Change Your Mind and Follow Your Heart

Today was one of those days. I had things lined up and was working on various projects and smaller tasks. The sun was streaming down and so I took my laptop out into the garden to enjoy the warmth and fresh air. Mmmm…I so loved that.

The butterflies were fluttering around me. Busy little bees were flitting in and out of the open blossoms in the garden. The flowers and bushes were gently bobbing in the soft breeze. And believe it or not, I was actually getting my work done.

This beautiful energy was helping me to be productive.

One by one I ticked things off my ‘to do’ list.

It’s amazing how satisfying that can be. To finish what you set out to do in a day. It’s a real feeling of accomplishment, no matter how much or how little it really is.

Time was moving on and I suddenly realised that I needed to get ready to drive into the city for my weekly yoga class. Something which I normally love.

But today, something was different. I slowed down and tuned in to what I wanted to do in that moment. And it became really clear to me that what I wanted was to continue with my writing and then go for a refreshing walk in the park.

So I took the decision and made the change.

The walk was delicious in the truest sense of the word. Such balmy air. Summery. Warm. Relaxed. Aaahhh…

I’ve made a firm commitment to myself to do that more often. Instead of doing what I have lined up, stop and listen to what I really want.

So the next time you want to have a blissful day – change your mind and follow your heart.

I’d love to hear about the last time you did this for yourself. Please share.

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16 Responses to Change Your Mind and Follow Your Heart

  1. Julie Labes says:

    Sometimes we just get so wrapped up in what w are supposed to be doing at any given time, that we never even think about what we really WANT to do. Thanks for reminding us that it really is ok to ‘stop and smell the roses” every now and then

    Julie Labes: The Fun-Loving, Feisty, Fearless, Frisky, Fierce Over 50 Traveler

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Doing what we want to do is just as important as all those ‘have to’s’, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. Your day sounds lovely, Fiona! I love the scene you set and took a deep breath just envisioning the fresh air and butterflies. I have quite the to-do list but like Judy said, it keeps me on track and organized. I waste more time without a list than with it. Right now I’m a little over committed and trying to get to a place where I can only pursue what truly fulfills me (the ole day job v. passion dilemma — basically doing two jobs!). Old story, I’m just one of many going through this but I know (hope) it’s temporary. Your posts keep me centered and give me the vision of peace I’m striving for.

    Oh goodness, listen to me! I thought for a minute the two of us were enjoying a cup of tea out in your garden. 🙂

    caregiving. family. advocacy.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Trish, I’m so glad you felt centred reading this. And wouldn’t it be lovely to sit down and have some tea together? Holding intention for you to find a solution soon and find that space of peace. x

  3. I love being in the place where I can trust the messages that come to me in those kinds of moments. I admit that I do have quite a To Do list, but it gives me comfort, not rigidity. I find that having everything listed helps take the burden off my mind. I use the list sometimes to find that “just right” activity that suits my soul. Your story is such a peaceful one, and a good reminder that paying attention to ourselves will bring us to those “good fit” events in our day.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks for commenting Judy. I’m like you. I like to have the list there so that I know I’ve thought of everything that is unfinished. And that can be comforting. I like your ‘good fit’ events…:-)

  4. Laine D says:

    Such a great thought and post Fiona, sometimes you really have to forget the hamster wheel (even when it a think you like doing) and stay in your moment. The world whizzes past so fast and we all race to fulfill our to do list, but life is best viewed when it isn’t a blur.

    Just reading your words calms me down.
    Laine D.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      That’s great to hear and thanks for sharing your thoughts Laine. And you’re so right. Seeing things crystal clear instead of blurred makes a huge difference. x

  5. Another beautiful lesson in mindfulness, Fiona. Being in tune with what your body and soul really need is the ultimate accomplishment I think — & you did just that.

    Atticus is a constant reminder of staying in the moment. He doesn’t fret if he hasn’t written a blog yet or returned emails (yes, dogs receive plenty of email!), he just does whatever his body tells him to do at the time. There’s plenty of time to get everything done (while staying true and relaxed) — no need to worry about scheduling. (that’s today’s lesson from a dog 🙂 )

    Heidi & Atti
    “commentary to give you paws…”

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks Heidi (and Atti). This is of prime importance to me in my life now.

      And you’re so right, Heidi. Animals are perfect teachers, aren’t they? Totally in the moment with every breath and wag of the tail. Thanks for the lesson. x

  6. Adrienne says:

    That sounded like a beautiful day and something I wish I could do here. The heat is so horrible right now there are no nice days sitting outside. You could die from a heat stroke.

    But I do envision myself someday taking my laptop (which I don’t own yet) outside and sitting in our courtyard (I live in a condo complex) and just relaxing as I work. To me that sounds like a wonderful way to work and my dog loves being outside with me.

    Since Monday was my birthday, I did a few things that I wanted to do and said to heck with my schedule. Yep, I bypassed my exercise routine that morning as well but I did get my evening walk in. I do them late in the evening when it’s not as hot.

    That’s about all I’ve done lately Fiona but you do encourage me to do more of that. So thanks for sharing this with us.


    • Fiona Stolze says:

      You’re so welcome Adrienne and thanks for sharing. It really is great to have a laptop and be able to snuggle up anywhere and enjoy nature while working. I was smiling as you spoke about the heat. We bounce with joy when the sun comes out! Thanks so much for visiting Adrienne. Great to have connected with you via Twitter. 🙂

  7. Lisa N Valero says:

    LOL! I finished my comment and looked down at my desk to find the list I’m preparing for chores on my next two days off (Thursday & Friday)!!!!
    Ironic???? Gave me a chuckle – which of these will I drop to follow my heart? 🙂

  8. Lisa N Valero says:

    This sounds like a perfect day Fiona! I’m so glad you did follow your heart! 🙂
    Beautiful post! Of course, it got me thinking about when the last time was that I did that – disregard the ‘to do’ list and make a spur of the moment decision to follow my heart. Sad to say that I can’t remember!
    I used to do that all the time when my son was small; there was never a ‘to do list’ that would take precedence over anything different that we could do together: go fly a kite, check out the trees and bugs in a nearby park, pile son and dogs in the car and go to the beach or just go out and play in the rain. I had very little money to spend, so I didn’t fall into the trap of doing the ‘attractions’ that other kids went to (movies, kid centers and such), but we were very rich in experiencing life and the world around us.
    I must get back to doing that for myself!
    Thank you Fiona! ♥ I am also making that commitment to myself to do that more often!

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      I’m glad this has given you food for thought Lisa. It’s all about bringing awareness to what we are doing and slowing down enough to make sure we are really in tune with ourselves. Great to hear you want to do this for yourself more often. x

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