This post is an introduction to lifestyle design. Get curious and wonder about new possibilities. You’ll find 7 steps to creating a personal retreat with resources and activities to design a life you love. 

If your dissatisfaction with life or the status quo had led you to this post, you are on your way to growing into more of who you truly are. It’s not the end of the world, promise.

I believe a crisis is a calling to create more of what you want in life.

A shift in thinking about your present circumstances can help build momentum towards an alternative, even if you do not know how it’s all going to happen. A simple choice can open up new doors, internally and externally.

Every next level of your life will demand a different you. -Author Unknown

Everyone I talk to lately seems like they are experiencing some degree of a crisis with their work, whether it’s losing a job, hating their job, in between jobs, or having a stable job and wanting to get their creative projects off the ground. Our work culture needs a serious reframe.

You may be still in school and dreading the future. You might love your job, but you want to spend more time with your children at home. 

We’re experiencing a collective shift, where we want more of the things that matter, and there are ways to make it happen. 

Sometimes, you don’t even need to blank slate your life. It can be as simple as scheduling in some self-care that works wonders.

Simple choices can reset the entire tone. Simple choices can be powerful. 

If you’ve created a lifestyle business, you’re working with a whole set of different issues – from time management, productivity, systems, self-care, flow (creative and cash + prizes) and scaling your business, so you can have more fulfillment and freedom to create the next dream.

There’s always more, y’all.

If you heard of the term “lifestyle design” (eye roll at digital nomads on their 4-hour work week at the beach), I hope to share a different perspective, inspiration, and practical next steps.

I’m not here to paint a rosy picture (pun unintended) about a 4-hour work week on the beach with lifestyle design. I’m not going to tell you to quit your job either.

While I do believe the grass is greener in most cases, every circumstance has challenges and opportunities for growth, even a life of travel as a digital nomad (this post is coming).

 

Lifestyle design is ultimately about being the creative sovereign of your life – a creator of your own reality, working with what you have, learning skills, gathering tools, experimenting, making practical steps  – to create a better outcome, one that is true to your values and vision. 

I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. I haven’t reached a utopia. So why am I still doing this? I’ve transformed my life beyond recognition. There are definite rewards on this journey. Some things don’t change, only to find that you have grown to manage the change better. You forge your own path as you grow in relationship with yourself. I’m in an ongoing process with myself, navigating change and reframing old habits, so I can live a life that’s more authentic and fulfilling. Who you become in the process is the greatest prize. Life is a reflection. 

Just as a disclaimer, I believe everyone is creative in their own unique way. You’re just in the process with it or not.

With the internet at your fingertips, the world is your oyster. There’s never been a better time in history to be a dreamer. Here’s the caveat: it’s going to take some grit to create this new world.

I love the lifestyle design process because it’s not a one-size fits all solution. There are many variables that influence the process and outcome, like your environment, personality, passions, values, upbringing, relationship to self and others, money, and habits. Most importantly, how you deal with change and who you are as you change. How do you face the unknown?

I’m here to help you get to know yourself better and see yourself more clearly, so you can navigate the changes in your life while you make your dreams a reality.

With every life stage, it’ll require different aspects of you. It’ll have a different set of responsibilities and lessons. We all grow at different rates. 

Having been raised by two earth signs, I’m all about practical, tangible tools to create a strong, resilient foundation that supports me in the ups and downs of life.  I’ve been that dreamer lost in a sea of mediocrity without knowing “how” to make my dreams come true. It sucked.

Work is one of those areas in life that we are collectively changing. Our personal work crisis is a microcosm of the environmental crisis. Personal sustainability is connected to ecological sustainability. It’s a cycle that’s unraveling and requiring restoration. 

When you create meaningful work, your attitude changes. It becomes a body of work that you craft. It doesn’t matter how many hours you put in, your calling nourishes you and your community. You fall in love with your process, even the bumps in the road because the realization from the obstacles is just what you need to see the next step. Even if you aren’t in the most fulfilling place, the through-line that connects you to your next thing is already in your life. It’s all connected.

Here’s a kick start to designing a life of self-fulfillment and meaning with a list of resources and links to clarify your values, explore your passions, and learn new skills. Make some yummy snacks, grab your favorite drink, cozy up, and spend an afternoon perusing through these links. Designate a journal just for lifestyle design. Here’s some homework that’s actually fun.

1. Know thyself. It all starts with you.

When I first started making this life change, I was hit hard with the realization that I wasn’t true to my values. My external reality didn’t reflect what I believed in. I rebuilt trust in myself as I honored my integrity and made decisions in alignment with my values. A life you love starts with small steps of intention and action. 

2. Support your journey with personal growth tools. 

Have tools like meditation, exercise, prayer, or journaling to help you manage the uncertainty. Self-care and gentleness are essential to the process.

3. Learn new skills.

I love the internet because education is accessible.  You can learn all kinds of valuable skills from industry leaders on marketing, entrepreneurship, coding, creativity, and arts+craft. You name it, and Google it.

  • Skillcrush (a great blog for starting a tech career with free downloadable guides)
  • Skillshare (3 months for $0.99)
  • Lynda (free 30-day trial)
  • Creative Live (classes on air and live are free to stream)
  • DIY Genius (website to help you design your own education & create your own job)

4. Grow a support system + build connections with like-minded folks.

I can’t emphasize the importance of community, especially if your family and friends don’t understand the dreamer side of you. When your immediate circle of friends get you and encourage you, it makes the ride much smoother.

 

5. Find role models who’ve set a benchmark for what you want to create. Soak in the inspiration and make it your own. 

6. Make sense of your experiences and see the greater meaning in it. Craft a body of work that deeply fulfills you. 

6. Digital Nomad (DN) Resources: Create a location-independent life; work and travel anywhere. 

 

I’ll be sharing many more resources and tips. Good things are coming. I’m in it for the long haul. Please introduce yourself in the comment section, and tell me where you’re from and what your dreams are. I’d LOVE to know.

You can also schedule a free 30-min coffee chat with me, where we talk about your creative pursuits, projects, processes and life changes. Let’s explore the unknown and create a beautiful world together. 

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