Last month, we began exploring tips to help you create a magical life outside of work. The purpose of this series is to create a stress-free, debt-free lifestyle, full of meaning and purpose, family, friends and fun.
During the first week, I did a Webinar, called 7 Principles to Create a Magical Life Outside of Work.
For week two, we broke down the First Principle, sharing 12 Pieces of Advice to Think Bigger.
We then took a closer look at the Second Principle: Take 3 Small Steps Every Day Toward Creating a Magical Life.
Followed by the Third Principle, 3 Ways to Let Go and Grow.
Last week, we honored our bodies as a temple with 7 Ways to Honor Your Body.
Today we are looking to our environments. Setting ourselves up for success begins with our environment. Here are 11 Activities to enjoy while creating a safe, sacred place.
Activity #1 – Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Take a quick 10 minutes in the evening to finish the few extra dishes and wipe down the counters and the sink.
When you wake up and the fresh, clean kitchen greets you, it is a sacred place to prepare meals of love for yourself and your loved ones.
Activity #2 – Enjoy Animals
This is a fun one.
Kinship and compassion for animals creates such joy and harmony in life. Their light spirits are predictable and endearing.
You don’t have to have an animal of your own, but if you do – take at least a few minutes each day to be present with them. Chances are, you’re the highlight of their day as well.
If you do not have an animal, make a point to visit a dog park or a friends home where they have pets.
Animals have the power to enchant an atmosphere.
Activity #3 – Drink Wine
When I wasn’t pregnant, one of my favorite things was to enjoy a nice glass of wine while I prepared dinner for my husband.
Although I’ve been ‘dry’ for the past nine months, I still remember the way the simple glass would enhance my day. By implementing this simple ritual, there was such joy and peace associated with it. My cooking improved dramatically as well as I took extra time in preparation.
Activity #4 – Fresh Flowers
Walking into the house and seeing fresh flowers never fails to bring a smile to my face. It makes any environment fresh with life. Choose a color and flower variety that resonates with you and place them in a location you can see them often.
For a while, I had a number of small vases and placed a handful of flowers in each throughout our home. It was delightful and so pleasant. It made every surface in the house have a touch of magic.
Activity #5 – Make Art
“The aim of Art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle.
Art includes drawings, painting and sculptures, but also written works, such as poems and books. Even cooking a meal is a form of art.
There are a handful of mental health benefits that go hand-in-hand with making art. These include stress relief, mental stimulation and it encourages creative thinking.
Activity #6 – Always Have Music Playing
Music has a magical quality in it’s ability to plug emotion into an environment. It also has the ability to stimulate and relax.
Here are some ways I utilize music in my day: While writing blogs, I always listen to stimulating music filled with acoustics and thought-provoking lyrics. When writing books, I lean toward a mild trance which provides background noise but doesn’t require much thought. While cleaning my home, I pop on high-energy music that makes me feel like dancing. When my husband gets home, I have some mild celtic music or relaxing classical. I listen to the same type of music while resting in a nice bath.
Which leads us to Activity #7.
Activity #7 – Take a Lavender Bath
When I feel exhausted, tired and defeated, there is nothing like the comfort of a hot bath to ease my senses and put the world back in perspective for me. A Lavender-Scented Bath Sea Salt not only promotes purifying aromatherapy but also muscle relaxation.
Treat yourself to a heaven sent experience… and sleep easy with a smile that will stay with you all night long.
Activity #8 – Burn Incense
Some people aren’t a huge fan of incense, but aroma therapy works wonders for others. There is a spiritual aspect to burning incense that is very profound.
Take five minutes to light incense and honor yourself.
Activity #9 – Light Candles
Soft light creates a sacred ambiance in any area. One of the best ways to utilize this subtle power is to light candles. Scented candles work wonders as well. There have been times when I have used candles alone to bring an experience to fruition.
For example, I wanted to travel to Tahiti. I purchased a Tahitian Dream candle at Body and Bath works and took a few moments to light the candle and imagine what it would be like to visit Tahiti.
Within a few weeks, my fiance (at the time) and I planned a trip to Tahiti. It was one of the best trips either of us (both of whom have traveled extensively) have ever taken.
Activity #10 – Keep Your Curtains Open
Natural light rejuvenates. When I first wake up, I enjoy a cup of tea and watch the sunrise. When I begin working in my office, I open my curtains to the backyard and allow the natural light to inspire my work for the day.
Activity #11 – Have a full Bookshelf
What are your favorite books? Do you have a bookshelf? I have a stack of books on my side table next to my bed. Many books I only read once and I pass on to someone else. The books I have loved and read over and over again (once a year or so), I have in the stack.
One day I hope my library of books I read again and again grows to 150. As an avid reader, I’m always reading something – but very few are those I read again and again.
Please enjoy implementing these 11 activities to create a safe and sacred place. Join me next week with the final post of Creating a Magical Life series. The topic will be: 9 Activities to Saturate Your Life in Positive Energy.
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