Your life is moving at a remarkably fast pace. You get up, get ready and start your day. Are you out the door, bracing for rush-hour traffic, heading to work? Are you rushing to get the kids ready, lunches and backpacks packed, and off to school? Have you been up for the midnight, 2am and 4 am feedings, and are now getting up at 6am, ready to “start” your day? Let’s not forget about the deadline at work and the science project your child (and you) has to do for the science fair. Are you somewhere in between all this, or maybe a combination of all of this? Is there a small part of you that is waiting for this life train to stop, so you can get off and take a moment to just breath?

Do we over-do it, just a little? Is there really time we can take, just for ourselves, to re-balance and take a break? Of course there is, but you knew I was going to say that! It’s your life, how do you want to live it?

Yes, we all seem to live very busy lives, but much of the time we feel the need to overbook our time because, well, that’s what everyone is doing. Your life is not about keeping up with the Joneses, it’s about discovering who you are and where you want to go in this fabulous life!

One of the first things we all need to do is to take a breath. Yes, inhale deep into your lungs, feel your chest expand and when you can’t fill your lungs anymore, hold your breath for a count of 4 and then exhale, fully! Do this a few times until you feel your body start to release tension. Feel your neck and shoulders release then feel the rest of your body follow.

Next, we need to get a grip on who we are and what our values are at this moment. We believe we have it all figured out, but do we really? Do we actually give ourselves the space we need to create the life we really want? Look at your values, those things that spark your passion and give your life meaning. Look deep into your core, be honest with yourself and really see what is truly meaningful in your life. Does what you do with your life fit in with those values? Give yourself permission to sit down and really think about this. Write down in a journal, or notebook, all those things that give your life meaning. It may seem a little tedious, like homework, but this will be one assignment that the only grade you receive is what you get out of your life. What do you feel like when you write this? Notice the changes in your body. Do you feel relaxed, energized? This feeling is the fire that gives your spirit the sense of wonder and excitement.

Okay, now we’re going to move on. When you look at your values, where do they fit in with your life currently? I have asked you to notice feelings in your body. Now that you have looked deeper at your values and have started to really live by your passion, notice how your body is feeling this time. Is it still as energized? Have you noticed any changes? Are you feeling stressed or out of balance? Answering these questions will help you align your values with what is going on right now. This is setting you up to take a look at what are priorities in your life and what are the things you are just putting up with. This is not just another task in prioritizing; it’s a time to take a deeper look at who you are, where you are spending your time and what you are giving your power away to. When you feel drained and tired or anxious and agitated, you are giving a part of you away that is not in alignment with your values. This is the time to look at what is really a priority and what can wait. Is it something that is even worth waiting to do? This is also the time to look at the things that you are putting up with and find a way to reduce or eliminate what you are tolerating. For example, there is clutter all over the house, no one is helping with the dishes and the beds are never made. If this sounds like something you are putting up with, what can you do? Will you invite others to get involved and figure out a solution that works for everyone involved?

After you have given this some thought, you’ll want a way to take action. Give yourself permission, again, to put together strategies that will work for you and get you moving forward. These steps forward do not have to be grandiose! As a matter of fact, it’s the small strides that help us find our rhythm. Once we have found that rhythm we can take on more. In this step, list some actions that you can comfortably work with. Ask yourself if the steps are do-able or are you trying to do more than you are prepared to, at this time. There is no wrong way to do this! Everything you do that moves you forward is right, for you.

When you involve yourself in these processes, remember to give yourself a pat on the back for the great work you are doing. Some days your may feel like you are flying while other days you may feel like you are stuck in the mud and haven’t accomplished much at all. No matter what you are doing, it’s positive because you are creating what you want in your life. Acknowledging your actions and giving yourself permission to celebrate is a way of taking back the power you gave away. Celebrating can be treating yourself to a massage, dinner and a show or simply sitting in your favorite chair, watching a good movie or reading a great novel.

It’s your life, how do you want live it? What is it that makes your heart soar? What do you want to do that ignites your passion? What creates real joy in your life? Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” If you just sit there, life will pass you by, it won’t be the way you wanted it to be. Creating your life means asking yourself what you want, going deep inside your values, drawing a plan from your strengths and coming out sailing on the wind with your dreams filling your sails.

Author's Bio: 

Christine is a Personal Development and Life Transformation Coach, working with individuals and groups to rediscover their incredible potential for success. Through an interactive and exciting process, Christine helps people to identify dilemmas and impasses and to create achievement plans that transform old ways of thinking into new ways of realizing goals. Christine also coaches people through grief and loss, helping to better cope with and understand life changes during the times ahead.

Christine is the creator of Life-Scape™ - Creating the Life of Your Dreams and the Wisdom Group™. She is also a Reiki Master/Teacher and Certified Aromatherapist.