Making a life is when you invest in all the important aspects of living, that includes having an income, while embracing what feeds your soul, enriches your experience, nurtures your ability to mature and cultivate wisdom, makes you smile, laugh, and cry. It is a full-blooded, full-bodied journey that unfolds overtime. Making a living is just that, earning an income that supports your ability to feed, shelter and cloth yourself and perhaps those you care for too. Both are important, but in this go-go-go world it is easy to be swept up making a living and forget to make a life.
I want for you, for all people, to uncover the joy of your heart and soul and bring that forward so that it is the true north for all you do. So that it infuses through the whole of your life. In the moments when you are not as free to act as you would like it steers you forward into the fullness of its promise. Not that everything is easy, sunshine, but that the “hummingbirds in life” -those tiny miracles and amazing, brilliant insights that you might miss if you don’t pay attention- come to you and you revel in the pleasure of small moments with a sense of wonder. That the challenges you confront are approachable and inspire you to reach to grow to expand. That you unabashedly fall in love with yourself and what you do.
I have yet to meet the person who says in all seriousness, “I want my life to amount to a hill of beans” or the only thing written on their gravestone to be “She was a fine worker”. But I have met plenty of people (and even been one), who get snared by always doing the “right thing” rather than the best things. You do the right things because you want to create a good life for yourself, your family and community You want to feel what you do matters, beyond a paycheck, that there is room for the real materials of your life and you can be calm in a chaos prone go-go-go world.
Ultimately you want to make a life that enriches you. When you enrich yourself you consequently enrich the world, because you can bring a greater depth of purpose and meaning to what you choose to do. You crave to have a well-edited life that ensures your ability to craft a full, rounded, enriching experience in the world.
But how do just that?
What might getting the right things done , so you can “make a life” that enriches you and the world, look like?
It is a shift to figure out in real, personal terms what “making a life” would be. What might it look, feel, smell like and be like for you? Not me. Not your parents. Not your colleagues. Not your friends. You. What you would be doing differently? What would you keep the same? How would you think, act and speak? How close are you now to your “making a life”? What would give you the courage to bridge that gap? Do you even think it is possible?
So many of my clients struggle with these types of questions. I want to help you start answer these questions in clear concert terms quickly and with as much grace as possible. Later this month I am launching a new program, designed to help you begin to master the art of making a life and a living. Stay tuned for details.