Greetings dear friends!
As many of you know, when we moved to Western MA two years ago, we did so with the notion of exploring a different way of life, trying something new, even recreating ourselves to some extent. How we were doing our lives in NYC was just not working in the way we had hoped anymore. Armed with that, as well as images for how we wanted our life to look and feel, we shook up the snow globe and made the leap from super-city -living to small-college-town living.
Like any big change there’s always a period of adjustment – and we had much to adjust to: a house, and all that goes with that (hint, when there’s a leak, there’s no super to call – you are the super!), driving (20 years is a long time to not be behind the wheel), new jobs and communities…you get the gist. And adjust we have: we’re getting the rhythm of the area, meeting nice folks, building relationships with colleagues, in essence building a life here. And while all of that is truly wonderful, I’m realizing it’s not quite enough. Now that two years have in fact gone by, it’s really time to get down to the nitty gritty of creating and shaping the life we wanted to live – to bring to life the visions we had about creating our lives here. Otherwise, we are simply doing life the way we were before – just not in NYC, a city we adore – which really wouldn’t justify the move.
So, for the last few weeks I’ve been focusing on what it is I want to create for myself – in my personal as well as professional life. I’ve been trying to lean into how I want my life to feel and trying to look at the choices I’ve made to see if they truly align with those feelings. And you know what, many of them don’t align – not yet anyway. So, as I move forward in this new year, I’m working to consciously choose things that align with how I want my life to feel.
Someone once said to me that we are the writers, directors, producers, and stars of our lives. So, why are sitting around as extras waiting for someone to call, "action!"? We truly can create our lives, once we are tuned in to what it is that we want – which has been for me the hard part. What do you want? - What a huge, open ended question! And more importantly, is what you think you want aligned with how you want to feel? As I pose these questions to myself, I invite you to do the same.
Here’s an exercise given to me by a thoughtful and inspiring business coach, Cailen Ascher: write down as many words as you want that describe how you want to feel in your life, and then try to distill it down to 3 or 5 that really capture the feeling. Give it a try and see if the choices you are making align with those feelings. And if not, then look at the choices you are planning to make and see if you can use your list to help guide you in the decision making process.
I’ll be sharing my list on our Facebook page and I invite you to do the same. I’d love to be able to support you, in whatever way I can, in bringing your vision for your life to fruition.
Peace, Love, and Bliss,
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