5 Steps to Creating a New Dream and the 100-Thing Challenge

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I have a pig calendar with pot belly pigs dressed up in costumes.

One of my favorite inscriptions within the calendar is: “When life gives you lemons, take it with a shot of tequila.”

This is my favorite inscription when dreams turn to sand in my hands.

Have you experienced the same thing?

You make plans.  You invest your heart and soul; Your blood, sweat and tears.  Then life happens.  You find yourself in a puddle – drowning and disappointed.

Perhaps it was a failed relationship or ending career;  Your kids turn out a little sideways or you lose yourself pursuing someone else’s dream rather than your own. But, how?

5 Steps to Building a New Dream:

  1. Grieve the death of your original dream.
  2. Dry your tears.
  3. Pick yourself up.
  4. Dust yourself off.
  5. Create a new dream. 

Change is a challenging pill.  Especially, when you are changing everything.

Change is never easy.  It is inconvenient, a mess and can be downright painful.

Forced change is a sign you’ve outgrown your current environment.  It’s time to live bigger.  But, how?

What is the first thing you can do when trying to live bigger? 

7 Day Media Fast

Society has such a dependency on media, we often lose connection with ourselves.

Believe in you, believe in your purpose and in honoring your path.  Take a 7 day media fast.  Get in tune with your heart, your minds and your soul.  Tap into a deeper relationship with yourself and those around you.  Connect with nature, spirit and what you truly desire in life.

The best way to do this is to tune out the noise.

What is the second thing you can do when trying to live bigger? 

The 100- Thing Challenge

What is the 100-Thing Challenge?

If you haven’t heard of this, it starts today.

Ghandi changed history in more ways than achieving Indian Independence.  Ghandi was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inspiration in the Civil Rights Movement.  Ghandi inspired nonviolent acts of rebellion.  He demonstrated the power of movement through peaceful action.

When Ghandi left his legacy, he also left beliefs and challenges.

His beliefs included simplicity, intention and minimalism.

At the time of his passing, Ghandi owned less than ten items.  It’s difficult to comprehend something like that in our society.  He had his glasses, food bowl, sandals and a watch.

He also left behind The 100-Thing Challenge.  The 100-Thing Challenge combines all three, with an emphasis on minimalism.

The 100 Thing Challenge, is performed by donating or auctioning off  ‘100 Things’ you own.

If you were pass on 100 items from your place of residence, what would they be?

Or better yet, what will they be?

Results from my ‘Living Bigger’ Activities

  1. During my media fast, I successfully purged over 1,000 items from my life.
  2. I donated 17 boxes of worthy items to charity.
  3. Time freedom allowed me to pour more energy into my relationships.  In order to honor our individual paths, sometimes those connections must be evaluated and sometimes, even out of love- they must be set free to find their bliss.
  4. I released relationships, sending each of them light and love.
  5. Financially, I executed a less expensive manner of living.  Between the choice to live paycheck to paycheck or not – true freedom lies in the “not.”  There are decisions you can make to harness your financial power.  For example, driving your car until it is beyond repair instead of bringing a new car payment into your budget.

In Conclusion…

What’s next for you?

Will you a new sense of balance?

Will you enjoy an adventure or two?

Will you true to your heart?

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