This week Isabella and I had a play date at the Botanic Gardens and they were pruning the trees. I came home to my partner pruning a tree in the backyard. It reminded me about a blog I wrote years about pruning.
A gal name Marie Forleo introduced the Art of Pruning analogy to me. Let’s say your life is a tree. If you want this tree to take shape a particular way, you gotta take a step back and look at it completely. Then PRUNE what grew out of shape or has died, creating the direction you want it to grow. You gotta cut off some things so it can grow faster and better. At first it may look more sparse. With a little time, it will be stronger, more abundant and beautiful. Pruning directs the energy, gives it a surge of energy.
This week be conscious of how you want your tree to grow. Maybe there is a storm in your life right now. Have faith all storms end. If you have a huge limb to cut up/clean up, maybe its nature’s way of helping you deal with something.
Life happens and we forget, we get comfortable and lazy, we get bored, things can grow out of hand…Instead of reacting to life, RESPOND to flow with more ease. When you react, you have no control. When you RESPOND, you are taking responsibility and acting from compassion.
Perhaps you need to take some time to yourself, eat better, rest more, make time to cultivate the relationship you want to improve, schedule that routine maintenance with your doctor/car/house/finances…the stuff you know you should be doing “when you have the time.” 
What must you say NO to in order to be able to say YES to changes you want to add to your life? What must you clear out to make room for things to come in? Maybe schedule that laser teeth whitening with So You Boutique?
This will allow you to LIVE your life with the things and people you want. Stop making excuses or waiting for permission. Like the Botanic Gardens, direct the growth you want your garden to look and feel like NOW.