This week I am giving myself permission to let it be easy! It’s the start of the Summer holidays here and my kids are away with their dad. It’s the first real break I have had in over 9 years and giving myself permission to do what I want while they are away is the best thing I can do. So, I’m taking time out of my normal routine and stealing bits of one of my older blog posts to share with you here while I enjoy some ‘me’ time – it is so important to practice what I preach! And this lovely quote also sums it up…
Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. ~ Regina Brett
When I was a kid, just like everyone else I knew, I had to ask permission to do just about anything. Whether it was from my parents, grandparent, teachers, Brownie leaders or other adults in my life, I was always looking up to adults to not only give me permission, but also to give me advice on what I ‘should’ do. I was also brought up in a time when being busy was also seen as important.
So it probably comes as no surprise that now, as an adult myself, I sometimes struggle with the idea of just doing things for myself and not having to run it past someone else first or doing not much at all and just enjoying a day of ‘nothing’. It seems strange to me now that I spent the first 20 years of my life (at least) listening to the opinions of everyone else and ignoring my own inner voice.
I was never taught to follow my own intuition (who is?), my own inner voice or my own soul’s longing and it has taken me many years to get to a point where I put those first and really pay attention to what is best for me, rather than putting my needs and feelings last. And my Desire Map journey has really helped with that.
Does this sound familiar?
I believe that the very first step you can take to making your life look the way you want it to, is to give yourself permission.
Give yourself permission to discover what really inspires you.
Give yourself permission to follow your dreams.
Give yourself permission to listen to own heart’s longing.
Give yourself permission to be yourself.
Give yourself permission to choose your own path.
Give yourself permission to say ‘NO’ – without qualification or explanation.
So, this week I encourage you to take just a few minutes every day to sit in silence and listen to your soul. Ignore people (including yourself) telling you what you can’t do and listen instead to your inner voice telling you what really is possible. You can achieve anything if you set your mind to it!
Ask yourself what you want, how you want to feel, what really makes you happy and what inspires you. You could do this first thing in the morning or last thing at night, and write down the messages and feelings that you get.
If you can do this regularly, you will soon see that there is no need to ask permission to be who you are. Celebrate your uniqueness, follow your own path and see how wonderfully freeing it feels.
Have a brilliant week.