All Posts in “Meaningful Work”

Competing Passions

“…life is better when you possess a sustaining practice that holds your desire, demands your attention, and requires effort..” – Malamud Smith

Over the past three years, since committing to traveling a journey of intentional self growth, it’s been a constant process of sorting through what’s essential and what’s not.

By essential I mean, the things that I value and cherish most. They are the areas of my life that bring about my true self. It’s a process of saying ‘no’ to the things that don’t fall into these areas and saying ‘yes’ to the things that do.

But now that I’ve traveled a great distance and able to surface my priorities and passions at this stage of my life, I’ve approached yet another quest this journey is asking for.

Think Differently About Work

Work. Monday through Friday. Getting up in the morning. Heading to a state of mind that wants to hurriedly get through the day’s tasks. Paying attention to the clock, constantly. Five o’clock strikes. Finally we can start the day we actually want to live.

That’s balancing work and life.

As this is a typical mindset for a lot of us, stepping back and thinking about the picture that was just painted is disgraceful. What’s essential to understand is that the work you do—whether you find joy in it or not—is your life.

Growth Mindset

Mindset change is not about picking up a few pointers here and there. It’s about seeing things in a new way… — Carol S. Dweck

The voice that leads your inner dialogue serves as the compass in how you live your life. The mindset in which you see the world around you holds the keys to personal transformation. You either see it as fixed or you see it as an opportunity to evolve, to thrive in uncertainty.

The Art of Work

Living an intentional life shifts the lens in which you see the world, your world. You get to a place of letting go. You trust the process in knowing that somehow, when looking back, the dots will align.

The failures, the struggles and the hardships you find yourself in are all part of your story. Traveling a journey of intentional self growth you come to accept that there will be dark times while also knowing that the light shines brighter on the other side.

It’s up to you, however, to let your life speak. It’s up to you to listen, to lean into your fears that cast over you. To find the courage in pushing through them.