As I go along with the day – my sons are playing for a few more minutes, the homemade savory spaghetti sauce is cooked, I think and slightly stress that tonight I want to pull a miracle out of my sleeve again; at this time, I’ll be writing the first chapter’s beginning, of my book on Lifestyle Design, in parallel of the first chapters of my life as an author. I want it good, hopefully awesome.
And you know what, I tell myself, you usually can do it. That’s the first lesson in achievements. When we come up with a challenging dream, we usually can do it. It’s within the frame of the possible, since our minds come up with the idea and let it through the guarded walls of our subconscious.
This trust in our abilities can lessen levels of stress, resistance, and move mountains. We have to allow our dreams to come to our mind, and follow the wave that will bring them to reality with a fitted lifestyle design. Am I living my dreams? Lifestyle design needs that we ask this question in a conscious way, to trust that we can bring them alive, and do it.
My dream lifestyle is made of playful moments with my family, moments of accomplishments and of freedom to observe a spider make her web when I feel like it – they are my income, the essence of my life. The axis that my universe revolves around.
Wisdom is to have dreams big enough not to lose sight when we pursue them. -Oscar Wilde
When I boarded the do-what-you-love journey, I discovered some principles that enable to live the Dream, whatever it is for us. To do what we love, we first have to “do”, act, and try on the field what is life. This will enable us to discern, the “what” of the expression, what we really love and can be part of our compatible lifestyle. “You” are then true to your self, authentic. And you have to keep acting with a passion, having “love”, a strong drive to be accomplished with your Muse.
Love comes also as an acronym for Live, Observe, Victory and Emancipate. You live mindfully in your present task, to know if you enjoy what you do. If you observe that you’re in love with it, you continue; if not, you end it, find another passion to test, and repeat the process. When you find something you love, you shout a “victory!” (in your mind, if you’re an introvert too), savor the joy, adopt it in your routine, and get emancipated – energized and accomplished.
To come up with being a writer to live the Dream and help many people live it too, I try many careers, or lifestyle designs. As first true careers, I work for the government and the corporate world– working with process and forms, I feel I’m not helping directly. Trying to find my way, I figure out I’m independent; I prefer to be autonomous, or my own boss. I become a stay-at-home mother, which is rewarding to raise happy and conscious individuals in the world, but I need another part-time career to be thoroughly accomplished. I then try to be an animal breeder, tattoo artist, mixed martial art fighter, and t-shirt designer – all the while blogging as a pastime.
The hobby of writing wins over the others; I discover, big surprise (sometimes you don’t see what is right under your nose), I’m more of an artist, and that I can help directly people with the writing craft. On my course, if I hadn’t had the courage to try different paths to find what I love to do, I would hardly have realized what I like in each and want to keep, that all led me to write books – it could have happened way later in life, at best. We have to dream, and then go out there figure out how to live the dream, I tell myself.
Once we figure out what we love, we have to integrate it as a lifestyle. I also assign a complete method to live the lifestyle of my choice, which is again tested on the field to achieve our dream path as fast as possible. (For more on it, read Do What You Love Journey: Live Your Dreams Starting Today, a 28-day method – I blogged parts. It is summarized below in the Do What You Love Lifestyle Design™ resource):
Those principles allow to start the journey well. Now, I need some coal to keep going, and to be an alert and intelligent train driver. To glue myself to the chair, and write. To have fun in my day, be present every minute to my husband, sons, friends, activities, and craft, instead of sometimes missing the present thinking about the next task.
Once the train has started, we have to keep on going. I find I can easily make excuses not to make the efforts for what I want; but then, I feel a big hole in my life again. I miss something, and it is an important thing. This is why I want to explore further lifestyle design tricks, to keep procrastination and resistance away, and have a blessed existence going.
I want a true awakened lifestyle. I’m tired of being bonded to a materialistic world, and I want to be more in tune with the wisdom of the soul, filled with a love for all I do and people I meet, and a more sustainable living.
This “lifestyle design for good” has to go in deep on different aspects. I need to explore spirituality and declare what I feel is real, to live in accordance with our universe. Relationships will be another main aspect, because it is the strongest aspect of happiness. Career and accomplishment, as important parts of lifestyle, will be explored to define the true mission we love and how to boost our productivity so we have time for other aspects, such as free time and time for pleasure. I want to explore too what volunteering does in a lifestyle. Home is also a big part of lifestyle, what is my true shelter in this world and how do I live in such abundance in the midst of planetary crisis and worldwide poverty? The last lifestyle design aspects will be food, health, environment, wellbeing and legacy, the contribution to the community.
- Have you implemented each of the steps of the Do What You Love Lifestyle Design acronyms? Apply those to begin your perfect lifestyle right now.
- It there something very obvious about you, under your nose, that you haven’t paid attention to? Ask people close to you, who appreciate you for who you are, who they think you are, and take a personality test (I recommend the Myers-Briggs).
- What do you think you need to do to pursue your dream lifestyle, with the lifestyle design aspects cited above (relationships, spirituality, career, etc.)?
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