On Monday night I gave myself a life realignment.
Just like visiting a chiropractor to maintain an aligned spine, I think we sometimes need to “crack” our life back into place. I found myself over the past few weeks ever so slightly out of whack. My center was off. My priorities a bit murkier than normal. My effectiveness slightly compromised. I’ve been busy, but not always doing the things that are most important to me. My activities haven’t always aligned with my life intentions.
Though it could partially be a bit of the winter blahs, the culmination has made me feel off my game. I’ve watched more tv than read books. I’ve eaten more sweets than veggies. My workouts have been irregular. My sleep has been insufficient.
I think most of us go through this every so often. And the tricky part is snapping out of the funk to start making positive changes that reflect our truest selves, our potential, our intentions.
In these cases I think a life realignment is called for.
My own realignment was an informal journal entry with a to-do list at the end. But there is no right or wrong way to do a life alignment. It really comes down to reflecting on what actions or habits are disagreeing with our intentions and then committing to the changes we need to make. It’s like we’ve already written our DESIGN YOUR LIFE manifestos, and we just need to redirect our actions to reflect those intentions once more.
After my 20 minute reflection I had a to-do list that looked like this:
- Keep a food journal for a week – This is so that I can begin to return my attention to my hunger cues rather than eating unconsciously.
- Throw out 50 things – My apartment was getting a bit too full, so I implemented my handy 50 Things strategy to lean out the space (more details on this to come).
- Launch the I Love You necklace -This new necklace needed to be launched in time for Valentine’s Day. No more delays!
- Cook a healthy dinner for Mr. Lively and myself – Time to eat those veggies!
- Find a yoga studio – I promised myself this holiday season I’d start doing yoga again. It’s time to make that happen.
- Have dinner with a family member – I’ve been putting off making a simple call to see someone I love.
- Make peace with a friend – I needed to put a strained friendship back on my radar and let water flow under that proverbial bridge.
- Do laundry and errands – It’s time that I had a fresh stash of socks and new body wash.
All of these loose ends were weighing me down. After putting them to paper I promptly accomplished several in just a few hours. The rest have been done throughout this week. And just as I suspected, I’m starting to feel more like my old self, my intentional self. Though there is still work to be done, I’m well on my way.