I just finished a GREAT little book (& quick read) with a ton of focus on YOU … Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life by Keri Smith. The book was born out of a column she wrote that “attracted a following of people who shared a common goal: to find the courage to make a living doing what they love.”

Living Out Loud by Keri Smith

The first activity that called to me was the “Unlimited Life Plan: Determining a Destination.”

Keri writes “How do we create the life & career we want? Where do we start? In order to manifest new energy and success in our lives we need to create a detailed image of what the next destination looks like and formalize a map for getting there… Begin by creating a detailed image of your ideal life. Put it on paper; make it as full and as decadent as you wish. Dream big. Age is not a factor. You can reinvent your life at any time. Answer the following questions as if you were already living your ideal life. Get into character! Think big! Its your ideal life – you can pretend anything! (Or just start writing stream of consciousness!)”

Check out the questions below. I’ll share more with you when I finish my ‘plan’ but as I’ve started writing its exciting & exhilarating for those looking for their NEXT STEP!

  • Where do you live? Describe what your home looks like.
  • What kind of people have you surrounded yourself with?
  • Who are your best friends? what makes those relationships work?
  • What do you do on a daily basis that fulfills your emotional, spiritual, and physical needs?
  • How do you enjoy your spare time?
  • Look at the clothes you are wearing. What do they say about you?
  • How would you describe your chose profession?
  • Describe your work setting.
  • Whom do you work with?
  • Describe your ideal client and your ideal working relationship.
  • What do you enjoy most about your career?
  • How much money do you make?
  • What do you spend your money on?
  • Have you acquired any awards or honors?
  • Describe how you think your peers view you.
  • How do you view yourself?
  • What do your admirers say about you and your work?
  • What would you like to contribute to your field?
  • What would you like to contribute to your community?

Check out Keri’s website too… she’s got a great blog and other books!