The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom is by Miguel Ruiz.
A year ago, almost to the day, the hurt I was going through caused by a breakup came to head. There seems to be a theme of writing letters to those who’ve hurt you in order to heal oneself. I’ve written numerous letters, not all of which got sent. I hid more letters than I sent out to the universe towards this person, and many more letters that I wrote to others (again, not all were sent) who only helped to heighten the pain, hurt, and betrayal. This time I decided to write a letter to share with all of you about my thoughts and feelings regarding what happened, and I hope those involved read it and take it to heart, too.
The First Agreement: Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
What is S.M.A.R.T. goal setting? It’s setting a goal for a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, and Results-focused Time frame. Typical time frames vary from a few weeks to a few months. In some cases, the time frame for a goal may be a year or more. It all depends upon the goal. This is the system I used for some of the goals I have on my vision board but a few of them are not following S.M.A.R.T. system very well, if at all. And I think that’s okay.
Vision Board and Evidence Book
In my post about Vision Boards, I mentioned that I had set and represented nine goals on my personal vision board. Each of the nine goals relates to a specific topic or idea according to Feng Shui Bagua. (Read what the nine areas are in this post.) So what are my nine goals represented on my personal vision board?
To the left is an image of my vision board (without evidence book) that I recreated recently after creating a first draft vision board with some friends in Mid-December.
A vision board is a collection of images found and clipped from magazines, the internet, or drawings that represent what you want or would like to manifest and have in your life. Sometimes it includes all three types of images. The images are pasted onto a poster board and hung on a wall to help with daily visualization of possessing the items in those images. A recent online seminar revealed a commonly overlooked feature of vision boards that often leads to dissatisfaction: pairing the images down to only one per nine focal areas.
What are the Nine Focus Areas?
The nine focal areas, which should be presented on a vision board from left to right starting in the upper left corner are:Read more
The challenge from 100happydays.com is simple: post a picture of something that makes you happy each day for 100 days in a row. The pictures do not have to be posted publicly. A key to remember during this challenge is that it’s for you, personally, not to please others.
Why I Participated
I wanted to find out for myself if I could do it, for one. I also wanted to challenge myself to find something that made me, individually, happy everyday after struggling with a few heavy depression episodes over the last two years following a disastrously messy breakup.
This was an eye-opening challenge for me. I rediscovered pieces of myself that I’d hidden away due to fear. I reminded myself of things I have that I need to remember to be grateful for and appreciate more. I learned of new opportunities and experiences to look forward to in the coming years. The biggest lesson I learned, though, and the lesson I hope everyone learns when taking up this challenge is learning to love yourself. Because how can you possibly expect to love others, entirely, if you don’t know how to love yourself first?