Is this not the busiest time of year or what? The grocery stores are packed with people getting cheesecake and pies for holiday parties and even the Starbucks line seems longer. It's like people that haven't left the house in months suddenly emerge to buy a Christmas sweater. What gives?
As someone that is used to running at one hundred miles per hour I kind of like the hustle and bustle.
It energizes me!
This post was originally supposed to be a fashion post about layers and funking up your look.
And while I do love me some layers that involve everything pictured here - muscle tees with skulls, flannels and chunky sweaters something much more important came to me.
I had found my calm in the storm. I was in the middle of the street downtown and I had truly tuned out all of the noise around me. Whether it was fall and peaceful outside with leaves falling or this crazy time of year I felt calm inside. Almost like I couldn't tell the seasons had even changed.
How did I learn to feel calm in the storm? I thought you'd never ask!
I've always been more of the rowdy type, LC and I have been nicknamed "Spicy and Fiesty" for a reason. In the past I would feel bad that I liked to be busy, always had never ending to-do lists, was trying to squeeze in one more workout and was usually running just one minute late.
Today I'm learning to embrace that about myself and still find some peace in the mean time.
Finding My Calm ||
- Figuring out what calm means to me
- I feel the most peace after a yoga sculpt session that involves weights and rap music, not lying on my mat in silence. I love sweating my stresses out, leaving everything on my mat, pushing myself to the limit then basking in the afterglow. This is my happy place.
- Setting priorities
- Since starting this blog LC and I have had to become planners to the max, as we're always juggling a million things. This has forced me to set priorities in my life in regards to work, my relationships, my free time, and this website. I'm so focused on what is important to me, little distractions that come up in day to day life suddenly seem irrelevant.
- Making time for me
- Sometimes the only alone time I may have a chance to unwind is on my lunch break in a crowded cafeteria. I put my phone on do not disturb and read my book. It doesn't have to be completely quiet or a place of solitude to mediate or nurture your soul. It can happen right in the space you're in. By making a conscious effort to do something for myself I've been able to find some "quiet" time in a hospital cafeteria. I've come to realize more than ever this past year that without some form of alone time I'm a wreck, just ask LC or Daniel.
- Saying no
- Bottom line, we all have to do it. LC has taught me this more than anyone. I remember one time someone told me they loved saying no. This was such a foreign concept to me, not anymore. What brings you more peace than saying no to something that isn't serving you? Talk about calm in the storm, I feel less stressed just thinking about it.
There's nothing like standing in the middle of the street in downtown Denver, cars passing by, people gawking thinking you're famous.
Then little ol' me standing there completely oblivious, lost in my own little blog world staring at oncoming traffic all stopped at the red light I was standing under.
I'm sure the gawkers were disappointed when they realized I was just a Resource Girl.
One day when this Resource Girl makes it big those gawkers are going to regret not snapping a picture!
This holiday season these Resource Girls challenge you try to find some calm in the hustle bustle, even if it's just a few minutes.
Maybe it's a sip of a peppermint mocha latte, smells of cinnamon candles, the warmth of a Christmas fire, or buying yourself that special holiday dress that calms your heart.
Whatever it is this year we challenge you to find it, we're positive you won't regret it. New Year's is just around the corner and we're pretty sure this will have you started on the right track for 2016.