We spend a lot of time and energy obsessing over what is to come, what we’re working toward, and what we want. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about dreaming big and putting no limits on your life vision. Here’s the thing though. Sometimes we can be so used to looking ahead that we miss out on what we’ve already manifested that is completely in line with our vision. Essentially, we aren’t being present with what is already awesome in our life.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about lifestyle design. Inspired by the book The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferris, rather than focusing on the things that I want, I’m reflecting on what I want my life to feel like, what I want it to look like, and how I ideally want to spend my time and energy.
A big theme for me has to do with rhythm and flow. I’m not really into the constant hustle and bustle anymore. I want to live a more chill, fun life. Less running around, less packed schedule, and less guilt when not working. This is a tough transition as an entrepreneur. When the entire “success” of your life rests on your shoulders, it can be extra tough to give yourself a break, even though that’s exactly what’s needed to remain balanced, clear, and creative.
A huge motivator behind working for myself was managing my own time. It’s taken a while but I finally have firm boundaries around my availability. As I value mornings the most in my day, I don’t see clients before 11am on most days. This is a huge gift! Yet I still found myself feeling exhausted and sleep deprived every week. Even though I wanted a calm, leisurely morning, I was still setting my alarm for 6:30am and feeling guilty if I pressed snooze over and over.
Then it hit me. Here I am wanting a certain rhythm and flow to my life, and it’s already in my power to have that! I’ve already created a system that works in my favor, I just have to embrace it and let go of guilt and any external pressures to operate a certain way. There is too much emphasis around us on being constantly busy, constantly productive, and constantly stressed. If that’s not what you want then don’t be that way.
So starting last week I experimented with not setting my alarm. I opted to let my body decide how much sleep it needed and truly enjoy the blessing of having lots of time to myself in the morning. The result…bliss! I am getting enough sleep for me and waking up with plenty of time to do all the things I love in the morning (pray, read, meditate, do yoga, eat breakfast, and look presentable). Because I’m getting enough sleep and waking up feeling connected to my rhythm, rather than fighting against it, I am more alert and efficient throughout the day, which helps me enjoy my work more and my breaks more.
All I had to do was embrace what I already had going for me, be fully present with it, and celebrate it! If I don’t want to feel frantic, then don’t be frantic. Enjoy the schedule I’ve worked so hard to create, and do it now rather than at some mysterious point in the future.
My challenge for you this week is to reflect on the kind of life you want, especially regarding how you want to spend your time and energy. Then look at what you already have that is in line with that vision, and fully embrace it! If it’s spending time with your beloved, and you have a beloved, then be fully present with that person. If it’s physical activity, then fully enjoy your workouts by doing things you love and feel the gratitude pulse through you. If it’s more time to relax, then relax like you really mean it and don’t feel bad.
Whatever it is in our life that we celebrate, we energize and reinforce as something that is important to us and something we want more of. With our joy and appreciation, we fuel its presence, like giving a plant water and sunlight. If it’s already there yet being ignored, overlooked, or straight up rejected, then one day we might find that it’s completely gone before we even took the time to enjoy it. Don’t miss out on what is already awesome in your life. Show the Universe your gratitude by embracing it fully now and welcoming it’s presence in your life.
Enjoy the celebration,
P.S. In the comments below, share your plan for celebrating what is already awesome in your life. That way, everyone that reads this can celebrate along with you!