How Do You Figure Out the Next Right Thing?

  1. When reading this post, was there anything in particular that came to mind in terms of what you wish you could be doing? How about in terms of what you know isn’t serving you? If so, that’s a pretty good indication of what your intuition’s trying to tell you ;) Write it down, and be honest with yourself. We almost always intuitively know what is or isn’t working — we just tend to ignore it because a.) we’ve been told (and believe) the pursuit isn’t worthy enough, b.) we’ve been told (and believe) we’re not worthy enough, c.) we’re afraid of failure, or d.) we’re afraid of success. Remember, change is difficult and oftentimes scary, but it can also be one of the most important things that can happen to us because it can be the thing that brings us into our full, joyful, and authentic power.
  2. Write a list of things you want to do with your life. It can be as long or short as you want, and can make up things you’ve always wanted to do, or things you’ve only recently been thinking of trying. A few examples would be going skydiving, taking up a new instrument, trying a new recipe, getting certified in a new area of your profession, starting a garden, or taking your kids rollerblading. Put this list up somewhere you’ll see often.
  3. Next, which of the things you wrote down could you actually accomplish this year? What about this month? What about today? Actually write those things into your calendar. Request a day off and take your partner on a date. Mow the lawn next week and go skating with the kids. Wake up an hour early and start writing that story. Skip ordering takeout and save the money for that class you think you can’t afford. And remember to pay attention to the excuses you give yourself as to why you can’t or shouldn’t do something. (I say excuses, by the way, because they almost always are just that — excuses.) When it really comes down to it, sometimes we just need to put the pedal to the metal and prioritize our desires/our calling just as much as we prioritize our responsibilities.

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Stories of COVID-19

Stories of COVID-19

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My name’s Julia. I’m a writer, and these are my COVID-19 weekly letters of encouragement.