This quarantine has had me thinking a lot about returning back to our “old normal” when this is all over.
Many of us weren’t prepared for a worldwide pandemic. A lot of people are realizing that their cushy job wasn’t actually as secure as they thought it was as soon as the business was deemed non-essential. There are people who are getting paid to work from home and are loving the freedom, getting to work in your pajamas in the comfort of your own home, and the lack of a commute. Some are even getting paid to not work at all, and immersing themselves in a life of freedom that they believe can only be enjoyed while they’re on vacation. My mom is spending a ton of time on her arts and crafts projects and I can just FEEL how relaxed and happy it makes her. It's beautiful to witness!
Of course, there are other areas of our lives that we are realizing weren’t working for us before. I know for me, I needed a major wake-up call to live more in the present and to fully immerse myself in my work in the personal development space as well as my writing career. I’m seeing now that it is my job to make a world a more beautiful and connected place, and that putting that off was only having a negative impact on me and society.
I’m not saying everybody should quit their job and pursue their passions (especially if you do not have anything to fall back on)...
But what I am saying is that it’s time to consult your soul on what you truly want out to life. What better time to design your ideal life than now, when the world is on pause?
If you aren't someone who can easily tap into their intuition in order to listen to their own inner guidance, that's totally okay. This can be as practical and realistic, or as spiritual as you want it to be.
Start with this question: If money were not an issue (you didn’t have to worry about paying bills, a mortgage, etc.), how would you spend your days? Would you be working in a cubicle all day at a 9-5, or would you be the CEO of your own company? Would you spend more time with the people that you loved?
And most importantly, who is this ideal version of you? How do you show up for yourself and others? Are you confident? Disciplined? Focused?
Are you spending all your free time watching TV, or immersed in nature? Do you have an exercise routine that you commit to everyday, and are you cooking your own meals at home? Who would your friends be? Who would you surround yourself with? What are your standards? Don’t leave anything off the table! Pretend you can have ANYTHING that your heart desires. Bask in the fantasy of having the absolute perfect life, vacant of other people’s opinions or ideas of how you should be living your life.
Once you have designed your perfect day, or even your perfect week, how on Earth are you going to get there from here? Let’s start with a list of 3-5 things that you really want to bring into your life. If the idea of being the CEO of a major company terrifies you (even though that is what you ultimately want), you can start with a smaller, more attainable goal. Here’s an example:
I own my own business
I live in a condo that overlooks the ocean
I am the healthiest I’ve ever been
I am confident and love myself
What must you do in order to bring these things into your life? What do you have to eliminate so that you can create more time to devote to materializing your desires? Do you have to open a savings account so you can put away money to afford the new condo? That might mean eating out a bit less. Do you need to start looking at listings to get an idea of what you’ll be paying? If it means paying $500 more toward rent, start putting that $500 away now so that the increase in rent doesn’t feel so daunting to you. Perhaps you buy some cookbooks so you can meal prep and commit to working out 3 times a week to bring yourself closer to the healthiest version of yourself.
Once you start thinking in smaller, more manageable steps, becoming the ideal version of you isn’t that difficult to attain. It might take several months to become the healthiest version of yourself and to get your business off the ground, but the journey to getting there should be exciting. Make sure that what you’re doing is fun enough to stay focused and determined. Track your progress (both mentally and physically) and check in with yourself on a weekly basis.
Gosh, I’m excited just thinking about the endless possibilities available to you! I hope that you come out of your Ideal Life/Version of You Design with your list of things you want to accomplish within the next six months to a year (my personal recommendation, but you can alter this to your liking) and are PUMPED to get started. I know it can be scary to start (believe me, I have been there), but remind yourself that your transformation is allowed to be easy and fun. You’re completely safe to pursue what you love, and to design a life worth living. I promise you.