We are officially at the halfway point of 2015. Hard to believe it! Lately I’ve been reflecting back on my intentions for this year and checking in with myself.
Rather than writing many elaborate goals for myself this year (though I do still have some), I embraced the work of Danielle LaPorte, and instead identified three core desired feelings for the year.
At the beginning of the year I asked myself, how or what do I want to feel this year?
LaPorte indicates that when we have clarity on how we want to feel, the goals fall naturally into place. This provides an invaluable tool and road map for decision making as well. For example:
If you want to feel balance, then why are you over scheduling yourself?
If you want to experience health, then why haven’t you made time for the gym?
If you want to have more fun, then why are you crashing in front of the T.V. after work?
It’s really very simple, and as is often the case with simplicity, also quite profound.
Because I’m usually pretty transparent, I’m happy to share my three core desired feelings for this year. Through meditation, reflection, and discussion with the people I discuss this sorts of things with, these are the three that emerged for me this year.
Of course you can have more words, or fewer, but LaPorte explains that three is a manageable number. I could write a blog on each (and maybe I will), but at the halfway point of 2015 I see more clearly than ever how these words have guided and shaped my year thus far.
In fact, it is not uncommon for my hubby or a close friend to remind me of these words when I’m stressing or agonizing over a decision. “That doesn’t sound like ease to me,” hubby will caution when I’m about to take on some ridiculous commitment. Or my friend will note, “It sounds like you are so grateful for getting involved in that opportunity.”
Perhaps the words will evolve and change, maybe not.
But for now I’m sticking with Ease, Radiance, and Gratitude. It’s a recipe that feels good to me.
Why not try the question on for size: How or what do you want to feel for the rest of this year?
PS I snapped this photo on one or our recent family hikes. For me it really captures all three of my core desired feelings for 2015.