By Deanne Brennan
In summary these are the top 2 things that help me navigate a meaningful and sometimes seemly uncertain life. For me the word ‘uncertain’ contains more magic than fear. A lot can happen in 1 year, believe me, I’ve been there. So let’s get straight into it….
1. I wake up to a vision I feel good about.
Each year I spend time thinking about my bigger vision. I dream up my ideal scenario for the next 1 – 5 years. I start with identifying what’s most important to me, my values. Then I think about how I most want to feel, that could be either in my relationships or in a work setting. I list my top 3 goals for the year, anything else is a bonus. I align my goals with how I want to feel. I call this my template for doing life.
2. Self Care is my number one priority.
I look after myself as well as I can, physically, emotionally and energetically. To fuel my vision I need energy and resilience to keep moving forward. At the start of each week I plan out where I’m going to fit my exercise in. I set aside 15 minutes to meditate (most day’s, I’m not perfect). I notice how people and events make me feel, ‘is it giving or taking energy from me?’ and I adjust accordingly. I ask for help before I need it, that’s a big one!
I’m an optimist (like off the chart) but life has also taught me to be a realist (a cancer diagnoses will do that to you). I’m 80% practical and 20% woo woo. I have a big vision and plan that makes me feel excited and progressive, but I also leave room for magic. I’ve witnessed a lot of magical moments in my life.
Just for fun…I’d encourage you to talk to a friend (or me) about what you would like to bring into your life over the next 1 – 5 years. It’s a conversation that could change the course of your life in a positive way.
P.s I’ve been dreaming up running mindfulness classes and wellness workshops at big conferences at holiday destinations. It’s going on my vision board as a reminder.
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