IMAGINE SERIES: FRESH STARTS
I DROPPED THE WEDDING CAKE
“Steve, do us a big favor. We need you to run to the bakery and pick up the wedding cake. Be back in thirty minutes!”
I love challenging assignments. And I’ve always been a team player. This wedding was definitely a team effort. The couple being wed were my dear friends and I was commissioned to go to the local bakery and pick up the cake. I needed to be back ASAP. I drove off humming “going to the chapel and their going to get married.” I was in a great mood and excited to see these two people begin their lives together.
Then, upon receiving the cake I headed back to my car. The weirdest thing happened… I tripped. I didn’t stumble, I full out tripped on the curb. It felt like a slow motion belly flop into the road, the big box holding the cake flew out of my hands into the air… it turned one and a half giant turns and landed. Flat. Up. Side. Down… “OH —-!”
My mind started racing. It was one of those moments where you wonder if what is happening is actually happening, and pray that it isn’t. I peeled back the lid of the box… all the icing was stuck to the top. The two wedding bells looked up at me like demonic faces. I was dazed. I was confused. Now what?! I was in one big wedding cake mess!
As I sheepishly carried the mushed box into the reception area, preparing my last remarks, a woman greeted me saying “Wonderful, the cake! I bet it’s lovely!”
I looked down at the box, down at my feet, up at the ceiling, at her “Actually, I dropped the sucker.”
You won’t believe what happened next. This may be even more amazing than the slow motion cake-ker-plop. The woman at the reception was a premiere cake designer, a frosting expert, a cake CPR extraordinaire. She said, “how about we give this a little make over!” I nodded thinking it was probably going to be more like a reconstruction. Within minutes she began to recreate, redecorate, and restore the cake’s beauty. Low and behold it looked good as new! Better than new! An amazing new beginning! The cake got a fresh start!
What does a Fresh Start look like for you?
So many of my clients and friends need a fresh start. It is like they have taken a tumble and don’t know how to start getting up.
I would like to offer Seven things you can do today to IMAGINE your Fresh Start
1. Come up with a “One day plan”
When I get stuck, overwhelmed, stressed or broken, I go back to the basics and “live one day at a time. Just map out today. Don’t bite off too much.
2. Get Physical
The stress hormone, Cortisol, can wreck havoc in your mind and emotions and narrow your perspective really quickly! Even you can’t get to the gym, create your own 30 minute home workout. Put on some rocking music and get physical! It will generate positive hormones, natural highs, and boost your self-concept.
3. Focus on Accomplishments
Activities are flooding most people’s busy days. To alleviate a higher impact fresh start, focus on the 20% that gives you the 80% high value return in your work/live balance.
4. Don’t Isolate- Initiate!
Isolation is suffocating people. This world can become small and lonely. Get out there! Meet with that trusted friend or associate that provokes goodness, ideas, and health. Cultivate a rhythm of meeting with the best and the bright. You become who you associate with. Associate with winners!
5. Eat to Win
You don’t have to be a health nut. But pick good food choices that fuel your days. Try things like cut veggies, raw almonds, cranberries, or whole wheat crackers. Double your water intake. And try some new natural supplements. Build your immune system daily and you moods will level out as well. And you will rarely be sick!
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6. Unplug One Day a Week
I know, I know, impossible right? Wrong. The primary downfall I see with technology and social media is people have no start and no ending. No healthy breaks. It is a constant techno beat. The world goes from vivid color to black and white. Talk about a technology burn out, baby! Give your mind, your soul, and your spirit a break. Your family will like you a whole lot more too! I unplug every Sunday, and I love it!
7. Practice Guilt Free Rest
When your body and mind say “I need a break,” don’t push through every time. Treat your body like a temple, like a precious gift. Allow for your human limitations. Allow yourself to let go and relax and recover. Grant yourself permission for a Fresh Start!