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10 Ways to be More Joyful
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10 Ways to be More Joyful

As you might know, Morning Marjolaine’s main mission is to impact women with the Joy of Simplicity.

But what exactly is the Joy of Simplicity?

It is believing that joy has its way to spark and shine through all the simple moments; that no matter how great or ugly your day turns out to be, you can always take a deep breath and be in tune with the most little things that will spark joy in you.

Culturally, we have built this idea that happiness is somehow this impossible thing to reach but everyone wants. It is a goal that leads to loads of dissatisfaction because it seems almost too good to be true, just for others and plain illusionary.

What I find wonderful about joy is that is can be ignited every single minute. It doesn’t have to be long or short, nor do you have to reach it so that you can hold onto it.

Joy is like the mindful sister of happiness. A concept we can actually understand and that is associated with a tingling feeling inside our heart.

When did I decide I was choosing joy?

In fact, I remember multiple moments in my youth where my friends were a bit confused about my level of joy in mundane moments. It’d be during a pretty normal dinner, or while taking a walk, or while being amazed by a new front-feature at the mall. It has always been natural to me to tune into that naive love of all things simple and pretty in their own unique way.

The joy of simplicity is falling in love and feeling fuzzy inside from the most mundane moments

So for me, when I was trying to build my brand and transform Yoga With Bow into something that would be closer to my essence and to my love for life, I had to include joy and connect the dots.

And as everything in life always tends to align and unfold in perfect beauty, I stumbled upon that TED talk in between.

So how can you be more joyful?

First, start by enjoying a very simple awareness exercise, where you will write down 2 things that purely brought you joy every single evening before bed. It’s a simple journaling prompt that will raise your awareness and maybe even change your life.

Below are my very favorite joyful moments that impact me daily!

  1. Waking up and taking a walk to the bakery and saying ”Good Morning” to the same lovely woman that will say: ”Was darf es sein heute?”
  2. Taking a full 5 minutes to slow brew my morning coffee and feeling joy when I take a sniff at the coffee while it is steaming hot
  3. Putting on fresh and Marie-Kondo-Like folded socks that are the same color and easy to find
  4. Hugging my boyfriend until I melt
  5. Realizing that two avocados are left in the fruit basket
  6. Sitting at my desk in the morning and realizing again that I work from home every morning and that I am my own boss
  7. The smell of fresh flowers
  8. When I am in Savasana after yoga
  9. Watching the clouds dance in the sky
  10. The taste of a fresh perfectly ripe orange

Now, these are MY favorite joyful moments of joy. What are yours? This week, be aware of your own list of ten. Pay attention to:

  • Smells
  • Colors
  • Nature
  • Feelings
  • Touch
  • Sound
  • Love
  • Present moment

Beauty is hiding in all the small in-between that makes up your day. Be aware of the little things and start observing how joy manifests in you. You have it in there! You just have to start cultivating it more.

For more about Morning Marjolaine’s mission, watch this video:

So, what does your joyful morning looks like? Let us know in the comments below!

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Educated Travel: the Importance of Cultural Sensitivity

One of the best things about travel is the fact that we get to experience and learn from different cultures. A world so fascinating and diverse, we need to be able to learn from it.

However, I cannot stress it enough, how important it is to be educated in your travel, to be culturally sensitive, to embark on journeys through awareness and education so that you can have a fulfilling experience not just for yourself but for the people around you as well.

Further to trying to understand another culture, it is equally important that you understand the cultural differences and relationships your culture has with another.

For example, for decades, Western culture has had problems with appropriating culture or creating negative stereotypes because of racism or ignorance. Cultural appropriation defined by the Oxford Dictionary as:

“The unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.”

There needs to be recognition of power imbalances that many cultures face. For example, many music festivals that I have been to recently have exhibited aspects of appropriating culture. To give the classic examples, the Native American headdress, bindis etc. This too applies to travel.

Respect and understanding are key.

With travel, especially, we are in the privileged position of being able to respect and understand through the fact that we are surrounded by locals and can easily ask them for advice and for them to teach us how to properly embrace their culture. By adopting parts of culture that we don’t understand, it diminishes its value and therefore creates a power imbalance.

