One of the many things that makes me happy is looking at beautiful colors and items in my environment. I’ve been told by my clients at times that I dress very colorfully. At times, when I wear black they’ve been concerned that something unfortunate has happened simply because I am usually decked out in color. I smile at that! It makes me feel seen in a way I don’t expect. As someone who tends to overlook how my appearance stands out to others (something I’ve had to deal with my entire life) I think it’s interesting how often bright colors and patterns usually draws me to the ideas I have of traveling abroad. When I look at photos of Marrakesh or Bali or the United Arab Emirates I immediately feel a rush of blood drive up my veins and into my head because the rich colors and the exotic shapes of the animals and the jewelries and lanterns that I see often give way to what determines my next 15+ hour plane ride.
Did you know that your external environment reflects what’s in your internal environment? That also includes how you see colors in your mind, or music if you’re a musician or songwriter, or even how you adapt your work and home spaces to elements from other places. My home is one of those places that reflects where in the world I’ve been.
After my return from South Africa I bought two canvas paintings of two different sized giraffes. Unfortunately, I didn’t visit the zoo when I was in Joburg, but it’s on the agenda for my next South Africa vacation. I knew it when I saw these beautiful pieces of art that I had to have them. I wanted to recreate the joy that Africa brings to my life. I wanted to wake up to gorgeous colors and designs that would inspire me to write and dance and do things that would give me satisfaction and vibrancy! Do you have that in your home or places you spend most of your time? If so, what do you feel when you look at those things?
If not, where would you like to go when “the world reopens” that will create inspiration in your everyday life? For me, it’s going to be either the UAE or back to Africa for another trip home to Morocco or maybe Tanzania which I’ve been excited to get to.
As your coach, I would like to invite you into a world of visual imagery. Think of a place you’ve never been. Then, go to a map or Google and find a few exhibits you can go to on your trip there- even if it’s just in your mind for now. Remember, we’re creating our external experience by visualizing it first. What would you see there? What kinds of foods would you want to try? Are there traditional clothing and body art that you’d be interested in putting on? I’m getting excited just imagining this with you! Tell me more about this visual time travel. I’d like to go along for a good time, too.
*This blog is about becoming free. It’s a reflection of introspective thoughts and experiences that have crossed miles of self-discovery. I created this blog to inspire others to live life with less self-criticism, judgment and openness to new experiences. May you find that you learn how to live a life by design and on your own terms!*