Full Speed Ahead! Motivation Monday July 7th 2014.
Happy Monday Friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. If you’re here in the United States, you probably did some celebrating for the 4th of July. We had an amazing weekend with family, friends and fireworks. I watched my kids play with endless energy, soaking up every sun-drenched minute of summer. We’re feeling exhausted from all of the fun… in the best kind of way!
Do you follow astrology? I’ve always been fascinated by it. Mostly I keep up with when Mercury is in retrograde. If you’ve never heard that term before, let me break it down for you. Basically, Mercury is the planet of communication. A few times a year, Mercury appears to go retrograde, meaning it stops its forward progress through the solar system. During those times, things slow down, get stalled or drag out a little.
It may sound a little crazy, but as a business, we truly notice that inquiries slow, people put off buying decisions, and little miscommunications happen during Mercury Retrograde. Clients don’t get back to us, orders stall out and people show up at the wrong time for their appointments. We also take extra care of electronics because computer problems abound during these periods. Next time your technology has a glitch, check if we’re in Mercury Retrograde! Surely enough, as soon as Mercury turns direct, business picks up, money flows in, and we feel we are running full speed again.
I also notice this pattern on a personal level. This last Mercury Retrograde period (June 7th-July 2nd) I really slowed down. My ideas slowed down. I turned inward to take care of myself. I cleaned out all of the closets in the house and gave the girls baby clothes away.
The “old Heidi” used to dislike Mercury Retrograde periods. They made me feel frustrated and restless. Things felt stuck! My whole life used to be rushing from one thing to the next. I didn’t want to be slowed down. I was either “doing” or thinking about what I needed “to do” or feeling guilty about what didn’t get done. Now, I welcome those periods when the world seems to slow down a little. I’ve learned to enjoy the ebb and flow of things, to swim with the tide, rather than against it.
How do I do that? Trust. Trusting that I’m on the right path. Trusting that hard work pays off. Trusting that if I live in the moment, the future will take care of itself. And guess what? It always does. Letting go of all that struggle allowed me to enjoy the way things are.
Now, Mercury is direct, and you guessed it, we’re feeling a rush of energy at the studio! This month is super busy and inquiries are still pouring in. After a little slow down, I’m feeling motivated to move forward into the summer with excitement.
Could this all be coincidence? Sure! But, it doesn’t matter much what you believe. What matters is what you do with it.
With renewed energy, I am most looking forward to the next two weeks. I’ve taken some time off from shooting to work on a personal project. It is something that has been building up for years and I’m finally ready to take the leap and do it. I made it a priority. I scheduled it in. It is finally happening. I’ll be sharing more about it in the coming weeks!
Do you feel things speeding up and gaining energy? Use it! What have you been wanting to do? Now is the time to start. Today is the day. I hope you have an amazing week!
PS: Join the conversation below! Leave me a comment and let me know what you want to accomplish this summer or if you are struggling to get going!