When looking at examples like the Native American headdress and bindis, the power imbalance is even more evident because of the fact that people from those cultures have been discriminated in the past and in the West, for wearing such things. It has to go further than just understanding a feature of a culture’s background, we also have to acknowledge that discrimination of certain cultures and cultural superiority continues to exist in many places around the world.

Another example is one that went viral on social media, an Instagram post by @mindbodycolleen, where she described a situation where she lost a phone in Jaipur, India. The story she described was a very melodramatic and insensitive one where she described the city as “one of the most scammy tourist cities in all of India” as well as saying things like “…even if someone found it…they probably would not even know what to do with it…hardly anyone in this country has an iPhone period.”

The now deleted post from @mindbodycolleen about her experience in India

India is not a country disconnected from the world and worldwide products such as iPhones. And it was sad to see such a response because it showed some massive generalisations and the complete ignorance of the people she was surrounded by about the country she was in.

There’s nothing wrong with embracing another culture but what is important is doing it with accuracy and awareness.

This is vital when embracing aspects of culture like language and clothing. With recent examples like Ariana Grande and brands like Reformation who have misused language and traditional clothing respectively, we have to be better. People make mistakes, but it is our responsibility, celebrities’ responsibility and brand responsibility to learn from these mistakes.

As travellers, we are guests in a country and as a guest, we should be mindful of the people who live in that country. It is important that, through travel and the joining of cultures, we are positive influences on each other. It’s as simple as doing your homework before you leave, being wary and willing to learn as you go and then being able to share these experiences with people back home.

Take time to think about and embrace differences where you feel comfortable. Travel is all about pushing your comfort zone and this includes culturally. Think about how you would want people to treat your own culture and how you would want them to act around you in your country.

We need cultural sensitivity not just for our own integrity but also in order to have a good relationship with the country and people we are visiting, to promote sustainable tourism, understanding of different people and places and mostly to be educated and aware in our approach.

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Get Paid What You’re Worth: Part II

My family went to Hawaii about eight years back. My son was around eleven years old and the plane ride was about ten hours from Dallas. Since we have frequent flyer miles, we used some of those points to upgrade our seats to First Class.

Ten hours on a plane is a long time. But in First Class, things feel different.

They served drinks and snacks non-stop and we had plenty of room to stretch out and snooze. The flight attendants even learned our names. For dessert, we had hot fudge sundaes, (my son had more of a hot fudge soup with a tiny, ice cream, island- dollop) and a full meal with wine, freshly baked bread, hot mixed nuts, and warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies.

Anything we wanted they had. They even gave us a little travel size amenity bag with socks and travel toothpaste.

Why do we love First Class on planes? Or suites at the Ritz? Or the corner table with the view? Why do we pay more for those things? Surely a coach seat gets you there just fine?

We pay more because we value the experience, the amentities, the atmosphere. We love value but we love valuable things, more. And we place value in things that cost more.

Similarly, we might know what we value in our business success, but turning that into their relevant cost can be difficult when you’re starting out in your own business. Here are tips to valuing yourself.

1. Do your research

Do you know if you’re prices are too high? Too low? Look at your market and try to determine where you fall in the price ranges, then up your prices. If your market is charging less, do NOT discount your services.

You cannot out-discount the market. There will always be someone priced lower than you are. If you discount and your competitors are charging more, your customer wonders what’s wrong with your service. Why are you so low when others charge more? Because value is attached to your pricing!

Instead of discounting, find other ways to add value.

Offer a bonus sales coaching session. Or bring in special training for your best VIP clients. Better yet, treat them to a retreat someplace spectacular with 1-1 training face to face.

Or offer tangible things like books, the new iPad pen, a branding photography session or even three hours of VA services.

I am always thinking to myself, what would I love a coach to give me? I love physical swag, mugs, tshirts, technology, little gifts and notes in the mail. I love retreats. High value courses included with the coaching also help me to see the coach as more valuable.

