But if you're like me, this new season isn't just about blooming flowers and fun. It is a time of major transformation. The last two years have been overwhelming and seemingly never-ending. If I'm honest, I have unexpectedly circled back to this place. The days are running together and I feel like I am in limbo most of the time. This is mostly due to 5th grade curriculum and months of house hunting. But it's more than that.
There has been a major shift happening in my personal life for quite some time now. My spiritual mother Dr. JoLynne Whittaker calls it "Divine Discontent". I have indeed outgrown some people and things in the past year. After an unexpected life change a couple of weeks ago, I now know that God was protecting me from something. I believe God has been preparing me for my next season and that was a big sign. The stretching, molding and growth has been both enlightening and exhausting. I am aware of so much more now and while truth and clarity are great, some days are heavy. Mass Illness. Book Bans. Family Separation. Hateful Leaders. War. Genocide. Institutions Crumbling. We are living in 2022, right?
If you are a believer and follower of Christ, then you know what is currently happening globally is right on time according to the Holy Bible. And as believers, we also know that God's timing is perfect and in time he makes all things new. Despite the heaviness, I must continue to believe that I was made/born for such a time as this. Here are a few actions that have proven to be beneficial for me in times of distress:
- Deep breathing & prayer-I do these things often to calm my anxiety and to refocus and to keep my mind & body balanced.
- Music or sound therapy-This is another activity that helps me to clear my mind and refocus.
- Ditch old habits & distractions-I know this one is easier said than done and it takes work. Evaluate your typical day and cut out your distractions. Then make a list of goals or things you would like to do in place of those things no longer serving you. I have found that unplugging is a great place to start with this task.
- Practicing gratitude-Write down a list of all the things, big or small, that you are grateful for. It helps l promise! And it's a good reference on hard days.
- Physical activity-If you know me, then you know I talk a lot about intentional movement. Moving your body is a sure way to boost your mood. And yes, spring cleaning counts too!
- Try something new-Time to find that list of things you were planning for 2020 and even last year. Take the class. Book the trip. Learn something new and add a new layer to yourself.
- Remember who and whose you are-God has not forgotten you. Keep praying and pressing in for the win!
Right now, my family, business and spiritual health is my priority. Period. So if you don't see me or hear from me like you're used to, don't worry. I'm just continuing to walk in my purpose and elevating.