Peg Conley has been an artist all her life, her watercolours are beautiful. After being a part of the corporate world for 25 years, Peg had an aha! moment after telling herself, “Imagine the life you want to live, then live it. It’s that simple.” Along with her family’s support, she was able her to move to San Francisco to pursue art and start a business based on her artisan stationery.
Now she’s written about making our goals happen; have you ever had the means to meet a goal or fulfill a dream but couldn’t find that bit of motivation to take that first step? Imagine the Life You’d Love to Live, Then Live It could be just the kick start you need.
Separated into 52 chapters that offer both small steps and huge leaps in growth and advice for each week of the year each chapter is carefully crafted to offer words of wisdom and encouragement in Peg’s quietly reflective voice. I recently started journalling as a way to help me map some of my bigger life goals and work out the direction I’d like to take my working life in as well as our family life, I suppose doing this has helped me to be more mindful and work on my ‘presence’. Peg’s chapter on journalling is a great way to get started and is probably one of my favourite chapters.
An inspirational read
Talking to friends about what I’ve been reading has sparked some really interesting conversations, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite lines from the book to give you a flavour:
There’s an exercise in the book about visioning – “imagine, what will your life be like in 10 years if you stay within your comfort zone? What if, instead you continually expand your boundaries from the comfort zone to the courage zone” – this exercise really helped me to set some solid goals for 2015, Conley includes quotes about courage to inspire and encourage and I felt re-energised after some very tough weeks at work where I felt I’d lost my sense of purpose.
There’s also a section on creating a calming space in the home that inspired me to reclaim our bedroom from toys, Conley asks “where can you find a physical space that can become a sanctuary for you to retreat to?” – I feel like my head can feel cluttered if I don’t have somewhere calm to think so this section really made me think about other areas of the house that I could keep less cluttered to release my mind from clutter too!
And finally another great chapter for the New Year is about doing something to discipline yourself, this appeals to me as I tend to procrastinate and put things off but I 100% feel great about myself if I kick a habit or manage to start a new one. Conley uses the idea that you can “do anything for 15 minutes” to shift the inner voice that says “I can’t”
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I haven’t set any goals this year. I’m just going to do my best everyday with what life throws me
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My 2015 New Year’s Resolution is to have a more optimistic outlook on life and to focus on the postitives rather than the negatives. I think this will help me to become a healthier and happier person and make me a good role model to my children. Up to now, I have always had a tendency to look on the black side or have blamed myself when things have gone wrong. I would love to change!
To spend more time with my family and not to get involved in others drama
To put myself forward in my work to learn new skills and be considered for other roles.
To help as many people as possible to reach their goals and to install confidence and self worth.
To get healthy and to sort my house out
to be more relaxed and chilled about things
To pay off my catalogue debt
Work Hard : Play Hard
At the moment, my biggest goal is to learn to live in the moment and stop worrying about the future so much
1. To cycle more than 500 miles
2. To weigh 1st less than at the start of the day
3. To read at least 36 books
Mine are from the Smile Collective:
Eat less, move more
Buy less, make more
Stress less, laugh more
Feel blessed, love more
Find a quiet spot every day and breathe
My goals are to sit around the house less and go out and try more things
Declutter and try minimalist living.
to lose weight maybe give up smoking and to be healthier mentally x
I want to take charge of my life more
I would love to face my fears this year!
To be healthier
for 2015 I want to lose 3 stone, be more positive about my outlook on life and enjoy my newborn daughter as Inever thought she would make it here. xxx
To loose some weight and get better.
to lose weight
My aims for 2015 are to stop doubting myself and to beat my health anxiety!
My goal is to be an Eagle and not a Duck
to be a more positive person, to have a promotion (which i have already got was told on thursday) and to move houses.
I want to get more organised and eat more healthily
My goal is to keep going to the gym and to get fitter.
To get a job, to move into my own home, to lose weight and to make new friends.