Time to chill….

DAY 5

When to lie low

There’s a time to jam and a time to chill. A wise person can know where she stands and adjust her speed accordingly. We all have deadlines and eras in life when time is tight and compressed; if we know how to protect ourselves during these time, they can be filled with energy, excitement, and momentum. But we can’t stay in hyperdrive for long, and if we don’t learn how to turn it off, we can get burned out or burned up.

That’s how our economy is set up- the constant grind. If you can work your way off that hamster wheel, you’ll find yourself in a much healthier position in life.

If you’re stuck in such a lifestyle, it is prudent to understand the ebb and flow of these rhythms and adjust your own velocity manually. This means knowing when to slow down. You still may need to go through certain motions, but the lesson is about learning to identify the moments when you need to be redlining and the moments when you can – and should – intentionally take your foot 🦶 off the gas ⛽️.

Today let’s examine the bigger cycles of your busy life. Are you in a “push hard and get there” phase, or are you between deadlines? Are you required to leave it all on the court right now, or can you ease off the gas and replenish your reserves? Only you can determine this.

One thing to take into account is your current energy level. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 Being the highest energy), how much do you have right now?

A score of 1 means you can hardly get out of bed and are totally depleted, and a 6 means you’re doing okay but certainly not feeling great. What’s your honest answer to this?

Now here’s the kicker: If you were to factor your willpower out of the equation, then what would your number be? You see, most of us are forcing energy out to keep up with the demands of our lives. We use our willpower to keep us in overdrive so we can get through, and our bodies, our minds, and our relationships are paying the price. What’s your honest number if you factor out willpower?

Now take that number and think about what you need to do for yourself to bring it up and feel better. When can you slow down? How would you do it?

Today take 30 minutes and simply only do what you feel like doing. This may turn into a nap, since most of us are usually exhausted. That’s fine. It’s a step in the right direction, which honours the spirit of today’s gong. From there, tonight start to think about what else you think would help bring balance in your life.

Can you take a week in the countryside? Maybe you can factor in a day off now and then to go to the spa and catch your breath. Perhaps you need to learn to mediate and at least slow your roll on your daily burn. Each life is different, and we all need our own medicine to come to balance. What would your medicine be?

Now that you’ve taken a honest look at your energy levels and thought about what you may need to bounce back, look at your calendar 📆 and book some downtime for yourself.

Make it a date, a trip, a sabbatical, or whatever it needs to be. Book it, and honour it. You’ll need the energy to get through life with your health and sanity intact.

When can you pull over and take a breather? Book it in your calendar 📆 today.

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We’re drowning in emails….

DAY 4

E-mail time

Email has become an integral part of our lives. It became a powerful way of communicating, which quickly became the norm for businesses all over the world.

Email is great. You can attach files, pictures and videos efficiently. You get people what they need and move on with your life.

So what’s the problem? Volume. We’ve become slaves to our inventions that were created to make life easier.

Now we’re drowning in emails. Every store, car dealer, app company, and vitamin peddler is sending you emails almost on a daily basis. Spam has become an enormous issue we all deal with, and it doesn’t seem to be going away.

Today we deal with this. It doesn’t make sense to look at your email every time your phone 📱 or computer 💻 chimes. It distracts you from the task in hand and keeps you unfocused. What other people want you to look at isn’t going to get you through your day efficiently. In fact, every time you look away, you lose momentum and clarity in what you were doing.

Let’s set up some chunk time for you to check email. Depending on the volume you deal with, set for 30 – 60 minutes for email in the late morning and another block toward the late afternoon.

This is your dedicated email time. The key is to get in, handle it, and get out. One way to do this is to run through all the messages in the morning block, handle anything that can be responded to in the first 5 minutes, star the important ones you need to get back to, and delete or mark as spam all the others. You’ll have another block later in the day to get to the longer ones.

On that note, you need a good spam filter so the junk doesn’t get put in your face. There are a number of good ways to do this, and you’ll have to find one that suits your unique needs. Make a habit of marking items you didn’t elect to receive as spam within your email program. This teaches software what not to send you and helps you keep a clean inbox. With spam out of your face, look at the key communications that deserve your time and start to back your way out of long email chains that waste it.

The secret to email chunk time is to book it on your calendar, communicate clearly (so it doesn’t go back and forth), and clear your plate. This way it doesn’t sit on your mind and pester you; it also doesn’t languish unread or half answered. The sweeter result of this play is increased focus and concentration on the work you’re doing. If you’re working on a document, stay in it. Spreadsheet? Cool, get your work done there. Driving? Well, what were you thinking checking your phone anyhow?

