I think you might be in need of a Dream Day.
A day that starts out as white space to be filled with whatever you desire on that very day, moment to moment.
I had one of these today and writing to you at this very moment is exactly what I want to be doing right now on my Dream Day.
It has not always been the case. In the past I have had on my to do list: write blog post, and to tell you the truth I have dreaded it. Not because I don’t like writing to you. Once I finish a post I am elated when I hit the send button. A sense of euphoria washes over me. But the getting to write it, the thinking about doing it, was full of dread and procrastination.
Think about the things in your life that you love to do, once you get going or you finish. Like the runners high you get whilst on a run or how good you feel after yoga, but getting on the mat or starting is the hardest part.
I have had a different approach since the beginning of this year. I try to only do the things I want to do. If I’m dreading something, then I take it off my to do list. Case in point is writing a post. Now that the pressure is off, I have not dreaded it once and am simply writing today because I really want to. It’s a much nicer state of mind to be in to do only the things you want to, as much as possible, with the things that are within your control. And if you really think about it, if we raised the stakes and your life depended on it, you’ll find that most things are within your control.
Back to my Dream Day. Today I got up super early and watched the sun rise above the waterline of the horizon at the ocean. I sat on a rock and watched it appear and scribbled in my notebook Dream Day and all the ideas I had of what I might like my day to be filled with. There was dipping in the ocean and colouring in and writing in my journal and calling a couple of my best friends and listening to podcasts and Super Soul Sunday.
At the bottom of the list I put down tasks that I could do, just to get them out of my head. You do not want your Dream Day to be filled with tasks, like washing your clothes or supergluing shoes. In fact, you want to do as few as possible. It’s just important to get them out from swimming around your head and onto your piece of paper for another day.
Then I went about my Dream Day. Tuning in with myself and staying present and doing only what my soul felt like it needed moment to moment.
At one point I got out my colouring in book, but when I sat down with it, I could feel that I didn’t actually feel like colouring in at that moment, and I was just trying to cross another thing off my list. Be very wary of that, just doing things on autopilot to cross them off your list. Be mindful of what you WANT to be doing. It is after all YOUR Dream Day.
It has been absolute bliss and I think you may be in need of your very own Dream Day. Here’s how it’s done:
- Put Dream Day in your calendar on a day with nothing planned
- When you wake, find a beautiful spot and write Dream Day on a blank piece of paper
- Start imagining the things that your soul feels like doing that very day, in the headspace that you’re in and write them all down. Please don’t censor yourself.
- Put down the tasks that are running around your head on another piece of paper, just so you don’t have to think about them again that day. Put this paper away for another day.
- Begin your day with what you most feel like doing and continue that way throughout the day
- Try and be present, moment to moment, with what you truly feel like doing
Let me know how you go! I would love to hear if you’re going to have your very own Dream Day and then how it went and what unfolded for you.
When I was 5 years old, my Great Aunty Janice and Great Uncle Dave came out to visit us from England. They gave my sister and I an “Anything We Want Day”. It was one of the best days of my life. The four of us travelled into the city and for the whole day we could do WHATEVER WE WANTED. As children do, we stayed present, not thinking ahead or behind and just enjoying ourselves in the moment.
That’s how I suggest you approach your Dream Day. With a child-like mind. Staying present and doing only what you truly feel like doing.
I can guarantee, it will be one of the best days you’ve had in a long time.