Celebrating life begins with baby steps
This is the first post in a weekly series, where I will share with you the ways that I am currently celebrating life.
My life is not perfect. I face difficult challenges.
I have issues – mostly familiar ones that I am afforded the opportunity to learn from, again and again!
However, most days – I wake up knowing it’s going to be a good day.
Every day, I am grateful for the opportunity to be here for one more precious moment.
Something I have learned about living an ordinary life, extraordinarily well is that it starts with intentional baby steps.
Creating positive daily rituals that slowly form habits. Consistently stoking the fire of inspiration, in whatever way speaks to you.
When we commit to building on our lives every day – the teeniest baby steps soon become the stepping stones and foundations of an inspired life.
They also become ‘celebration-glue’ – the stuff that helps make personal growth enjoyable and ensures it sticks.
One of my favourite tools for celebrating my life is though the simple use of a visual diary.
The power of a visual Diary
At a time when many if us might still be unclear about our our yearly goals or intentions – a visual diary provides an avenue for exploration and accessing the creative mind. It can become a living, changing document of our deepest passions and desires.
I love setting intentions and making plans for the year but I’m a little greedy! There is so much that I want and desire.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture and swamped with questions:
– What do I really want to focus on this year?
– What’s most important?
– What if Ive forgotten who I am, and what i like?
– How do I reconnect with the person who used to daydream and play in the land of possibility for hours?
– How do I create a vision that I’m not only excited and motivated by, but one that keeps evolving and transforming with me?
That’s where a visual diary can provide real value.
It’s a beautiful tool that can supplement a vision board, or be used in place of a vision board.
A visual diary is a way to record your personal stream of consciousness – a place to record ideas, designs, thoughts, inspirations, anything that resonates.
I love to snip out images from old or current magazines – things on my shopping wish-list, food that gets my taste buds singing, words that stir me up, colours,patterns, poems, – anything that stands out for me.
No analysis – just pure resonance.
I then create a little collage out of the images and add words that come up for me, usually desired feelings.
I search for themes and pick out ideas that feel nourishing and positive for me.
Sometimes I take it further and narrow in on what Danielle LaPorte refers to as ‘core desired feelings’. Other times, the images sit for a while, percolating and popping up months later, unexpectedly.
Creating a visual diary is a fun, personalised and powerful tool for getting clear about your desires and dreams before setting specific goals.
I like to think of it as a process for getting clear on who I am and what I want and for celebrating life while I’m at it.
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