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Wholehearted Living

Shelly Hatch at the Grand CanyonWhat exactly does it mean to live wholeheartedly? Many days I just feel overwhelmed by all of the demands put upon me—family, home, work, friends, deadlines, and this doesn’t even include time for myself to be still and quiet and exercise! So how do you balance everything and enjoy each moment while you are in the thick of things?

I found that have to be intentional about the choices that I make every day. Our bodies, minds and souls are all interconnected, and whatever is happening in one area directly affects the other two. Our top priority should be carving out some time each day where we can be still and quiet. 

This may look very different for everyone, but even if you can only fit five minutes into your schedule before you rush out the door to start your day, go for it. Sit still, clear your mind and focus on your breath for a few minutes. Hopefully though, you will have more time. Reading something beneficial, journaling, or listening to some kind of meditative message or podcast or music are a few options. 

Shelly Hatch at Grand CanyonEqually as important is moving our bodies in some way every day, even if it is only going for a leisurely walk. However, doing a variety of exercises is beneficial for our health and will keep us active as we age and help us to be able to do all of the daily activities that our bodies require of us. 

Finally, the food we put in our mouths has such an impact on our lives! Food is the fuel that gives our body the energy it needs to live and move every day. The choices that I make today will affect my health in the future. What I put in is what I get out, I have found. 

Practicing these three things will hopefully bring more joy and peace into your life, as it has is mine, but you have to show up consistently and choose what is best for you. Don’t try to cover up your imperfections or make excuses for your past. Be yourself, mess and all. We can achieve wholeness, but only if we are willing to be real with ourselves and all of our insecurities and mistakes. I try not to compare myself to others, and I’m grateful for what I have. 

Every day is a new day and a chance for a fresh start!

Shelly Hatch
Siren, WI

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