Change can be difficult. Especially when it comes to creating better habits, or creating purposeful moments of joy in your daily life. This year, I’ve been breaking it down. Instead of seeing change as a whole big daunting everlasting all or nothing movement, I’ve been dedicating each month to different activities.
You may have read about my Year of Yes before, and I haven’t dedicated this year to anything, but I have been breaking it down into smaller monthly pursuits.
February was A Month of Ocean Swims. As darling February has the warmest water, I tried to get into the ocean every day that I could and I ended up having a dip about 4-5 times a week! It was refreshing and fun to put getting into the water first as a super high priority in my day that month.
March was A Month of Sunrises. Just before daylight savings changes, sunrise happens at 7:45am! That’s doable for most anybody (says the morning person ;o). I have captured the most beautiful pictures of first light, I got my Mama up with me, the Frenchie, a couple of my darling friends, and even my puppy-nephew sausage doggly Thomas. Thomas was the luckiest to see the amazing sunrise you see above. The Frenchie and I have even made two of the photos we captured poster size and now have them on our wall :o
April and May have both been A Month of Yoga. I’ve found the most amazing yoga studio in Chippendale called Humming Puppy. It is the most luxe yoga I have ever experienced! I was used to yoga in a bare bones hall. The Humming Puppy philosophy is to arrive as light as possible, and leave even lighter so they provide EVERYTHING! They have mats and blocks and straps all set up for you in the shala (yoga studio) and the shala is darkened and it HUMS! They have two frequencies resonating throughout the room – “7.83hz otherwise known as the Schumann Resonance is actually the frequency of the earth itself and helps to ‘ground’ you through your practice. 40hz is specifically associated with ‘Gamma’ brainwave activity, integral for achieving states of peak performance. Elite athletes, top-notch musicians and high achievers in all fields, typically produce far more gamma waves than average. Being submersed in these frequencies helps you to naturally produce matching frequencies through a process of entrainment.” – It’s so relaxing. The room is dark and slightly heated so it feels like a safe warm cocoon and the teacher is miked so it sounds like they’re talking softly beside you instead of speaking to a room of 40 students. They have a lounge area to relax in before or after with yummy Rabbit Hole teas and coconut water. They have rain showers with beautiful ASPAR products that make my hair super curly and they provide towels both for the showers and during class in the shala. You can tell how in love with it I am so I highly recommend it!
With yoga, I started off in April and I am still going around 4 times each week. Before I started, I think it would have been quite daunting to commit to 4 times a week, but because it was only for a month, I just did it as much as I felt like, and since I loved the studio so much I became hooked. You could try this by signing up to an intro offer somewhere close to you. They often have special deals for new members that you could try.
June has been two things. The first is 33 Days of Meditation. I love my meditation practice, but I am not the most committed student. I actually did Vipassana this time last year – a retreat in the Blue Mountains where you commit to 10 days of silence and meditation. It was such a big experience for me that I have never been able to write about it and I have so so many draft, incomplete posts, but one day I will. So, as I’m turning 33 in June (one of my favourite numbers, I’ve been waiting for this magickal age since 27) I decided to dedicate myself to 33 days straight of 10 minute morning meditations. The Frenchie is actually more dedicated to meditation than I am, he does it every morning, without fail. So I have it as a recurring reminder in my Google Cal on my phone (switch from Apple Cal, you won’t regret it) for 33 days and I am committed.
When you focus on making changes for a small set period of time, it’s much easier to dedicate yourself regularly to the practise.
When you focus on making changes for just a small set period of time, it is much easier to dedicate yourself to the regularity of practise. I do this in fortnightly sessions with my coaching clients, making small goals with them that they just need to focus on for 14 days. Scientific studies have shown that after 21 days you can create or change a habit, but first you need to push through the mental barriers. I’ve written more about this in The Biological Answer to Why Change is so Hard.
As June is my birthday month, it’s also A Month of Celebration. Usually I do something for my birthday every year as I wrote about in Where are the party poppers in your life? and this year I’ve gone all out! As you may know, I love to try new things and I have a list of things I’d like to try, so I’ve decided to do them all! There’s a trip to The Golden Age Cinema, Trampolining at Skyzone which is like a room made of trampolines (think floors AND walls are made of tramps!), a big family picnic, brunch with my girlies, No Lights No Lycra, which is a dance party for an hour in the dark ON my actual birthday, a couple of special dinners, and Retro Sweat, which is like an 80’s dance / exercise class which you can dress up for in leotards and leggings and push down socks! It’s going to be oodles of fun.
So what are you going to dedicate your month to? What would bring you joy? What would make you feel good? I’d love to hear it.
Sending you oodles of love,
Sacha Marie x