There comes a point in life when you wake up and realise that whatever you want is within your reach but no one is going to hand it to you on a silver platter. You must stretch out and get it yourself.
January 2017 was such a point in my life.
The last three months of 2016 were some of the hardest in my life. I was mentally and emotionally frail and just plain exhausted with everything.
As I mused on my circumstances (yes, it’s totally fine to throw yourself a pity party from time to time!) I began to see how the decision to turn my life around solely relies on me, through the grace of God.
In other words, no one can live my life for me or make decisions for me. I must be the one, and again, through God’s grace, to create a life I love.
And that’s why you may have noticed this new hashtag on my social media posts, #CreateALifeYouLove.
Creating a life I love, is being deliberate about the state of my heart and mind.
Whatever is in the heart and mind is what you say, do and become. So I took to examining my heart.
What actually motivates me to live the life I do?
Why do I spend 40 hours a week in an office? Why do I live in Australia at the moment? How do I take care of my body - not only physically but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Do I protect my energy and do I sift through my thoughts to make sure my intentions align to what God requires of me?
As you can tell, I’ve been revising my life. Editing it, refining it. Wondering how I can connect with others around me in meaningful ways. Wondering whether I really am living in my purpose.
In your 20’s it’s very easy to get sidetracked and distracted - living life to please others or simply to keep up with others.
Creating a life I love, is about taking a step back from complacency and mediocrity and redefining a unique path.
Creating a life I love is having the discipline to work hard, the courage to pursue my dreams relentlessly, the humility to learn from my mistakes and failures, the empathy to live my life in the service of God and others.
And so in January that’s what I did. I spent time doing more of what I love and being surrounded by people who love me. I made new friends (hey Sandra and Annie!!) and watered blossoming friendships (hey Lynda!). I had fun in the sun and enjoyed the company of my sister and nieces and nephews.
I also took time to nurture my mental health on a daily basis. I’m using an app called HeadSpace for daily meditation. It’s worked WONDERS on my outlook and I’d encourage you to check it out too.
I also developed good habits for my physical health - I drastically reduced my meat and chicken intake and took to more raw veggies. I’ve also been exercising in the morning before I leave the house - I feel super refreshed and energised all day.
I’m taking time for me. I’m re-awakening to myself and re-prioritising my needs and desires. I’m learning the meaning of self-love all over again and realising that it’s not vanity, self-love is sanity.
How was January 2017 for you?
Sending you lots of love and sunshine!