How to Flip Your Perspective and Find Joy in Day-to-Day Life
Last week along with 5 other glorious, beautiful mums/business women and powerhouses, I attended a 2-day in person event in Edinburgh as part of the Limitless Course I'm doing with Dr Sarah Madigan, friend/transformational coach/business woman/mum/clinical psychologist/super & human joy spreader on a mission to spread joy to over 1,000,000 people.
Our time together was quite something. From soaking up some teaching & receiving and witnessing some top quality coaching with Sarah, a couple of sessions in the spa & pool, an unplanned (& naked) boardroom photo shoot thanks to photographer Zoe Alexandra one of the Limitless course members who is on a mission to empower women in their bodies through her beautiful photography (something she is working within the Limitless container), oodles of food and loads of laughs and quality chats. A whirlwind of an event you might say.
I spent the start of the event in tears, crying about anything and everything. As though I could feel the depths of sadness and lean into an exquisite sense of love for everyone and everything; I felt like a human fountain of emotion. Part of me wished I didn't feel all the feelings, while the authentic and keep it real part of me knew this was the only way. Surrender was and is everything.
Then I returned home. Where the rock n roll times of dishes, repeating myself to my son, bed times, the school run, hooning around with the cordless Dyson vacuum cleaner (mind you nothing mundane about that!) and it felt like a bit of a come down! I was suddenly overwhelmed by what can only be described as 'life' I mentioned this to a friend who promptly said 'there is magic in the mundane' - I LOVE THAT REFRAME!!!
This spurred me on to wonder how many others feel torn and overwhelmed by juggling the joys of self employment, all the 'feels' that come with growth and expansion together with the daily grind of housework and chores? Do you dread doing the dishes or washing the laundry? It's easy to get bogged down by the mundane tasks of daily life, but what if we could find magic in the midst of it all?
Here are a few tips on how to flip your perspective and find joy in the simplest of things:
Practice Mindfulness: When you're doing the dishes or folding laundry, try to be fully present in the moment, no matter what the moment is. Notice the sensations of the warm water on your hands, the sound of the bubbles, the scent of the soap. By focusing on the present moment, you can transform a chore into a meditative experience. I suspect this is something I'll need to work at quite a lot till the end of my days.
Celebrate Small Victories: Getting out of the house can feel like a daunting task, but even small accomplishments can be cause for celebration. Did you manage to put on pants today? Great! Did you make it out the door for a walk around the block? Amazing! Recognizing and celebrating these small victories can help you feel more motivated and empowered so you can tackle anything BIG or small.
Find Beauty in the Ordinary: Look for the beauty in the everyday things around you. Notice the way the light filters through the window, the patterns in the fabric of your clothes, the colour of the leaves on the trees outside. By appreciating the small details, you can find magic in the mundane.
Embrace Imperfection: Housework and chores are never-ending tasks, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the never-ending cycle. But what if we embraced imperfection instead? What if we let go of the need for everything to be perfect and instead focused on progress over perfection? By reframing our expectations, we can find joy in the process instead of feeling overwhelmed by the end result.
Less is More: Chipping/chunking away at a job bit by bit. Instead of willing that magical block of time which never seems to show up, just chunking away when you can. I did this with two kitchen draws yesterday, a bedroom draw last week and a box of cables the week before. This has been so useful for me over the years and more recently of late as I carve out moments to progress little 'jobs' that would otherwise go neglected for days/weeks/months on end.
In conclusion, finding magic in the mundane is all about flipping our perspective and finding joy in the day-to-day tasks of life. By practicing mindfulness, celebrating small victories, finding beauty in the ordinary, and embracing imperfection, we can transform even the most mundane tasks into magical moments. So go ahead, put on some music, grab that dish soap, and let the magic begin!
And to that, and in my experience I'm seeing that its much easier to tackle the 'bigger stuff' in a more magical and magnificent way.
Thank you for tuning in with this weeks Bron share!