Hello Lovely Readers!
I hope you are doing well! I have had a challenging past two weeks filled with overscheduling, stress, and other not-fun-stuff. Ever have that feeling like no matter how hard and long you work, you just can't get caught up? That is where I was at, but things have shifted now. Not because my to-do list magically disappeared (I wish!), but because I made some small changes.
First, I returned to writing my morning pages more faithfully. Second, I made up my mind that I can return emails and voice mails within 24 hours, as opposed to 24 minutes.
Lastly, I started a new ritual of taking a 30 minute mini-retreat each morning, an idea Zahra Efan listed in her most recent newsletter. This fits easily into my schedule because I always make my first appointment of the day at 9:30am. Usually I would spend the first half hour of my day checking email, returning voice mail, etc. Now I just wait until later in the day. Sounds simple, but it has made a BIG difference!
Ideas for a 30 minute mini-retreat:
- Sip coffee or tea
- Read a book
- Browse a magazine
- Practice yoga
- Listen to music
- Write in your journal
- Play in your visual journal
- Take a walk
- Sit outside and soak up some sun
- Go to the library (there is a library right next to my office!)
- Head to a coffee shop or bookstore
The image above is from Anna Corba. Not only does she craft gorgeous creations - she holds yoga and collage workshops in Sonoma and France - two of my favorite destinations!!!! I must attend one of them at some point - I am adding to my life's to-do list!
Have a great Thursday! And consider taking a mini-retreat today!