3 little steps…
Posted in personal, pia's photos September 22nd, 2009 by pia

For the last few months I’ve been feeling like life is flying by, and I know from past experience that when I have that feeling, it’s a sign that I am super stressed out.  It means that I am letting things get out of control, overwhelm me, instead of taking things step by step.

But this morning, a newsletter appeared in my inbox that made me stop for a moment and take a deep breath. It was simple really, the words resonated with me, and the message was clear and inspiring with 3 little steps to help those who feel like their world is spinning faster and faster, with not enough hours in the day.   This wonderful advice is with many thanks to the lovely Karin de Vos from Nurture House

Step 1 – Understand where you are living from…
If you are living from your head, you just get dizzier and dizzier, until you eventually fall over. If you live from your centre, it is easier to focus on what is important to you and let everything else drop away.

Step 2 – Connect with what is important to you…
The first thing you need to do is create a vision for yourself, your family and your children. Next have a look at where you are expending your energy. Are you doing the things you love or the things you feel you should do? Are you nurturing and caring for yourself and your family or looking after everyone else? What are you doing to create a peaceful and harmonious home? Another useful tip is to look at your world through the eyes of your children.

Step 3 – Stick to your vision…
The final step is to stay focused on your vision. So when any new opportunity comes your way you can easily decide if it’s really what you want to do.

It is also important to learn to say no; schedule your time with lots of space to just hang with yourself, your partner and your children; and remember to look after your health.


I hope you find these little steps as useful as I do. I can see there is lots I need to work on, especially the saying ‘no’ bit, and making time to hang out with myself. Life is full of lessons, non?

Thank you Karin!

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  1. Katie says

    So refreshing to read this post – such little steps, but made me stop and think – yes I need to get off my conveyor belt!

    September 22nd, 2009 | #

  2. Yvette says

    I can’t agree more! I ‘use’ these 3 thoughts the past few months and i can only say that IT WORKS. Xxx

    September 22nd, 2009 | #

  3. Michelle says

    What great lessons! They’re so simple and reflective. It sure is hard to be consistent, though. I’ll take these with me. Thanks, Pia!

    September 22nd, 2009 | #

  4. oldyarns. says

    I like this. The phrase I try to use is ‘to travel lightly’. Thanks for this, K

    September 22nd, 2009 | #

  5. Cath says

    Thank you Pia!! This post is just what I needed to read and be reminded of this morning. Particularly the first point about living from your centre, not getting caught up in your head. x

    September 23rd, 2009 | #

  6. Jeska says

    thank you for this.

    September 23rd, 2009 | #

  7. Riley says

    Thank you, thank you! Great to be reminded of this.

    September 23rd, 2009 | #

  8. vicki archer says

    Brilliant life lessons Pia…so good to have a pretty reminder now and then too. I am sure we all really want to remember these things but sometimes they do get lost along the way. xv

    September 23rd, 2009 | #

  9. Ana says

    If you don´t care after yourself, nobody can do it for you. I think it is important to spend some time every day alone, just listening to your soul and doing some meditation. Taking care of our bodies is as important as taking care of our minds!

    September 23rd, 2009 | #

  10. Amanda Nicole says

    A wonderful list to remember. I really cherish my me-time, when I can decompress and stop processing so much information and just turn myself off. I like to read a novel in bed in the middle of the day if I can 🙂

    September 23rd, 2009 | #

  11. ibb says

    Thanks for it.
    I like the one of looking through the children eyes…it simplifies everything a lot.

    September 23rd, 2009 | #

  12. lia dominique says

    that was great. thanks pia!

    September 23rd, 2009 | #

  13. Paris Parfait says

    Very wise advice; must remember to say no more often! And that’s so true about operating from the head… 🙂 xo

    September 23rd, 2009 | #

  14. Ann Marie says

    Oh, thank you for sharing. Lovely and real advice. Always needed. Always appreciated.

    September 23rd, 2009 | #

  15. michi says

    send it to David!

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  16. Maia says

    That’s a nice, concise little “rescue packet”. I do know that feeling. Though I have to say that a two-year-old has been my great catalyst when it comes to staying in the moment and keeping my priorities clear. She focuses me. You might think it would work the other way around…but she’s a bit of a miracle-worker that way, my kid.

    September 24th, 2009 | #

  17. Victoria says

    Thankyou for sharing. Just what i needed to read 🙂

    September 25th, 2009 | #

  18. Pascale says

    Very wise words indeed!

    September 26th, 2009 | #

  19. Amélia says

    I love and admire your art! Please, go to http://novomove.blogspot.com/2009/09/as-novas-profissoes-para-as-pessoas.html, and see it. Thanks!

    September 26th, 2009 | #

  20. theaxx says

    Great advice. We all hit tough times and feel crappy and over it. And we need reminders like this… I am totally going to reblog to this inspiring post – it’s visionary!!

    Thanks Pia (& Karin!)


    September 30th, 2009 | #

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