For the past four weeks I’ve followed the e-course Blogging your way with American best-selling author, founder & editor of the blog decor8, and interior stylist Holly Becker. The e-course turned out to be much more than just a course about creative blogging and how to improve your blog posts. Holly, together with co-teachers Jeanette Lunde from Fryd+Design and Nicole Balch from Making it Lovely, went beyond the blogosphere and gave us students some valuable life lessons. Their tips for blogging your best are in fact also life lessons one can apply to daily life.
Holly especially made me think and reflect on my life, my career and my aspirations. In one of her podcasts she said two things that really stuck: “The reason some people are successful and others are not is people who are successful tend to know what they want to do, do it well, and stick to it.” and she shared one of her favourite wisdom quotes: “Every journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step“. [continue reading after picture]
Now, a lot of us women want to do everything well. We want to be a good wife, a nurturing mother, successful in our jobs and committed to our family and friends. That’s a lot to juggle! You get stuck in that daily rut, and start living on automatic pilot. And before you know it, you feel drained and lose confidence. I had a day like that earlier this week. I was just exhausted and on the verge of a breakdown. But then I heard this little voice in my head reciting Holly’s tips: “Get a grip! Try stepping away for a fresh approach. Give yourself time. Delegate. Surround yourself with what inspires you. Don’t allow analysis paralysis to take over. Tap into things that lift you out of ruts!” And that’s exactly what I did. At 5 p.m. I stepped in my car and drove to my happy place: the beach. I kicked off my shoes and placed my jacket under my head. And I just lay there for two hours taking in the peace, snapping some pictures with my phone, and retaking myself. After that I walked through the dunes, and then I returned home reinvigorated and ready to move ahead. [continue reading after picture]
So my happy lifestyle tip for today is not something you can buy, it’s something I learned during the e-course Blogging your way that reaches further than my blog. It is something you and I should do more often: Break the daily grind, delegate the cleaning, cooking and kids, step into your car and drive to the nearest beach or any other place where you can lower your pace and clear your head and just sit down and breath. Feel the sand between your toes. Listen to the birds, the waves, hear the sand being moved by the wind. Enjoy the breeze through your hair and let the sun kiss your face. Lower that bar you created for yourself, and hear your inner voice. Ground yourself.