This week, my family and I spent a few days at my parents’ home in the mountains of North Carolina. I’m fortunate that when I visit my family it’s usually filled with new adventures in the great outdoors, home cooked meals, and much needed company and good sleep. We just returned to Atlanta for the rest of Spring (ahem – SUMMER) break. It’s nearly 90 today.
Because I believe in consistency, this week, I committed to keep the Spring Cleaning Tips moving forward, but to do so, it would have required much needed time away from my children to put on the finishing touches and add more meaning to the theme: Overcoming Fear.
That’s when it hit me.
My boys need ME to take a break for them. I know this in my heart and would give myself a 98% ranking on putting them first, but I need a reminder too. Stop what I’m doing, put down the phone, and do this with my kids: complete new puzzles, get outplayed by my 4 year-old in checkers (every time, by the way), color pictures, fly kites, and just get muddy, sandy, dirty, and GROSS.
That’s why I do what I do. To be present and meet them where they are.
For my clients, I work daily to honor and meet them where they are.
For my audience, I want to be fully present when I say something. That’s why Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Overcoming Fear is coming next week. It needs more thought and intention, and you deserve that. It’s a topic I’m especially passionate about and I want to deliver it as thoughtfully as possible.
Make it your own Spring Break and relax. Your mind, body and soul deserves it. Even if your break is only 10 minutes, it will rejuvenate you and help you get a little extra spring in your step. (Sorry for the pun.)
Here are some easy ways to take a break (in no particular order):
- Put down your phone.
- Turn off your social media early.
- Play! With your kids, friends, or with a group in your community.
- Take a long-desired adventure.
- Curl up with a good book.
- Take an exotic bath.
- Make a delicious meal you have been putting off.
- Call an old friend over a great cup of coffee (or glass of wine).
- Breathe in spring – if you don’t have allergies 🙁
- Make time to be with family and friends you love.
- Stroll at the spring opening of your farmer’s market and support farmers.
- Pray and meditate with gratitude at the center of it.
- Watch the sunrise or sunset.
- Lie in the grass and stare at the sky.
- Drink a cup of healing and delicious herbal tea.
- Add your own here:__________________
Or, get out a hose, get some sand, and simply make a mess like my guys did.
I want to hear from you!
Share your fears with me for next week’s video by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.