Are you enjoying your life?
Do you have hobbies and interests, that when you take time to engage in them your heart sings with excitement? Are you doing what you love?
Or, are you so caught up with making an income, possibly working 40- 60 + hours a week, that your spare time is spent zoning out in front of the television or reading a few lines of a book and falling asleep?
"Doing what you love is freedom. Loving what you do is happiness" Lana Del Rey
What do you need to discover?
Maybe you haven't yet discovered your interests that make your heart sing or you haven't had time to give it much thought after all the hours spent maybe studying, then finding the ideal job, or raising a family.
Two of my hobbies that, I too, can put off because I get so distracted with every day things are:
- Natural plant and eco-leaf print dyeing fabrics and clothing
- Making Macrame wallhagings (Yes, the 70's decor is back!)
When I take the time and make a plan to create these, I'm in my element. I feel the excitement in my body and feel so fulfilled that I wonder why it takes me months to get around to doing it!
It's easy to stay busy
In this day and age, with so many distractions, social media, working full time and then some to pay off the mortgage and the vehicle/s, keeping up with family commitments, it's so easy to always be doing, doing and doing.
I haven't even had full or part-time work for the past 17 years as I've been raising our children, and I'm certainly one who has had a hundred things on my daily 'to-do list" - and my passions were rarely one of those listed.
"When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead" Hemingway
Are you prioritising?
I'm talking about taking the time to prioritise your desires, the things that bring you joy. I can hear some of you say "well, we have to be realistic, life isn't about just doing what you want".
Sure, we need to take personal and financial responsibility for ourselves and our families - but are you doing it in a way that serves you (and your family)? Only you can make these choices and changes. Only you can start doing what you love.
Feeling a tad resentful or exhausted?
Maybe you are resentfully bringing in the money to pay the bills, buy the food, maybe have a holiday once or twice a year and feel exhausted the rest of the time. If you find yourself in this space then, perhaps, not only might you need to re-asses your priorities with your life, but bring some joy back into it by doing what you love.
Start with One
Starting with just one hobby/interest and making the time for it can start bringing joy back into your heart, which will change how you are around your family and friends.
Being around someone who is feeling a little more fulfilled and happy is much more pleasant than a negative grump who finds no or little joy in life. (This is not to say your life won't still have ups and downs!)
What adjustments do you need to make?
If you've been like me, and always making excuses: "too busy, not enough time", "I don't know what I l like to do", "I'm not good at anything in particular", "I'll find my hobbies when I retire" then, let me tell you, there's no time like the present! You/we are living life right now!
Creating time to do things you love might mean adjusting your priorities and beliefs. Only you can do it - if you really, truly want to.
"Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life" Wayne Dyer
What will you choose? How will you incorporate it into your day, week, weekend, life?
You could write some ideas down and how you can go about actioning them. Feel what speaks to your heart the most. Begin developing the taste for living a life doing things you love. You can do this!
An abundant life is not necessarily about money - it's about the experiences, the adventures, the growth, the fulfilling relationships.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE - IT'S IMPORTANT!
I'd love for you to let me know what activities you love to do or experience but have not taken action on, or perhaps you used to do but stopped long ago.
May you have a wholesome and happy life!