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February 12, 2014 / alice

transitions- the stuff life is made of

i keep finding myself procrastinating posting here. as the new year came and went the more hectic life got and the easier it was to push posting aside. we have passed the anniversary of this blog- 2 years moving into the third year. i am not quite ready to relish the celebration until i am able to get back into the blogging habit. i have had a lot of things i could be blogging on but the blog topic for today —transitions — create much inspiration and freedom as well as upheaval accompanied by uncertainty.  the strange thing is, my transitions are all leading to the positive and i generally regard them as such but i keep finding myself feeling challenged by the feeling of uncertainty.

as i embarked on this transitional phase i felt free… like a weight of worry had been lifted. i felt lucky, loved and welcomed into the land of transitions. this is not to say that there are not challenging moments. in contrast there have been many challenging moments.

we all experience transitions throughout our lives and  which brings a wide array of experiences and emotions. so this post is to honor all transitions past, present & future

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transitions. water color paint & pencil on shizen 300lb paper

acknowledge balance, or lack there of
when life feels as though it has been thrown into a fan that is spinning quickly it is most likely because the elements of life that make you feel whole are out of balance.

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wellness wheels

in wellness coaching (and other fields) we use a wheel to symbolize the importance to have all elements of life working in conjunction. a wheel can not roll if it’s uneven. our lives will always be ever evolving towards evenness. but transitions can make you feel especially out of balance and downright unhealthy! know that part of what you are feeling is because of a lack of balance and know that balance will come back! you will find your way back into even. in the mean time think of 1 or 2 small things you can do to help you feel more in balance? which part of the wheel do those things address? tell someone or find another way of holding yourself accountable to your balance inducing goals.

for me it was making sure i made myself a healthy lunch to take with me. making sure i am scheduling time for myself/exercise.  for you the list may be completely different– maybe it is making time for friends and family or finding more down time.

which brings me to my next item!

eat grounding foods

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root veggies with herbs and garlic

choose warm, hearty dishes with lots of nourishing foods. root vegetables, mushrooms, butter from pastured cows, coconut oil, in season fruits and plenty of protein. spice things up with warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper, garlic. stay away from convenience food, dry crunchy items, and sweets. it is even harder when we are working from a place of stress to give up the unhealthy treats. listen to your intuition and find foods you love that love your body back. if you are finding this article during summer– make alterations for the season you are in. squash rich, dark green foods, eggplant, green beans, and fresh berries.

eating grounding foods will help you feel more grounded and in balance in contrast to the rather spaced out thinking that can come with transitions. eating healthy foods will also helps you feel better. there are so many more reasons, but i will stop there.

spend time outside in nature & in the sun

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we all know how good spending time outside feels and how good it is for us. but make it a special priority through your transitions.

journal, draw, meditate, sit quietly– whatever works

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find the time to do one of these things or if you are feeling up to it, try something new.
use this time to connect with yourself and refocus your energy on what is.

be grateful, be kind and let go

find time to be thankful and reflect by how good you do have it! try to see the glass half full by appreciating all the big and small things you do have going for you… however hard this may be. this will help you find solace/peace/gratitude and brush off any ickyness or out-of-sortness you may be experiencing.

be kind to yourself. (one of my hardest tasks) know that you are human. love yourself unconditionally and steadfastly! (you know what i am talking about)

let go of anything that isn’t serving you. maybe it is how hard you are being on yourself,  or maybe it’s a plan you know isn’t quite right but are sticking to it anyway, an idea or someone else’s expectation or standard. again, you know what i am talking about!! listen to that little voice.

to all of us with our transitions of past, present and future– cheers to more good to come!

 

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  1. Toni Sicola / Feb 12 2014 12:54 pm

    I love this post, Alice! Thanks for sharing your journey and providing tips that are within everyone’s reach.

    • alice / Feb 13 2014 9:43 am

      so glad you liked it! thank you so much for reading!

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