Episode 08: Checking To Your Life

Live Free Creative Podcast

Live Free Creative Podcast
Episode 08: Verify-In To Your Life


Welcome to episode eight of the stay free artistic podcast.  I’m actually excited to be right here as we speak to speak about checking into your life. This can be a actually perhaps, seemingly primary idea, however one thing that has actually helped me as a mother and as an individual, be slightly extra conscious of my environment and somewhat extra conscious of all the unimaginable experiences which might be passing by in my life that I’m part of and I can’t wait to discover the thought slightly bit additional with you.

Phase: Magical Journey Moments

Nobody has given me ideas for an additional identify but. So, if in case you have a suggestion about altering this type of foolish introduction identify, “magical adventure moments”, then ship it on over. When you don’t have any recommendations although, we’re simply going to go together with it. Right here is one other magical journey second.

Jamaica With A Child

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This specific second occurred a number of years in the past in Jamaica. This was sort of our first huge journey touring as a married couple with a toddler. Milo was 10-months-old and Dave had a break from faculty and we determined to spend every week in Jamaica for spring break. We booked all the things our typical approach; We stayed in a visitor home somewhat than a resort; We determined we have been going to go to the general public seashores somewhat than the personal seashores; We needed to eat all the native meals as an alternative of going to the extra Americanized chain eating places on the island. And you recognize, a variety of locations that works rather well. And in Jamaica it simply doesn’t, it simply, it isn’t the easiest way to see the island to be trustworthy.

Our visitor home was actually cute and it didn’t have air con in any respect, which might have been effective, however we had a 10-month-old and he was simply so uncomfortable. I keep in mind at one level (this was not the magical journey second half) being out on a public seashore and I’m strolling close to the water and noticing there was a unclean diaper rolled up simply sitting subsequent to the water on the sand. I assumed, oh, okay, nicely perhaps this isn’t precisely the place we need to play within the water with our child.

Simply to set the scene, we have been all somewhat uncomfortable. Milo had not slept in any respect the entire journey, truthfully. He fell asleep as soon as in a backpack once we have been happening just a little hike, and he would go to sleep for an hour or two at a time in the course of the night time. He was awake all day, often grumpy sort of crying. And he was usually a reasonably straightforward child. So this was very uncommon for him.

At night time Dave and I might take turns. Considered one of us would lay in mattress and attempt to sleep for an hour or two and the opposite one would rock Milo within the rocking chair in our visitor home room and feed him Saltine’s as a result of it appeared like if he ate, he would get to the purpose the place he would get sort of drowsy and sleep.

So none of this up to now is sounding very magical. Proper? Typically that is the best way trip is although. Typically it isn’t very magical.check-in to life check-in to life

The Magical Second

There have been bits and items that have been actually fantastic and truly wanting again on it, it’s very easy to snort about it and assume, wow, that was a undoubtedly a studying expertise for us as a household. However there was this one second.

It was the midnight. It was raining outdoors like that thick island, heavy, humid rain. We have been inside with a fan on making an attempt to only keep somewhat bit cool. We have been all a tiny bit sunburned. Milo was calm despite the fact that he wasn’t asleep. He was calm for one of many first moments of the journey. Dave and I turned on the small television in our room and a Bob Marley video got here on. An unique, old skool like 1978 Bob Marley video of “Is This Love.”

This second occurred the place I noticed the place I used to be and what was occurring. I appeared round and thought, “I’m in Jamaica with my baby and my husband and we’re in this cool little guest house with these people.”

The hosts of the home have been Jamaican individuals they usually had been making us this fascinating egg and fish breakfast each morning and we had had some goat curry and we had been out on the island and we had had, you recognize, an journey.

Dave and I each love Bob Marley and his unique video got here on the TV and I assumed, “I’m sitting here in Jamaica listening to Bob Marley watching this video on the TV with the people that I love the most. You know, I wouldn’t trade it. This is exactly where I want to be and what a cool experience we’re having.”check-in to life

Checking-In Slightly Than Checking-Out

Street Journey Story
A couple of years in the past, Dave and the youngsters and I have been on the finish of an extended street journey. This specific day we have been on the finish of the journey. We pulled right into a cool sort of diner place. We have been all drained although at this level. The youngsters have been on the verge of melting down. Truly. They weren’t that type of loopy manic mode proper earlier than the meltdown the place that they had a lot power.

