It's that time of the year where everyone starts making their new year's resolutions that.. for the most part.. will forget about after a month or two. Since I was a little girl, I thought it was a silly tradition and if someone really wanted a change in their life, that they should commit and do it without waiting for a new year. This blog post is a little different, a little lengthy and a little personal from all my other ones, but if this helps atleast one person, I'll be incredibly happy!
Life is beautiful, unpredictable, and a gift! As much as I believe that we should let it take us wherever that may be, I also think that we shouldn't live it blindly. We only have one chance to live it, so we should be able to look back, and know that we did everything we wanted to do, and took away distractions that would've made us chase the wrong things in life.
In order to do this, we need to ask ourselves some difficult questions.
Your life plan answers the main question of, what are the five things you want to accomplish in life. Yes, it's a big and heavy elephant in the room, but I broke it down so that it's easy for you to answer!
We're going to do this exercise that involves three simple steps
- Answer all the questions below in a notebook.
- Circle your top ones and write out your 5 goals.
- Rewrite or reprint it on a paper, and have this tucked away in your closet behind the door for only you to see everyday!
Pop open a bottle of wine, grab a pen and notebook, find a quiet room in the house, and start answering these questions! They're broken down below if you have a hard time reading the image.
Feel free to break down any of these answers even more to get to the heart of it!
1. What is holding you back from living your life the way you want to live your life? What's keeping you safe? What is it costing you?
2. Who are the most important people in your life? What would you like them to remember you by? What lessons do you want them to learn and what do you want your relationship to be over time?
3. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
4. What angers you the most about the world that you wish would change?
5. What excites you the most? Have you found things to be passionate about?
6. What do you wish you did more of?
7. What do you want to achieve out of life?
8. Imagine waking up to a new day where you could be anywhere in the world, finances, circumstances and ego were nothing to be worried about, and all that mattered was that you were happy. Where would you be? What does your ideal day look like?
9. What are you most proud of? What are things that will make you proud of?
10. What are the things you enjoy most out of life? Are any of these things something that would make you happy to do as a job? I repeat, ego aside! This is a judgement free zone!
11. What are you most afraid of?
12. If money was no object, what things (ex. house, car, etc) do you want? How does that make you feel fulfilled? Is this truly what makes "you" happy or is it how others view your life and an ego thing? Do you value experiences or "things" more?
13. How do you want to be remembered in life?
14. What are your favourite affirmations? Quotes? Why?
15. How do you want to add value to your community? If you could make a change in your community, what would it be? How could you help each other out?
16. Can you contribute to a meaningful cause? What cause would it be? How could you connect your goals and dreams to a greater good?
Take a breather, you did it! Now you need to circle what's important to you so that you can start to form your answers. They usually revolve around your health, wealth, family and purpose. Don't worry, the grammar police won't be checking your work so you can make some run-on sentences.
Now you'll need to rewrite your answers into five meaningful purposes you want out of life. This will be your life plan that you should mount somewhere only you will see on a daily basis. Mine is hung in my closet and tucked in the bathroom. Below is a blank template for you to print off, the hearts are my favourite affirmations and 5 blank spots for your life plan.
Doing this exercise made me break down that my goal wasn't about a career, but that I actually just wanted to create beauty in the world. Although I'm still fairly young, I accomplished so many things that I'm proud of.. from design awards to all life's challenges shaping who I am today. When I explored what I wanted in my life plan, it broke it down to wanting to create a difference, and being proud of the beauty I made. Whether that's through expressing my creativity on my blog or designing beautiful homes, they both bring out a lot of joy into my life!
Now if you were able to make it through this lengthy post, I wanted to give a huge thank you! Your life plan will help you with any difficult decisions in life, whether that's moving, completely doing a 180 on your life or taking a new job. I wish you all the best and a happy new year!