This week’s Creating Dreams Come True assignment is making a “This Is My Life List”. I think my favourite part of this exercise was visualising how I want each area of my life to feel. It forced me to be specific about what I wanted and what I felt was lacking in each area.
A real sticking point I had with this exercise was the life area of “Abundance”. I suspect this is one of those words with a fuzzy definition and wildly varying connotations, depending on who you ask. I’ve never really thought about abundance before so, like a good little Bachelor of Arts graduate, I decided I needed to define it first. My definition (straight out of the dictionary) is: “plentifulness of the good things of life; prosperity”. A great inner tug-of-war ensued between the two opposing values of abundance and simplicity. On the one hand, I don’t really desire “plentifulness” but rather “enough”. On the other hand, I’ve included things on my Big List of Dreams that fall into the abundance category, such as the killer wardrobe I desire. Of course, I have “enough” clothes right now but that doesn’t mean I’m satisfied with what I’ve got. I think in the end I managed to find a harmonious balance between the two. I’m certainly not aiming to live like a monk but the mindless pursuit of more stuff didn’t find it’s way onto my list either.
|Life Areas||My Vision||Action Plan|
|This is my Health||I feel powerful, strong and vibrantly healthy in my body||Buy a bike and ride instead of drive and go on lots of scenic bike rides throughout our travels|
|These are my Relationships||I feel that I have found my community and made new friends who are kindred spirits. I feel I have people with whom I can share the things that excite me. I feel that all of the important relationships in my life are nourished, nourishing and that I am completely present in them.||Be an active member of the online artistic community|
|This is my Abundance/Simplicity||I feel that I do not own anything that is not useful, beautiful or sentimental. I know I have everything I need. I understand that everything else is abundance.||Create a ritual of slowing down and being aware and appreciative of the abundance in my life|
|This is my Creativity/Purpose||I feel amazed with the kind of art that I am producing. I feel proud of how much I’ve learnt and excited about continuing to develop my skills, technique and style. I feel wildly successful in my online creative business endeavours.||I have an entire action plan for this one! I’ll spare you the details, but suffice to say that a few of the broad strokes are:
|This is how I practise Self-Love/Self-Care||I feel compassion, acceptance and forgiveness for my younger self and the mistakes she made. I feel that I have a deep level of self awareness and that I am always authentic.||Keep an art journal and use it proactively, not just to rant when things are a bit shit|
|This is how I experience Adventure||I feel exhilarated by the places we are going, the things we are doing and the people we are meeting. I feel that our travels are in the spirit of this quote: “the world is like a book, and those who do not travel read only one page”. I accept my share of challenges that come hand in hand with adventure rather than be brought down by them.||Write blog articles on the challenges and disappointments we come up against during our travels to encourage more reflection|
You probably noticed that I only have one task for each life area (with the exception of the Creativity area which has a whole action plan). I’m going with the principle that “lack of time is actually lack of priorities”, and have just gone with one task that I think will make a big impact in that area of my life. Once I’ve achieved them I’ll add more but for now I’m keeping it simple.