Your clients want value, but they don’t want bargain basement. They want to get their money’s worth! They know you’re expensive, but you’re worth it because you give extra. You go another mile to meet them where they are with exactly what they need.

2. Check your messaging

Why do we know what First Class is like on airplanes? Because we’ve all filed pass those cushy and comfy leather seats. We’ve all sat in the middle seat in coach. We all know you might not get a drink, and you definitely won’t get a meal. You sit in your economy seat and you wonder, what ARE they doing up in first class with that curtain closed?

They have their own restroom. They have their own flight attendant. I have Larry the armrest stealer on my left and Ruth the chatty lady on my right.   

I want first class.  

The message of the airlines is, “if you paid more, you could be up here getting all the perks! Look at these VIP people! Look at these VIP seats! Next time, buy first class and this can be yours; too.”

So what is your brand saying about your value?

If your branding and messaging communicates your value, your clients see you as valuable.

This includes your case studies but also how you show up online. Are your livestreams valuable? Do they connect emotionally? Do they have bad lighting and see amateurish?

There is a time to be super authentic and real and appear without makeup, but your clients also want to know if you’re professional. You can’t charge $12K or 20K showing up as a coach with poor branding or Iphone headshots.

I booked a client a few days ago, and I asked her, “why me?”  She said she was attracted to my headshot. Apparently my photograph was the most professional out of the people in that group.

Align your branding and your messaging with what YOU want in a high-ticket, high-value coach. Add value. Stop discounting and step into your prices. You deserve to be paid for your knowledge and experience. Step up, don’t step your prices down. Believe in your worth and present your offers with value.

And if you get the overnight flight, be sure and use the extra money for First Class, it’s worth it.

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Dealing with FOMO as a Homebody

I will be the first to admit that I am a huge homebody. My friends laugh at me because I really am like a 95-year-old woman, who would be perfectly happy with a nice cup of tea, a cozy blanket, a front porch swing, and living a slow life.

But one of the biggest problems with being a 20-something homebody is dealing with FOMO or the fear of missing out. It can be really hard to be more introverted or a homebody and still make the most of your life, and still ensure that you are actually living and not missing out on making experiences.

So I have come up with my top three tips to beat the FOMO, get you out of the house, and make the most of new experiences.

Challenge Yourself

One of the big things I have had to do to ensure that I am not experiencing FOMO and just staying in my house all day is to challenge myself; challenge myself to get out more, to do more, to try more, to say yes more, and to just be more.

A huge part of FOMO comes from not saying yes to opportunities when they arise and later regretting it. So challenging yourself to actively experience more can be hugely beneficial. Something as simple as saying that you will do one social activity a week can really help if you feel like you are missing out on fun social experiences.

Just Do It

Another one of the tips I cannot recommend enough is to just force yourself to do things. Now I know that that is easier said than done. But forcing yourself to just go out and have experiences not only ensures that you aren’t missing out but, just like challenging yourself, the more you do it the easier it becomes and the less difficult leaving home will feel.

Taking action on the things that make us feel uncomfortable, like leaving the house, will help you become more confident about doing new things, and help prevent you from the fear that you are missing out.

Have A Partner

The last tip I recommend is to have an accountability partner or someone who you can count on to help you get up and out of the house. Having someone who can help hold you accountable to new experiences will help guarantee that you are getting out into the world and not experiencing FOMO. I mean, after all, a huge part of FOMO is the fear of missing out on experiences with the people you care about. So having one of them serve as your “homebody helper” helps to make sure that you don’t get caught up in the cycle of missing out on actually having fun.

Being a homebody doesn’t have to mean that you miss out or experience FOMO, but it does mean that sometimes you may have to try a little harder or remind yourself to leave the house more often. But here is the thing: none of those things are deal breakers or impossible.

So if you are a homebody who has been feeling the FOMO a little too strong lately try these tips and remember that you are making memories and a life worth living. Now get out there and have an amazing time.

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Catching a Cold as an Entrepreneur: 5 Pillars to Stay on Top

I get it, you are the lungs of your business and it needs you. Your clients & future customers and readers depend on you and it’s not like you can just drop everything with no preparation; or can you?

