Authenticity: The courage to be yourself
Live with Intention
As individuals, and as a family, we find that we are more whole when strive to live each day with intention. Starting with our morning routine. We specifically incorporate some form of: Gratitude, physical activity, meditation practice and spiritual connection before turning to our calendars, breakfast with our tribe and our work begins. We work hard, and play even harder. We don't always nail it, but when you're living purposefully you get close and your feel good!
Here are some of our Hacks for Purposeful Living
One of my favorite quotes is, "No one cares, work harder." I love this, because it serves as two reminders for me:
1) Don't take up space in your mind worrying about what others are thinking about you. Because, guess what, they're not thinking about you! As women, I think we can be particularly susceptible to this. Reminding myself that everyone is focused on themselves and running their own race, helps me to focus on mine.
Extra Insight: If they are thinking about you, they must have a lot of free time.
2) Don't seek fulfillment in accolades, or approval, from others either. If you believe that God (the Universe, whatever you call your higher power) has a purpose for your life (which I do), then it's your obligation to pursue that purpose with intentional obsession. Work harder!
Own Your Plan
On an episode of the Rise Podcast, I heard Dave Hollis say, "If you want a life that's different from other people, you have to live a life that's different from other people." Mic drop! I repeat this mantra regularly. If you want a supernatural life, you have to be intentional about your choices every single day, and you have to own, and be confident in those choices. This is your plan, for your life, everyone else's opinions about your plan, is just that, their opinions (prepare yourself to hear a lot of these). Get up early everyday and remind yourself that the path toward achieving your best life is going to require work, intentionality and risk. You've got this!
Stay the Course
When you're living an intentional life, focused on achieving professional and personal goals, spiritual wholeness and physical wellness, while striving for your life to be an adventure with your family, a you will hear people say: "You're working too hard," "You need to slow down" or "When are you going to rest?" My experience is that you must fight the urge to let these statements take up residency in your mind. People who love and are genuinely concerned about you, will say this. It's easy to think, "Maybe they're right. Maybe I am running too fast." But, I promise, if you are where you are called to be, you will have the energy, strength and passion to live full out, keep cadence and enjoy the lifestyle you are striving for. And, when times get challenging (which they will) you'll be equipped to go into battle, climb that mountain and push through.
Be True to Yourself
With today's social media exposure and inundation to other people's highlight reels, it can be difficult to navigate true authenticity. Only you know the true desires of your heart and they are different from mine and everyone else's. I find daily journaling, gratitude and meditation practices, coupled with a 30 minute workout essential to my wellbeing. These daily disciplines help to subdue the outside distractions, to keep me grounded and to focus inwardly on what I find truly fulfilling. Getting to know myself, and knowing what I place value on in this world, empowers be to shed the self-doubt, insecurities, and comparisons with others. Practicing loving myself and prioritizing my family and goals, is a daily exercise that I am fairly certain I will never master, but doing the work is changing my life and my family's and is no doubt, the best investment of time I have ever spent.
Remember, knowing what the work is, and doing the work are two different things. My prayer for you, and for me, is that we DO THE WORK!
Live Your Best Life
If this type of purposeful authentic living sounds like your cup of tea, and you want to know more, we're Here to Serve! If you'd like more information on goal setting, morning routines, and other development outlets, we'd love to help get you plugged into a wealth of resources to help you live your best life!
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We'd love to DO THE WORK with you!
We're a family who loves living life to the full. We try to live each day with intention in an effort to find gratitude, seek wonder, show love and a experience a ton of laughter.