- Set my alarm five minutes earlier than normal - and actually wake up to it. Giving myself just a little more time in the morning, even if it's only five minutes, will help me work in the things I don't do as part of my morning routine. Whether it's eating breakfast, packing a lunch, doing my hair, or even just sitting for a couple minutes to think about what's on tap for the day, that extra time will help me set the tone for the rest of the day.
- Use eyeliner every morning. Anyone who knows me also knows I'm pretty much anti-makeup, especially on a daily basis. I'll do a little primping for big events, but I'm not a false-face kinda gal. However, I do like to use bright or jewel colored chunky eye pencils for a touch of color sometimes, and as I've been doing it more and more on random days, I've noticed my confidence in my appearance has increased, which has led to my overall confidence increasing. Taking that moment each day to do something that makes me feel good about myself is a great way to get started on the right foot.
- Create a mantra image to post at my desk to remind me to always be Fiercely Serene. I created this personal mantra last year at the Soul Pose yoga festival, and have kept it close to my heart ever since. I'm still learning to be serene, but I have made tons of progress towards chilling myself out a bit, which has already provided advantages in daily life. To better remind myself to embrace both my natural fierceness and my much-needed serenity, I'd like to make a sign or something that I can put someplace I'll see it frequently. Doing so will make it easy to live my mantra every day.
These may seem so minor, but lasting change starts with small steps. I need to make lasting changes in my life; I'm already on the right path, but by guiding my footsteps with a little more purpose and intention will most assuredly take me to even greater places. As they say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step!