A couple of weeks ago I wrote about taking life less seriously, and it seemed to resonate with many of you. You shared it, and commented with a resounding YES - we do take it too seriously!
But there is more to the story...
Because we can read something that resonates, and it feels right, but then we forget about it and go back to our lives' without changing a thing. Maybe we feel overwhelmed, or maybe we just don't know what to do so we do nothing.
It's happened to me more times than I can count: inspiration one minute, confusion the next.
And that is just such a shame to me - when we feel inspired to change or improve our lives', but don't know what the next step is to get there.
Often times it requires an intentional shift away from habits we've formed. Sometimes it means adding something new in. Usually it's a little (or a lot) of both.
I've made some small changes in my life over the past 5 months, and I wanted to share them with you before I share the first step to help you in your life. Here is the list of shifts I've made:
1. Sitting all through dinner and not getting up before everyone is done eating to clean. (How present can you be when you're anticipating your next move?)
2. Taking regular strolls as a family, even when there are many things to be done at home. (Always renos and work to be done on the farm.)
3. Spending sunny days outside ALL DAY and letting the house be. (The house cleaning and laundry can happen later. Canadian springs/summers are short and must be enjoyed fully.)
4. Reading 1 book per week. (Less social media, more learning, growing, laughing and crying.)
5. Making more homemade food. (I'm talking baking here. I'm not a fan of it at all, but I started making my own breads, etc... with the kids. Takes less time than going to the grocery store and I've learned it can actually be enjoyable.)
As you can see - they are small changes. But they add up and allow me to enjoy every moment of my life more. And I should note, they are MY changes. I didn't expect anyone else to change for me. Sure there have been family shifts, but at the core, I've set the intentions on my own.
How and why did I make these particular changes?
Because over a period of time I was able to pinpoint exactly where I was taking life too seriously, what I've always wanted to try out, and where I could remove stress from my life just by shifting my habits and thinking about it.
So that's your homework for this week:
Think about your daily life and identify 5 areas that are stressing you out, or that you want to work on, and write them down.
Just keep this in mind throughout the week: this isn't about control, this is about surrender. The goal here isn't to have your life running perfectly smooth so that you can be happier - it's about removing the idea of perfection from your mind and LIVING LIFE, in all its messy glory.
I'll be back next week with Part 3 to the Taking Life Less Seriously series.