The goal is to maintain clarity in your work and handle email at designated times. Rearrange your schedule to chunk your email time, and make this your plan for today. Try to do it again tomorrow, then the next day. In a few weeks, you’ll see the clutter dissipate and your life get better. Stick with this, and pay close attention to holding the line. Some discipline will pay off here. People may push back. That’s fine. Deliver everything that’s required of you and get your job done. Efficiency is the key. Once people learn to sync to your new rhythm, the difference in productivity and sanity will emanate from your vicinity.

The key is to get better at what you do by curating your day to serve you and free up your time.

Step outside into nature

DAY 3

NATURE

Today’s lesson is simple. Step outside and learn from the ultimate teacher. Nature is our guiding light when it comes to cycles and rhythms. She functions under a perfect ebb and flow of counterbalancing principles.

Heat and cold balance with light and dark.

Growth and decay are fully realised in cycles of the year, as are birth and death.

Nature has all the wisdom you need, packed into plain sight.

We’ve just simply forgotten to look.

Today’s practice is to step outside and spend some quiet time in nature. Even if a public park or back lawn of an office park is all you can access. I am positive that there is going to be some semblance of the natural world available to you today if you open your eyes and look for it.

GO THERE.

Sit in a comfortable spot and start to breathe deeply to your lower abdomen. Relax into your breathing and sink into the sounds all around you.

Feel the wind on your face and maybe take off your shoes and wiggle your toes into the dirt. If you have the luxury to fully immerse, get into some clay or bury your body at the beach. Break down the wall and allow for nature’s majesty to touch you and your senses.

Trees 🌳 can get to hundreds of years in age, but the pebbles below your feet are a millions of years old.

Where did they come from?

Were they part of some large rocks aeons ago?

How did they get there?

Now observe the dirt under your feet. Long time ago, certain fungal elements evolved to break down under rock and create dirt.

With the coming of bacteria, Protozoa, nematodes and multiple other life forms, the dirt started to become soil.

This allowed for other certain life forms to take inorganic materials and make them available to the plant kingdom, which then took off and spread across the planet.

Those plants adapted to drink light and create energy from the sun, trapping energy in carbohydrate bonds.

This became the fuel for certain animal to eat, and fast forward several million years, here you are.

The microscopic life under your feet created a long cascade of processes that eventually allowed you to be there as a consumer of sunlight via plants. If you eat animals, you’re capturing the sunlight they ingested via the plants they consumed.

Life: it’s all around you. You’re breathing it in right now as you’re reading this. Millions of bacteria and viruses just entered your lungs and all over your skin. They help you interact with the natural world all around you. They help to depend against invaders. They are part of the ecosystem of your body, which is part of the ecosystem of the planet. This is all going on while you go through your day, millions upon millions of life forms living their lives, oblivious to your bills and petty dramas.

Sit outside in the symphony of nature and notice the oddity scale. On the one hand, you’re this universe of life with bugs in you and on your skin, all interacting as an ecosystem. On the other hand, you’re a tiny speck on a single planet at the edge of a regular galaxy that is light years away from the next.

Up and down it’s all amazing., and you sit in the middle of all of it. You are the focal point where infinity collides into a single point of time and space.

How can you make sense of it all? The only way is to open your heart and fall into the wonder that it induces. This way, we don’t take ourselves so seriously. It helps us think about the big questions and puts into perspective where we stand in the grand scheme of things.

You only get a moment of time here as the person you think you are.

What are you going to do with it?

How to practice gratitude…

DAY 2

TIME FOR GRATITUDE

Today we pull over and take some time to be grateful for what we have.

GRATITUDE is good medicine and is always time well spent.

It helps to relieve stress and build positive energy, and it gives us great perspective on life.

When was the last time you did this?

Are you hardwired to be grateful, or is it something you have to remind yourself about?

Practicing GRATITUDE is healthy. It paints a worldview of optimism and hope.

People who practice this are consistently HAPPIER.

What tends to happen with people who are depressed and stuck is a phenomenon called STACKING.

This is when something bad happens to us and we take that isolated event and attach it to a series of other “bad” events and create a pessimistic narrative.

Let’s say you stub your toe and drop your phone. People who stack go to a place where “this always happens to me; I have such bad luck; I remember when I tripped in college and was embarrassed” and on and on.