Sickness always happens randomly. And even though you eat your kale and drink your healthy smoothies, you are not protected against all the viruses & sicknesses available in our vast world.

I got a cold in the Netherlands. It was so humid & both rainy & snowy at the same time. I know that weather isn’t necessarily the cause or even a factor in me getting sick. But regardless of the ‘why,’ I had to figure out a way to care for myself without feeling like my business is losing sight of the north.

So here are the 5 pillars for getting sick with grace as an entrepreneur.

1. Bulk your content

Yes darling! It is time, once and for all that you live two weeks ahead of everyone else. Thanks to amazing resources like Later or hootsuite, it is now possible to always think ahead and have content work for you. Prepare your photos, captions, collaborations, posts, newsletter and any content you need ahead of time and always live by that rule. This way, if anything comes up; sickness or last-minute bali trip, you’ll be covered.

2. Don’t give up on yoga

Okay, now that you are sick and you know your social media won’t sink below the sea level, you need to take care of yourself. I know you feel heavy and sluggish right now and the last thing you want to hear is that you should get out of bed, but trust me when I say this: your body needs motion to rejuvenate and recharge.

Log into alomove or watch Yoga with Adrienne on Youtube. Just take a very slow and easy sequence where you will basically lay or sit the whole time. The hardest is to get on the mat, but I guarantee you that in a few breaths, you’ll feel free like a bird.

3. Cut your day short and start later

If you are anything like me, your regular entrepreneur days are more or less 14 hours. Or maybe you already are doing amazing at doing short days and they consist in 6 hours. Regardless of what is your regular, cut your day in half to allow yourself to rest and practice self-care.

By doing so for 3 days, sleeping longer and relaxing more than usual, you will bring your body back in shape in no time. If you push yourself more, it will only keep you at a lower level for longer, and not help you beat your sickness. So be patient and forgiving and enjoy short days until you are well.

4. Be kind & do what you can

The other day, I was about to go to bed and my boyfriend asked me; ”what did you do today?”. And I answered: ”I actually don’t know”.

Did I stare at my screen the whole day? Did I black out? Not really. I was only in a cloud. See, being sick also slows you down and you might need extra effort and concentration to stay on task. So be kind towards yourself, understand what you can and cannot do and choose tasks that are lighter, require shorter attention span & are fun.

See this as a mini, forced business holiday. You are still going to do your best, but you can allow yourself to only do the good bits and leave the hardest tasks for your lovely brain and body, once it is back on track.

5. Get drunk on tea

Practice all the self-love. It truly is time. Have a lovely morning routine, drink tea 40 times a day, go get a massage, wear your comfiest clothes, listen to your favourite podcast as you cuddle with your cat, journal, stare at the clouds, order soup, make soup, take a long warm bath, do some yoga, sleep more and just treat yourself and love yourself.

Alright love, you will be okay. This is your moment to focus on one thing: YOU. Your business needs you healthy and energetic. So it’s okay if you postpone a meeting, ignore instagram stories and take it slow.

You will be back on your next exhale.

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What I Learned About My Business from Trying to Do the Splits


I was pretty flexible, once. With dance classes taking up a full 3 hours of my day, I could do a full, forward bend with my head to my knees and palms on the ground.

When I graduated high school, my dance teacher told me to “continue stretching because flexibility doesn’t last.” I didn’t believe her. I took some tap and jazz dance classes in college and a few ballet classes here and there. After a while, I stopped dancing, too. All that stretching went out the window. Just like Sugar Ray, my flexibility became a relic of the 1990s.

Fast forward about 20 years; I stepped off a curb onto a storm drain. My ankle went one way and my leg, another. I had dislocations and breaks and all kinds of mayhem. Swearing to get functional and never fall like that again, I fixed my alignment, built muscles, and got healthy.

Then I tried to do the splits. I could barely get my legs to 45 degrees.  So I got a book on “anyone can do the splits at any age.” I thought, if I can get back to my splits, I can do anything!

But in the last few weeks of trying to get my flexibility back: I learned something: if you’re looking at your muscles to improve your range of motion, it won’t work. Because muscles don’t stretch.

