Hello, sweet soul.
Before anything else, I want to say thank you for all of the support, love, heartfelt good wishes, laughter and smiles you’ve given to me as I shared my experiences living with an auto-immune disease. Thank you, thank you.
Since that post, I bottomed a bit more and am now rocking an upswing. The energy crashes are still happening, but my mind is clearer and sharper. The vertigo is still occurring, but I can speak easier. I’ve been really angry and frustrated, but today my heart is light.
As I’ve started to feel better, I’ve been running side-by-side with the urge to play catch up, to make monster to-do lists, to create and explore new things, to do everything, now, all at once, because for months I couldn’t.
I grabbed a pen and paper and started my list — things I want to do around the house, in the yard, on the site, for the business, to focus on my health and well-being — they all poured from my mind through my pencil and onto the paper.
At first I felt revved up, focused, goal-oriented, but then another feeling showed up — complete overwhelm. My to-do lists were not working for me. I thrive on organization, I’m a Word doc nerd, give me a white board and I will make some magic on it. So this, all of this, was very confusing.
The to-do’s were too much, so I decided to focus on how I wanted to feel.
Instead of asking what do I need to do today, I start off each morning thinking about how I want to feel and shaping my day around that.
Today I want to feel connected, like my home is my sanctuary, happy, and relaxed. With that in mind, my to-do list includes things like visiting my mom, playing with Beanie, cutting the grass, doing a load of laundry and reading.
Things still get done, maybe not as much as if I’d done it in a traditional way, but this way just feels good.
I’m honoring how I feel, knowing deep down how I want to feel and then doing whatever it takes to feel that way.
In more practical terms, it’s knowing how I want to feel, doing one or two core, traditional “to-do” items and spending dedicated time devoted to self-care, in whatever form it wants to take.
So, to help keep this in mind, I created a new kind of to-do list, and I want to share it with you.
A New Kind of To-Do List – PDF
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I hope you are having a beautiful day,