March brought a few shifts.
NOTE: Sometimes simple shifts are just that. Simple. With the distractions of March I needed simple! With one notable exception, see Public Speaking, below!
Over the years I’ve had many sleep positions, primarily determined by children either in the bed with me or the proximity of the bedroom door, in order to get to their rooms without tripping over anything in the black of night. I got used to running on little to no sleep every night for years. I’m now paying for it! In an effort to get back into a good sleep practice I have incorporated some good habits over the last year or two: new mattress, great pillows and bedding, consistent bedtime, time focused on winding down, gratitude journal, all electronics shut off and the temperature cool (65F- 68F/18C-20C). Even the dreadful hot flashes of menopause have ended mercifully early.
SHIFT: This month, against everything the naturopath and chiropractor have told me to do, I spent the month sleeping on my left side. What a difference! It is so nice to welcome the day well (er, better) rested – and knowing I’ve provided some ease for my body!
(TEMPORARY) COFFEE RESTRICTION
In order to (better) comply with my 12-Week Isagenix program run with Rita Catolino, I cut out coffee. I am an abstainer as opposed to a modifier, so it only made sense to cut out completely the one cup a day with cream and sugar rather than just have black coffee – ick. I have to say, I MISS IT, even though it is only one cup it really is part of my morning ritual. The hot water and lemon followed by green tea is a poor substitute. I’m managing pretty well on this program, but I do miss the coffee.
SHIFT: I can do hard things even when I am reluctant to do so. Though, this will not last one minute longer than the 12-week duration of the program.
Over six months ago I was asked to give a talk to a group of older adults at the Central Eglington Community Centre in Toronto. I agreed. Then spent the time leading up to it fretting that I would have nothing to say. The preparation for it was not difficult, I am familiar with my material – the challenge was focusing it into a one hour interactive presentation. PLUS, I hadn’t spoken in front of a group of more than 8, in my living room or studio, since before Claire was born over 20 years ago! If the connection, laughter and applause was any indication, my morning and afternoon presentations were a hit!
SHIFT: The work put into the presentation has provided me with a framework for more. I am now actively looking for speaking engagements. Who knew? More confirmation that the only thing I know for sure, proven over and over and over again: on the other side of fear is joy. I plan to take my own advice at every opportunity and leaning into fear. It’s so good!
I’m greatly enjoying this process. At the end of month looking back to see what simple shifts happened – and stuck! I may be a whole new person by the end of 2016!
What simple shifts do you notice in your life?