Over the past year, I’ve learned about the importance of a strong support system. That the people in my inner circle actually define who I am. That life is too short to be unhappy and stressed out all the time. I’ve learned to let go of expectations of other people and raise expectations of myself. To not settle for a life of mediocrity. I’ve learned about grief. And gratitude. And joy. And love.
I’ve learned to embrace periods of transition, continuously step outside of my comfort zone even when it’s scary, and trust the voice inside of me to reveal a new, upgraded me. This journey has taught me two very important lessons that will stick with me for the rest of my life and serve as the inspiration behind The Healthy Green Life.
Lesson #1: LET GO.
Everyone has “bad” stuff in their life. Stuff like thoughts, habits, behaviors, physical things, or toxic people. Even the stuff we put into or on our bodies can be considered toxic.
The bad stuff can bring harm to our physical, emotional or mental health but can also be beneficial to us because it has a weird way of teaching us that we are not perfect. This stuff can be the determining factor between whether we live a mediocre, stressed-out, unhappy life or a great, healthy, blissful one.
Over the past year I’ve made a conscious effort to let go of people, thoughts, and things that no longer provide value to my life. I decided that I am in control of what I think, feel, do and say. I am in control of my possessions. I am in control of my money and the food that I put into my body. I’m in control of my social circle. And of how I treat other people and how I treat myself.
Letting go is really, really hard and often easier said than done. But regardless of whether it’s donating an old sweater or losing a loved one, there’s an element of detachment there. Keep in mind, however, that the lessons or memories will almost always remain. So it’s not like you’re getting rid of a person or a thing maliciously. You’ve just recognized that the purpose has been fulfilled, and you’re ready to move on to something/someone else. Depending on the process and the degree of initial attachment, it can change a person’s soul for better or for worse.
How the detachment changes me is not necessarily within my control but I realize that I always have control of myself and my reactions to the situation as a whole. I may not have control but I certainly have influence over the outcome. When I chose to compassionately let go of something or someone that no longer serves a purpose in my life, it makes space for an opportunity or a person that does. Try it out for yourself. Say thank you (either silently or out loud) and move on. The results are magical, I swear.
Lesson #2: NOURISH.
My journey has been scary and exciting and overwhelming and chaotic and….beautiful. There is still so much more for me to learn about living life and letting go but my life is completely different than it was a year ago. My life is centered around showing love for myself and for others as much as possible because that’s what nourishes my soul the most. I live with more intention now which means I’m an active participant in this life rather than just letting life happen to me. If something doesn’t nourish me physically, emotionally or spiritually then I can choose to let it go with as much compassion as I can muster.
Living The Healthy Green Life isn’t just about being eco-friendly and spending time outside (although those are pieces of it). This integrated lifestyle is about letting go of those things that are harmful and nourishing ourselves with things that are good. It’s about good food, natural movement, joy, self-awareness, and love. It’s about being adaptive and resilient – just like nature.
There are still so many life changes in store for me and I’m ready for whatever adventure, opportunity or challenge the universe throws my way next. And while the universe is busy sending the good and bad stuff my way, I’m going to actively seek out the things that make me happy. Are you ready to join me in living an intentional stress-free life filled with adventure and love?