One of my Core Desired Feelings for 2017 was (and still is) Aligned.
What does ‘being in alignment’ mean for me? I’d like to share with you some examples of things I’ve done to bring myself back into alignment, because I truly believe our natural state is aligned… it’s all about bringing ourselves back home.
Sometimes coming into alignment means we drop things that don’t fit, other times it’s about adding something into our lives. These are some of the ways I’ve come home to myself.
I stopped having a social cigarette
For a while in my early twenties, I took up smoking. As in start the day with a dart and a Red Bull and nip out for a ciggie break every time 3 pm rolled around. To be honest, that didn’t last long and I started to only smoke socially when we were out with friends. And as a twenty something does, I went out quite a bit so I was basically smoking every weekend.
Until one weekend, my fellow-social-smoker girlfriend and I decided this was the last weekend. It didn’t feel like us anymore. So we stopped. Since then I’ve had one cigarette and that’s it. Quitting wasn’t hard for me at all. I like to think it’s because I was just coming back into alignment with myself, but perhaps I’m just not the addictive type? Whichever it is, I won’t be going back.
I started meditating (nearly) every day
Consistent meditation is still an elusive minx for me. I’m quite good at committing to a week but then something in my schedule changes and I slip. I’m quite aware that checking Instagram isn’t something that slips when my schedule changes so there is no reason meditation should either… yet it happens.
Those days I sit in stillness for 10 minutes though, those days I feel more in alignment with myself and the world. Excuse me while I go pull up my medi pillow and get my stillness in for the day.
I began to write and share more
I’ve blogged on and off since I was 14 years old. I’ve had personal blogs and this more public blog on my business site for half of my life… I just worked that out and it astounds me. So it doesn’t come of much of a surprise that when I’m writing and sharing I feel more like me.
When I was 14, I wrote for the sheer pleasure of it. I wrote about my life, fears and secrets on LiveJournal and shared these things anonymously with the world. When I was 22, I wrote because sharing felt like something I needed to do. And when I was 24, I began to blog for my business. This is where I eventually fell short of my grand visions of being a consistent blogger. Writing posts because I thought I had to. Nup. Not for me.
So, I stopped. And it’s taken me a while to come back to the blog. I decided that I only wanted to write about things I care about. Things that feel more like ‘ease’ rather than ‘strive’. I decided that sharing more personal posts on my business blog was definitely better than only posting stuff I thought I should post. And here I am.
I went vegan
I was always one of those vegetarians who said they could never go vegan because CHEESE. Delicious and addictive cheese. I was a cheese fiend.
Yeah, sure, I knew that the dairy industry wasn’t great. But… cheese, you guys.
Until at some stage about two years ago, when the taste of cheese wasn’t worth the brutal treatment of animals I professed to love and care about. It just clicked. I couldn’t eat animal products anymore if I wanted to feel like me. So I didn’t and I haven’t looked back.
I bought (half) a house near the sea
I love home. The concept of my own space, it’s my very own #goals. While buying a house doesn’t feel in alignment for a lot of people, it feels SO MUCH like alignment to me. My man and I have been saving for years for a house deposit. It hasn’t felt hard but we’ve definitely made sacrifices. While our friends have been travelling the world we’ve been working and saving. I think that’s the biggest one for me, my feet are itchy for a far flung holiday destination!
Saving the money actually wasn’t all that difficult, we’re both natural savers, not spenders. Finding a house has been more of a challenge. We’re on a pretty strict budget (hello self-employment!) and I’m picky tbh.
Luckily for us, the Universe aligned and some houses within our budget and close to the sea (dream!) were being built about 10 minutes from where we currently live. We’ll be within walking (bike riding!) distance of the water and a major boat ramp (yay for fisherman Cheyne!). The little seaside village is pretty quiet and has all the things we need. Plus we get to move into a brand new house.
Perhaps, most exciting for me is the closeness of salt water. The water feels like alignment to me and I can’t wait to move in at the end of the year.
I’d love to know, what feels like alignment for you? Let me know in the comments below.