Three years ago this week was the very first day of my private practice. It has been the most valuable path I have ever taken-with endless opportunities for personal growth and gratitude. I want to personally thank you for being a part of my practice, choosing me to be part of your healing process, reading my newsletters, and supporting me.
Simply put, without you, I would not be able to do what I do. Your support has helped me to create a life that I love. I feel full of purpose everyday and completely blessed to be of service to you.
I never thought that a life filled with this much freedom, creativity and happiness was even available for most human beings. BUT IT IS. It’s an option for all of us and it starts with making a choice.
Seven years ago I decided I hated my job. I was a drone, a robot, a cog in the corporate machine. I lived for the weekends…except I couldn’t really enjoy them that because I was burnt out and barely making a living wage.
Following your dreams isn’t exactly skipping down a yellow brick road and receiving a big prize at the end. It can be arduous and terrifying at the same time. It will challenge you on every level. It will make you question everything about yourself. But in the end, it will be the best work you have ever done.
You will be fully engaged, fully alive and consciously curating the kind of life YOU want to live. The simplest way for anyone to begin to live a life that makes them feel purposeful is to create challenges for yourself. Not drama, not obstacles, but challenges that cultivate the person you want to be.
“If the only challenges that you’re facing in your life right now, are challenges that life has thrown at you, that’s the indicator that you aren’t consciously designing your life.”
~ Brendon Burchard
Most people are just dealing with life. We are reacting rather than choosing. We are trying to hold it all together. We are checking off to do lists. We recreate this cog in the machine feeling in our personal life.
Meeting challenges that we have chosen for ourselves on a monthly basis has been proven to increase the speed of brain development. People report feeling better about themselves and feeling cognitively sharper.
When I heard the above quote, I was already engaged in a 30-Day Ab Challenge through some old high school girlfriends. We started a Facebook group to cheer each other on as we do 30 days of core strength exercises. I also had just set a personal goal to spend at least an hour in nature twice a week.
…And I signed up for 10 sessions with a Shamanic/CranioSacral/Pilates/Receptivity Coach last week.
…And I started Gaby Bernstein’s 40-Day May Cause Miracles guidebook yesterday.
…And I’m doing a 14-day detox for my Second Degree Reiki training which means no sugar, alcohol, or caffeine.
Whew! Clearly I dig challenges. Or I’m a complete nut job. Or both. I’m cool with that. I didn’t even know that there was science proving that they made you smarter and increased self esteem-what a bonus!
So this is where you begin. Challenge yourself. Challenge yourself every day, every month, every year.
This is how you advance. This is how you choose life. This is how you design the life that will make your heart sing.
Feel free to piggyback on any of my challenges. This is not about guilt trips or resolutions. This is about showing yourself that you can commit to doing something that you actually like and that you’ll benefit from.
Brendon Burchard suggests mapping out our year with one challenge per month. It can be as simple as being nicer to your partner, having 3 servings of fruit a day, reading one book every 2 weeks, or volunteering once a month.
“Sometimes we’re too easy on ourselves, lacking self-discipline and giving ourselves slack and in places where we simply shouldn’t. Then we’re loaded with guilt and suffering! The only way to end the torture of self-condemnation is to try to live a life that earns your self-respect.”
~ Marianne Williamson
Designing your life and living in integrity with yourself is the way to find purpose. It’s a direct route to like who you are and to wake up every morning ready to seize the day. I would love to hear how you are going to challenge yourself!