Blog: Intentional Living

Mid-Year: Review, Reflect, Keep Moving Forward

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It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year. It’s a good time to pause and reflect on the first half of the year to see where you are versus where you hoped to be this time of the year. Make an effort to look back at the first half of the year without getting stuck in feelings of guilt or regret if you are off track. The goal of a mid-year evaluation is to review, reflect, correct (as appropriate), and keep moving forward.

If you work in a business setting, you are more than likely used to a mid-year assessment related to your role/position. It is also a good practice for other areas of your life. Here are a few questions for you to consider:

  • What have I accomplished year to date?
    • Consider all of your life areas (e.g., career, finances, health & fitness, etc.)
    • Celebrate your accomplishments no matter how big or small.
  • What didn’t I accomplish that I really wanted to? Why?
  • Who or what has been my greatest blessing? Why?
  • What did I learn?
  • How did I grow?
  • What am I really committed to?

The last question is important to crystalize as a part of your mid-year evaluation. It will help you to see where you need to make adjustments to your current plan or change course and create a new plan of action.

For your reference, I have provided links to previous posts that are related to this topic.

Be Intentional (includes a downloadable worksheet)

Focus on what truly matters

SMART Goals: Bring Your Desires to Life

Create a Vision Board

Create a Theme for the Year

Keep moving forward! 🙂

All the best,

Ruthann

Focus on what truly matters

What we choose to focus on magnifies in our lives. I have outlined a few strategies that can help you stay focused on what truly matters and create the life that you desire.

Clarify your personal values

Values are qualities/principles that are most important to you. Your values are the foundation for your life. They inform your life choices and help you set priorities for your life. Take time to clarify your personal values and put them into action.

Create a vision for your life

A vision is a desired future state. Give yourself permission to dream BIG. Create a detailed vision of what you desire for your life and create a plan of action to bring it to life. You may find my post on vision boards helpful. Click here to read the vision board post.

Create awareness of how you are spending your time, energy, and money

Keep track of how you are spending your time, energy, and money (in writing) on a daily basis over the course of a week. It will help you see the degree to which you are (or aren’t) focused on what truly matters. This exercise is seriously eye opening!

Capture what is most important to you in writing

Writing things down helps you clear your mind, organize your thoughts and, ultimately, organize your life. Make a commitment to capture what is most important to you in writing – your values, vision, goals, commitments, and so on.

Need support? Be True to You has a step-by-step process that can help you create your life from the inside out, true to your values and vision for your life.focusedAll the best,

Ruthann

Walking a Spiritual Path

Nature Path

What is spirituality?

It depends who you ask. Spirituality means different things to different people. I define spirituality as awareness/consciousness of a divine presence working in and through our lives. It is experienced as a sense of belonging to something greater, timeless, and infinite in possibility. It is the means through which we feel a deep sense of purpose and connection to all of life.

What is a spiritual path?

Truth-centered/heart-centered path and process of empowerment.

What is the best way to walk a spiritual path?

There is no right or wrong way to walk a spiritual path; it is a deeply personal path that is influenced by your values, beliefs, trust, experiences, introspection, reflection, and practices. It is an internal process of discerning what is true for you and living from that truth.

Truth is the light that guides your way.

Are you seeking a deeper sense of purpose and direction for your life? Feel stuck in one or more areas of your life? Feel less than confident about making changes to your life? Are you ready to create a more purposeful and fulfilling life?

My book, Be True to You: A Practical Guide to Pursuing an Authentic Path is a spiritually oriented guide to creating a purposeful and fulfilling life. It is designed to help you step into your power, clarify your purpose, and consistently move forward on your path. Click here to learn more about Be True to You.

All the best,

Ruthann

Spring: Start Fresh

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Each season brings gifts and opportunities for growth as we journey through the year. Spring is a season of hope and possibility. 

On a personal level, spring invites us to start fresh, be hopeful, open to possibility, joyful, and creative.

There are many ways to embrace the spirit of the season – give thanks for the gift of renewal, plant new seeds (literally and figuratively), create new commitments, spend time in nature, try something new – just to name a few.

The spring rituals of cleaning and clearing out clutter are great ways to transition into the energy of the season and make room for new beginnings, new opportunities, and new blessings to come into your life.

Questions for reflection:

  • In what area of your life do you feel a desire to start fresh/begin anew?
  • What steps can you take to make room for something new to come into your life?

All the best,

Ruthann

SMART Goals: Bring Your Desires to Life

This post was inspired by a mini-workshop that I recently conducted on creating goals, in particular, SMART* goals. The acronym SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound.

Setting goals is a way to bring your desires to life. Goals enable you to go from hoping and wishing to manifesting what you truly desire.

If you work in a business setting, you are more than likely used to setting and achieving goals related to your role/position. However, most people don’t have personal goals (e.g., career, relationship, financial, etc.) that are specific and written down. It is estimated that only 3% of people have written goals.

Time is one of your most precious resources. The SMART approach is a great way to create written goals and structure your time.

Questions to consider as you create each goal:

  • Specific: What exactly will you accomplish?
  • Measurable: How will you know when you have reached your goal?
  • Attainable: Is your goal challenging, yet attainable?
  • Relevant: Is your goal clearly linked to your values?
  • Time bound: By what date will you accomplish your goal?

If there is something that you are hoping/wishing to accomplish “someday”, make today the day you give it a deadline, create a plan, and put your plan into action.

Consider using images and/or symbols as visual reminders of your desired outcome (click here to see my post on Vision Boards).

All the best,

Ruthann

*SMART concept created by George Doran

2017: Create a New Chapter in Your Life

A new year provides us with the opportunity to begin a new chapter in our lives. We open the door to new opportunities and new beginnings when we release/let go of thoughts and beliefs that limit us and replace them with thoughts and beliefs that enrich, expand, empower, and enable us to create the kind of lives and world that we truly desire.

Our minds are fertile ground. The seeds we choose to plant and nurture will take root and blossom in our lives.

I invite you to join me in planting “seeds” of unity, peace, love, compassion, and joy. Commit to nurturing these seeds on a daily basis through your thoughts, words, and actions to enrich your life, the lives of others, and the world.

Wishing you all the best in 2017.

Happy New Year!

Ruthann