What?

Weird, huh?

Flexibility starts with your nervous system, not your musculature.

Your nervous system allows the muscle to lengthen (or it doesn’t) dependent upon the input signals it receives. The nervous system has an incredible amount of control over the muscles of the human body.

It activates muscles for contraction, coordinates the timing of those contractions, regulates muscular reflexes, and inhibits the amount that a muscle can be stretched.

The reason you can’t touch your toes is something called neuromuscular inhibition. That’s a fancy word for your brain won’t allow you to touch your toes because it senses you might get injured.

Think of bending over and touching your toes. When you start, you feel very little (if any) resistance. But as you get closer to your flexibility limits, you’ll feel the tension in the back of your thighs at your hamstrings. It gets harder and your brain kicks into gear. The brain says, “that’s far enough,” engages your hamstrings to tighten, slow, and eventually stop you.

You are consciously trying to stretch and lengthen your muscle. Your brain subconsciously and automatically stops you.

What the heck does this have to do with business? Everything.

You must control your subconscious mind or it will control you. It determines how many discovery, strategy session or sales calls you’ll book, how you close sales with your clients and how you overcome objections. It controls how you show up online and in person, whether you’ll seek speaking engagements or sit at home making pretty Instagram posts.

You truly can choose to take charge.

You can release your mind to be in a relaxed state. If you control your subconscious mind, you are more likely to achieve any dream, handle anxiety, feel the fear flow through and out of you. The two pillars I use in my entrepreneurial business;

1. Staying Focused

Affirmations, mindest work can help you keep your subconscious mind focused. I also hire a coach for accountability, support, and strategy.

2. Avoiding Force.

Stop doing things the way everyone else does them. You can be free to do your business your way. Take things one at a time and build on successes.

If you have these two pillars, your business has a chance to outwit your subconscious. The book said I will be able to do the splits in 4 weeks. I might need to put on Superfly with Sugar Ray, and sing “I just wanna fly.” But maybe, just maybe, I’ll get there.


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If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

“If it were easy, anyone would do it.” At least, that’s what my mother tells me whenever I let the Rubix cube in my mind wind itself up.

To date, I have failed at approximately 53 endeavors, have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars at ill-managed attempts to jump start my ideas, destroyed many friendships for could-be “opportunities” that never quite went my way, and have even won (but one never truly wins) a law suit against a mentor of mine who took advantage of me in my early twenties. I have been fired from jobs, dropped from projects, ignored, betrayed, looked down upon, and cast aside from many who don’t believe me or believe in me or what I’m capable of… and yet, I couldn’t be more grateful.

I can go on for paragraphs about all of the things I’ve done wrong and the insecurities I have about my seemingly more successful peers. I think every day about how badly I’ve screwed up – and I truly have screwed up – and how I would do things differently if I had the chance. That’s not what this article is about though. Life isn’t black and white, and neither are your failures. There are only lessons and growth which enable you to push forward towards the success you crave.

Since this is my first article with Morning Marjolaine, I’d like to start by saying that despite my major screw ups, I am living my dream life. I am currently writing this article from a café in Bali, have a handful of incredible clients that I love working with, am creating and scaling my business, and getting ready for grad school in the fall.

Along with this, I am finding more opportunities opening up to me than ever before, not because I am special or more amazing than anyone else, but because I have chosen to reach out and create them without the fear of failing – and you can too.

Many of us view success as linear and I argue that it’s not. Our idea of success is actually constructed by the society we live in and our immediate influences. We’re told to go to school, get good grades, climb the ladder, make that money, and start a family so the next generation can follow suit. If that’s all we have to do though, then why is it so hard to achieve it? And why are so many people that seem to have “made it” so unhappy?

 What if I told you that there truly is no single path?

That with each generation comes a new set of societal rules, standards, resources, and influences that make up how we think we should live our lives. That what worked for our parents and grandparents, might not work for us, and that’s okay if you know how to use your resources.  