They have been getting straws in and enjoying sword fights with straws and considered one of them had spilled a drink already and we have been sitting at this desk with these wild youngsters and Dave and I have been each the other. We have been each on the verge of shutting down and going to sleep. We have been so drained, and everybody was not of their greatest state. Dave and I have been each low, the youngsters have been all tremendous excessive and we weren’t actually meshing tremendous nicely.

I keep in mind Dave and I each had our telephones in our pockets and we each pulled out our telephones and began checking-out. You in all probability all relate to this sense like no matter’s occurring looks like just a little an excessive amount of and the simplest factor to do is to check-out.

I used to be scrolling by way of instagram. Dave was taking a look at information cycles or checking sports activities and at that second my telephone battery died.

It was gone and I needed to put my telephone down on the desk and I type of seemed round for a second thought, gosh, that is so annoying. All I need to do is zone out proper now.

Mild Bulb Second: check-in fairly than check-out 

For no matter purpose, I had this little mild bulb second that stated, “If you can’t check-out, why don’t you check-in?””

“Rather than trying to escape this moment, why don’t you dig into it and see what’s really happening?”

I keep in mind calling my youngsters over and searching them within the eyes and saying, “You guys, how has the trip going? Isn’t it exciting? We’re almost home!” Them having that tiny little bit of consideration from me introduced their degree down, only a nudge.

They have been nonetheless manic however they have been capable of no less than take a look at me.  Plum climbed up on my lap and she or he needed to snuggle me. I began to ask them questions concerning the journey. After which our meals got here, and all of it seemed so good. I engaged with the youngsters concerning the meals and I used to be capable of actually benefit from the smells.

I imply you guys, is there any higher odor on the planet than onion rings? Even when you don’t like onion rings, that’s cornbready, hot-oil,  salty odor is so scrumptious.

“The moment in an instant went from being really, really hard to feeling really, really good. And the change was that instead of checking-out, I checked-in.”

That is one thing which will appear actually apparent to a few of you and should you’re like me and you’ve got loads of these moments in your life the place it’s the simplest factor to do is to take a look at, you could relate to this mild bulb second.

A Work In Progress

I’ve many, many tales I might inform of occasions once I’ve been engaged with my youngsters and every thing has been constructive and the whole lot has felt, felt fantastic. Likewise. I’ve tons and plenty of tales of occasions once we’ve completely all checked out and I’ve thrown ipads that the youngsters and stated, “Okay, entertain yourself so while mom needs to check-out.” Or the place I’ve hid within the rest room and locked the door simply sat there staring on the wall considering, “How am I going to get through this next couple of hours before daddy comes home from work?”

I’ve additionally had these moments in different occasions in my life. I keep in mind being within the thick of nursing faculty and feeling actually, actually overwhelmed that there have been so many issues that I wanted to study and perceive and do.  I didn’t know if I used to be succesful and so quite than placing my notes down and learning, it was simpler to color my nails or to observe a present or to name a good friend.

I would like you to know as I’m explaining this episode that that is one thing that I’m completely in the midst of. I’m engaged on it. I’m making an attempt to check-in extra. That’s what I’m making an attempt to do. I undoubtedly nonetheless have days and moments the place I check-out and that in some methods it’s self preservation. In some ways in which helps with sanity.

“I have come to realize and understand that when I’m able to check-in with my life and be present in the moment that I’m living, all of the sudden whatever felt so hard about it starts to feel a little bit easier.”

Causes Individuals Verify-Out

Let’s speak about a few of the causes that folks check-out or a few of the causes I check-out.