A bill could come in and remind you of all your financial woes, or something as trivial as your favourite team losing could trigger the narrative of how you married the wrong person.

It doesn’t make sense, but it’s what we do. It’s a downward spiral that drags us into “my life sucks” narrative that doesn’t serve us. It makes us less fun to be around.

Gratitude is a wonderful antidote for this tendency. So today you will practice this.

Grab a piece of paper or pick up your phone and simply start making a list of all the things you’re grateful for. It could be your kids, your cat, your accomplishments, a tasty lunch you had recently, or the clouds in the sky. Just keep writing ✍️.

Spend at least 10 minutes doing this and don’t stop. Even if it sounds stupid write it down. It may take a second to recall some of these. That’s totally cool. The act of recalling them delivers a powerful therapeutic and spiritual value.

Once you’ve finished with your list, stop and ask yourself how you feel. How did you feel before you started, and how did you feel afterwards? Any difference? Take note of it.

As you go through your day, keep your list with you. Take a look at it a few times and do a quick read through. Stop on any item that grabs your attention and let that gratitude fill your heart. Sit with the feeling of gratitude towards whatever the given item is. Back in its sunshine, and let it fill you.

At the end of the day go back and recall how you felt in the morning and how you feel on the other side. Any difference? Chances are, it’ll be subtle but definitely there. If you like what this is doing, keep your list with you tomorrow and add to it. In fact, see about adding things as they come up for you, make this list a growing scroll of things you’re grateful for. The more you do it, the better it will serve you. Over time this practice will radically transform your life and change your mood towards all things. It takes away friction and allows us to live in a healthier, timeless space.

Tomorrow I will talk to you about nature.

PRACTICAL MINDFULNESS FOR BUSY PEOPLE

DAY 1

ASSEMBLE YOUR LIFE GARDEN.

Today I want you to look at life through the filter of a natural metaphor.

Imagine your life is a garden. You have limited water 💦 and need to leave space for each plant 🌱 to flourish. Some may be bigger and more important to you than others. Some you may not even like but you are obliged to keep them there.

Think what’s important to you.

What would make in into your LIFE GARDEN?

Family?

Career?

Health?

Relationships?

Music?

What’s important in your life?

List these items and then imagine how much energy need to go into the sustained growth of each.

Think of your energy as the water 💦 you need to nourish and grow each plant.

It comes in the currency of time, effort, willpower, and attention.

If you were to adequately nourish each plant, what would it take?

Some may require more time and energy than others. Make an allowance for that.

New cars 🚘 cost money 💰. If you want one, you’ll either need to make more (which means more water in the career area) or takeaway some funds from your family or elsewhere.

Take a cold hard look at what you say you VALUE and then reconcile that against how much water (time, energy, attention, money, focus) you have to keep that plant alive.

Can you manage to keep certain plants alive while directing the flow of water to certain others for the time being?

Get realistic about how many plants you need to water and cultivate. You have room for 5 – 10 plants 🌱 and that’s it.

Guard against any new ones that may be introduced into your garden, and pull up the ones that are sucking valuable resources away from your most important plants. Consider these as WEEDS.

It takes time and focus, and dedication, but it is critically important.

By saying YES to something new, you’re effectively saying no to your existing plants. You’ll find yourself watering newcomer weeds and diverting away from plants you’ve deemed important in your life.

Does this sound familiar?

This practice will help you grow more MINDFUL.

It’s important to set a LIFE GARDEN and then use it as a filter to see if new plants can root.

Does something fall within the domain of an existing plant?

If so, how much water 💦 will it pull from others?

Can you afford the shift? Is it a completely new plant?

Where will you draw the water from to make room for It?

Is this the best use of your resources? Be Honest.

The practice used here is QIQONG

QIQGONG means energy work ( Qi = energy and GONG = work)

It’s the cultivation of ones personal energy through yogic practice.

The actual term GONG is used to describe your practice here.

Over time with qigong and meditation 🧘‍♀️, you’ll have acccess to more ENERGY, PERSONAL POWER and CLARITY.

Using the life garden metaphor can help you to be honest about how much time and energy you have to commit to things. This way you don’t overcommit, and you also simultaneously avoid the stress and regret that come with not getting things done.

When we align our goals with our plans, we plug into our FOCUS and WILLPOWER to make it work.

I hope you’ve found this interesting.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and how you’ve got on assembling your life garden.

