Part II: 10 Rituals To Bring To Your Everyday

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Today's blog post is a continuation from part 1 where I started sharing 5 of the little things I do that add extra oomph to my day.

This week, let's continue with that line of thought.

Like I said in the previous post, the good thing about most of these practises is that they are very easy to assimilate into your day to day I feel that that is the key to sticking with rituals and practices- make it a part of your normal routine.

6| Count Your Money, Honey

Here's another one of my confessions: I want to be wealthy. Massively, ridiculously wealthy such that if I choose to, I can make my bed out of money. Perhaps I am exaggerating, but you get the drift. Money is an important portion of my wealth equation. 

Since starting my business as a wellness entrepreneur, the one part I have found excruciatingly challenging is getting a handle on the numbers. I prefer the loftier creative aspect and thinking of concepts et al. Numbers are scary and in my defence Math was never my strong suit in school.

Do you know your numbers? {tweet this}

Big numbers are doubly intimidating.

A few preliminaries; When you know you have money and you really enjoy spending it, but fail to make the connection, there is a problem.

When you cannot explain your numbers when you look at them, red flags should go off in your head.

When the thought of money keeps you awake at night, please do something.

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed I carry around a bit of emotional charge around money matters. Investing. Saving. Income. Expenditure. Giving.  I have become interested in my money.  That’s where I started.  Then I laid down all the numbers I could possibly think of.

My mama always insisted on keeping track of where your pennies and notes went. It has a name- COUNTING. This exercise makes you aware of what you spend and what you get. The coffee you took. The shoes you bought. The commission you earned. All you need is a pocket notebook and a few minutes to write it all down.

Through counting, you are able to unpack your money stories. Your spending and earning habits will probably shock or scare you. But, it will help you develop a more trusting and conscious relationship with money. Counting allows you to begin the conversation about your money with your money.

If your dreams include retiring young on your own private island, start counting!

7| Quietude

I don't function too well in loud environments. I am the type of person who would much rather have 2 extra hours early in the morning to myself. Just so I can think.

I thrive in moments of silence. Silence is a beautiful space.

I don't have to think all the time. I don't have to do all the time.

I can just be.

My best times to do that are during dawn and dusk or when I am taking a walk.

8| Saying Yes To Myself

Nurturing is an integral part of my character which means that I tend to look after other people's needs first before my own.

I recently have learnt the importance of paying attention to my needs and desires and I have made it a point to prioritize my pleasure. As the perfectionist I am, it is almost difficult for me to let go of something until it is done to my satisfaction- even if it means a splitting headache and a broken back.  I am still learning when to stop.

Because saying yes to me has become the ultimate in self-care.
 

9| Embrace Pleasure

My decluttering process showed me a startling revelation that I needed to embrace pleasure. I could choose to live in such a way that everything I did was a moment of celebration.

Embracing pleasure gently coerced me to surround myself only with the things that I love and that bring me joy. It means using colors that soothe my soul. Or wearing clothes that feel great to my skin. And listening to jazz music by Jonathan Butler and Isaiah Katumwa because the sound of the saxophone makes my work day enjoyable. More than that, it has meant creating a space that fully supports my most authentic self.

I have been excited of late to discover how pleasurable my life is. It did however require a commitment to notice the aspects of my day that were filled with pleasure.  For me, the starting point was to live a more sensual life through igniting my senses.  For example, I consider it a real treat to take my morning ginger tea served in a white porcelain cup or taking an afternoon nap under the watch of the sun.  

Pleasure is within reach.

10| Gratitude

I learnt this from Oprah. On a day that I was going through a particularly low moment, I tuned into the show and heard her describe an interesting practice.

Find at least three things to be grateful for at the end of each day.

Even in the midst of my turmoil, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I did in fact have a lot to be grateful for.

There are plenty of good things going around. Let your eyes light up at the sight of a dog and her puppies. Allow your heart to be moved by a spectacular sunrise. Give your taste buds permission to savor the feel of a ripe mango. You get the drift.

Find a reason to be thankful. My experience with a practice of gratitude reminds me of a hymn I have sang over and over again since I was a little girl.

Count your blessings, name them one by one.

Count your blessings, see what God has done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one.

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

And that's a wrap folks!

Go out of your way to find pleasure in the everyday.

Consider this your license to create an orgasmic life for yourself.


Your Turn:

Let me know in the comments below: 

What does your everyday ritual look like?

Are there any tweaks you can add or remove from your daily routine?

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