Unfavorable Feelings 

Loads of occasions it’s once I’m careworn, once I’m stressed or overwhelmed, it’s straightforward to need to take a look at. It additionally occurs once I’m bored, when I’m sitting type of staring on the wall or once I’m considering, “Oh my gosh, how am I going to get through this next hour of whatever I’m doing”? Typically I take a look at once I’m sad. One thing has gone flawed and I haven’t processed via it and so it’s simpler to only not give it some thought than it’s to check-in.

Issues We Can’t Management 

Typically we take a look at once we’re fearful, when there’s issues that aren’t going based on grasp plan, when there’s issues that we will’t management. Lots of occasions when there’s issues occurring in our lives that we will’t management, it looks like the appropriate factor to do to check-out as a result of we all know we will’t management it. And so moderately than making an attempt to work via it and course of these feelings and that precise expertise, it’s lots simpler to only float above it and to not give it some thought, to consider one thing else.


Typically I inform myself as a mother that once I’m checking-out that that’s the proper factor to do as a result of I want time for myself as nicely. I do completely agree with that. I feel that I typically check-out with the flawed intention on the mistaken time.  As an alternative of taking time for myself as a part of a daily routine of self-care and making a life for myself that I can maintain, when issues get tough that I inform myself, “Oh, I need to check-out now because I need some mom-time.” Slightly than checking-in and experiencing the factor that appears exhausting, and having that really turn into one thing that I discovered from.

How Do We Examine-Out?


Lots of occasions in lately we flip to know-how. Scrolling on our telephones might be the primary checkout. Additionally watching TV or Netflix collection.


Loads of occasions testing is just in your ideas. Perhaps you don’t have your telephone in your hand. Perhaps your youngsters are operating round otherwise you’re at work and issues are occurring that you simply’re alleged to be listening to and also you select to not concentrate and also you’re testing is simply the type of daydreaming or getting misplaced in your ideas, enjoying out totally different situations.

Ask Your self: What occasions and methods do you check-out in your personal life?

Disconnecting From Your self

Loads of occasions I can consider envisioning myself floating above my life like if I stepped again and I watched myself. Am I truly in my physique in that second being current, or am I floating above my physique, scrolling by means of instagram on this digital world or floating above my physique in my ideas, occupied with one thing else?

Am I experiencing what’s occurring in my actual life or am I checked-out the place I’m not truly experiencing it as a result of I’m dwelling in my head or I’m dwelling someplace that doesn’t truly exist?

Does that make sense?

The Energy Of The Current Second

The issue with testing is that once I do this, I don’t give myself the prospect to benefit from the second that I’m in. I don’t even give it an opportunity to actually dig into the great thing about the expertise that’s my life.

“The present moment is the only thing that is real in our lives. The present moment is the only thing that we can actually experience.”All the things that we take into consideration the longer term are simply ideas that we’re having within the current about issues that haven’t occurred. Issues  that aren’t actual but. Every part that we take into consideration the previous are simply ideas that we’re having within the current second about issues that occurred however have been solely capable of expertise the current second. That’s the solely factor that’s actual for us.

In that restaurant on our street journey. What I did was come again into myself within the second and provides myself an opportunity to expertise it, to step again into the realness of the second.

And you recognize what? I discovered that it was actually lovely as I appeared into my youngsters’ eyes.

I used to be drained they usually have been wound up, however there’s nothing like wanting in your youngsters’ eyes or your boyfriend’s eyes or her husband’s eyes to attach you to them and understand that there’s something actually cool and highly effective about being within the presence of somebody that you simply love. If you’re within the current second, you get to truly expertise it.

There’s a e-book referred to as The Energy Of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

It’s actually nice. There’s one factor that a quote that I pulled from it that I need to share that claims, “Surrender to what is. Say yes to life and see how life suddenly works for you rather than against you.”

I’ve discovered that to be true. Once I give up to what’s occurring in my current second in my life, that that’s me saying sure to life. That’s me saying, that is okay. No matter it’s is what’s occurring. It’s what’s actual and issues begin to work for me slightly than towards me. I’m capable of acknowledge issues that I’m grateful for. I’m capable of acknowledge alternatives that I in any other case may need missed had I not been checked-in. I’m capable of acknowledge different individuals.

