Over a month ago, a friend from work convinced me to open up a personal gmail account since it is totally user friendly and great for people who love to organize (me!). Easy enough. So I did that. But for the past month, I’ve continued using my other email account since the “switch over” seemed too daunting. Too much work. Too much “new”. It’s just email for crying out loud! Why was it so hard!!?! This weekend more than one friend told me that I hadn’t responded back to their emails – boy did I feel bad or what. This wasn’t like me. My old email account was getting swamped and it was to the point of no return trying to organize it. I didn’t even want to look at past emails because it all seemed like too much. So this weekend, I made the switch. After procrastinating switching over I finally did it. And funny enough, I will never go back. For anyone who loves being organized? Gmail. Try it. My life just seems so much easier now! No more forgetting to email people back, that’s for sure.
Another change? Well, you all know how much I love oatmeal. Giving it up wasn’t as hard as I thought but it was definitely an adjustment. If I hadn’t tried this 40-day Clean-Eating Challenge, I would never have found my new favourite breakfast. Yes. Better than oatmeal (in my opinion anyways)! I’m addicted to it. I call it “Omega-meal“. All you have to do is blend together 2 tbsps of flax seed, 1 banana, 2 apples, 1/2 cup almond milk and some chia seeds – and tadaaahhh: Amazing Breakfast! Topped with almonds, raisins and some strawberries. Heaven in a bowl!
Both of these were such a simple changes, but for me they were a challenge. Any change no matter how big or how small can seem too difficult, too hard, too uncomfortable, too anything you label it as to make yourself feel better. We can convince ourselves of anything, that I know to be true! Often, the changes we do make (when we are listening to our heart), make such a greater difference in our lives creating yet another inspiring and uplifting ripple effect.
Another example of change for me this past weekend was trying something completely out of my comfort zone – windsurfing!! I had always looked at those guys out on the water and literally thought, “there’s no way I could ever do that. Plus I hear it’s incredibly hard“. Mike and I had a groupon from last year which was expiring soon, so we decided to check it out. It was AWESOME! Another water sport I could see myself becoming addicted to. And you know what? I didn’t suck all that bad! I was actually tacking out there, back and forth, not too fast but staying upright and moving with the wind. What a blissful feeling. Definitely going to have to try that again.
Since challenging myself to change my safe, comfortable habits and try something new, I’ve sparked a new sense of adventure inside of myself. I’m starting to think outside of my safe box now. Kite surfing? Hmmmmm… I always thought that looked WAAAAAAY out of my league, but now I think I’m gonna have to try that too. It gave me a boost of confidence to think, what’s next?!
The possibilities are endless once you stick out that big toe and take the plunge into something new. Something uncomfortable. When we do this, excitement grows. You soon remember that sense of adventure that’s inside all of us. The thrill of adventure that turns nervousness into a natural high. Living life to it’s fullest. You never know where it will lead you – sticking out that big toe.
Smile with your heart!
I have to share one more thing. I decided to go to yoga tonight instead of watching the game with the rest of Vanocuver (I know!!). After the class, in my state of bliss, I was talking with a friend and I told her how glad I was that I had gone to class, but did feel a little lame for not watching the game. She laughed with encouragement, and said (I love this):
“You gotta dance to your own music”
This is so true! Whatever makes your heart sing and your soul dance – DO THAT!