A month ago today, I turned 39 and in these past few weeks, I’ve started a new job, moved to a new city (part-time) and launched a new project.
Side note : if you know any French speaking teachers who could benefit from a more balanced work-home life, send them my way @enseignanteequilibree on Instagram and on Facebook!
Strangely though, while this may seem like a lot, I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing at all this past month and I can’t seem to shake this feeling.
In order to figure it out, I had to slow down (meaning taking time to journal and meditate) to ask myself why I was feeling this way and this is what came up :
Basically, my birthday represents my New Years for me so I usually take some time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the new one. However, I didn’t take the time to do that this year because I actually started my new job on my birthday and the past month has literally been a whirlwind. So it makes sense that I feel like something is missing.
But it’s not too late, right? Nope!
However, I’ve decided to change it up a little this time around because I feel the need to slow down more often.
Instead of asking myself : “What do I want to work on?” or “What do I want to accomplish this year?”, I’m choosing to ask myself: “How do I want to feel?” every single day because I’ve realised that moving, starting a new job and launching a new project is a pretty big transition and that I need to give myself time to adapt.
Now, how will I maintain this? By checking in with myself not only every single day, but multiple times a day to see what I really NEED and WANT to do.
I NEED to give myself time to adapt to my new surroundings as I figure out a new routine so it’s ok to take it one day at a time. If I’m tired, I’ll rest. If I want to read, I’ll read. If I feel like writing, I’ll write. If I want to go for a walk, I’ll go for a walk.
But I will NOT feel guilty if I choose to not do something either. Like choosing to stay in last night rather than going for a walk and watching This is Us 💜
That’s my plan for my 39th year and it sounds pretty good to me. My only objective: to enter my forties as happy and as healthy as possible. Only eleven months to go!
Do you get all “thinky” around your birthday? Do you set goals? If so, how do you stay focused?
“Happiness isn’t something you remember; it’s something you experience.”
This was my fortune following one of our many amazing meals while on vacation in Walt Disney World a few weeks back.
Just a few moments prior to opening my cookie, I had been thinking of how I wasn’t taking enough pictures during our trip. I mean, I had just taken a bite out of a spectacular dessert without snapping a picture of it first! Knowing how much I love desserts, how could I not be taking pictures of each of them?!
But then I read this message and it clicked. For this vacation, I wanted to disconnect. I wanted to relax. I wanted to FEEL it, and if that meant taking less pictures, then it meant taking less pictures.
I couldn’t not take a picture of my husband’s amazing birthday cake though
When we usually head to Walt Disney World, we pack as much in as possible, going to bed late and getting up early.
This time, we SLEPT IN! We took breaks! We left parks early and didn’t catch all of the fireworks shows and we only rode key rides once or twice instead of multiple times.
As a result, I can say that we truly enjoyed our vacation so much more because we slowed down and experienced it more. What a concept!
When you truly let yourself experience something, you tend to worry less about forgetting it so in the end, this fortune cookie was right on point!
As I write this, my husband and I are three days away from a glorious trip to Walt Disney World, but as you read it, we are THERE! We’ve been looking forward to this trip for the past few months because we will be celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday on August 22nd. Read More
This is a book for anyone who feels like they have a bigger purpose in life, but struggle to figure out exactly what they are meant to do.
This is a manual for lightworkers.
“Follow what lights you up, and you’ll light up the world” – Rebecca Campbell
It’s that simple.
Unsure about this whole lightworker concept? Read “Letter to a Lightworker” on pages 33 and 34 of the book and if it resonates with you, you are a lightworker and this book is for you.
This is the book that you will read when you need guidance. This is the book that you will read when you need clarity. This is the book that you will read when you need a good kick in the pants to get back on your path when fear and doubt start to creep in.
I will definitely read it over and over again and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I usually post new blogs on Sundays, but this week, I spent my Sunday in a car on my way to Québec City to see the Foo Fighters play an epic outdoor concert.
This was sort of a last minute idea (wait, does six weeks count as last minute?) and it was a surprise for my husband. At first, I wasn’t going to tell him until a few days before the show. I even contacted his boss to make sure he could have two days off without him knowing. Sneaky, right? Read More