I talked about in an episode about making pals, how once you begin to see individuals, you begin to see their wants. That’s true for the individuals throughout the road and it’s true for the individuals underneath your personal roof. If you examine into your life, you’re capable of acknowledge individuals and acknowledge their wants and that goes for everybody, together with your self.

What Occurs When You Verify-In To Your Life

Whenever you verify again in, you’re capable of perceive just a little bit extra about what you really need. When I’ve the urge to check-out, I’m usually with my youngsters and I’m feeling like I’m attending to the sting of my endurance. I’m burning out on no matter’s occurring, my power degree is low. Their power ranges are excessive. That’s when the the standard feeling is, “Okay, I can’t handle this right now, so I’m just going to check-out.” That’s the second when checking-in makes the most important distinction.

I’ve discovered that that’s the second when once I consciously hook up with myself and hook up with that second, I examine again into my life that I’m able to see every thing with recent eyes. In reality, my power degree often rises that in it as a result of I really feel invigorated by being current within the second, so how do I do that?

How To Examine-In To Your Life

Examine-in To Every Of Your Senses

I would like you to consider checking-in to your whole senses if you really feel that feeling of:  “I need to run away” or “I wonder what’s going on on instagram because I don’t want to pay attention to what my kids are doing” or “I need to ignore them for a little while”.

Once more, let me simply reiterate that I’m not saying you could by no means do this as a result of I nonetheless do typically. What I’m saying is in the event you haven’t been intentional about checking-in extra typically, I’m inviting you to try this as a result of I feel one can find that you simply take pleasure in your relationships, your youngsters, your life, your work, all the things extra once you skilled it firsthand. Let’s speak about how I verify in once I observed that I’m feeling a type of emotions, the just like the flee feeling of “I need to just get out of here.”


First, I wish to see with my eyes. What I do, particularly if it’s a state of affairs relating to another person, and I have to check-in with a relationship.  I appeared them of their eyes. I’ll get down on the extent of my youngsters, even when they’re crying, even when they’re hitting one another, even when they’re breaking issues.

“I get close enough to them and I get down on their level and I look in their eyes and when I see them it brings me back into the moment.”


My subsequent step is to the touch. if it’s with a relationship, then I maintain a hand, I rub a shoulder, I give a hug once I have to examine again in to my relationships with my youngsters, I have to really feel them subsequent to me.

I’ll pull one in every of them up on my lap to learn a narrative. In case you have older youngsters and that appears foolish, one thing like patting their again or holding their hand in the event that they’ll allow you to.  And if perhaps it’s not applicable, no matter state of affairs you’re in, it’s not applicable to the touch the precise individual.

Contact one thing, turn out to be conscious of the contact. Contact the pillow that you simply’re sitting subsequent to, and truly really feel it. Interact with one thing that’s close by.

“If you’re holding something in your hand, feel it. Feel the weight of it. Feel the heat or the coolness that it gives off field, whether it’s rough or soft or smooth. How often can you think of actually consciously touching something in a way that you recognize the way that it feels? We go throughout our life so quickly. We touch millions of things during the day and we don’t even actually feel them.”

So interact with one thing by feeling it, by touching it.


I would like you to listen to, use your ears. You possibly can ask a query and pay attention intently for the reply. Perhaps you’ll want to check-in with your self. You’re out by your self and also you’re feeling lots of nervousness or fear a few state of affairs you possibly can’t management and also you’ve simply been stewing about it and floating above your self.

It’s essential simply verify again in together with your current second. Perhaps you hear the sound of the birds singing within the timber. Perhaps you hear the practice going by within the distance and you may hear the chugging and because the wheels go alongside the monitor, I would like you to no matter it’s that’s across the sound. Perhaps, and that is going to sound foolish, however perhaps that you must verify into the sound of the crying that’s occurring, the wining, the crying right here it for what it truly is. Don’t hear it and get irritated by it. Don’t attempt to management it, however simply right here at examine into it and also you’ll discover that you simply’re much more in a position then to know what’s and how one can work by means of it, how one can expertise it.


