn’t that be lovely!
I am still firmly off the sugar and Diet Coke as well.
I’ve been exercising regularly and working extra. I’m socialising more purposefully – trying to make sure I spend time with everyone while still having time for myself. AND I’ve been meditating more often, which is just amazing.
This year has started out quite intensely. And being my 30th year on this planet, I imagine it is going to continue in much the same way.
I curate my life carefully. I am excited about everything in it. And it is all there on purpose.
It is full and bright and beautiful, and I am so grateful for everything and everyone I have in it. So I need to make sure I show up every hour of every day, and to do that I need to make sure I have taken care of myself first.
What are you doing to make sure you take care of yourself?
Do you need some noise cancelling headphones? [I can give you a recommendation if you like!]
Do you need to quit what isn’t serving your highest purpose?
Get real quiet. Observe your thoughts.
And if that doesn’t work, drop me an email – maybe I can help you with something.
Big love and bright light, Sian xxx