I feel like my heart is pulled in one hundred directions each day. I want to be brave and sweet and bold and kind, but too often, I find myself distracted. Life gets hectic, things get hard, and I start worrying about my future, or my silly to-do list, or whether I’m doing enough. I second guess myself, and get frustrated when things don’t go as planned. I don’t want to be this way, constantly running from one thing to the next, missing moments that could be peaceful and restorative. I see beauty everywhere, I don’t want to rush by and miss it. I want a heart that is soft and awake and alive, that’s open to all of life and love, and I want to appreciate the little things (that are actually the big things). The question is, how do I stay in tune with my heart and keep from being swayed by this relentless pull?
I wanted a manifesto, something I could come back to when I felt far from myself, my permission to make time for the things that matter, and the practices that help me navigate this crazy world. I have no expectations of perfection from myself with regard to a single one, but they are my guideposts that help me remember who I am, and how I want to live, and they are my constant reminder to come back to the true me.
I am kind to myself, whether that means practical self-care, or having grace for myself on a tough day.
I make time to pray, read, meditate and journal.
I allow myself to rest. Physical, mental, and emotional white space is vital to my wellbeing.
I remember my core values, and aim to make choices in line with them.
I prioritize quality time with family and friends to nurture connection.
I give myself permission to ask for what I need, but choose to be flexible as often as I can.
I carefully curate who and what gets to influence me, influence how I act, and influence how I feel about myself.
I am honest with myself and others. I seek clarity and understanding.
I refuse to take criticism so very personally. I am very picky about whose feedback I take into consideration, and whose opinion matters.
I pursue growth through reading, experience, and reflection.
I practice creativity for its own sake.
I am open to opportunity, and willing to go outside my comfort zone.
I am grateful & I practice gratitude.
I seek meaning.
I choose positivity.
I will reflect often, pause and check in with myself and make sure I’m truly listening to my heart. What do I need in order to feel deeply well? Something practical? Something relational? What do I need more of? What do I need less of? Am I living in line with my core values? What am I most grateful for in this season? What matters most to me?
I make time for these practices because when I do, I light up, I participate in life more fully, and I am more creative, joyful, and at peace. And that is worthwhile.