Soul Spark Sunday

This last Sunday of February provides us all a great opportunity to take some time to reflect on the past month. I feel like time is absolutely flying, and I can’t believe we’re entering the end of 2014’s first quarter. Crazy.

I’m so happy that the weather in New York is starting to transition into spring-like conditions. It’s almost inspiring – a reminder that good things lie ahead. And with that, I like to ask myself a few end-of-month questions. Nothing serious, but just a check-in to see that I’m still on the path of who I want to be and where I’m headed. Here are some of those questions:

Did you achieve any goals you set for yourself?

I like to think of setting goals as a way of gently pushing myself to move forward in my life. Whether it’s more ambitious or a smaller one, I always set goals. It’s a small reminder to myself that I am capable of bettering myself – no matter where I am at any point in my life.

Did you have any setbacks?

Setbacks happen. They just do. But the good thing about goals are that you can always set new ones! Don’t let a setback bring you down – use any disappointment and push that energy into getting to where you want to be.

Are all of your relationships in a good spot?

I think this is a crucial question to ask yourself. If you have good relationships and surround yourself with people who inspire you to better yourself, chances are you will better yourself. And the more you surround yourself with these people, the better off you will be. It’s tough to admit that you might be holding onto a toxic relationship, but it’s important to realize how such relationships might be affecting you and your personal development.

Are there any kinks you need to straighten out?

Instead of burning any bridges, try to heal some wounds and keep a positive head. Some people might not want to reconcile – and that’s ok. Change the way you think about the situation. Instead of thinking about having an enemy/whatever you want to call it, think about it as ridding yourself of the negativity in your life.

Are you taking enough time for yourself and doing what makes you happy?

Ah, this question is so simple but oh so important. You can’t expect to live a fulfilling and thoughtful life if you don’t take the time to nurture yourself. It’s not selfish – it’s essential to survival. I know so many people that put others before themselves (not that it’s bad), but sometimes forget to take a few minutes every day just for themselves. If you’re not taking the time for yourself and doing what you love, how can you ever expect to be happy?

defaultSo on this last Sunday of February, I encourage you to join me in self reflection and take some time today for you – yes, just you – to do what you love.