Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Create a Life You Love

Do you know you are a brilliant artist? My Buddhist practice has taught me you are constantly creating your world with your words and actions, and even your thoughts.

Remembering this, pull out your magic markers and draw up something bold and beautiful for yourself. Let your wrist get giddy with excitement, causing you to color beyond the edges of the paper, enjoying the freedom of exploring, being big, and making room for beautiful imperfection. Absolutely sprinkle some glitter all over everything! And certainty, do it without apology, without shame, and without concern that so-and-so might not like you because you didn't include her favorite colors. (Feel free to point out to So-And-So that she has her own paper and markers too.)

You are powerful and magical. You can create a life you love by being bold enough to live it. (Click to tweet.)

If you read that and think, "Yeah, that's great, but I'm afraid," I want you to know that shaking in your boots while taking baby steps toward a life you love also totally counts!

As my graduation from Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Health Coach Training Program grows closer (it's tonight!) and as I build my coaching practice, I feel more and more conscious of- and grateful for- my magic markers. I graffiti doors onto brick walls. I turn periods into question marks. I create possibility.

It's definitely a practice. Truthfully, I often catch myself whining about the way things are: "I have terrible periods," "I'm too spacey to drive," and "I hate exercising." But like a frustrated toddler in a restaurant, magic markers are just the thing to soothe my mood. Suddenly I'm empowered and create a world where "I am learning so much about how to have a happy menstrual cycle," "I'm at least as focused as most 16 year olds," and "I love to dance."

As you go through your week, I invite you to explore the power of your magic markers. Observe your thoughts, words, and actions. What kind of effects are you getting from them? Try using more empowered thoughts, words, and action and see what changes. Lemme know how it goes.

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning.   

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