Naturally, as 2021 comes to a close, I’ve found myself reflecting over the past year. My thoughts gently oscillating between how I aspire to grow and the self-care practices I’d like to multiply in the new year. One of my favorite self-care practices that I am still learning to master is prioritizing a life of ease.
Meaning, intentionally choosing people, places, and things that make me feel full and disengaging in anything that leaves me feeling drained. Admittingly at times, I struggled to prioritize ease. In hindsight, I can see how I was conditioned to accept being inconvenienced and put the wants of others over my own.
I feared that my renewed outlook on life would disrupt the harmony of the life I needed to outgrow.
Even still, I surveyed the parts of my life that needed to be revitalized and slowly began to make changes. Some of the practices I abandoned were:
- continuing to work in a toxic work environment
- investing energy and time into relationships that weren’t mutually beneficial
- making excuses not to stand firm in boundaries with family and friends
- allowing imposter syndrome to influence my success or lack thereof
Even in the slightest way, I practiced choosing ease over chaos and struggle. This meant:
- saying more no’s to others and more yes’s to my intuition
- learning to identify and honor my professional, interpersonal, and romantic boundaries
- leaving a toxic work culture and building a business of my own
- learning to take more chances on myself despite the fear of rejection
Over the past year, I have shared my journey to reparenting myself and redefining my vision for my life on my terms. In exchange, I’ve offered the lessons I’ve learned in the form of tips and best practices so that you can begin to see how a life of ease and personal freedom is within your grasp.
I hope in 2022, you find more opportunities to center ease by exploring the balance between practicing spiritual grounded-ness and embracing self-evolution.
Wishing you a prosperous new year!
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