After a long and refreshing weekend, I got right back into the grind of things.
We did our 11am workout outside open to anyone! (come join us Indianapolis people!) and I taught CXWORX later that evening.
Dinner was another delicious salad featuring a new-to-me green…ARUGULA!
Brian’s parents gave us a bunch of greens leftover from their weekend and I saw Davida from The Healthy Maven post a recipe for a delicious looking arugula salad yesterday. I just happened to have most of the ingredients on hand, so I whipped it up and topped it with shrimp and Brian and I both cleaned our plates!
I didn’t have any pesto and I didn’t feel like dirtying the food processor, so I just chopped up some basil and put the individual dressing ingredients on top of the entire salad and then tossed it all in together which worked out great! Seriously, this combination of flavors was awesome!
Do What Comes Naturally
Recently, I have been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting. I’m currently reading Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions and absolutely loving it. I’m still at the very beginning…it takes me a while to get through books because I have a hard time dedicating all of my attention to one task at a time…but it’s still making me THINK.
One take-away that I have from the book so far is that we should all focus on what comes naturally to us, and we should stop trying to force things we don’t have an interest in, aren’t good at, etc. This idea from Danielle REALLY got me thinking.
I’m sure we can all get like this, but recently I have been falling victim to the dreaded “comparison trap.” You know that feeling when you start to look at everyone else and think their bodies, lives, blogs, careers, families are so “perfect” and you wish yours was that “perfect” too? This “comparison trap” makes me forget how grateful and thankful I am for the things that I have.
Well, when I got to the first worksheet in Danielle’s book I needed to make a list of all the things that come naturally to me and the things I have a natural curiosity about, and I started to really think about how I NEED to just accept myself the way that I am and do what makes me HAPPY!
I was having some serious self-doubts for a while because I was thinking, despite how much I work out or how healthy I eat, that I wasn’t doing enough because I didn’t look a certain way (not muscular enough, not fit enough, etc)…when I started to list all of the things I was interested in and passionate about naturally and truly, I realized and remembered that I have NEVER been super athletic or muscular, that’s just not ME. While I have always LOVED challenging myself, moving my body and being active, when it comes to sports (especially competitive sports) my heart was just never there…and that’s ok!! I like to be active, fit, and healthy for myself and for fun.
I realized I was having unrealistic expectations of myself that were adding a completely new level of stress that I just didn’t need to deal with. I realized I was giving myself restrictive, self-made “rules” which totally go AGAINST the idea of “holistic total body and mind wellness” that I believe in.
So, this post may be a little bit of me just rambling on but I wanted to share with all of you because I feel like I have had such a big “Aha!” moment. Seriously, since I started The Fire Starter Sessions and really started thinking through my life and how I want to feel and what I want to do with my life I just feel so much more motivation, energy and excitement for the future (although it’s pretty scary too!).
OK, so is there a point to all this rambling? I guess, just listen to your body, your true self, and your heart. Do what comes naturally and what you love, accept the imperfections of life, and for goodness sake don’t fall into the “comparison trap.”
Thanks for being a sounding board and a support system, friends!
Question of the Morning:
- Do you ever find yourself falling victim to the comparison trap?
- How do you get yourself out?
- Have you read any self-help motivating books? If so, what are they!? I want to add to my list.