It is the first day of fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumnal Equinox. It is widely believed that the Autumnal Equinox is one of two days during the year where day and night are equally balanced. While that is not strictly speaking true (listen to HYH episode 19 for details), it still serves as a wonderful bit of symbolism. What better time of year for self reflection? All to often our lives are out of balance and we suffer for it, sometimes without even realizing it.
I started this I year in a bit of a tailspin. My husband of nearly 14 years told me before the start of the new year that he wanted a divorce. I found, heading into the new year, that my life was terribly out of balance. I was stressed, out of shape, and over worked. I hadn’t been taking care of myself. However, the divorce, as awful as it was, forced me to reassess my life, figure out what was important to me, reestablish my goals, and realign my behavior so that I could meet my goals.
It started with something simple. I was feeling overwhelmed, and I needed a sense of accomplishment, so I set a goal that I knew I could keep. I committed to doing just one push up a day, and I did one push up a day. Or, I started with one push up a day. Once I got moving I gained momentum and I did more.
I started doing yoga, and felt my stress slipping away. I stretched along with Adrienne from Yoga with Adrienne every morning before work. I took up biking after a hiatus that had been far too long, and I rediscovered an old love - ballroom dancing. I also cleared the clutter in my house, and along with it much of the clutter in my mind. I became more me.
I started out simply trying to take better care of myself, and gain a little balance in my life. While I still have a very long way to go before I have met my goals, I am already far healthier, happier, and less stressed than I have been in years.
Good can come out of the worst of situations. Today is the perfect opportunity to reflect on our lives, start taking care of ourselves, and begin the journey that ends with each of us being the best version of ourselves.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my readers and listeners for your continuing support. During this trying year it meant the world to me.