Changing Your Habits Is Like Tending To Your Garden

Changing Your Habits Is Like Tending To Your Garden
A friendly reminder that in order to grow or to make changes, it all takes time.  

Give yourself grace, forgive yourself if you have fallen off the track or stopped working on your goals or changing your habits. 

Don’t compare your process to others, as hard as that is sometimes.   

With it being Spring, it’s a perfect time to drive the point home.
When you plant seeds in your garden, do they burst out of the ground the next morning?   No, it takes time for them to grow. 
You need to enhance your soil so that your plants have the right growing conditions, you need to fertilize, weed, tend to your gardens each and every week.  

You need to water your plants to help them grow and make sure they have the right amount of sun or shade, depending on the item you are growing.  
If you didn’t have a successful garden last year and fail to make any changes, is it reasonable to expect that your garden will be successful this year?
I know I have said this before but I’m going to say it again because it’s so true:

“If you change nothing.  Nothing changes.”  ~Joyce Brothers
You will get the same results next year and every year after that, unless you make some changes.  You might have a little bit of change.  

If you don’t tend to your garden weekly by weeding it, eventually the weeds will choke out the plants you want to grow. 

And those plants that need sun, simply won’t grow to their full potential if you plant them in the shade.  And if you forget to water your plants....well, we all know what happens when things get dehydrated, don’t we?
As you are planting new seeds for your life, you are: 

  • adjusting your growing environment by being mindful of what you are reading/watching/listening to; 
  • practicing gratitude and enriching your soul; 
  • weeding the garden around you and removing the toxicity around you, including people, your thoughts and the words you are speaking to yourself; 
  • removing yourself from negative people and situations in your life;
  • removing toxic products and habits and replacing them with healthier ones; 
  • nourishing your body with healthier foods, supplements, exercise;  and 
  • empowering yourself to shine by showering yourself with self-love, gratitude, positivity and putting your needs and desires before others. 
By doing all of these, you are tending to the beautiful garden of your life.  

You are making changes to help your life grow in all the ways that are possible.  

Keep tending to your garden everyday and continue to improve the soil you are growing in.  

The possibilities for your life are truly endless but only if we make sure that we are tending to our garden and our environment.

 Give yourself time to work on these changes.  

You are changing habits that you have had for many, many years and it will take a lot of time and effort for you to cultivate the changes you are desiring.  And, those changes are going to be worth it!  

Keep tending to your garden and enjoy reaping the benefits you so deserve!

Which Inner Voice Are You Listening To?

Which Inner Voice Are You Listening To?
It was a foggy morning but it was beautiful.  I had already created my ‘To Do List’ for the day but with the pretty fog outside, the ocean was calling me but

we almost didn’t go.......

While getting ready, the internal dialogue going on in my head was incredible and it was bouncing back and forth from positive talk to negative talk.  

‘It’s going to be so great to go for a walk’ to ‘Your feet are going to hurt…is it worth it?’
‘You are going to feel so great after your walk’ to ‘You’re not going to get everything done today if you waste time going for a walk’.
‘You have to go out to get some groceries so you’re going to be out anyways’ to ‘It’s going to be cold outside; you should stay inside…change what you are going to cook and use what you have instead’
‘You already have enough on your plate for today, why are you adding more?  Stop procrastinating on what you need to do’ to ‘You should stay home and get more stuff down around the house, you can go tomorrow’.

Yup, lots of banter and all because I wanted to go for a walk.  

Crazy right?  You know what’s even crazier?  

That I used to listen to this banter and it would deter me in the past.  I would cave in to my own inner thoughts and allow them to hold me back from doing something positive for myself.

I find it so interesting that I can now recognize when this is happening and I am empowering myself to choose to make a better choice.  

I have always had the ability to do this, I just chose not to. 

I did the Mel Robbins 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and just left my partially enjoyed cup of coffee on the counter, got changed out of my warm and comfy jammies and right into my workout clothes and out the door, I was determined not to let my inner voice stop us from going on our walk.   

Part way through our walk, I even said to my husband, ‘I am so glad we went for our walk’.  I could feel the change in my mood and my energy, just by getting out of the house, being in nature, moving my body and of course, getting a little ocean time didn’t hurt either….LOL.   The added bonus, I gave myself a high-five as I realized that I didn’t allow my inner voice to stop me this morning and it was such a great feeling.

Sure, it took away some time from working on other things on my ‘To Do List’ but what’s more important than taking care of your physical and mental health?  

For me…..Nothing!  

Today’s walk was just another positive step of me putting myself and some self-care first and foremost above everything else.  The dishes and the laundry can wait…my physical and mental health never deserved to be on the backburner and every positive action step I take helps me prove to myself that I’m worthy of taking the time for self-care and my body will thank me.