I was talking with a client the other day explaining my philosophy of vibrant living. The concept of living life to the fullest, on your terms, with a balanced body, mind and spirit. It makes perfect sense to me but, then again, if it didn’t, I’d be out of a job. The Vibrant Life Source tagline is “engage, nourish, flourish” and I feel it best explains what it means to live your best life. So my Wellness Warriors, listen up, maybe take notes, cuz I’m going to break this vibrant living thing down for you.
Engage: When was the last time that you really felt engaged in your life? Not a spectator, a referee or a passerby but involved in your life? I don’t know about you but my life moves quickly and seems to just fly by. No one is going to make you slow down, take a breath and sink your teeth into living. You get so caught up in work, meetings, taking the kids here, there and everywhere, scheduling weekend getaways, birthday parties and family commitments. It’s “rush to get through the week to rush through the weekend”. Before you know it life is passing you by.
Are you doing what you really want to be doing with your life? I get it; you need to work to support our lifestyle and your family. You have commitments and things that you have to do. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about are you living your life in the way you really want to be living? Are you making time to do the things that make you shine, bring you utmost joy and allow your inner creative juices to flow? All I’m sayin’ is live life, get your hands dirty living, not just surviving Monday through Friday.
Nourish: Usually people associate “nourish” with food, which is a great way to nourish yourself. However, nourishing isn’t just the food you ingest. It’s the way you care for yourself, the way you celebrate your body and how you take time out to replenish yourself. Our society doesn’t encourage nor celebrate taking time for yourself. It’s often referred to as being selfish. I look at it a bit different. You take care of your family, friends, your co-workers and everyone else in between. You are putting energy outward day in and day out, leaving yourself depleted. Over time, you don’t have any energy to give. Taking time out for yourself first gives you energy to then give outward to others.
Don’t feel guilty taking time for yourself to get a massage, a facial, go for a walk, spend time with friends, take a solo vacation or just hold the couch down reading a book. I am not a natural extrovert so my career of choice can make one scratch their head. I love what I do and there are days that I’m challenged to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Days like that leave me completely depleted. I need quiet time, by myself taking a walk, reading a book, cooking or some spa time. Taking time out for myself isn’t just something I contemplate doing; it’s something I have to do to present my best self. So, don’t feel guilty if you need to take time for yourself, nourish yourself inside and out.
Flourish: So this one can be a bit tricky at first. Thus far you’ve engaged in living your life, taking time out to nourish yourself so what’s left but to take flight and flourish. Spread your wings and fly! My wish for you, my Friend, is to flourish in your life without shame, resentment or regrets. Live life like you mean it. Whatever makes you happy – you can flourish staying home and taking care of the kids or flourish rising through the corporate ranks or flourish starting your health and lifestyle business after 15 years of corporate life . . . ahem. Sorry, that last bit was about me but, yes! Flourish doing whatever makes you happy. There are no rules about living your life to the fullest. You’ve done the work, it’s cool to flaunt it.