Something happens in my brain when I don’t write – a brain wink I call it – and it’s like living just a half-bit “off” from my normal self. I woke up this morning at 3:30am, wide awake. I am somewhat of a sleep princess, getting an average of nine hours of sleep per night, preferably ten when possible, so waking up after only five hours wasn’t just abnormal, it told me that something deeper within me is “off.” The first week of January in the fitness industry is our busiest week of the year, and my first seven days of January have been overbooked, high-energy and emotionally exhausting, yet invigorating all the while. I simply didn’t make time to write, and if you follow my blog posts, you’ll notice that I have missed a few days.
Perhaps one of the best perks about knowing yourself and your needs well, is that, in the process you learn how to listen intently to what you really need. Our bodies and brains speak to us all the time, the challenge is in learning how to decipher the messages and when and how to take action. When I am not living the passions of my heart, or consistently doing the things that I need to that make my life work best and make me feel alive, my brain feels wrinkled.
Your brain rocks. Never stop learning, never stop self-reflecting, and never stop growing. Your brain and your body will speak to you, if you listen well enough, just make sure you’re listening and open to adjustments. Embrace the small habits (like my need for writing and for words) that make your life work best and that make you feel alive…these habits aren’t small and unimportant, but rather they make up the very core of who we are and how we live. The little things affect everything, so make sure that you are nurturing the little things that matter.