sleep

Sleep To Dream

Hello there, I took a nap yesterday.  It was more like and event.  I scheduled it and was absolutely looking forward to it.  I made sure all of my ducks (dogs & cats) were in a row, errands run, playlists complete, clients squared away, and I put on bed time clothes, turned on the noise machine (to cancel out the world), put my darkening curtain down and passed the f#ck out.  It was glorious.

I was down for about 90 minutes when I woke up.  I looked at the time and knew that I still had another 3 or 4 hours to myself.  I planned it that way.  I hadn't been getting a lot of sleep this past week and it was wearing on me.  We all need sleep.  Our bodies get a chance to rebuild and reboot.  Because my work is so physical I risk not being able to do my work if I don't schedule 're-up' sleep sessions.  However, after waking I began to grow concerned.  That annoying, nagging voice began asking me if I really had the time to sleep more.  I am so used to going, going, going, that I was freaking out about literally stopping.  I told that voice to shut up and I fell asleep again.

After another 45 minutes or so I woke up and decided that I had things to do, which at this point was fine.  I felt stronger, rested and ready to go for my evening classes.  Taking time out for me, making the space I need for a nap, a book, time alone or with others, is oftentimes more beneficial than the work I think about finishing.  Though I am working on behalf of my dreams, I sometimes just want to dream and leave the work for later.  It is nice to do just shut off and sometimes your actual sleep dreams show you if the work you are doing is actually getting you closer to them.

Have you given yourself permission to do 'nothing' recently?  Ever?  How do you feel about naps?  Do you ever have trouble 'shutting your mind off' or are you able to flip a switch and go to the black hole in your mind?  I recommend passing out, reading, writing, listening to music, etc. with the only goal being to do that thing you have chosen to do.  Enjoy living in that place… tell the nagging bossy abusive voice to back off, and enjoy your life.

Sweet Dreams,

xo

a

What's Good???

Good morning! It is Tuesday!!  :) This only  takes a few moments to do but gives to you for much, much longer.  So put down whatever you are doing and take a couple of minutes for yourself.  Every Tuesday morning I am going to ask you to write down 5 things that you are grateful for and email them to me (keep for yourself as well).  What are you feeling gratitude around?  Here are mine for this week:

My Crazy Cats.

Freedom to Write What I Want.

Sleep.

Spontaneity.

New Music on Tuesdays.  

There are no right or wrong answers.  It is about what you are grateful for.   It is proven that doing this once a week for three months (actually just 9 weeks) makes you happier, healthier, exercise more and less sensitive to perceived slights.  You will sweat the small stuff less and focus on what really matters.

So… what are you waiting for???

Food for thought:

Not everyone is going to support what you want in life.  The main thing is that you support it, believe in it, and go forward no matter what.   

"Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires" ~Bertrand Russell

"I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind."  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Go!  Do!  Be!

"Man is free the moment he wishes to be."  ~Voltaire

 

xo

a