March is almost over and 2017 has already been moving forward at full force. Over the past few weeks I’ve made a big decision. I’m deciding to slow down. With the first three months of the year at full force (in the best way possible) I’m choosing to take a step back.
When I realized that I’ve been non-stop since last summer, it all caught up to me and I realized that it was time to make a few changes. So for the next few months, I’m slowing things down and focusing on the bigger picture.
What does that mean?
Lots of rebranding, internal organization, and major life changes. Let’s just say, I couldn’t be more excited.
It also means, lots of travel. In the next month, I’ll be heading to Fuerteventura, Javea, Paris and Reunion Island and I could not be more excited. Whenever I go to new places, I come back feeling rejuvenated.
Stepping back and doing less can be a big decision but today, I wanted to share 5 reasons why you should be slowing down and how it can lead to major growth.
Gain Clarity On The Bigger Picture
With endless to-do lists it’s easy to get caught up in what’s happening next, sprinting onto the next big thing or project. Odds are, that you are too caught up in your day-to-day happenings that you haven’t been able to take the time to remember the bigger picture and focus on what your big goals are.
As the first quarter of the year is already coming to an end, it’s a great time to step back and think about what you’re really working towards. Not only your big goals for work, but also for life.
What are the things that you truly value and are your creating space for them in your everyday life?
I continuously recommend reading Living Forward because it really allows us to do a deep dive and think about our values and create a mindset to make sure that we don’t let them fall by the wayside.
See Something New or Try Something Different
When was the last time that you did something completely new? Something that terrifies you and challenges you to think outside of the box…
Our daily routines can be beautiful but there is something so inspiring about trying something new. This is one of the reasons why I love travel so much. It allows us to step out of our comfort zone, see new places and be inspired along the way.
For me, this spring I’m trying something different by taking a full week off of work while I’m in La Reunion. Is this slightly terrifying for me? Yes. But, I know that disconnecting will lead to intense inspiration, appreciation and a lot of new ideas.
When we do new things, it opens up our mind to think in new ways and bring inspiration from places we aren’t normally used to.
Get Rid Of The Unnecessary In Your Life
Take a look around you. When was the last time that you got rid of the things you don’t need? As we all know, I’m a big fan of having less but the reality of living a minimalist or essentialist lifestyle is way more impactful than most people realize.
The majority of the time we have so many material things, commitments, relationships that it allows us to get overwhelmed by it all and not realize how it impacts us.
Take a day or two to be honest about what takes up energy in your life and start editing.
Those clothes you haven’t worn in a year… get rid of them. The “friends” that you don’t really enjoy spending time with but you feel guilty saying no to, slowly start fading out. The extra time that you’re putting into work that doesn’t lead you towards the bigger picture of your life, stop doing it.
Once you start having less, you’ll be able to truly see how much the things we surround ourselves with have a major impact on who we are and how we grow.
Celebrate Your Wins
We are always striving to do more, be better and keep growing. That is a beautiful way to live but it is just as important to step back and celebrate your wins.
When did you last take a moment to look at all of the amazing things you’ve done in the past month, 6 months or even year? Most of the time we don’t give ourselves enough credit for all that we do because we are too busy looking ahead. It's important to stop and appreciate we do and reflect on how far we’ve come in this beautiful life.
Make Time For Things That Bring You Joy
When was the last time that you did something that brought total joy into your life?
A moment when you had that child-like bliss and weren’t worried about anything else in the world?
I dare you to schedule time in your daily routine to just “be". To sit back and do something that you truly enjoy. Whether it’s treating yourself out to a beautiful meal, sitting in the sun with a good book, taking a day trip… whatever it might be that makes you happy. Make more time for that. Allow for your life to be spacious enough where you can work, get it all done but also remember that you need time to live as well.
How are you looking to slow down this spring? What can you be shifting your focus on to bring more joy?
Header photo by Danielle Maria Photography