The Weather is Changing, So Can You

Rosemary and GrandsonsNow that spring has sprung, are you looking for ways to make new beginnings yourself? Soon you’ll be seeing spring flowers popping their heads up, risking bad weather to bloom once more. If you’ve wanted to make some changes in your old habits but have been bogged down by winter’s heavy gloom, now’s the time to take a chance and go for it.

I had the opportunity this past week to put aside work and just have fun with my grandsons as they were visiting over their spring break. One day we went on a long bike ride that stretched my limits but was well worth it. It reminded me of when they had earlier encouraged me to head down a steep waterslide. Their youthful innocence was infectious as they urged me to “just try it, Grandma. You’ll be fine.”

Here are some tips to help you start instituting the changes you want make. Once you make a commitment to transform yourself, you’ll find it easier to take that first step.

Open yourself up to new ideas. Don’t be afraid to try something different. When you look at things from a fresh perspective, you gain the ability to innovate and create a novel happening for yourself. As you focus on what you can learn in a new situation rather than on how you usually do things, you’ll be less concerned about making a mistake.

Unplug. It’s not only our children who can benefit from time away from electronics – we need that break too. Set aside some down time without your iphone, ipad, ipod, computer or television. No games, no virtual relationships. Instead, immerse yourself in the real world and enjoy all it has to offer. You may be surprised at the richness of your experience.

Check back here on Thursday for some more hints about creating the changes you want in yourself.

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