In August, I went to see the ‘Made for More’ documentary by Rachel Hollis and I absolutely loved it! When I heard there was going to be another showing (with an additional ending), I reached out to my friend and asked if she wanted to go again with me. We were both on board, got our tickets, and made our way to the theatre a couple weeks ago to see the film. Sure, this wasn’t new information necessarily but we both felt the need for a little refresh and to be re-inspired which is exactly what we got.
And that new ending? It was a filmed ‘coaching’ session with Rachel. I recognize it was a way to get a sneak peak into her new coaching series that you can sign up for and man, I wish I could fit that into my budget right now because I would be ALL in but I grabbed my phone and took notes. I thought it would be fun to share those notes and some of the insights and thoughts that came up for me while listening to this session. It was all around the steps or things that are needed to create success in our lives…let’s go!
Setting up our home, our offices, our environments to best serve us. What are the things that make you feel at home, energized, etc (whatever feeling you’re looking for)?
This really struck a cord in me. I haven’t loved my new apartment necessarily (there are positives and there are negatives) but there are also ways I can set this space up to better serve me. The same goes for my office at work. I can get a more comfortable chair for my desk when I want to work, I can diffuse the oils, light the candles, arrange the plants, pillows, furniture, clear the clutter, etc in a way that helps me succeed. It sounds so simple but it can make a big difference.
This is taking about our bodies. How do you feel in your physical body? Do you feel energized and healthy? This is both physical and mental. If I don’t feel good, then the work isn’t going to happen, the dreams aren’t going to come. This is where eating foods that make our bodies feel good, finding ways to move our bodies every single day, and take time for quiet, stillness, learning, and other ways to support our mental health come into play.
This isn’t just the simple act of HAVING a community but also looking around and paying attention to WHO makes up your community. I recognize that where I am right now, I don’t have much of a community outside of my jobs. I am hoping to fix that, I’m opening myself up and trying to find ways to help build that for myself so I feel like I have that local community. This isn’t to take away from those in my circle who are further away but we all know it’s nice to have that positive, supportive, and loving influence nearby as well.
With that said, have you ever heard that you’re the combination of the 5 people you spend the most time with? I’ve heard this before but hearing it mentioned again, it hit me… “if you’re the smartest, most driven (etc) person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room.” This hit me. I’m in the wrong room. That’s not to poo poo on ANYONE in my life, but rather for me, it’s more the reminder that I have been allowing myself to get comfortable with various aspects of where my life is and through that, letting go of what drives me, what excites me, what helps me grow and build. I’m in the wrong room and it’s about time to open the door to the right one.
I have a post coming out soon all about my current morning routine, but it is said that the most successful people in the world ALL having a consistent morning routine. I’m sure they all have some similarities about how theirs look but it’s less about that and instead, more about the fact that they have one. If you don’t have a morning routine, it’s time to get one.
While this can include all of the above (regularly decluttering your space, hitting the gym consistently, making time for friends/family, and creating that morning routine so it sticks), it’s also everything else that you do every single day that has become a habit. The good ones as well as the not so good ones. And for those not so good ones, how can you turn them around to better serve your mental and physical energy? Focusing on our habits so instead of waking up and hitting the snooze button 3 times every day, can you make that habit hopping out of bed and hitting your meditation cushion for 10 minutes? Instead of ordering greasy pizza every Friday night can you start making your own at home and topping it with lots of fresh veggies and eating it with a side salad? These things don’t have to be hard or complicated, but there are habits we do every single day and they don’t have to be so hard to reverse in a positive way.
I’m still a student as much as I am a “teacher” in my life (and when it comes to teaching yoga), but I thought this all really resonated with me and I hope it does with you too.
How can you work to improve your environment(s) and habits?