Sure, the U.S. government is currently shut down, there is a recession on the horizon, and we’re all burnt out from working our asses off at jobs that barely pay our rent as housing prices increase, but that’s exactly why something has got to give. It just isn’t working. To follow this dead-end path only leads to failure in itself and what we once thought was the structure of success is no longer relevant to our generation. Why walk a path that is simply no longer visible?

In my opinion, trial, error, and failure are the biggest keys to unlocking your resources and paving your own path to the things you want. With each failure, I have learned a new way not to handle the ideas, people, and opportunities that pop up in my life.

I now know that having a close group of friends that you trust is far more soul-filling than having hundreds of “friends” that hang out with you because they think you can do something for them. I’ve learned that keeping an open mind to learning and giving your power away to someone you think is better than you, are two different things. I now understand that people, wherever they are in life, are just people who want to succeed just as bad as you do, and most importantly, I’ve learned to trust my gut when something doesn’t feel right.

If you want to walk the road to success, there will be failure. There has to be. Without it, we can’t truly learn or move forward. Make friends with it because it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

If you’re worried about sending that cold email, applying for that job, reaching out to a friend, jumping into a project, traveling, or following your dreams, don’t be. The worst thing that will happen is that you will fail. In which case, you will pick yourself up and try something new – leading you down the path you’re supposed to walk down. Don’t let it defeat you. I promise there is something good waiting on the other end… but of course, If it were that easy, everyone would do it. Will you?

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If You Want to Be a Boss, Quit Multitasking

Why quit multitasking? Multitasking is, in fact, the art of being distracted. And while being artfully distracted might help you walk the dog or get the kids out the door while you eat breakfast, apply mascara and check your email; it won’t win the day or see your new company to the top.

So if the answer to success is not to master multitasking, what is? In our distractable world, the key to success is actually to learn to flow. Achieving flow is defined as mastering the art of being undistractable.

Why flow?

Flow as a concept encourages mastery. And mastery drives success and fulfillment. The problem with multi-tasking is that each time your brain fires, it switches back and forth between tasks. Your brain is not actually doing five things at one time, but rather it is rapidly switching back and forth between five items, which is highly energy intensive.  

People who multitask well are really good at distraction and terrible at focus. The ability to multi-task is, in fact, a myth. It may at times be required however, attempting to perfect the art of multi-tasking is highly likely to backfire.

Critical components of flow – intrinsic activity – are self-satisfying, and do not include passive activities like watching TV that prove to be a distraction.

Instead of mastering doing all things at once, consider the benefits of learning or doing one thing at a time; consider becoming a master of flow.

Engagement is about flow: being one with the music, time stopping, and the loss of self-consciousness during an absorbing activity, experiences which contribute to the “engaged life.”

Dr Martin Seligman

Whether you call it Chi, Prana, or being in “the Zone” the experience of flow is highly rewarding on a chemical level. As a bonus, when we are in the zone, we also tend to deliver our best work. It doesn’t matter if you are an artist, a writer, a runner or an accountant, entering a state of flow at least once per day while you work is highly beneficial.

How do you achieve flow?

First, you need a situation in which you have limited all distractions. Turn off your phone, shut the door, put on some focusing tunes and define your goal. Flow does not come from daydreaming. Instead, you need to select a goal. Focus on an intentional task that is clearly defined and which has a measurable outcome such as:

  • Writing ten pages
  • Running 10 miles
  • Prepping your canvas
  • Tallying a single account
  • Practising a yoga flow (yes, really!)

When setting your goal to achieve flow, thoughtfully select a task that is mildly challenging. Oddly enough, flow does not arise from apathy nor from an extreme challenge. The goal is not to make your life easy or to learn to speak Japanese in 90 minutes flat. Instead, it is to do one thing really well for a time.

The experience of flow is intrinsically rewarding precisely because it is a challenge, and yet as you work, move or create, you sense that in the end, you will be successful. You can achieve your defined goal, and you will know that you’ve done it and done it well.

A delicate balance

Finding this delicate balance between your skill and your challenge results in a feeling of effortlessness and a loss of time. You become energized, your heart rate quickens, and 90-minutes suddenly feels like 15-minutes. In a state of flow, you are aware of your actions and in control of your actions.

