Recently I read something pretty cool. “When growth and evolution stop, anxiety builds up. Just as physical pain becomes a signal that something needs to be done, so anxiety can serve as motivation to go on with the steps involved in change and development.” And this brings me to my 7-day raw food challenge I’ll be starting next week. What does a raw food challenge have to do with anxiety and change? Well, in case you’re curious: I don’t eat raw food to lose weight. And I don’t really even do it for the health benefits anymore (even though there are
Every day I write to-do lists. I’ve written thousands in my thirty years. And beyond those physical to-do lists, I’ve also got mental and emotional “to do” lists I edit all day long. These lists are a combo of simple errands, big life goals, and anything in between. On any given day, a compilation of tasks from my to-do lists might look something like this: – read for school – write a blog – get an internship – email my client – grocery shop – pay bills – make chocolate – meditate – get to yoga – get inspired – travel – find love All of these
Think of one or two of your flaws, your weak spots. And no, not the flaws or weak spots you’d offer up in an interview (i.e. “I’m a perfectionist” or “I’m not very good with numbers). Not what I’m talking about here. Not flaws or weak spots that are endearing, cute or insignificant. Think of the dark ones, the ugly, the truly unappealing. The ones that, after they’re exposed, make you want to curl up in the corner of the room. Got em’? These are what psychologist, Carl Jung, said make up the “shadow side” of our personality. It’s the
Think of your favorite holiday tradition. Whether it’s lighting candles around the house, baking a Pecan Pie, or watching the black and white version of “Miracle on 34th Street,” I can bet you one thing… Your favorite holiday tradition is your favorite because it makes you feel like home. Home. For some of us the feeling of home might align with where we grew up or the people who raised us. But for most of us, it’s more than that. Eventually, “home” ends up being less about a person or place and more about a feeling. Home is comfort. It’s joy. It’s
What, if anything, do you feel chained to? Another way to think about it is: what’s weighing you down? Could be: coffee alcohol sugar Or, how about: depression or fatigue ocd or overeating chronic pain or a chronic bad mood Or even: social media, and the obligatory feeling to be in touch with everyone, all. the. time. a job you hate a relationship with someone you don’t feel yourself with Note: you could also feel chained to something that is, in essence, positive (i.e. “i have to go to yoga 5x/wk or else… ” or “i have to eat organic or else…”)
I’m sure you’ve set a goal like this before, haven’t you? “This fall I’m definitely going to the gym 3X/week.” or “I’m cutting out carbs for the month of October.” It’s nothing new. You, and I, we spend much of our life setting goals around food and exercise. Some goals we reach, others, not so much. What I’ve found, over the years, is that the setting and striving for these kinds of goals starts to feel a bit stale and uninspired. The implementation starts to feel so routine. And even if we make progress, we still might not feel quite right.