My childhood love was art.
I still love it for the creativity and the inspiration.
I still hate it for the creativity and the frustration.
Being a self-proclaimed perfectionist (and a damn good one) makes some seemingly simple concepts incredibly challenging. For me, it was my art. It has always been a love-hate relationship. An inner battle. A test of patience.
But, isn’t anything we do that challenges our natural way of being just like that?
A test of patience and an inner struggle to change what we habitually know as how something “should be.”
We as humans thrive off of routines — they are essential for us to be efficient in the mundane activities of life. At the same time, routines create complacency and boredom if we can not find ways to shake them up every so often. They can dull the sparkles in our life and drain the energy right out of us.
Even when it feels frustrating and goes against the very nature of what you know, inviting in small ways to shake up your routines can create abundant amounts of energy, motivation, inspiration, and brain power.
You can start with small every day habits and eventually lean into bigger life changes (like I did — learn what I did at the bottom of this article!).
How can you use some of your every day routines that feel mundane to create energy and inner fire?
- Do your exercises in a different order. Nothing says dull, Dull, DULL more than doing the same ole’ boring routine in the same order, day in and day out. Not only does it put you on the fast track to plateau-ville, but it isn’t stimulating to the mind. Change up your exercise order or rearrange your normal exercise routine so that you are pairing up body parts that you normally would not train together. If you really want to motivate and stimulate the heck out of your brain, try a week or two of completely changing your routine and exercises and do something totally different than you do now.
- Take a new route to work and explore roads you always wondered where they went to. This is a personal favorite! When I start to zone out and realize that I have no idea how I got from point A to B, that is my cue that I am in autopilot and under-stimulated. Take a new route home from work or make that turn onto a road that you always wondered where it would lead you to. Get rid of the ho-hum drives, unless you are in need of some deep thinking time.
- Say “Yes” to something you would normally say “No” to. Take a chance! Do something that you wouldn’t normally do. This instantly helps to build the neural pathways to change your habits and push you out of your ruts. Take a little risk. Order that new meal that you normally wouldn’t eat at a restaurant or try a new activity you normally wouldn’t try. Whatever it is, make sure it’s different and out of the norm for you.
- Wear colors you wouldn’t normally wear. Let your inner diva shine. Try wearing a new color of clothing you normally wouldn’t wear or accessorize with a piece that is a little more lavish for you. If you barely ever wear orange, then wear orange. If you normally wear dark clothing or solid patterns, pick something that is bright and vibrant or wear something with a bold print. The point is to stray away from the same patterns and colors of clothing you normally wear. Start with a pop of color in small doses if this feels too overwhelming!
- Eat something new. Most of us don’t go outside our food circle and rarely if ever do we even attempt to try new dishes. Trying something new will not only mentally challenge you to step outside of your norm, but it will also provide your body with vital nutrients that it may not normally get. If you dislike vegetables, have a salad with your favorite salad dressing or eat a vegetarian dish at your favorite restaurant. If you only eat plain yogurt, try adding in some fruit or nuts — maybe even some dark chocolate nibs.
- Do something memorable each day. Do something that will make each day different and stand out from the rest. It doesn’t have to be big, but it should be something from your heart and something that would fulfill you. If you haven’t talked to an old friend in a while, pick up the phone and give her a call. Perhaps you just haven’t given yourself permission to read that book you have been wanting to read. Get reading. The goal is to do something that makes your day memorable and beautiful.
- Shower and brush your teeth differently. Do you normally start on the left side and work your way right? Try starting on your right side. Do you normally shampoo first when you shower? Start with body wash this time. Change up your patterns to get your brain retrained for openness, increased energy flow, creativity, skill set changes and realizations that you truly can do anything you want to do!
Small changes can make a big impact. You don’t have to make huge life changes to feel a massive difference. But, sometimes that is exactly what you need.
That was what I did. I knew that I needed to change my routine and create new routines and new mindsets to help me rekindle my inner fire and help me begin growing as a woman again.
Come and join me as I talk to Omar Cumberbatch of the “Healthy Coach Academy.” On April 3rd, 2018, we had a beautiful conversation of where I have been, why I changed, and what I do now to keep my healthy energy flowing strong!
On a side note — I am going to keep practicing my drawing and my art. Change creates energy.
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