I search for inspiration. I read books that inspire me, I attend retreats and workshops that inspire me and I connect with people that inspire me. I search it out all the time, because it’s important to me to grow and connect with others. But other times, inspiration finds me when I’m busy with daily life. In these moments, it’s often just a whisper to pay attention. It’s very easy to ignore it and move on. However, if you do pay attention, you may just find a gift of insight, a gift of support, a gift of gratitude or simply a gift of inspiration to be a better version of yourself.
If you follow me on FaceBook, you may have seen a post about this….
While cooking dinner, a wet bowl left this on my cutting board and I instantly saw the Tree of Life. I almost just wiped it up, but on second thought I grabbed my phone, took a picture and sent it to a couple friends that I thought would appreciate it. One replied, “Make that go viral!”. I laughed at the response, because going “viral” has never been an aspiration of mine, but I did decide to share it on FaceBook, thinking others might get a kick out of it. The response to the post has been great. And, I’m happy to report, I’m not delusional, others see the tree as well!
Every time the post received a new like, I was reminded that we all need to be inspired by the little miracles in life. We are surrounded by them, if we just pay attention. Personally, I know that when I take a moment to be grateful for all of the small gifts the world gives me, when I stop griping about inconsequential irritations, when I acknowledge that life is a miracle; then, I am inspired to grow and develop into the best possible version of myself.
I hope the Tree of Life inspires you, with it’s strong roots, potential for unlimited growth and it’s sacred wisdom. A reminder that we are all unlimited, we are all connected and we are all miracles.
This is the time for New Year’s Resolutions. And next week we will have forgotten all about them (or is it just me?) I’m not against resolutions, per se. There is nothing quite like a new beginning to inspire change in your life. However, I have found that I’m not so good at keeping resolutions. Often times we make them too specific or too grandiose, and in the end, we give up on them. We focus on outcomes instead of action,
There are many alternatives to the resolution. As a matter of fact, you can always try a couple to see which works best for you. Just keep them simple and focused so you don’t overwhelm yourself into failure.
1. In January, I am starting another bookclub/workshop session on my book 90 Days to Holistic Wellness. The book walks you through making 1 small change each week for 12 weeks. The changes are small and manageable and cover many different aspects of Body, Mind, Heart and Soul. After 3 months, you’ve made many improvements to your lifestyle on which to build upon.
If you aren’t close enough to join the group, simply work through it on your own. That was the actual intention of the book anyway. You can get a copy HERE.
2. Word of the Year. Choose one over-arching word to inspire you and keep you marching in the right direction. The word can be anything that has meaning to you or that you want more of in your life, such as: Compassion, Love, Self-Love, Abundance, Passion, Creativity, Acceptance, Strength, Hope, Health, Family, Friendship, Mindfulness.
Choose a word that resonates with you. Then, journal about it, meditate on it, write it on a postit and put it on your frige…and let it inspire and lead you all year long.
3. Set weekly mini goals, based on balancing your Body, Mind, Heart and Soul. Decide each week what you want to accomplish that week, to feed these aspects of self. I use my bullet journal to keep track of these.
4. Pick up a copy of Gretchen Rubin’s book “The Happiness Project”. It's filled with great ideas and inspiration for creating a better version of yourself throughout the entire year. You can get a copy HERE.
5. Make a list of your top 5 life priorities. Post them on your refrigerator, write them in your calendar and make a point every day of prioritizing these things. When you give them your attention over time wasters like TV, FaceBook or whatever else tends to steal your time, you will see positive change in your life.
The concept of a New Year’s resolution is simply to identify a priority and set a goal toward it. What ways do you have of identifying your priorities and making sure you meet them? Feel free to share in the comments.
Happy New Year – may 2017 be wonderful!
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.