How Starting a Blog Helped Me to Live More Intentionally
Eight months ago, with the beginning of an idea, I started a blog. I had recently completed Seth Godin’s altMBA and had been inspired to start creating something. The idea of being able to say, “I made that,” filled me with equal parts excitement and dread. During the altMBA I had also been challenged to take more control of my life, to be more intentional with the use of my time and energy. Thus, Thriving Intentionally was born.
The commitment to post every week is something that I set for myself. There is nobody holding me accountable to that goal, there is simply me, my thoughts, and my own self-discipline. There are no consequences for missing a week, other than my own disappointment. The blog was meant to be an outlet, a place to discuss what I was learning and how I was growing on this journey to live life more intentionally. What I didn’t expect was how big of a role the blog itself would have on my attempt at living more intentionally.
It’s all about perspective and reflection.
The overall theme of “thriving intentionally in every area of life” is quite broad. Each week I need to come up with something specific to write about and I like to tie it into what’s happening in my life at that time. As a result, I’m pushed to evaluate my days, my interactions, experiences, and actions in more detail. With this perspective, I’m focused on lessons I can learn, areas where I can grow, and changes I can make.
This reflection happens as I look back and assess, but then is deepened as I write about it. When I write, I’m trying to tie in lessons I’ve learned from others with my own experiences and the time spent processing these things allows for these lessons to really sink in, to become applicable to my life in real ways.
This has become especially helpful in the alternate weeks where I discuss what I’ve learned from the various books I’m reading. I’m a big believer in the power of reading, but it is often too easy to enjoy a book while reading it, and then never think about it again. When I know I’m going to be writing about a book, I approach it differently – more intentionally. Instead of reading the book and looking for those broad lessons, I’m looking for specific takeaways, practical lessons I can immediately apply to my life. I’ve also learned that I don’t have to enjoy an entire book in order to learn one or two things from it.
Now if you’re on the journey of trying to thrive intentionally, I’m not saying you have to start a blog. The key is the shift in perspective and the reflection. There are different ways to achieve this. Perhaps you can start journaling, or share your goal with someone who is willing to hold you accountable and is someone you can have regular conversations with. I was expecting this blog to be an outlet as I started this journey, I didn’t expect it to be the main thing keeping me on track.
What can you implement in your life to shift your perspective and focus your reflection?