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First. Be You

Exhausted. You too?

Yes, we know, getting more quality sleep is key. 

But here's where my fatigue comes from: 

  • 4 Pre-Breakfast Habits Every Successful Person Embraces
  • 8 Ways to Increase Social Media Engagement
  • 7 Productivity Hacks to Achieve More in Less Time

Sound familiar? Yes, there is valuable information in all the self-help and optimization articles flowing into my connectivity portals everyday. I appreciate those nuggets, & I take away what works for me.

But the relentless formulas-schedules-metrics can take over the texture of my day, driving me on what feels like a never-ending treadmill.

Enough.

My fuel comes from my inner YES. I have learned that for me, creating space each day, before any other work claims my focus, for my own physical & creative expression is my MUST. Moving my body (running or yoga) AND moving my thoughts & ideas out onto paper (I have multiple journals going at a time) clears my channels & gets me into a flow that carries me through the day with verve.

Sure, schedules can be tiring. But exhaustion--from the Latin exhaurire, meaning to "drain out"--is a state we create when we don't consciously refuel with what feeds us, our soul, our spirit. Exhaustion is output without input--not protein, either, but the inner fire kind of nourishment. 

SO I ASK: WHAT FEEDS YOUR INNER FIRE/YES?

It is not found in numeric achievements, followers, likes, or hacks.

Try this on instead. Before ALL ELSE you do for others:

  • Listen IN to you, TUNE IN
  • Write OUT what comes from your spirit, thoughts/feelings/questions, EXPRESS
  • Create what wants to flow from within, whether journal entries, doodles, a beautiful breakfast, CREATE
  • Feel how your body wants to move & groove, perhaps it wants to breathe deeply in quiet, stretch, sprint, find your MOVEMENT
  • Honor & celebrate your unique being, FIRST. Your instinct knows the way.  

Being me, honoring me first, begins my day with wholeness. And from that harmony, I have a different energy for whatever comes. I may feel spent, but exhaustion no longer drains me.

 

 

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