From Christmas eve until January 3rd, I did absolutely nothing.
Well, that’s not totally true..I did nothing for anyone else. I only did exactly what I wanted to do; moment by moment. I gave myself all the freedom. On the night of December 23rd, I put my phone in airplane mode and didn’t turn it back off until the morning of the 3rd.
No social media.
No way for anyone to get a hold of me.
So what did I actually do? I traveled to Sedona, Arizona and…
I went to a 75 minute hot yoga class every morning.
I hiked around 40 miles over the course of 9 days.
I went to a new years eve 3 hour chanting and meditation session with a bunch of strangers that all turned into good friends.
I got a 90-min facial, a 90-min massage and my nails done. All in the same day.
I met up with an old friend.
I watched a movie called “Call me by Your Name”.. it was really good, highly recommend it.
I slept in late.
I journaled and wrote about my dreams and aspirations.
I honed those dreamy, free-writings into accomplishable 1 year, 3 year and 5 year goals.
I broke the one year goals down into quarterly, monthly, weekly tasks, and even daily tasks.
I ate a lot of delicious food and chocolate and organic green juice.
I took about 5 long, hot baths
I went to a sound bath.
I went to an ecstatic dance class.
I mapped out my travel for 2019.
I saw and explored the grand canyon.
I hung out in an airport watching silly holiday movies.
I read two books.
I meditated for at least 40 minutes each day.
I gave myself the gift of doing exactly what I wanted. So here’s 4 truths I’ve learned from giving myself what I most needed and wanted.
Sometimes the best thing we can do for those around us is to give something to ourselves. Sacrifice can stunt those we think we’re helping. When we are true to ourselves, we help others be true to themselves.
Even if we run our own business and have no employees or support, or have a super demanding job, we can totally disconnect without the world falling apart if we decide it’s what we need. We are responsible for how our lives unfold. The choice for what happens next in our lives is always our own.
People will always take whatever you give, and be happy with it. So it’s more up to you to decide how much you want to give (see number 1) and know that it will always be just the right amount. It’s up to you to temper your own giving.
Our own self-care and self-honoring sets an example to anyone we come into contact with. Our own steadiness is our greatest gift to the ones around us. What we give and how we give can change the world—and we are always giving and teaching by our example. -or- How we live is our greatest gift to the world.
Sending you tidings of joy, love, and the deep knowledge that you are worthy of what you most want to give and receive in this world. The power is in your hands.