Last week, I stole a few hours away for myself. As I write, I’m wondering what a whole day of that would feel like?! Because this was amazing. I took some time to
and browse a home store WITHOUT children in tow 🙂
On the drive home, I found myself thinking “I want to get home so I can walk.”
In that moment, I realized my words in past years had usually been “I HAVE to get home and walk.” Like it was just another chore I had to get done. But this time, I NOTICED and NAMED the mindset shift that’s taken quite some time to create.
That “shift” has taken nearly two years. Now, granted, I’ve felt this way about my walks for about a year already, however, until now, I hadn’t caught myself with the words to name the mindset change.
That day I did.
If you don’t regularly make space for yourself in your life, you will lose yourself.
Find your space. Revel in it.
Now … how did that mindset shift about the walk happen for me when I wasn’t searching for it?
Well, first, a long time ago, I realized that I did not have to power walk. That was like winning the lottery for me! Walking became a stress reliever. A leisure activity. A coffee walk. A me and God walk. And it became a space for me to create and learn whether it’s a new idea for a blog post or listening to other coaches via podcasts.
At first, I infused my life with these walks just 8-10 minutes, 2-3 days a week. No big deal. AND I didn’t beat myself up when I didn’t do it. In fact, once, I even STOPPED doing them for a couple of months! I realized I really missed them and became cranky so I started making the space again. Now, for the last year (even through the winter when I dress looking like a terrorist HAHA!), I don’t skip them. I’ve built my way up to 20-40 minutes every day 7 days a week. And I still don’t make it a big deal if I have a busy day or I can’t get out. Sometimes it IS just 10 minutes! I just look forward to the next day. I know it’s because I’ve made them enjoyable. It’s spiritual for me and I crave that time. And that’s why, last week, I WANTED to get home for my walk 🙂
So … what are you going to do to make space for YOU? Do you have some ideas? It doesn’t have to revolve around exercise. Post them below! I want to hear!
As for walking, you don’t have to pick walking. It could be riding a bike or a horse for that fact! Walking just happens to be the most available thing for me and my preference.
To start, all you need to do is commit FIVE MINUTES 3 days per week or just make a commitment to do whatever you can get if you’ve already made this a habit. That’s it! And before you know it, you’ll catch yourself WANTING to do something more than thinking you HAVE to.