Thundersnow shocked Wisconsin last week, bringing sleet, snow, thunder and lighting.
In the morning, snow was layered as thick as costume jewelry, 15 inches deep. Even my dog barked at first glance, warning the cold intruder.
During the blizzard, thundersnow felt magical. It was amazing to experience a hybrid force of nature, snowflakes mixed with cracks of thunder. I laid in bed thinking: “There is a lesson to be heard tonight.” Even something as common as a snowstorm can be wildly unique. The same principle can apply to our lifestyles.
It’s easy to forget that as we go through life, following the stream of society. It’s easy to become stagnant in roles that are deemed acceptable: Wife. Step mom. Suburbanite. Writer. Friend.
We’re content to stay low on the radar, not daring to talk about radical change. That, we think, would be out of character. People might label us as weird. I believe that’s part of the reason Americans are deep in debt, spending outside their means and unhappy. They’re modeling the wrong pressure system.
Maybe you’ve had enough of that climate. Maybe you’re desperate to redefine your life, but aren’t sure how. “What will rejecting the status quo to do my children?”
I’ve wondered that. I’ve felt weak when Little Girl said, “You’re so cheap.” The strange blizzard reminded me: We should be more like thundersnow.
We should boldly open to a new way of living. There is power within every tiny movement. They can pile up to change a season like snowflakes.
Here are some actions steps that will help make the world a better place. I’m offering the tips in a two-part series – be sure to read my Thursday post for the finale.
Today, you can:
Be full instead of busy.
Society tells us we have to get our kids involved, even if that means skipping a nutritious dinner. It tells us to send thank you cards, as if that’s the only acceptable thank you. Society says the solution to our problems is spending money. If you haven’t noticed, society is set on making us very busy. The truth is, you can choose your own set of priorities without shame. Start with a clean slate. Fill your to-do list with things you actually want to do, things you feel good about.
Choose to experience a life full of things that matter to you.
- Poof! Glitter! Awe! (The Magic of Family Meals). The statistics are clear: Kids who dine with their folks are healthier, happier and better students.
- 30 Easy Ways to Save Money from Dumb Little Man. Bottle your own water, carpool and regulate your electric use, to name a few.
- Read one mom’s view on not sending thank you cards. (No offense to those that send thank you cards. Just offering another point of view.) For us, a thank you in person or on the phone will do.
Nap. Meditate. Be still.
I recommend all three. A short nap can shush a world of panic. Spending five minutes in meditation will lead to clarity. Try in breath *peace*, out breath *chaos*. When you feel yourself running in circles, stop for a moment to be still. We all have the option to slow down. Don’t set your standards too high for solitude.
- 22 Ways to Practice the Art of Relaxation from Rowdy Kittens. Spend time with your pet, give hugs and do less.
- Indulge in pleasure reading. Reading for pleasure is sexy. It turns on your mind like no reality TV show ever will. The rhythm of a captivating story can take your breath away.
- Try meditating for just 5 minutes a day from Untie the Ribbons. Meditation can reduce stress, ward off illness and increase your creativity.
One of the ways we stick to a budget is by using cash for variable expenses like groceries, vacations, entertainment, gifts, haircuts and personal spending money. The added work of withdrawing money from the bank makes spending a little harder. If you’re struggling to stay financially fit, try the cash budget method. It really taught me the value of a dollar.
Special Note: While not a need, the envelope budget system will be much easier to follow if you use durable envelopes. I found these relatively inexpensive fabric envelopes on etsy. I love them!
A bold life doesn’t have to be noisy.
I’ve experienced the force of slow, conscious living, and so can you. Seek inner clarity, slow down and live simply. The power to shape the world is within your reach.
The stream of society can be shifted.
Coming Thursday: Part II of Thundersnow with tips to shift the way you work, eat and make the world so much better. Don’t miss it!
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