Lately, I have been moving in slow motion. I started to have some health issues and I wanted to find out why. The process took a lot longer than I thought it would but the results are all positive so the information was worth the wait. Now, I just need to implement some healthier habits into my lifestyle and in true Kaizen-Muse form I am going to do it one small step at a time. Because this method has worked so well in so many aspects of my life, I know it will work in this area as well. I think of this as another thing I am doing to build a well-balanced creative life. Eating healthier, drinking more water, and exercising are not things I have to do but rather are things I get to do so that I not only feel better but enjoy life more. Lots of people have told me that I should build in rewards along the way for changing some of my habits. That is a good technique. But I really believe that feeling better and having more energy will be the best reward I can give myself.
Something else that I have learned during the past two months is that while I was learning more about my health my painting and writing were not number one on my list of things to do. It wasn't that there weren't on my mind each day but they weren't my number one priority. Yet today when all of the puzzle pieces came together, I couldn't wait to get back to my blog and I already have time to paint set aside for later in the week. Although my creative energy took a backseat for a while, it came back as soon as I was ready. It was nice to know that even though I went through a dry spell the excitement I have for my blog came back as soon as my life shifted back into balance.
During this whole process I used several of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching techniques. As is my practice on Wednesday, I love to share those techniques with you.
Awareness is always number one. Recognizing that I didn't feel as good as I could and then taking the steps to see what was wrong helped me to find a solution to my problem.
Giving myself time to gather the information and then coming up with a plan of action has helped tremendously.
Asking myself, "What worked in the past?" always helps. In the past not having junk food in the house made eating much healthier and simpler for me.
Recognizing that my creative outlets were on hold for awhile but not worrying about it relieved stress. We all have times when we need to sit back and take a break. If we know our own energy and creative cycle, we will know that these times happen and can in the long run provide lots of information which can lead to growth.
It's been an interesting two months. I feel ready for spring and for all the bright colors and excitement and energy that comes with it. I am excited about what I am about to create and can't wait to see what happens next. I haven't exactly been hibernating this winter but it almost feels like it. I'm ready to open the windows and let the warm breezes and sunshine in. How about you? When you think of spring what comes to mind? What would you like to do to next? What small step can you take to start? I would love to know what you are thinking about and dreaming of as we are about to enter the next season of the year.
When you share your dreams and your talent with the world, magic happens. Let the magic begin!