Let’s make some everyday magic

Note to Self - Faye Armstrong
Note to Self – Faye Armstrong

How would you rate your life on a scale from one to magical? Most of us have a checklist for what would be required in order for our lives to reach fairy tale status – and I’m all about having goals – but how do you find the magic in your life as it is right here, right now?
If all we have is this very moment, I want to make this moment beyond epic. But you don’t have to sell all your worldly possessions and sell handmade seashell necklaces in Costa Rica in order to feel like you’re living a full and adventurous life. I mean, if that’s your dream, go get it, Babe. YOLO! But either way, there is awesomeness in your everyday life right now that is just waiting to be tapped into.
Here are a few ways to get in on that.
Plan to have fun
You know how life just feels so much better the weeks leading up to a vacation or a big event? That feeling of having something to look forward to seems to just inject a little extra sunshine into the day.
Recreate that on a smaller scale by doing one thing just for you on a regular basis. It could be each day, each week, each month – and it could be anything from getting your nails done to making a batch of cookie dough just to straight up eat (don’t judge), or planning a full-day adventure outdoors. Whatever gets you excited. Treat yourself!
Be in nature
Speaking of being outdoors: do that. Connecting with nature is refreshing, energizing, and can help you stay grounded. Meditate, explore, take photos, connect with a friend, connect with yourself, just sit and enjoy – anything to get out there! There is something so inspiring and magical in observing how the cycles of nature just flow so… naturally! Breathe it all in.
Find the connection to your vision
When I was working at my very first job in retail, I remember thinking: “I definitely don’t want to do this for the rest of my life.” Not that there’s anything wrong with working in retail, it just didn’t inspire me. The thing is, most people don’t have the luxury of having a job that inspires them. So how do you find the passion in something that doesn’t inspire you? Tie it back to your vision.
Here’s an example: I want to help people. That has always been my vision and that is what I am passionate about. So what got me through working in the mall (besides the discount) was finding the moments that related to helping others. Did I change anyone’s life by selling them a pair of shoes? Probably not. Did I get to help them and make a positive difference in their day? Absolutely!
Whatever your vision is, look for the opportunities and moments that allow you to live it each day in some way.
Feed your soul
It’s easy to fall into a pattern of stagnant energy if you stop challenging yourself. You can’t glow if you don’t grow.
Make a commitment to your own personal growth. Read a book, take a class, learn a new skill, volunteer – anything that welcomes new experiences into your life and promotes growth will do.
Practise love
If you want to love your life, live your life with love. It’s not always easy to approach things and people in a loving way, but it is something to strive for. This means being compassionate, looking at things from other people’s perspectives, and quite simply, being genuinely kind.
Yep, that’s a tall order some days, but love is one of those things that you get more of the more you give away. Dole it out freely and watch the magic happen.
Faye Armstrong is a life coach based in Winnipeg who is passionate about living life to the fullest and helping others do the same. For a little motivation or to learn more about personal coaching, visit http://www.fayeaarmstrong.com.

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