I have always been a reflective person. I actually have a stack of diaries as tall as a lamp post. Since I was seven years old, I have been reflecting on my life and setting goals twice a year. I typically write a long list of New Years Resolutions in December and then dedicate a couple weeks around my birthday to reflect on my life milestones.
This year, I’m taking a look at my reflection notes from last decade. When I turned 25, I made a mini album to reflect on my life and ask myself,
What had I hoped to achieve by this milestone in my life?
What’s next? What do I do now?
Between 19-25 years old I was a very impressionable woman and read a plethora of self help and professional books including:
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
- The Seat of the Soul
- Good to Great
- Tuesdays with Morrie
- The Four Agreements
- 100 Ways to Keep Your Soul Alive
After reading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, I wrote a Mission Statement and after reading Tuesdays with Morrie, I wrote a bucket list so that I could focus on doing the things that are important to me.
As I reflect over the last year, I find three lessons jump out at me.
1. Enjoy the journey more than the destination
Live in the moment and enjoy the actions towards a goal rather than just the goal itself. We are often happier striving toward something than when we have accomplished it. As I’ve grown older ,this is one of my natural tendencies that I’ve come to understand and appreciate more.
I enjoy planning, anticipating and challenging myself to accomplish lofty goals. I enjoy my life the most when I’m striving for something that is difficult to reach. I value activity. Each movement toward huge goals that often take years to complete.
There are many things that I don’t quite understand yet. But what I know for sure is that it is a blessing to live each day to the fullest and to enjoy the journey toward self discovery.
2. What you conceive you can achieve
You can achieve your dreams! I believe strongly that our intention is powerful and that we can achieve anything that we can conceive. I remember when Oprah first released her Magazine in 1999, I was 19 years old working at Great Western Bank in Santa Cruz, California. I went to the supermarket on a lunch break, bought Oprah’s magazine and went over to the park nearby with a pen and highlighter. I loved all the self discovery exercises throughout the magazine. For the next few days, I poured over her thought provoking questions and pondered how I could learn and grow more. I immediately bought a book she recommended called “Seat of The Soul” and fell in love with the concept that I choose my own reality through my intentions.
3. Every moment is an opportunity to start fresh
Every moment we get the opportunity to start over and determine how we will live in the moment. The past is behind us and the future is not yet here. Each morning we wake up we can choose to start over and be someone else or do something different.
Now it’s your turn!
I’m sure you have had many Divalicious birthdays and many inspirational moments along your own life journey. I would love to hear from you. As Mary Oliver once said;
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?