I started my new year off by teaching a class on vision boards, and I created my own first. I intentionally left a lot of space because when I cram too many things into my life, it is difficult for me to stay in the moment and truly enjoy it.
Creating space includes assessing your closet, calendar, and to-do list(s), evaluating your clothing, commitments and things on your list that no longer serve you. These can all be considered tolerations.
Tolerations drain our energy by filling our minds with worry, guilt or frustration, like a dirty car, skipping a workout, procrastinating the dentist, or not owning updated clothes that you love.
As a birthday present to myself I decided to create space by eliminating my tolerations! I got my car professionally cleaned, called my dentist, met with with a personal shopper (complimentary at Nordstrom), and cleaned out my closets, for starters.
When you eliminate your tolerations, you make space to practice resilience, a practice of self-love with:
Connection. Who do you keep thinking about reaching out to? Make the call, send a card or text to let them know.
Engagement. Do you feel engaged in your work and more importantly, in your life? Let go of something not serving you so you can get involved in something that will.
Self Care. Are you doing everything you can to feel the way you want to feel? Like getting enough sleep, exercising, eating healthy, or hanging out with positive people?
Mindfulness. Maybe like me, you really need to create more space in your schedule, literally and figuratively so you can stay present and in the moment.
Make a list of 10 things you are tolerating right now and work on eliminating them. Most of us have hundreds of things in our lives that drain us, and we have control to do something about most of them!