I never feel quite as alive as when I am anticipating something. Anything. Anticipation adds the sizzle and spark to my life. It might be big anticipation- overseas trips, an awesome event or little like catching up with a friend. Today, I’m anticipating dinner. I’ve adapted a chicken provencal recipe from my dear friend L. I jumped (yes, jumped!) out of bed a half hour early to prepare all of the ingredients before heading to the barbershop. It was already bubbling away and smelling incredible as I left the house. But ooh the anticipation! All day I’ll be relaxed, thinking about dinner already being cooked, the smell as I re-enter the house tonight and the melt in your mouth chicken that I’ll only need to spoon out. On my last day off, I was so excited about my dinner recipe I began preparing it at 9.30.
Did you know the brain is unable to distinguish between an event and you imagining the event? Imagine, when you are anticipating something, your brain already thinks you are experiencing it. (Take care here, this also means good and bad things). Visualising the good things that you anticipate will give your brain a nice little boost.
I cultivate anticipation in my life, actively court and woo it into being. I think it’s the thrill behind online shopping- the anticipation of a little package slowly making its way towards you. I’m also looking forward to a book launch I’m attending Friday night (Tiddas- Anita Heiss- can. Not. Wait), my next visit to the farmers market, oh and Easter- 4 whole days off , less than a month away.
How can you cultivate anticipation?
-Make exciting plans for the weekend? 3-4 activities will leave you looking forward to Friday, while the scent of excitement will carry you through the rest of the week.
-Try something new- a recipe you’ve discovered, a café you’ve been itching to try
-Plan to do something you’ve always wanted to do. I regularly pull out my 100 list and see what I can do on it
-Buy something online. A book, a fab frock
Plan a holiday- research, collect articles and pictures of a dream destination. Watch travel documentaries. I always enjoy the vacation planning just as much as the vacation itself!
-Try a vision board- visualize ypurself achieving it. Visualisation is one way to really amp up the anticipation.
-Dream! Let your imagination go- what would you like to try, achieve or have?
What about you, my dear readers? Do you cultivate anticipation? Tell me, what are you currently anticipating- what good things are coming your way?
Yours in anticipation,