Aspirations tend to pop into my mind spontaneously. Does that happen to you? I eagerly capture them on paper and then leave them to germinate in the background of my life.
I don’t focus on my intentions in a tense or religious way. But, I occasionally check back on them.
Why? So I’m able to:
- Reset my course if I’m off-track or find that a particular intention no longer resonates for me.
- Allow new possibilities to incubate.
- Declare and celebrate my accomplishments. This always gives me a natural high and thus becomes fuel for further growth.
In these times of high distraction, it’s essential to chart your progress occasionally or you could end up in Timbuktu! That means dissatisfied with a long trek back to your real passion.
Recently, I took a moment to look back at my summer aspirations and reflect on the corresponding accomplishments. This is what I found.
1. Clear clutter. I cleared clutter and, true confessions, re-cluttered. But, I’m closer to a de-cluttering method that works for me.
2. Get ready for downsizing. We kicked around ideas for living in a smaller (not tiny) space and drew up possible plans.
3. Catch up on half-read books and start the new stack. I devoured and recommend*:
- You Can by Happiness (and It’s Cheap), How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life
- The Fire Starter Sessions – A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms
- Feng Shui That Makes Sense: Easy Ways to Create a Home that FEELS as Good as It Looks
- A Healthy House, A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders & Homeowners
- Open Heart, Open Mind, Awakening the Power of Essence Love
4. Take a month-long blogging break. This allowed me to stay sane given a challenging workload. I also took the opportunity to play with injecting relaxation in between the activities of the day.
5. Weed, trim, and beautify the garden. More like beating back the jungle than creating botanical gardens, but at least you can see the outline of the plants and trees.
6. Carve out more time for focused meditation and study. Quiet evenings of study and reflection were the answer.
7. Clarify and invest in my career evolution. My exciting mix of career activities included my writers’ group and women’s council, a dash of memoir writing, the fabulous Goodblog Project, and a path-clarifying business consultation with Courtney Carver.
I moved my blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, began to recommend resources and books on my blog, simplified the blog navigation, and integrated my blog title and tagline into the header with help from Robert Wall, The Untitled Minimalist.
These blossoms are naturally seeding my next cycle of growth and activity.
I used to post a monthly review on my blog, which I personally found very clarifying and directional. But, I wasn’t sure it these updates were so interesting or helpful to you, my readers. I’m curious about that and would love to hear any feedback you might have.
Seasonal changes are the perfect time for a review. As we enter the transition period between summer and fall, have you taken time to reflect and chart your progress? What methods work for you?
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P. S. You might enjoy my new post at the Envision Writing Blog: Exceptional Links on Writing, Blogging, and Microbusiness – August