Hello SOTGC community and sun soaked lovelies,
In this summer’s travel series, we’ve had loads of fun sharing great tips to keep us moving gracefully, quickly, and stress-free while on the road. Now I want to encourage you brilliant jet-setters to slow down and steal a few quiet moments to breathe while moving about the world. Whether away from home for business or pleasure, an unfamiliar environment has the ability to awaken our creativity and teach us something new about ourselves. Don’t take this opportunity for granted or ignore that it is available to you. Even in the midst of a very full schedule, time on a plane, in a solitary hotel room, or lounging near water are great places to take personal moments for reflection and self-consideration. It’s also a great way to recharge so you have the energy to continue your journey. Plus, it makes your eyes sparkle!
As a fashion and beauty writer here at SOTGC, my heart’s desire is for you to know how amazingly awesome you are, created for greatness and filled with the courage to wage war on mediocrity. A woman driven by clear purpose and filled with passion is beautiful. The happiest and most successful people are driven by something larger than themselves rather than fear or need.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” — Rumi
Today my travel challenge to you is to carve out some precious personal moments of quiet during your summer adventures, even if on just a day trip, to remember or uncover your “why” in life. We are embarking on “why” travel. With a period, not a question mark.
Finding your why; that “thing” that drives the purpose and passion in our heart and ultimately our business and work. Why do you do what you do other than for a paycheck? To quote and agree with Mark Twain, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Uncovering your “WHY” is simple really but may take a little time here and there:
- Take a moment to ask yourself, “What is my purpose in life?” And allow your mind the time and space to begin answering. Write it all down. Everything that comes to mind, and build a list of at least 50-100 things . Follow by asking yourself, “And why do I want to do that?”
- Now, calmly and with an open mind, review your list. Read each purpose carefully. Feel the emotions that begin to stir as you read. Pay attention to and star* those items that repeat in similarity and/or rouse the most emotion. You know, those things that make you cry because they are so important to you? Or that which immediately drives us to want to take action? Those are the deepest driving factors for us – our why defined.
- Finally, select one to three reasons that are deeply convincing. That move you to do what you do every day with purpose.
- Post and read or speak aloud these items in places you will see consistently – in the morning, at lunch, and before you lay your head down to bed. Going to work every day will be exciting and progressive when you have a clear vision of your purpose in going. It will also keep you from quitting when the obstacles or frustrations temporarily appear to be more than you can manage.
A strong enough why will take us as far as we can see, and when we get there we can see further. It is my greatest hope for you all that you become like trees planted near the riverbank whose roots run deep and who bear fruit in every season, that everything you do may prosper and come to maturity.
Who do you know that is also in search of her why? A red head, a co-worker, a new mom, a physician, your closest friend? Send her the link to this important message and work together to discover and live out your WHY.
Standing watch for your greatness to move across the globe,