My journey to start writing and create a social media account cultivating balance began when I started to face some health issues and I got laid off from my job. I was spinning in circles to keep up with the hustle and bustle, I couldn’t keep my head above water. My health started to show me signs it was time to stop. I pride myself in actively supporting those around me and trying to show up as the best version of myself and I wasn’t able to do that during this time of fight or flight.
Before I got laid off, I made peace with myself that it was a possibility and I was going to be OK. It was, in fact, the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. I find when you are put in situations that are unsettling and might feel like the end of the world at that moment you have to pay attention to “why is this happening”?
I spent a lot of unnecessary time worrying about getting laid off, applying for the wrong jobs, fighting with the fact that it was going to happen. A woman I admire gave me the best advice “write down all the reasons this will be good for you”. After I realized this was a positive change, I started to see there are beautiful ways to seek joy in the unexpected. I opened my mind to unconventional ways to cultivate balance in my life. I spent three months to get myself back, took care of some health issues, started writing and enjoyed time with family in North Carolina where southern manners are real.
This experience may seem small, but it was everything I was looking for. It is my divine desire to help others discover the balance they need to be at their highest vibration in life. You don’t have to practice yoga to find balance. It is the smallest acts of kindness that can bring you back to the center of who you are. It can be as simple as smiling at a stranger, holding the door for someone, and bringing joy to the ones you love. My yoga teacher taught me “you can’t pour from an empty cup; what you do for others you do for yourself” which speaks volumes.
Cultivating balance has brought me to who I am most authentically. How I show up for myself, how I treat others around me, and the acts of kindness that are settle… but so big.
Here are some helpful ways to cultivate balance in your life.
1.Spending time with yourself.Find ways to enjoy spending time with yourself. Deciding to read that book that you have been promising yourself you will get too, listening to music while sitting on a park bench, taking a walk-in nature, taking a long drive to your happy place. This allows you to recharge and get back to who you are.
2.Gratitude journal.I have found a few great daily journals that have opened my mind to what I need to focus my energy on. When your life gets busy you can spin out of control which brings you out of balance. Being grateful for your life and what you have to offer is important to your personal growth.
3.Self-care.We know that to take care of others we have to take care of ourselves first. Any healthy relationship proven is when you love who you are and when you feel your best you act your best. Take advantage of your alone time and exercise, take a bubble bath, treat yourself to the spa, take naps when you know you need sleep and spend extra time with your morning routine to feel pampered.
4.Find your passion. Most adults ignore the hobbies that ignite their passion due to no time or may think their dreams can’t be pursued. Take the time to discover what brings you joy. Write down all of the things you wish to accomplish and how you will get them done, take the steps to bring them to life. When you are passionate about life more doors open that you don’t expect could be possible.
5.The power of Now.Living in the present moment is the only way you can define your purpose in life and truly cultivate the balance you are seeking. As soon as I learned to live in the present, I started to feel a weight lift off of me. No longer did I think about the past of what I haven’t done, or stress about the future. When you are present with your thoughts and pay attention to the little things you are enlightened. If you are having a hard time figuring out how to cultivate this, I would recommend reading the book “The Power of Now” Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises by Eckhart Tolle.
I hope that you take at least one thing I have shared through this article or my social media channels as an inspiration to spread joy to others and within yourself.
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XO Chantelle Miller
Article written by Chantelle Miller. Chantelle’s mission is to help others cultivate balance in unconventional ways to be at their highest vibration. Follow her on social media Cultivating Balance