Work achieved in flow is intentional and yet is almost unconscious.

A common side effect is a loss of the passage of time. It’s an amazing feeling. For this reason, if you use flow as a technique during the workday, consider setting a timer for say 90-minutes. This way you can enter a state of flow perhaps several times during a day. This will increase your overall level of productivity, while also helping to keep you fresh.

When I build three sessions of flow into my workday, I find myself finishing my day on a high note, instead of completely drained from the exhausting nature of multi-tasking!

People who get things done – the real Bosses – go after flow. Bosses invest in their energy inflow tasks because they boost our energy. Whereas multi-tasking in facts drains our resources, ultimately slowing us down.

What is your experience with the flow? When was the last time you were “in the zone?”

For more about the science of flow, go to the source with an article about the Father of Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Six Ways to Mindfully Detox Your Life
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Six Ways to Mindfully Detox Your Life

Detoxing is not solely related to nutrition and your body. The act of mindfully detoxing can involve all aspects of your life. From letting go of what no longer serves you, to creating space for more things that bring joy into your life – mindfully detoxing your life is a wonderful act of self-respect.

There are many ways to create space for renewal. Here are six practical ways to mindfully detox your life.

Personal Life Detox

This could mean detoxing your romantic relationship, friendships and relationship with your family members. Reflect on those relationships and how they bring you joy. If there are things that you would like to process, have a mindful conversation with that person, practice forgiveness for yourself and this person, and create space for healing.

Saying “no” is very powerful and is a form of self-compassion.

Taking up space for ourselves when we say “no” means that we are recharging ourselves. When we create this space, we are renewed and we are able to give fully to others. Saying “no” now may mean you have the energy to say “yes” to something else that brings you joy and a sense of purpose.

Closet Detox

When you’re going through your closet, reflect on each item and ask yourself if it brings you joy. Keep the things that have sentimental value and organize the things you use the most to be easily accessible. When you declutter, you feel a sense of accomplishment. Then, donate the items you wish to get rid of. The things you aren’t using can be helpful for someone else.

Movement Detox

Get your body moving through yoga, a meditation walk, or other forms of mindful movement. When we move, we release endorphins and this brings us joy. Movement is a great way to get a burst of energy and mindful movement allows us to release stress.

We don’t need to be sweating to be detoxing, the intention of the movement is what makes it a mindful movement detox. While you’re moving, reflect on how your body feels, your mood, and notice how your body and mind feel afterwards.

Journaling Detox

Write down your accomplishments and challenges. Allow yourself to write freely without judgement, letting your creativity flow onto the page and allow your stress to flow from your body into your writing. Journaling gives us the space to say things “out loud” that we’ve been holding in, things that we are struggling with or that give us anxiety. The practice of journaling gives us a sense of release and renewal.

Technology Detox

Go through your social media and follow things that bring you joy and unfollow things that don’t. Turn off your notifications for social media on your phone and enjoy the peace. Do your best to turn your phone on silent when you’re with others.

This will help you be more present, a better listener and a better communicator. When we silence our phones when we’re with others, we show the people we are with respect. This respect also comes back to us because we are respecting our own time by staying mindfully present with our friends and loved ones.

To take the technology detox further, turn off all your screens a few hours before you go to bed. Allow yourself to ease into resting without being stimulated by technology. Use this time to connect with yourself, your friends, or your family.

Mental Detox

Take the time to meditate. This could be a meditation class, a self-practice, or a meditative walk. Meditation can take many forms and there is a meditation style that can suit everyone. Give yourself permission to take a pause, create space for stillness, to dive into yourself and to recharge. The more we meditate, the more ease we experience allowing us to live life with more clarity.

When we mindfully detox, we are creating space in our lives for our more authentic self to shine through. This allows us to be more compassionate and practice forgiveness with ourselves and others. Keeping a  journal of your detox journey will help you keeping track of how it feels to let things go. Reflect on how you feel and how those feelings change.

Have more ways to detox your life? Let us know in the comments below.

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