December is upon us, folks! With 2017 right around the corner, it’s only natural to reflect on the past year and either stress or embrace a new year ahead. As our dedicated readers, you’ve tuned in month after month and embarked on new life goals with us. From Mindfulness May to our most recent goal, Love Yourself, we’ve been on a mission of self-improvement. This month we’re ready to use everything we’ve been practicing this year so we can live a life with passion!
We’ve chosen the monthly life goals based on the ongoings of the world, our peers, and our personal lives. Without even realizing it, we created a formula for finding your true purpose in life: Discovering yourself + Exploring Humanity = Universal Harmony. By digging deep into yourself and learning about mankind; you’re embarking on the path to experiencing harmony with the world around you. That’s why this month we’re celebrating living with passion, a true culmination of our past life goals deeply rooted in our quest to finding our purpose in this world.
Personally, I’ve undergone so many life changes this past year. When I look back, there were a few crucial moments when I allowed my inner fire to set my life ablaze. If you had told me a year ago that I would become an entrepreneur, end a long-term relationship, and redefine my vision for my future, I would’ve called BS. I had allowed myself to become content with being content which was a scary thing. I was stagnant. Luckily, I had an epiphany. I realized the only thing that separates successful people from the majority is not just the ability to dream, the ability to act. I made a conscious choice to start living with purpose and tackle my dormant dreams.
Although scary, I made new choices and decisions with the dedication and willpower to act. After taking a hard look at the past year dissecting how I turned my life into one full of passion, it was due to three major paradigm shifts.
To live with passion, you must be able to stop giving a fuck about what others think, say, or do. I struggle with this notion the most because I’m a people pleaser. I often behave in a manner that is acceptable to those around me instead of doing what I truly desire. Whether I’m pleasing my parents, friends, or even just trying to fit society’s mold; I tend to live a life detached from my wants and needs.
I don’t want to disappoint my loved ones, but the fact of the matter is that life is way too short to live in suppression. Those who truly love you will accept you for fully living your life. It won’t be easy, but it sure will be liberating. I challenge you all to do the same. Feel free to be yourself.
Live for you
Ah, yet another life lesson the people pleaser in me usually forgets. I refuse to live my life with shoulda, coulda, woulda’s. As we age and the pressures of adulting plague our life, it’s easy to live a life of practicality instead of passion. Be careful not to let the sensible you overcome the dreamer in you.
Take a second and think about anything you’ve always wanted to try, anything you’re curious about, anything you’re missing. Whether it’s as little as giving rock climbing a try or as life-changing as moving abroad for a year, make your dreams a priority!
Fear is a slow, silent killer of the soul. Sometimes we don’t recognize it, but fear is the main driver in complacency. Nothing kills your passion more than worries of failure, inadequacy, and the unknown.
What if you make a mistake? Aaliyah said it best, dust yourself off and try again. Are you worried you aren’t enough? You are worthy of all the happiness in the world and those who love you know your worth. Do you live in fear of the future? Remember the benefits of mindfulness and how important it is to live in the present because there’s no sense in fretting about what has yet to come.
As you prepare for our last Adventurself life goal of 2016, think about how much you’ve grown this year. Each month you’ve reflected on who you are and who you wish to become. Our wish for our Adventurers is that each and every day you’re discovering, reinventing, and establishing the best versions of yourself. Remember that you’re never in this alone, you’re a part of a community where you can share your life experiences and grow in a good vibes only environment! Don’t ever forget that you are destined to live a life full of passion!