I’ve said in the past that my mission is to help as many of you as I can to achieve your holistic wellness goals and live vibrant, fulfilled lives. Recently it occurred to me that I’ve never completely explained what I mean by this, so today’s the day that we’re going to talk about it.
I’m sure we all have our own ideas and examples of people who seem to be living life fully. Perhaps you’ve got an idea of what your own life might look like in a perfect world. That picture might seem like a fantasy, far different from where you are today. This is totally ok! I want you to know that living life to the fullest doesn’t mean you have to cure a terminal disease, end world hunger, fly to the moon, run marathons, regularly conquer mile-long daily to-do lists, or be the best x, y or z that ever lived. Of course, if those things are in your goals, then yes, perhaps living life to the fullest truly does involve achieving them. But put simply, to live a fulfilled life is really just about living life on your own terms, in a place where you feel that your actions align with your purpose. You feel true to yourself and seek out opportunities to grow across all aspects of your holistic health. This means intentional decisions when it comes to everything from the way you fuel and move your body, to your relationships, career, etc.
When you live life fully, you accept that you’re the captain of your ship, and that it’s your responsibility to make choices that feel meaningful to you.
Back when I worked at lululemon, one of the personal development courses I took covered the topic of personal legacy. The key takeaway from it was that your legacy isn’t something that you spend years planning out meticulously and then finally executing on one day. Rather, it’s the little things you do each and every day that add up to the legacy you leave behind
Much like your personal legacy, living life to the fullest isn’t about finally arriving at a destination. Sure, there might be some very significant milestones that bring you an incredible sense of fulfillment, but living life to the fullest is just as much about the little things you do every single day. This includes things like your nutrition choices, how you look after your body, the people you spend time with, and the ways you help to make the world a better place – even if those actions seem very small.
There’s a difference between living more fully and filling your days with more.
When you’re nearing the end of your life, you probably won’t look back and think “I wish I spent a few extra hours each day in the office”, or “I really didn’t do enough scrolling through my Instagram feed”. My hope in talking about living fully isn’t to suggest that you should create a long daily to-do list of activities, or cram more things into 24 hours. I love a good list, but I think we’ve all got plenty already!
Instead, I’m hoping that this post makes you think about what living every day more fully would feel and look like.
This week I encourage you to think about…
- What are the things you’re currently doing that fill your time but aren’t leaving you feeling fulfilled?
- What’s making you feel obligated to do those things?
- What would your days look like if you really were living life fully, intentionally and vibrantly? How would you feel? Would you smile and laugh more? Would you spend more time with specific people? Would you get involved with a cause or learn something you’ve been curious about but haven’t yet pursued?
- What would life feel like a week, a month, and 6 months from now if you were to start incorporating these daily intentional actions now? For example, intentionally going to bed 15 minutes earlier each nigh might have these results:
- After 1 week… You’ve accumulated 1 hour and 45 minutes more sleep, and start the next week with a little more pep in your step.
- After 1 month… You’ve accumulated 7 more hours of sleep (close to a full night’s worth). You’ve done less late-night mindless snacking and getting out of bed in the morning doesn’t feel so deathly any more. You feel mentally more clear and the little things that used to stress you out don’t seem as unbearable now.
- After 6 months… You’ve completely stopped your late-night mindless snacking habit, and as a result, your sleep quality is better because your digestive system isn’t trying to do its job while the rest of you is trying to sleep. Oh, and your jeans fit better.
If you’re loving this self-exploration, get excited because the next step is coming up next week. Until then, have a think about the questions above. Feel free to journal or chat about your answers with a friend, or if you like, you can email your thoughts to me here! I’d love to hear what comes up for you. I really enjoy digging into this kind of work in December because it gets me excited about continuing to grow in the new year. I hope you have fun with it too!