To be and show gratitude is a very important part of giving back. When a heart gives…it also gathers. Always living in the moment and appreciating the most beautiful and precious things in ones life, the people, the moments, the triumphs and achievements. Never taking for granted how precious all these things are in your life. Although I am always grateful for my good fortunes… to make a point of being mindful to be especially grateful... taking that moment to actually thank the universe, is so important.
One thing I struggle with and have for a very long time is to switch off at the end of the day and enjoy a peaceful deep sleep. I have no problem being able to wind down, its shutting down that is the problem…. the brain won't stop ticking… and ticking… and ticking. Generally with ideas, things I need to do, things that I may feel anxious about.
I have a book of ideas always by my bedside so that I can write these ideas down while they are still fresh in my mind, however this doesn’t really help the mind to switch off…. in fact I think at times it fuels it.
I have decided to learn to meditation. My husband has been great at doing it every night and I am in awe of his commitment and dedication to it, and so seeing as I have a teacher in the home, I may as well learn from him. Meditation helps to clear the mind, shut off all the noise from the outside world and concentrate on your breathing from within and entering a true relaxed state of mind.
When we learn new things, we grow.
There have been so many things on the bucket list that I have wanted to learn, like playing the guitar, photography, writing, cooking (better than what I do), barrister course… Oh so many things.
I have only ever gotten as far as purchasing that guitar, or camera… having a play for a couple of weeks… and then… the dust slowly starts to settle. How tragic!! This year I am determined to stop doing that… and to follow through. Learn that skill to my full potential so that I can truly enjoy the reasons why I decided I wanted to take it up in the first place.
This is something I have had a hard time doing ever since launching my business “ Lona de Anna” back in 2009. What comes naturally to me and what gives me so much in return… is to give.
And so to then do the opposite of that and “ ask” feels a little more than weird, but I know that in order to build your business and allow it to grow… sometimes you need to ask for things.
Start small…. ask for those samples, ask for that discount, ask for that invite, ask for that social media mention or collaboration, whatever it is…. just ask… The worst that can happen is that you get a flat out NO… and you may not be any better off than where you were… but you are also no worse . It is always worth a try. You will be surprised at the incredible kindness of others and how obliging some people can be.