Short story on the power of intention. In the first few months of 2016 my husband and I hit a pretty major crossroad both personally and professionally. We knew there was no longer any other option than to create HUGE change in our lives. Utilizing talk therapy, a combined yoga practice/date night every Wednesday, among other things, we underwent massive breakdown of old habits - one of which was not being honest. Not only with one another, but ourselves about what we really wanted in our lives, both individually and as a couple. I think most of you who are married or are in long term commitments know - this is no easy task!
When did we start lying to ourselves about what we really wanted out of life?? When did we start living someone else's story?
In April 2016 we started talking about the ways we wanted to begin living our dream life NOW. And here was the basic gist:
-Financial Freedom (getting out of debt)
-Lynn: shift private practice in some way
-Zach: change jobs or start own business
-Lynn: travel abroad and feed artistic side
-Zach: have a woodworking studio/free time to build
-Have a more fun/adventurous partnership
-Create the home we really want or move
-Feeling like we had TIME to do the things we really wanted
-Make vacation a way of life - not something to do only when we're burnt out once/year
While we differed on whether it was a list of "intentions" or simply a list of goals, I marked the start date in our online calendar - April 1, 2017 - "Time to Start a New Life". This in my mind was the deadline - or perhaps birth date in this case. If all else failed I felt we should quit our jobs, sell everything and become nomads.
Fast forward through a challenging 2016 - full of many peaks and valleys, accomplishments and struggle. It's the end of February 2017, I'm again looking at my online calendar and typing some appointments into April when I notice what I wrote... every day that month. Then it hit me.....
HOLY SHIT!!! Every intention we had set had come true or was coming true and then some!
This weekend my husband and I agreed wholeheartedly it really did FEEL like a whole new life had begun. AND now seeing it every day on our calendar has brought a whole new sense of excitement to our daily lives. While there are still things to accomplish..... it's happening!!!!!!!
Moral of the story: The power of aligning your life with the truth of your heart and soul's purpose- works! Seriously.
Terri Lynn Perry is a Dream Weaver, Facilitator of Sacred Spaces, Artist and Traveler living in Olympia, WA.