Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Are you growing as a person? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

*Disclaimer: This is a new topic for me and I found it really hard to write about! I welcome all feedback.

Within the last month, I've found myself registered for Yoga Teacher Training, cutting out sugar and carbs from my diet, seeing a naturopath, making my own home green cleaner and face wash, and blogging.

Is it just me, or does that sound cliché? And what do I mean by that? I mean it sounds a little typical, almost trendy these days. The only thing missing is adding "foodie" to my resume, and by the way my diet is going, I just might be.

But I feel GOOD.

Sometimes, it's hard to believe that it's even ME doing all these things. I am no longer an 18 year old waitress working in a bar trying to pay for college. I'm no longer a 20 something year old social smoker renting an overpriced apartment.

There are days when I look in the mirror and hardly recognize myself.

Photo retrieved from http://bit.ly/ZIm2bm

Reflecting back on my journey of change and growth, I think these are some of the questions that I asked myself to get me where I am today. I hope you find them helpful on your journey, too.

Is this really what you want?
Ask yourself why you are living the way you are. Is it for you, or because of societal pressures that you may be feeling? Are your friends influencing you? Are you worried what others may think? Let go of all external pressures and Just Be.

Do you know what you want?
People change, and maybe you’re already changing without even realizing it. Take time to figure out what you want and what really makes you happy. For me, sometimes it's creating something original, just for me - like a blog post, for example. I had to try it first though to figure that out. Don't be afraid to explore new waters and challenge yourself when searching for answers.

Do you know who you are?
Who you are is not always defined by what you do for living. It's what's important to you, what you value, and what is a priority to you. Can you identify those things?

Who do you want to be?
Always embrace the present moment - but it's healthy to have goals, too. Envision yourself living what you only dream of now. Know that you make your own experiences, and by making changes in your life you can be exactly where you want to be.

Through changes, be prepared for not only personal growth, but in relationships too. Friendships may change – some may not be as present in your life as they once were, and new ones may emerg – but don’t worry. It’s ok. This is what happens in life, to everyone.

And no matter what, trust your intuition.

Thanks for reading,