How to Design an Intentional Life
Sometimes I really wish there was a manual to live life.
Then I realize that there is already a manual that most people usually follow.
That manual tends to have these milestones or checklists, usually with an age-related timeline:
- good grades,
- fancy degree,
- well-paying job,
- loving marriage,
- raising kids,
and so on.
But that is not the manual I mean.
What I meant is a manual to live a more authentic, intentional life. Something which helps me live, and not just survives through the above milestones.
In my quest, I have come across many self-help books, articles, blogs, and movies on purpose and meaning.
It is not an easy task and it requires a combination of both head and heart.
However, sometimes it helps to take a very methodical approach using your head before you can get in tune with your heart.
The following article does exactly that.
Article of the week: How to Design and Live an Intentional Life
In this article, the author Justin Welsh shares his learnings from designing an intentional life. He lays down 9 key life-changing drivers and breaks them down into 3 groups:
Purpose– Time, Motivation, Environment
Discipline– Ownership, Change, Habits
Action– Creation, Opportunity, Momentum
While the ideal reader of the article would be the self-employed, online creators, the framework is still applicable to most people irrespective of their profession.
Tweet of the Week: 6 Hallmarks of Happiness
Since we are on the topic of intentional life, let’s not forget about happiness. This tweet thread talks about 6 traits of happy people:
- They live modestly.
- They have committed long-term relationships.
- They are fit.
- They have multiple passionate pursuits.
- They help others.
- They say no. A lot.
While it might sound like an over-simplification, I doubt someone would be unhappy if they embody the above traits.
Book of the Week: The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library is a heartwarming, fantasy novel about the choices that go into a life well-lived. It tells the story of a 35-year-old woman who leads a fairly monotonous life.
One night, her despair reaches a peak point and she finds herself in a midnight library where she has a chance to make things right.
If you are looking for an engaging, uplifting weekend read, this might be the one!
That is all from me this week!
Until next time