*Note: I really, really hope you read the title of this post to the tune of David Bowie's "Changes." If you have no clue what I'm talking about, I apologize*

Last week, in honor of the month of Thanksgiving, I promised to share with you some of the things for which I am grateful. Today, those things are...

  • courageous, thoughtful texts from friends
  • soaking up the last warm days of fall with time outdoors and letting work wait
  • 9:30 bedtimes and waking up before the alarm
  • clients that make me swell with pride and deep appreciation for what I get to do
  • coffee... always thankful for coffee

If you're journaling these thoughts along with me, I'd bet your looking for a change... a change of heart or mind. You probably want to recognize all the great things in your life so you can experience greater happiness and appreciation, or something like that.

To make changes in our lives, we have to intentionally make choices. 

This applies to a multitude of areas:

  • if we want to lose weight, we have to choose to eat healthier foods and exercise regularly
  • if we want to become friends with someone, we have to choose to reach out to that person and make plans for lunch
  • if we want to go on a cruise next year, we have to choose to save money now

I could numbly start my morning going straight for the caffeine and sitting down at the computer to answer emails (which I, unfortunately, sometimes do), or I can make the choice to begin my day reading encouraging words and cultivating a grateful heart by writing out just a few simple things that make life good. It may seem like a simple decision, but those first 30 minutes can change the entire course of my day.

When we make the choice to live with purpose and on purpose, life begins to take a different shape.

We no longer watch as days and weeks slip through our fingers like sand. We aren't filled with bad attitudes or anxiety or jealousy or feelings of being overwhelmed (although they still creep in occasionally, and we have to combat them). Instead, we find ourselves growing, achieving our goals (even the ones that seemed so distant and impossible), and watching what matters rise to the surface.

P.S. Living on purpose doesn't necessarily require major alterations to your lifestyle. Sometimes, just a simple tool or a few minutes over time can result in big changes - in your attitude, your physical and emotional well-being, your relationships, and your work. This little notepad is one of my favorite new tools for starting my day with intention. I fill it first thing in the morning with my top priorities and clear goals and end the day with a sense of accomplishment and moving forward.

Start with the baby steps, y'all. What small thing will you do today to start living on purpose? What will you be able to experience or achieve when you begin living with intention?

Also: Living with Intention and Discovering Gratitude