How to Live life With Passion

July 19, 2011

I’m so excited! The summer holidays are nearly upon us. There’s a sense of expectation in the air as the children enjoy their last days of school before the long holidays and my thoughts have turned to my own childhood – despite what my children say I can still remember that far back!!

…I would feel positively euphoric knowing all routine and homework would cease for a 6week period
…The expectation of sun, sea and surf…. building castles out of sand or reading a book uninterrupted from cover to cover.
…New places to explore, people to meet, foods to taste, adventures to be had…
And I’m left wondering what happened to that feeling of carefree abandon that as a child I so naively took for granted and flaunted? As I watch my children I realise that I’m finally the adult who gets to choose how things are done, where we go, and what we do. How I coveted that position, when doing something ‘because I said so’ would mean that I’d chosen it!
I’m now all grown up and I want the magic back!
 So this summer I’m going to be a child again. I’m not going to be the one making all the decisions, but neither will I be doing all the cooking, shopping or cleaning. I intend to get in touch with the child in me and have some good old-fashioned fun…. look out Portugal, you have been warned!
 I will be bottling my new found energy, enthusiasm and zest for life … the one that no matter what the weather, says hooray, today is the first day of the rest of my life.

 The 5 minute challenge

 The 5 minute challenge this month is to recapture the child in you…. the one that lives with passion, who doesn’t dampen every dream with ‘yes but’ …. the one that knows how to have fun. After all, what value is there to life if it’s not fun?
 So, armed with pen and paper, take a trip with me down memory lane, let your mind wander back to your happiest childhood memories and describe them in detail: where you were, what you did, how you felt, your hopes and expectations at that time…
 Make the memory bigger and brighter, allowing yourself to really feel the laughter, the happiness, the expectations…
What can you do this summer to put you back in touch with those feelings?
If you enjoyed painting, then paint again. It doesn’t have to be a work of art….just fun! If you enjoyed dancing, join a class or just throw a party. If its sandcastles you’re after go to the beach…. or do some clay modelling at home and enjoy the feel of the different texture and the creativity…
 Drop me a line here or on http://twitter.com/coach2inspire and let’s see what the summer unleashes….
Rediscover the child in you and live life with passion!
Have a great summer
Sarah

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Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?

April 7, 2010

This is the question that came up for me over the week-end and to my surprise the response was an emphatic ‘yes’! I was holding onto something because it gave me a sense of security and made me feel safe, but in doing so I was preventing myself from experiencing something quite wonderful.

The thing I happened to be holding onto was a physical thing, but it started me thinking about other areas of my life and how I could apply what I’d learnt.

The boundary to my garden, a thick inpenetrable tangle of brambles each of which appeared to be the width of my thigh and the length of the M5, and an entwined chaos of self-seeded trees and bushes, resembled Sleeping Beauty’s garden 99 years after the fateful spinning wheel experience! A possie of 5 poor unsuspecting Easter guests, who happened to be related to me and very enthusiastic gardeners, spent the week-end felling trees, hacking brambles and building bonfires. They opened up my  garden to reveal beautiful views of rolling Northamptonshire countryside, punctuated with spring lambs enjoying the freedom of their lush playground.

As I write this from my office I am no longer hemmed in by thick bushes bringing darkness and a false sense of security to my world. Instead the light is shining in, the views are stunning and I realise I feel just as secure as I’ve always felt.

So, it got me thinking…… again, yes, I know it’s becoming a habit!……what other boundaries do I have in my life, self-limiting beliefs and false security blankets that prevent me from letting in the possibilities and opportunities that lie beyond. Why be like Sleeping Beauty and tolerate a hundred years of inactivity when a lifetime of possibilitiy lies out there waiting?

5-Minute Challenge:

– Find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted, breathe deeply and spend 5 minutes exploring the boundaries and self-limiting beliefs you’ve put up. Look closely as they’re often hidden under the guise of providing security, safety or habitual behaviour.

– What could you do if these didn’t exist. Write down 3 opportunities you could take up if these belief/boundaries were removed.

– How would that feel? Imagine your life without these boundaries and restrictions. What opportunities could you take advantage of and how would your life be different?

– Write it down. Tell someone. Make it happen….

I’d love to hear about your successes and challenges around this subject.

See the possibilities and look beyond the beauty of your dreams….

Warmest wishes,

Sarah