Mas Despacio-- Four Simple Ways to Slow Down for Spring
Spring's coming! Now it may mean different things for different people. For me, spring is a season for new growth and blossoming. The beginning of the year, I started a little experiment, and didn't tell a single soul about it. I wanted to see if taking things a little slower would allow me to push back from the burden of going,going,going to seeing the beauty in life's simple pleasures. While driving, I literally slowed down to take pictures in front of this gorgeous Spanish style home with the most beautiful color way I've seen. I was inspired to share with you all four simple ways to slow your life down to well enjoy it.
You would think it's a no brainer but so many of us are stuck inside of buildings with artificial air circulating, sitting in cubicles, typing away. Taking the time to step outside and smell the fresh air and connect with nature will totally refresh and revitalize you. There is a reason why you hear so many successful people speak about going on retreats and in seclusion to be one with nature. Nature and all of her beautiful friends have a miraculous way of recharging you.
PULL THE PLUG
Disconnect for a little while. I promise, you will not miss a thing. Let go of the constant feeling of being on. Listen to nature's music, pull color inspiration from flowers, and nature's natural gradients. Open your eyes and your heart will in turn. Every single day of the week for an alloted amount of time, I step away from the cellular device and all electronics. Do you know how good it feels?!
Did you set any New Year's Resolutions? If so, spring is the season to make sure you are moving forward with creating a better person. Resolved to start a small garden, cook more, get healthier---take the time to slow your life down and make very small steps toward your goals. Turn your record player on and learn how to make a healthy dinner for two. Slowing down to do things that will create experiences eventually make longer lasting lifestyle changes in the end.
TAKE YOURSELF ON A DATE AND DON'T SHARE
One constant factor in my experiment this year that has shown proven results is an artist's date with myself. Find a different place to go or something to do every week this season and take yourself on a date. Don't be compelled to share! I think not sharing is the most romantic thing you can do for yourself. You aren't rushing to post on social media...you've slowed down a bit to savor memories with yourself.