Much love in 2019

Julie

The Essential Oils Guide for Mums.

How can we replace harmful chemicals with Essential Oils?

Essential Oils can be used in 3 ways.

  • Aromatically – in a diffuser, on your pillow case, sprayed in the room, on your shirt collar or just simply smelt out of the bottle.Topically – placed on pulse points, souls of your feet, or rubbed into muscles, joints or affected body parts
  • Topically – placed on pulse points, souls of your feet, or rubbed into muscles, joints or affected body partsInternally  – in your water, cooking or in
  • Internally  – in your water, cooking or in a empty veggie cap. Please note that all oils are not created equal and it is due to the incredible quality of doTERRA oils that we are able to safely do this.

How to Reduce Stress, Improve Sleep and Increase Energy with Essential Oils

Essential Oils Guide for Mums,

When you are Stressed Use…….

  • Clary Calm. I call this my ‘Crazy Mummy Oil’, it promotes calming but also supports a healthy hormonal balance. It gets rolled on my pulse points and belly during ‘that time of the month’  and at the first sign of a stressful situation. Which could be just trying to get the kids out the door to school in the morning.
  • Lavender. Lavender is the swiss army knife of Oils and is great for calming when used aromatically and topically.
  • Citrus Oils. Citrus Oils such as Lemon, Wild Orange and Bergamot are incredible to diffuse in the room to lesson heightened tension.

To Improve Sleep Use…….

  • Lavender. Diffused in the room, or massaged into the soles of feet and within minutes you will be feeling calmer and preparing your body for a restful state.
  • Lavender Peace. Lavender Peace is a gorgeous blend of grounding oils (Lavender, Cedarwood, Ho Woo, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile) that helps set a calm tone and relaxes the body.  Can be massaged into the soles of your feet before bed, diffused or I even mix some with water in a little spray bottle and spritz my families pillows before bed. Lavender Peace is also a great replacement for an everyday Pure-fume.

When you want to feel energised try……

  • Peppermint. Peppermint is not only great for headaches, temperature regulation and calming upset tummies, it is also fantastic as an energiser. Diffused with Wild Orange is a morning favourite in our home.
  • Motivate. Motivate is a DōTerra blend containing Peppermint, Coriander, Clementine, Basil, Rosemary and Vanilla. It is my get out of bed and workout blend, the do the things you don’t want to feel like doing initiator!

For Calm Kids…….

  • Peace Oil.  The combinations of the oils in this blends are incredibly powerful to promote feelings of contentment, composure and reassurance when feeling overwhelmed. A perfect tantrum tamer and help to settle a restless child.
  • Lavender Peace. Otherwise known as the Chief Calmer. This is the blend that you can put in the diffuser after your kids bath time and when I am settling into slow down mode before bed. I also put it on in my kids rooms about 30 minutes before they go to bed, to set a calm tone.

To Breathe Easy try…..

Air. A gorgeous combination of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon and Peppermint that assists open up airways. Amazing for those who suffer from respiratory concerns but also during seasons of allergies and coughs and colds. This can be diffused in a room or bedroom overnight, as well as rubbed diluted on chest and feet. I also love to use Air before a workout or during times of stress when you feel like you need a reminder to breathe.

For Coughs and Colds……

  • Tea Tree. Often referred to as Melaleuca, is a great infection buster. As an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, decongestant and anti oxidant, it makes for a brilliant antiseptic. Diffuse for aromatic benefits, which helps stop the spread of germs between family members.
  • Oregano, Lemon, Tea Tree, OnGuard, and Frankincense.  This is the famous 5 used in what I loving refer to as a ‘Flu Bomb’. 2 drops of each in an empty veggie cap at the first sign of illness and it will have you sorted out pretty quick. No doctors prescriptions required.

Head tension…….

  • Peppermint. A drop on temples and back of neck and you will feel the tension dissipate. Also a great addition to your protein smoothie and homemade dark chocolate!
  • Past Tense. A roller blend containing Wintergreen, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Cilantro, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Basil and Rosemary. Apply to temples, the forehead, the back of neck and pulse points on wrists. A handy one to keep in your handbag or top drawer at work.

Focus……

InTune.  A roller bottle blend that allows you to sort through the 100 things you think you need to do and focus on ONE! Not only a winner for us as Mum’s but also for your kids, especially around Homework time.

To help reduce bloating and improved digestion…..

