Build Your Life Now

 

As a follow up to my last blog post, I spent a decent amount of time thinking about what I wanted my life to look like. But I had to branch out some to find new ways of thinking that would help me create a compelling vision for the life I want to live. It wasn't going to happen only by adding back fewer things, my first principles. As good as that is for reducing stress, I wanted to think bigger and add in things that would take my life to new heights, new places. I spent time in solitude thinking about what truly brings me alive and how I can add more of that to my life. I reviewed old journals, old lists of goals, old dreams that I had let whither on the vine.

I can’t do them all, and that’s not the point. My goal is to create a life I love to live. I want a life that I don’t want a vacation from for two weeks a year.

We all have choices in life. We can react to what happens in our lives, or we can go out and make things happen. If we spend our time reacting to...

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When In Doubt, Simplify

 

Life can get complicated quickly and completely catch us off guard, no matter how well we think we have things planned out. We get laid off at work with no warning, a relationship ends, a health crisis pops up, a loved one passes away. In moments like these, we struggle with two things. One, we wrestle with making sense of the event. And two, we struggle to know what to do next.

I want to focus on the second issue here. I do think it’s valuable to look at the events as they happen, process our emotions, and not sweep things under the rug. But we have much more control over how we are going to respond to life’s events, regardless of whether we ever fully understand their origins.

As we enter a new year, there’s a  feeling of excitement as we look forward to a clean slate and start making plans for all the things we want to accomplish. As I was wrapping up 2018 and completing  my plans for the first quarter of 2019, I had two things happen to me within the...

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