I would like you to odor. Take deep breaths. Odor the scrumptious onion rings that have been simply delivered to the desk or the flowers or the recent minimize grass or that scrumptious. I imply all the things is arising pumpkin spice proper now. What’s the odor the place you’re acknowledging it and sit with it and luxuriate in it? Verify into it. These deep breaths. Make all of the distinction. Breathe in and breathe out and odor it.


Style is a large approach to verify into a gift second when you possibly can. How typically do you eat your meals and also you don’t even keep in mind tasting it since you so busy fascinated with one thing else that you simply didn’t even take pleasure in it.

Go By way of Your Senses and Turn out to be Current

The best way that you simply verify in is by going by means of every of your senses and recognizing what that sense is definitely experiencing proper now. These senses aren’t going to inform you something about your ideas. They’re not going to inform you something about that individual that you simply’ve been admiring on instagram. They’re not going to inform you something about that reminiscence that you’ve from 5 years in the past you can’t get out of your thoughts. They’re not going to inform you something about the way to deal with the sibling rivalry that’s brewing in your loved ones.

What the sense will inform you as you chec- in with them is what is occurring proper now on this second. You are able to do it proper now. What do you see? What do you touching? Are you grabbing onto the steering wheel? Are you clenching your fists? As you go on a run? What do you odor?

“What are you actually experiencing right this minute in your life? Can you feel how incredible it feels to be all the way checked-in and present? When you’re checked-in and present, you are then able to better live this moment. You have more choices about what you do.”

Checking-In Creates Readability

A number of occasions we check-out and every thing that comes from us throughout our checked-out interval are reactions. The reactions weren’t us considering by way of the issues that we’re saying or doing. We type of shifting on autopilot. And I don’t find out about you, however typically I want my autopilot was nicer. Typically my autopilot doesn’t react the best way that I truly need to react.

By checking-in to the second, I’m capable of join with myself and the person who I’m, the person who I need to be and make selections from what’s greatest proper now. I’m capable of see different individuals not for simply the kind of blurry, whining, annoyed person who they appear once I’m not fairly in myself. I can see them for who they’re. I can love that individual a lot extra once I’m related to them.

The Device of Checking-In Somewhat Than Checking-Out

I’ve used these instruments to check-in to life, and now that is language that Dave and I exploit in our household. We’ve talked about it rather a lot and we we’ll acknowledge, “Hey, we probably should check-in right now.”  Or, “Do you need to go take some time? I’ll check-in so you can go take some time to really have a real rest rather than checking-out by default,” which seems like a response and an unintentional strategy to ignore an issue moderately than remedy an issue.

“Checking-in is an intentional way to get back into the present moment of your life and live it more fully again.”

Once I Want It Most

I’m going to say that for me the easiest time to make use of this software of checking-in actually presently into my life is the occasions that I really feel like checking-out once I really feel like getting out my telephone and ignoring no matter’s occurring within the playroom. That’s what I have to go in and sit down and contact the toys and take a look at my youngsters within the face and skim a narrative and be simply be with them.

Once I really feel like checking-out as a result of Dave and I aren’t seeing eye to eye on one thing and I need to simply ignore the dialogue. That’s what I want to take a seat down, maintain his palms and be with him and keep in mind, “Gosh, I love this person so much and I’m so grateful for him and all of these other things are just things.” All the selections or simply selections, however on the finish of the day, what issues is that this relationship, the realness of it, and the best way that it feels and the best way that we’re who we’re. Once we’re collectively. These are the issues that matter probably the most.


I hope that even when it hasn’t been an enormous mild bulb second for you, that you simply’ll give it a attempt. I assume y that everybody has their very own pathway for testing and your personal mechanism for for a way you do this and once you do it, and I need to problem you for the subsequent couple of days that once you really feel the urge to check-out, if you want that break, that as an alternative of checking-out you consciously and deliberately check-in and develop into current in your life and see how that feels. See the way it feels to be part of your life.


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