I’ve spent the last year or so testing out prep and action plans that really work for my business. I’ve learned that no one system functions perfectly for me but I’ve developed one that does.
I’ve always thought planning on a monthly basis made a lot of sense rationally but it doesn’t necessarily aid me in tapping into my intuition. At the beginning of the month, I’m always counting income and expenses so it’s all about the facts, figures, and projections. I need facts and figures in business planning too (obvi) but I want to bring a little more feeling into it.
I’m all about doing what feels right in your business as much as possible. To me that means serving others, helping women build the businesses (and dreams) of their lives, using my hands to create, eating really good food, and being happy more often than not. Yeah there are some icky tasks that have to get done but hopefully I’m able to have bad moments, maybe bad days, but never bad weeks.
So every month I have check-ins directly tied to the moon phase and harnessing the energy associated with that phase.
- The New Moon is all about goal-setting,
- First Quarter Moon is a point to check in on those goals,
- the Full Moon is all about Completing (or preparing to) complete goals,
- and the Last Quarter Moon is prime territory for resetting for the month ahead.
The quarter moons are all about checking in with stats, figures and moving forward with what makes the most sense. However, the New Moon and Full Moon have self-care built in to make me more limber for the work ahead.
Both the Full Moon and New Moon have similar components but the Full Moon is my boo so we tend to spend a little more time together. Below I break down the first part of my Full Moon night – a photo-worthy bath! I don’t just do it for the photos I do it because it sets the mood I need to kickass and make tough decisions. These baths can be pretty involved to prep so I’ll share what I do after in this post here.
Self-care is a Hell of a Drug
I always start with a relaxing bath the night before I do any “work” to clear out the noise and calm the hell down because taking care of yourself is part of the stability of your business. Period. If you keep running at 275% you will burn out. It will be bad. And it can be solved with a weekly wine and cheese night or a lazy, calming bath.
So the bath! It can be as simple or luxe as you want. The important thing is to take the time to connect and focus in yourself. Everyday we bombard ourselves with stimuli. Music, YouTube, all the conflicting blog posts, the neighbors, the neighbor’s insomniac howling German Shepherd, etc. etc.
My baths are just time for me.
When I first started taking baths around the moon cycles they were pretty simple. I had gotten used to taking baths with combinations of essential oils because my back pain didn’t want to let me be great or I had a flare up of eczema so it wasn’t a stretch to introduce a few more agents into the bath time ritual.
Setting the Mood
I’m all about controlling all of the senses during bathtime.
Sight, Smell, sound, taste, touch – they are play a role in the ultimate bath but don’t feel like you need to gather every single one of these things before trying a bath out. I encourage you to pick a few of these from the list (preferably ones that you have hiding out around your house) to get started tonight and make investments along the way. Typically I stay in the bath for at least 20-30 minutes but sometimes up until 60 minutes.
I love to dim the lights to create that relaxing ambience I’m going for. I love the dim glow of a Himalayan Salt Lamp because it’s a twofer – it lights the room and purifies the air around it. Win!
My diffuser is basically a travel appendage at this point and the illumination helps this clutz from knocking things into the water while I wiggle around in the bath. We’ll get to the goodness coming out of it in a minute.
Candles. I know you have 1 or 10 lying around, light those babies up! My current favorite is a soy wax based candle that doubles as a body oil. *Be careful though* unless it’s clearly labeled as a body oil or massage candle, candle wax oil can land you in the ER with third-degree burns.
Candles can be responsible for the relaxing scent wafting through your bathroom and/or you can combine it with some non-conflicting scents. A few weeks ago I combined a Ylang Ylang and Frankincense candle with a combination of Ylang Ylang, Lavender, and Bergamot essential oils in the diffuser. Heavenly! I really like the oils in the diffuser to compliment what’s going on in the room. I generally mimic the scents in other products in the room in order to intensify all the scents going on.
Sometimes calming down for me means laughter. I’m not ashamed to say that sometimes one of the sources of light is a comedy playing on Netflix or Hulu. When it’s a particularly trying week or two (I’m looking at you Mercury Retrograde) sometimes laughter is what I need to get out of my head.
Other times it’s a podcast episode or two. Try playing the latest episode of your favorite motivational business podcast or relax with a podcast episode focused on helping you get in line with the business owner you want to be. I’m all about The Lively podcast and the series on Laws of Attraction unsuspectingly playing a role for business owners who barely believed in its existence. And this podcast episode bursting the bubble on empty affirmations is everything. Also, your diffuser probably whirs.
For you, peace and quiet maybe enough. You may ask hubby to take the kids out or just enjoy resting your eyes for 20-30 minutes or you reach pruneville. However, if I’m left in quiet for that long I’ll probably plan a new business in my head or had a double-sided conversation alone (I can’t be the only one). At the very least, I’ll write a blog post via my phone but that’s not the point of this time. So podcasting or guided meditations (google a free.99 meditation on YouTube) are my go-to’s if I’m looking for quiet.
You know the best part about a ritual bath – calories don’t count (because nothing counts when you’re floating in water, right? #NotADoctor). So chomp on your favorite selections of wine, cheese, chocolate, wild berries, veggie sticks, raw almonds or all of the above (okay, maybe a little excessive). Just make sure it’s good to you. If it’s right after a workout, for me it’s probably a glass of water and a protein shake but go with whatever makes you feel good.
And to be honest, good food makes your body feel good so maybe let’s not bring the Cheetos into the bathtime.
You’re in a bath but you still need to bathe so make sure you’re treating your skin really well. For me, bath salts are a must in my water. I drop a homemade mixture in the tub and also spend some time scrubbing it into my skin (yesss to exfoliation). One of my favorite blends includes Ylang Ylang, Rose, and Jasmine essential oils stirred up with dried rose petals on a base of epsom and pink himalayan salts. It really smells like luxury confirmed. I regularly make other blends including one with lavender flowers and another with dried citrus. The rose is really soothing to the skin, the lavender super soothing to the spirit (everything lavender is calming), and the citrus is uplifting and energetic.
I often let the oils in the bath salts take care of my skin but I may drop one or two more in, depending on what I’m looking for. I might throw Copaiba in to relax my back pain or Melaleuca (Tea Tree) to calm down any redness on my skin (seriously, who thought pimples and eczema and skin allergies showed up in your twenties instead of the awkward teenage years).
Now with the bath done, let’s get to Part II all about what to do for your business after the bath.