Slowing Down - By Maggie Jackson, CPO
In this month that celebrates love, I would like to suggest that you show some love for yourself by slowing down. And let me clarify right away – slowing down does not mean stopping completely. It simply means downshifting to a healthier speed.
Plus, February’s 28 days gives us a perfect opportunity to test out some new behaviors for a period of time that some experts suggest allows new habits to form.
Rather than declare New Year’s resolutions, I am on my second year of carefully selecting actions to guide me and to keep me true to my hopes and dreams. I’m pleased to report that the inaugural run in 2018 went remarkably well, and I honored my list more than even I expected.
My clients know that I’m a big proponent of accountability, so I’m happy to share with you my actions for 2019:
Some of these actions certainly will be easier than others. Some will naturally happen in my daily routine. Others will be far more complicated. What does stillness look like? Yet I know the items on the list that are the most challenging also will be the most important for me to grow as human being. Help – who needs help?
Slowing down is a big focus for me this year as each of the above-mentioned items require it. The remarkable community of bright, thoughtful and clever individuals who have embraced minimalism are teaching me many ways to slow down, as a beautiful side-effect of owning less is that you actually have time...time to be curious, embrace stillness, listen wholeheartedly. And, probably most important to me, more time to spread kindness.
Here are three resources to start you on your own journey of slowing down:
Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist (and his new book, The Minimalist Home): https://www.becomingminimalist.com/
Brooke McAlary, Slow Your Home (and her fabulous book, Slow and her amazing podcast, Slow Your Home): https://slowyourhome.com/
Courtney Carver: Be More With Less (and Project 333 and her grace-filled book, Soulful Simplicity): https://slowyourhome.com/
I hope that coming year is filled with many slow moments of pure peace and contentment for you and your family. Set intentions for the coming year and allow yourself the time to embrace them.
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