Happy Holi everyone!!!
Whether or not you celebrate this Indian festival, I bet you've seen (and even participated) in a version of it.
Think "Color Run" without the run.
Unless you run when someone's chasing you with water balloons.
Been there. Done that.
This morning as I was calling and wishing my friends and family a very colorful Holi, I remembered something.
Holi was always my favorite festival growing up.
And today I realized why:
Anyhoo, that day, everyone unleashed their inner child. No matter what age or stage. And our small world became colorful & light.
That's why Holi was always so much fun!!!!
If you're still unclear about this festival, this pic from 2008 will give you a better idea :)
So this morning, as I was chatting, I started feeling nostalgic and energized, both at the same time.
And I realized, whether it's Holi or not, there ARE ways we can make our everyday life colorful, fun and light.
Just like during Holi!
Especially if we're feeling dull, uninspired, bored or dreary, it would help us overcome those not-so-happy feelings.
So I decided to write this blog & share with you three simple ways I add color & lightness into my life (no matter what season). And it works.
Note: If you're feeling dull, dreary or uninspired, you need to be doing some inner work. Because something is out of tune. And these simple ways can bring clarity and lightness into your life, which makes it easy to do inner work
Three simple ways to add color into your life:
1. Grow some flowers
Yup. You need some flowers in your life. And I don't mean cut flowers, you need to get a small pot and plant some flowers.
And keep them in the place where you spend a lot of your time.
You need to water them, pamper them and watch them bloom.
If you're thinking, well I can't do this, I have a black thumb! You don't. It's just an excuse.
You haven't given enough attention and love to those plants.
Flowers are the perfect example of nature's beauty, purity and service.
And there's nothing that brings pure joy than watching them grow and bloom.
Plus they add life & color to any space!
2. Pop up your space with colorful art & accent pillows
I'm one of those who keeps changing our home decor to let the stuck energy flow.
Plus making simple changes adds vibrancy to any space.
Like if your couch is plain or old, just adding a pop of color with accent pillows can completely change the way it feels & looks.
Plus pillows are a great conversation starter.
Adding colorful art does wonders too. Find an artwork that inspires & uplifts you and add it to your space.
Especially where you spend most of your waking hours. If you need some inspiration or new art, click here.
You might not know but your environment plays a very important role in how you operate, feel, think and work.
If your home/office is cluttered, dull or too plain, it will subconsciously bring lack of clarity or drain you or make you anxious.
Look around your home & notice how you feel. Do your surroundings make you feel heavy? If so, you need to change things up. That's why regular de-cluttering of your space is so essential. And you need to catch up on Marie Kondo's Netflix series!
3. Be a wardrobe detective
You need to take a look at your wardrobe. And notice how it makes you feel.
Does it inspire you?
Or makes you wanna cry for help.
What about the colors your wear?
Do they bring you down or make you smile?
Having a huge wardrobe is not the point. Point is to have those things that bring you joy.
Your clothes need to match you energetically. They need to reflect and embody your true essence.
I barely shopped from 2015-2018 because I wanted invest in pieces that match my values (sustainable, ethical, fair trade). And every year my husband & I de-clutter our closet and get rid of everything that doesn't bring us joy.
It not only makes it possible to fit all our clothes in one closet, we both feel so much lighter every time we do it.
And last year, I decided to invest in clothes that really speak to me. Plus I launched my clothing line that added a lot of creative, bold & colorful pieces to my wardrobe.
So you need to do some detective work in the clothes department. Remove what feels heavy & add a piece or two that brightens you up!
And if you need some colorful addition to your wardrobe, I got you covered!
So there it is.
Three simple ways that'll help you overcome dullness!
It all comes down to self-awareness and self-love. When you're aware of how you're feeling, it's easier to find a solution that works for you.
When I start feeling stuck or need some inspiration, I do one of these things and it totally works!
I get back in the flow, get new ideas and just feel more alive instantly.
Now I would love to hear from you!
Hop in the comments below and let me know!
Here's to our colorful & vibrant life, no matter what age, stage or season...
~be love~be you~
p.s (fashion photo credit: Nasim Hoomanrad)
Go within often
That's how you'll uncover the real YOU.
All the wisdom you need to grow
And all the answers you seek to flow
Have always been a part of you
The blogs, the posts are ONLY meant to nudge you
The podcasts & the books are ONLY there to steer you
They're JUST your guide and nothing more
They're here to open the door that YOU need to explore
In the end it's your truth
And it gets revealed to no one but you
So my beautiful one,
Go within often
And uncover those treasures
That make you...YOU 💖
~be love~be you~
p.s. These words are inspired by the picture posted above...yup that's me wearing my art-scarf, meditating in nature (photo credit: Nasim Hoomanrad)
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The day you say NO to the life that you don’t want.…
You can start LIVING the life that you really want.
Will it be easy?
No, it won’t.
Because the self-appointed CEO of your life a.k.a your ego will start throwing a fit.
For most of your life, your ego has been calling the shots. It's been pretty much dictating and shaping you.
And now...your NO is threatening it's existence. It knows. And it's terrified. Because if you learn to say NO, your ego will not be in control of your dreams, your thoughts, your habits and EVERYTHING that brings you pure joy.
So your ego will act up. It'll make up stories of "what-if's" and "how could's". It'll create scenarios of failures, loss, shame and guilt. And you might even start getting breakouts and other physical symptoms (talking from personal experience here).
Your ego will be loud. Like that annoying song you can't get out of your head...for days.
It'll scare you to a degree that you’ll again succumb to the familiar, to the known, EVEN IF it does not serve your higher purpose. Your ego is not your enemy. It just wants you to be safe, secure and comfortable. That's it's job. And it doesn't care if this safety and comfort comes at the expense of your true joy, your Soul's calling.
But one day, your ego's drama will come to an end.
Because one day...
Your determination to live & breathe your purpose will be so unshakable that you'll gather the courage to say NO.
Your hunger to express your authentic self will be so deep that you'll find the strength to say NO.
Your Soul's call for freedom will be so intense that you'll fight like a warrior to say NO.
And that day you’ll start to come alive....that beautiful day you’ll REALLY start to come alive.
And for that day...
You must keep learning to say NO.
You must keep fighting to say NO.
You must keep trying to say NO.
~be love~be you~
p.s: If you're still struggling with saying no (most of us always are :) feel free to print the affirmation above & keep it handy!
Make it your own.
Look it in the eyes and give it a big hug.
Remember...you're doing the best you can at this very moment.
And your “best” isn't going to be the same as the "best" of 7 billion of us co-existing on this planet.
So let yourself off the hook.
And let your loved ones off the hook.
Keep walking our own path. Keep doing the best you can.
And at this very moment, pause, take a deep breath and...
Give your life a big, warm & cozy hug.
~be love~be you~