How Do You Bookend Your Day?

How Do You Bookend Your Day?

The other day I was having a beautiful soul-chat with one of my dearest friends, Sarah. We talked about all the things that moved our hearts and the practices that we loved that lifted us to greater states of awareness.

Our conversation explored the concept of conscious living - the desire to simplify and declutter aspects of our lives and ourselves to give breathing space for where we wanted our energy to flow. In the midst of all our wide-eyed intentions and dreams, we were limited by time and the ability to somehow do all that we wanted.

Of course, it would be absolutely amazing to have 3 hours dedicated to morning rituals, but in reality, the majority of us don't always have the time to fit it all in before we need to scoot out the door. And what about all those days when we are honestly scrapping by in survival mode and are running on almost empty? How can we begin and end even the busiest of days as mindfully as possible?

Sarah and I talked about how we could strip everything back to its most essential - a concept we referred to as "bookending" our day. In other words, how do we begin the day and how do we complete our day consciously?

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One Essential Ritual For A Mindful Morning

One Essential Ritual For A Mindful Morning

Today, I wish to share one essential ritual that I have been exploring recently to create a more mindful morning. I hope that it gives you something to try tomorrow morning to bring a little more connectedness, calm and mindfulness into your day. 

What do you do as soon as you wake up in the morning, as soon as your eyes blink open? Do you reach for your mobile, switch off the alarm and then proceed to check your emails? Do you find yourself on Facebook or instagram, eyes squinting to focus on the screen, amidst the darkness of the room? 

Or...Do you take a few moments to reflect and sit in stillness with yourself before you begin your day?

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4 Mindful Lessons For Letting Things Go

4 Mindful Lessons For Letting Things Go

In reflection of the last 12 months, 2014 was one hell of a challenging year for me. It was a year where I was called to let go of all the things that I had been holding onto; emotionally, physically and mentally so that I could grow and emerge a stronger person on the other side.

I started off 2014, on the 1st of January with a relationship breakup. I was shattered by this at the time. Not only was I deeply shocked and hurt, but I was also disappointed that I was to start my year in such a way.

In hindsight, this was the catalyst for me to re-evaluate various aspects of my life that I had been holding on to and trying to control.

And so for the majority of 2014, I spent my energy releasing this control and desire for things to always go my way.

At first, I started with letting go of habits that no longer brought out the joy and lightness in me. Things like multi-tasking, starting too many projects, saying yes to things I felt obligated to etc. I started to detach my emotional hold on physical things and disposed or gave away items that were not really adding value to my life. And finally I tackled the big stuff like moving on from friendships and relationships that were no longer bringing out the best in me. I also started to change the stories around money and relationships that I been telling myself.

So in review of my year of letting things go, here are 4 mindful lessons that I encountered along the way.

PS. Whilst most of these lessons came about as I was moving through my relationship break up, I feel they are still relevant for letting go, releasing, detaching and decluttering in all areas of life!

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Confessions Of A Multi-Passionate Project Starter

Confessions Of A Multi-Passionate Project Starter

Since I was young, I have always looked at the world with so much curiosity and passion. I seemed to pour my heart completely into everything that piqued my curiosity. It was like an  endless chase to attain greater understanding and new perspectives that kept me interested. 

However, as my curiosity gradually seeped its way into all areas of my life, I often found myself smothered by my interests and hobbies. It was so easy for me to get trapped in the exploration stage of a hobby, only for me to move on to the next thing that caught my eye. 

As a multipassionate creative, I spend my days delicately balancing my energy between all my interests and projects. For example, I absolutely love studying Japanese and learning about alternative health and doing my yoga as well as illustrating, designing, cooking and blogging. I guess I have always loved learning and the feeling from discovering something new just lights up my heart.

But, as a result of this, I feel a sense of guilt when I spend more time on some projects or hobbies than others. It is constantly a balance. And for the long list of unfinished projects and hobbies that I have pushed aside, I feel like I have failed them in a way. Multipassionate creatives also feel the judgement of others as they try to understand why we can't just choose one thing and stick to it. And we curse ourselves for overcomplicating our lives with so many passions.

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