The weather is getting warmer, school is almost out and many people are looking forward to letting loose as the summer roles in. This time of year is often a time with more fun, fewer schedules and a little less responsibility (and paying attention to the things we don’t love to do, like say, paying your credit card bill:)
Much of my life has been structured around an academic yearly schedule. Although I’ve always worked in the summer, despite my work in the education field (I could never finagle that summer’s off thing!) June has always been a time to wind down and reflect on what’s important to me and course correct in the areas of my life that don’t align with my life’s vision. I always feel lighter this time of year and therefore better able to be brutally honest with myself! (One of my clients calls this ‘knowing your own BS detector!’ – Love it!)
Most of the time we feel as though we don’t have time to take this kind of breather. We live in a very busy world with lots of things to do and lots of people to tell us when, where, what and how to do it. It’s easy to get incredibly overwhelmed by taking in all the stimulus from the world and get disconnected from what’s actually important to you. The truth is that you actually know the answers to all of your life’s challenges, you just need to allow yourself to see them.
Here’s your June activity:
1. Find a quiet spot (a hammock, a lake, a cafe, the beach) and honestly check in with yourself about the last 12 months (or even 3 or 6 if that feels overwhelming). Start with some general reflecting.
2. Bring a journal or your phone with a note app (for those techy folks) and note some of the themes or ideas that popped up.
3. Get a little more specific and ask yourself:
What brought me great joy and happiness this year?
What was missing for me this year?
Who did I love spending time with?
What depleted my energy?
What am I itching to do next year?
What did I fail at?
What did I learn?
The first step in any change process is awareness. Often, once we uncover the awareness, we find motivation to do more of what is working in our lives and less of what is not working!
Stay tuned to next month’s post on getting clear on what’s next, once you’ve found some awareness!