6/6/2016: Visible

A reminder to keep the things we want to change in front of us and not hide it away, hoping it leaves on its own. $25 giclee print available at the Made Vibrant Art Shop.

Today’s message comes courtesy of a confession that might be a little embarrassing but I’m sharing it anyway!

For months now I’ve struggled to make fitness a priority. I’ve been so focused on my work (because I LOVE it) that it always seems to take priority over working out (and, let’s be honest, it’s an easy scape goat to justify not making time to exercise.)

Knowing that I needed some sort of mental shift to get back into the swing of things (and knowing I needed to start small), I committed to making time for a dance workout once a day for 30 days. Since dancing is fun for me and thanks to YouTube I have a literally ENDLESS supply of video content to choose from, I figured I'd have NO excuses.

Today was Day 2 of my personal challenge and at the last minute I decided to do my workout in only a sports bra (hey, my YouTube dance teacher doesn't judge 😜) but in doing so, I was confronted in the mirror for the entire 20 minutes with my #1 problem area -- my midsection, which, let’s just say, has become increasingly... soft.

Finally having my months of fitness neglect staring me in the face wasn't about making me feel ashamed (I make it a point to be extra kind to myself about my body); instead it helped me take a HUGE step toward paying attention to my health again.

Why? Because finally SEEING it made it impossible to ignore.

Whether it’s our fitness, or it’s those bills we don’t want to confront, or that manuscript we haven’t finished, or those poor relationship choices we keep making... if it’s something we want to change, we have to find a way to keep it VISIBLE.

When we shut it in a drawer or we turn a blind eye, it’s quite simply out of sight, out of mind.

That’s why I love checklists and prints that hang by my desk, because they serve as focal points for what I want to stay mindful of. When we see it every day, it becomes that tiny bit easier to actually DO something about it.