A number of blogging friends are engaging in the A to Z challenge in April. The challenge is to post 26 times in the month on a single theme with postings aligning to the alphabet A to Z. I love lists and have done A to Z lists before on things like Jolts of Joy or Winter Holiday Fun. I don’t think I have 26 blog posts in me (and greatly admire those who do!). But I was inspired to create an A to Z list for my word-of-the- year: SOAR.
While creating this Soaring A to Z list, I found it also very reflective of the authentic me I want to be in my retirement lifestyle! So thanks to all for the inspiration to create another cheat-sheet for me to remind myself how to soar this year.
|A = Action. Get Out & About – walk/hike, art shows, mini-adventures, eating out.||N = Nourish your Body. Healthy eating every day; hydrate; sleep; get a massage; get appropriate health checkups|
|B = Balance. A balance of hermit days (quiet and cocooning) and socialite (out & about connecting) days||O = Outside. Get out into nature – park hikes, beach walks, work in the garden, SUP, sit on the porch!|
|C = Comfort Zone. Another balance between creating a comfortable sanctuary to live/be in and challenging myself to go outside my comfort zone with new things||P = Posts. Keep blogging – reading, commenting, and most importantly – writing.|
|D = Date Nights. Theater & Dinner Dates, Compatible Couple Dinners, Whine & Wine… fun and relationship building||Q = Questioning. Be curious; try new things|
|E = Exercise. Just move it, every day (or almost every day!)||R = Relax. Downtime is good and not a waste of time – Read, do crosswords, take an afternoon nap.|
|F = Friendships. Intentionally investing in creating and maintaining friends both IRL and on-line||S = Sanctuary. Create spaces that feel like home, fit the lifestyle I want to live, and are authentic & welcoming.|
|G = Gratitude. Maintaining an attitude of gratitude; Regularly journaling what I am grateful for||T = Travel. Plan travel (again) from biggies to mini-adventures.|
|H = Happiness. Choosing to be happy and using the tools to make it happen – emotional awareness, affirmations, & practicing positivity||U = Unique. Stop comparing yourself to others and being so self-critical; Recognize & celebrate your uniqueness|
|I = Inner Artist. Allowing the inner artist in me to flourish – encouraging creativity, trying new artistic expressions||V = Values. Keep choices in life, the activities where I spend time and energy, linked to my values|
|J = Jolts of Joy. Continue to find joy in each day, especially in the little things||W = Well Being. Continue to work on mental, spiritual and physical health.|
|K = Keep it Simple. A phrase kept over from work life, but refocused on de-cluttering and organizing life||X = X-Factor. Find my personal passion; keep exploring new things and keep the things that bring you joy|
|L = Letting Go. Of toxic relationships, others expectations, bad habits||Y = Yoga. Stick with it – for the flexibility & strength.|
|M = Mindfulness. Keep journaling, explore meditation, and practice being in the moment.||Z = Zumba. Stick with it – for the cardio & fun.|
What’s your favorite A to Z list?