Have I ever mentioned before how much I love birthdays?
How many days do you take out of the year to celebrate the fact that you’re alive, and have other people join in on the fun with you? Not to many, I’d bet. But your birthday is the one day designed to be all about you!
Before every birthday, I usually find myself in an incredibly reflective mood. Thinking about things that I used to do, plans I’ve made, dreams I’ve dreamt and goals that I’ve accomplished. I always get excited for the future around this time as well, wondering what another fresh year of life will bring.
Maybe I’m feeling especially excited this year, because I’ll be turning 21. Milestone birthdays always bring a sort of buzz with them, don’t they?!
To prep myself to step fully into this new phase of life, I’ve decided to spend the next 21 days being extremely self centering. Not self centered meaning I believe the entire world revolves around me, but self centered… Rachel put it perfectly in this post on self-centered women.
I’ll be taking photos, and sharing little notes and reflections around social media using the hashtag #21DaysOfSelf.
Some self-centering exercises I’ll be practicing:
– Morning Pages – First thing in the morning, take a few minutes to write in the stream of consciousness, whatever’s on your mind. This allows you to safely and freely release those first emotions to clear your head and prepare for the day.
– Physical activity – Long walks, and finally getting back to the gym.
– Meditation – For ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
– Gratefulness and thankfulness lists – Weekly.
– Self portraits & photos – Just photo-journaling myself and my surroundings. Celebrating my exterior self as much as I’m nurturing my internal self.
Each sunday, at the end of my Sunday Morning Coffee posts, I’ll share a short recap of what self-centering activities I focused on, and I’ll do a complete round up here on the blog for my birthday! Also, at the end of the week, I’ll share some detailed insights on the And Yes To Joy Facebook page. I hope you’ll join me over the next few weeks in taking some time to get self-centered! Remember to share on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #21DaysOfSelf
What activities or practices do you do when trying to get self centered? Do you focus on self-centering?