I’m typically a new beginnings—goal setting and getting things done kind of girl. There are certain seasons that especially evoke a new found focus and energy within me.
Something about the start of a new school year never fails to remind me of one of my all time favorite movies: You’ve Got Mail. You may be familiar with the scene, it’s the part where Joe Fox is writing (unawares) to Kathleen Kelly and he says:
“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”
This brings out all kinds of good feelings within me. The kind that make me want to jump up and make positive changes in my life–I just can’t help it! A bouquet of newly sharpened pencils? It gets to me. ;)
Letting go of the abundance of the holidays is always energizing as well. I love starting fresh in January. Something about living a full holiday season, having it come to an abrupt stop, and then taking it all down urges me to purge the excess, and start off the new year with a new frame of mind and set of goals.
But as January 1st rolled around this year, I had nothing. Not a single written goal! I’m not sure what it was, but honestly it was kind of nice for a change. Perhaps I’m content with what I’ve got–where I’m at right now. Maybe my plate is as full as I can stand, but whatever it is, it’s brought some relief.
So, this is it:
Whether you’re feeling ambitious in this particular season or not, I think we can all find some peace in the idea of taking what we already have, and simply adding to it–to make it better.
7 Ways to Keep Building the Life You Already Have
1.Get to those unfinished projects.
Pick up that book you never finished, complete the room you started organizing, or keep adding to your family’s history.
What is the one thing that you would like to see completed?
2. Strengthen your current relationships.
This line by Neil Barringham always pulls things back into perspective for me:
“The grass is greener where you water it.”
Stop comparing the perfect relationships other people seem to have, and instead build those relationships that are right in front of you. We can keep striving to be a good wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, etc.
3. Develop your talents.
This one can be a hard one for us women. Strengthening ourselves by developing our interests and talents doesn’t have to feel selfish. It may require some time away from things we “think” we should be doing, but maybe they can wait.
Strengthen yourself-so that you can strengthen others.
4. Improve your health.
Where are you at right now with your health? Appreciate that, and then take it from there.
Can you improve your diet in the slightest?
Up your current exercise routine just a bit?
5. Sharpen your professional skills.
If you have a particular vocation, what can you do to improve within that? Can you read up on the latest ways of your trade? Take a continuing education class? Find a mentor that you admire?
If you’re an entrepreneur by heart, find a good-motivating book. If you need a recommendation, I love Christy Wright and what she has created with The Buisness Boutique.
6. Add to your list of life adventures.
I haven’t ventured much in the way of travel yet-I’ve been grounded raising my little family (an adventure of it’s own), but have a goal to visit new states within the U.S. This is currently a little more realistic-than say traveling the world for us, but allows me to explore new people and places outside of my own little box; which is always refreshing.
What experiences can you add to your life to make it that much richer?
7. Build on past experiences.
Looking back at the previous year, there are things that I feel I did pretty well at, and others that I don’t really want to repeat-like ways I could have used my time better, or opportunities I missed.
Perhaps we can build on our positive experiences, and let the regretful ones add to our wisdom-which in turn may help us be that much better in the future.
In a world that’s always in the pursuit of more, maybe we can simply BUILD. Let go of the pressure of being more and add to the richness of who we already are.
Photo by Austin Call.