Zengest . Our go to for any digestive concerns. From diarrhoea to constipation, gas and bloated feelings. Also a winner after indulging in foods our bodies are perhaps not used to. Can be rolled on (diluted with a carrier oil) on our stomachs, taken in a shot glass with water or sipped on throughout the day in your glass water bottle.

To support Immune Health…….

OnGuard. This baby gets rolled onto the soles of feet at the beginning of each school term, diffused at the first sign of a sniffle or body ache and taken internally when I feel my glands start to get a little swollen and my body is giving me a gentle reminder to slow down.
Oregano. I thought it may have been great just for my Pasta sauce but little did I know that Oregano is nature’s very own Antibiotic. Considered a hot oil, it needs to be used carefully and heavily diluted when used on your skin. But can also be diffused and taken internally via a veggie cap.

Tired Muscles / Joint pain……….

Deep Blue. Deep Blue is an active person’s best friend. Deep blue is my go to for sore muscles and joints. Like most oils I use them as a preventative as much as a treatment, in other words before workouts and after. I have also found it super helpful for period cramping and my aches and pains.

Did you know that the average woman rubs or sprays approximately 750 chemicals on her body every day? 

All of these, contain chemicals and toxins that love to mess with our hormonal balance and body chemistry.

If you’re looking for a toxic free lifestyle then essential oils are the way to go.

To open your own account and get them for the price that I do, at a 25% reduction on retail price.

Go to OPEN YOUR OWN ACCOUNT HERE

Ensure you click join and save.

You get a heap of other benefits too by having your own account. But I can tell you more about that once you’ve joined.

To all you mums out there make 2019 the year you decided to take action on your family’s health.

Julie 🙏

We’re all struggling to find time in our lives.

We’re all struggling to find time ⌛️in our lives, but somehow there’s less and less of it to go around each year.

We’re too TIRED 😴 to think.

We’re too WIRED to focus.

We’re less EFFICIENT than we want to be.

We feel GUILTY about not getting enough time with our loved ones.

Our perception of time is coupled with the epidemic of STRESS in our everyday lives.

What does stress makes us feel like?

It makes us feel like the walls are closing in on us, which doesn’t help us to feel better about the concept of time.

What is time?

Time ⏰ is the CURRENCY of LIFE.

We have only a certain amount of heartbeats 💗 with which to SAVOUR life and really TASTE it.

Our time with our families 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦, loved ones, pets 🐈🐕🐎 and hobbies is PRECIOUS, and we should cherish it.

We trade our time for MONEY 💰.

Although, this money buys us shelter 🏡, food 🥘 holidays ✈️ and college for our children.

We can also squander our money, and it’s as though we never had that time at all.

We develop HEALTH ISSUES when we’re less conscious of time. We then wish we had that time back to make things right.

TIME is all we have, and it’s our most VALUABLE GIFT 🎁 in life.

When we run out of time, well, the game is over. We can look back, but we can’t ever get it back.

We all know that we are feeling starved of time, but what are we actually doing about it? Precious little.

Over the next 90 days I’m going to let you know about some SIMPLE, easy to FOLLOW and PROVEN methods.

My goal is to guide you towards TIME PROSPERITY, which means having the time to accomplish what you DESIRE in life without feeling compressed, stressed 😩, overburdened, or hurried.

So what does TIME PROSPERITY do?

It brings us PEACE ✌️

It brings us BETTER DECISIONS

It brings us BETTER HEALTH

It allows us more FAMILY TIME

It allows realignment of our priorities in a way that helps us bring FULFILLMENT and PURPOSE back into our lives.

If you can CONTROL your relationship with time and achieve time prosperity, you’ll reduce your STRESS, have MORE ENERGY, GAIN more fulfillment, and the result will be to actually get MORE DONE.

How do we achieve time prosperity?

We learn to STOP 🛑 TIME.

Over the next 90 days I will walk you through some ancient spiritual practices and practical life skills that help us stop time by tapping into our innate wisdom, taking control of our calendars, and developing solid boundaries around time commitment.

Think of this as the PRACTICE OF MINDFUL TIME MANAGEMENT.

If you’d like to join me over the next 90 days COMMENCING on Jan 1st 2019.

Ensure you’re following me, or if you’d like to let me know you’re taking part, then drop the word TIME in the comments below, and together we can discuss how we’re finding it has helped us, or in some cases maybe not helped us.

Look forward to you all joining me.

See you Jan 1st….with my first post.