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Is your life so boring that you bore yourself? Have you gotten complacent or stuck in your life-with a million excuses why? It doesn’t matter whether you are a harried mom, stressed CEO, or anyone in between. Are you ready to reinvent yourself in 2012?

As a Brennan Healing Science practitioner, I work with every aspect of a person. This means considering the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual facets of each individual. Usually oneor more are forgotten or put on the back burner. Reinventing yourself takes six simple steps to create a new you.

Step 1: KISS method-Keep it Simple, Sweetie! Start small. Reinventing yourself doesn’t mean you must tackle everything. Stick to one thing at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Step 2: Choose an area of focus. Is it your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual needs that need your attention?

Step 3: What is your passion? There is an unspoken belief that as we grow older and become adults our passions get left behind or lost in the shuffle of everyday living. Well, that doesn’t have to be your reality. It’s time to rediscover your passions. You have to ask yourself what you are passionate about. Is it nature, animals, art, reading, travel or sports? Hark back to your childhood, what did you love to do? What did you look forward to every week? What made time fly for you? Those memories hold the roots of your passions.

Step 4: Put steps 2 and 3 together.

Example A: Your weight has gotten the best of you. You would love to get back into shape, but you don’t want to go to a gym. You love listening to music, and you “DVR” Dancing With The Stars every week, even the reruns. You imagine moving to music with grace on the dance floor. Well, this passion can become yours.

Focus: Physical

Passion: Music and dancing

Look online for ballroom dance classes in your area. Most classes accommodate single people as well as couples. You can go once or five times a week. It’s a great way to get in shape, meet new people, and if you get your partner involved it’s a terrific way to instigate fun, intimate together time.

Example B: You are a parent of three children under the age of 10. Life is filled with picking up, cleaning up, taxiing kids to their activities, cooking what they will eat-and then more picking up and cleaning. You adore your children, but long to have some mental stimulation and take a vacation with only your spouse. You have been nurturing a dream about a week in Paris since you were in college. With the economy, kids and other expenses, you just can’t pull the money together to make this dream come true today.

Focus: Mental

Passion: Travel

Buy Rosetta Stone French or take French classes at the Northern Virginia Community College. Join a meet-up group for conversational French. Research where you would like to go and stay in Paris. Create a budget. Start putting money away each week in a piggy bank that can’t be touched for any other purpose. Your time will come. You can make it happen one day at a time.

Example C: You are doing the job of three people at work because of layoffs. You coach the kids’ soccer team. You come home in time to give the kids a bath and get them off to bed. Once the kids are taken care of, your spouse wants to hear about your day and have some intelligent conversation. There is too much to do. Everyone wants something from you. There isn’t enough time. Well, there is always enough time. It might not be an hour or even 30 minutes. Ask for what you need.

Focus: Emotional (release stress)

Passion: Personal time and space (quiet time)

Start meditating or practicing quieting your mind every day. Make a “Do Not Enter” sign for your door. Start with five minutes and focus on your breathing. Your quiet time can be in the morning before the traffic rush, when you get to work before your first meeting, or when you get home to decompress. There are many ways to meditate (guided, breath work, intention, etc.). Experiment to find the one that suits you best.

Step 5: Do your research. Find out what’s out there, because there is something for everyone at all budget levels. Some places to check: Meetup.com, parks and recreation, churches, NVCC, local gyms. If all else fails, Google it.

Step 6: Have fun. Trying new things can be a blast: go to Scruffy’s or Baskin Robbins and taste all the different flavors. If you are not having fun, change the script. Be creative. Encourage your sense of adventure. You are expressing new facets of yourself and infinite possibilities await you.

Half the fun of reinventing yourself is the journey itself.

My bottom line can be yours: you can find joy through change.

Published in Middleburg Life, January 6, 2012

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