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Living With Intention

Life can sometimes feel like a random accumulation of events that pulls us from one direction to another.  With so many choices, options, and decisions to be made, we can often feel swept away in the rhythm of it of it all, as if we’re simply “going through the motions” on autopilot.  We might also feel distracted or stuck in our lives, and can therefore have a hard time finding our own path connecting us with our sense of purpose.  Amidst it all, how do we gain clarity when it comes to living with intention?  

To start figuring this out, discovering what you’d like to achieve in both the short-term and long-term is a great jumping-off point.  Identifying attainable and realistic goals towards which you gravitate can help motivate you to begin to take steps to achieve them.  We often feel removed from our goals when we are not operating from a place of inner connection, so it is really important to begin identifying those parts of yourself that make you feel the most “YOU.”

Here are some brief questions to get you started when it comes to living with intention.  Journaling about these topics can help you begin peeling back the layers that make you unique, and may reveal more of your authentic calling:

 

  1. What gets you excited when starting your day?
  2. What does a “good day” look like?
  3. When you dream about for your future, what does it look like?
  4. What are you passionate about?
  5. If you could live life differently for one week, one month, or one year, what would it look like?
  6. What facets of your life bring you the most joy? What relationships, activities and hobbies, career aspirations, etc.?
  7. What needs to be in place in order for you to suss out your calling and/or purpose?

 

Your life is your own, and to some degree, you have the power to navigate the direction and course that it takes.  Events and situations that are out of our control will occur, but so long as we connect with the people, places, and things that allow us to feel most grounded, we can learn how to cope with the ups-and-downs and challenges we all face.

Setting a strong foundation for exploration can lead to growth and change in our lives.  Living life from a genuine and authentic place requires conscious effort, but it is possible with the right amount of support, knowledge, and awareness.

Here’s to living with intention!

 

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