One of my favourite exercises is sitting down with a pen and a blank page and scribbling down my ideal lifestyle. I start with a day and expand to a week, jotting down lists of things I want to learn and do.
I marvel over this, and explain it here:
Some things I learned from this exercise:
- I only really want to have lunch out with a friend once a week. I used to think my ideal week would include going out to fabulous lunches with friends daily. When I mapped it out on paper, though, I realised that once is enough.
- I want to go for a walk after lunch. I knew I wanted to walk lots and get exercise, but brainstorming with actual times attached got me thinking about when.
- Pizza and a movie in is a treat. What do I really honestly want to do on Friday night? Staying in with pizza and watching a movie on our own sofa is a form of luxury.
- Mindful dining is also a treat.Looking back on my most memorable parts of the year so far, they often involve not just good food, but a certain attention to it. Eating at a nice restaurant as an occasion, not out of laziness. Cooking up a storm and having guests over.
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