DESIGN MY LIFE: help make other people’s lives better

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing my life intentions. For me, this is one of the foundational aspects of designing a life with intention. When people ask me how to live intentionally, I usually go back to this core concept.

There is a good chance if we don’t consciously choose the direction we want our lives to head, life will end up taking us in a different direction. And if we aren’t careful, we can find ourselves climbing a ladder leaning against one building; wishing we had climbed a different ladder on a different building (thanks, Mr. Covey).

Deciding what intentions I want to have for my life is the way I create the lifestyle I want to live. None of my intentions are extremely “big goal” oriented. Each one is focused on my daily habits, actions, and choices.

I leave my “big goal” thinking to my Future Letters.

In case you are interested in the first four intentions, can find them here:

Work in a balanced way

Am in a committed relationship

Listen to and honor my body

Connect to my spirit

Okay, now it’s time to wrap it up with how I’ve designed my life to help other people.

The urge to help other people is pretty self-explanatory. It’s part of the purpose equation and has a big place in my understanding of my own life’s meaning.

I am meant to help people design lives with intention. And this aspect of my principals highlights this aim.

For me to help people daily, I spend my time helping friends with difficult situations when they need it. I also try to help Mr. Lively (perhaps too much, at times). So I’m learning to keep this intention in check in our relationship.

I also of course, spend my time writing daily here on MML! It is the first thing beyond email reading that I usually do for work. I love coming here, hoping to serve.

In addition, I am now consulting and holding our BWI workshops which are immensely rewarding. I feel so “in the zone” when I’m helping people with their businesses. It’s a true blessing and gift I am so incredibly thankful for.

And even Jess LC helps people as well. I love that the prints we design inspire people to be brave. Or that our jewelry can be a part of a wedding for a new bride. What’s more, I love the ability to teach our interns how to run a small business.

So there you have it. People often ask me “how I do what I do” and the honest truth is that I think a lot about what I want my life to be like. And then I design my life around that vision or intention. 

It’s a slow, stumbling process. Sometimes changes take years to really sink in. Sometimes I question everything and go in a new direction. Sometimes I feel lost. But then I listen to my gut and do the best that I can.

It’s not easy, but it’s always worth it.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Dear Jess,
    Yours is one of those blogs I fell in accidentally (one link took to the other) and ended up reading all about it!!!
    Your spirit and positiveness is inspiring and exquisite to read.
    I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I’m fascinated by how even though we’re miles away and were raised in such different cultures the feelings, concerns and life objectives are pretty much the same.
    I’m looking forward reading more of your posts in the future.
    I’ll be around. Regards from the south! Lady Verbena

  2. Dear Jess,
    Yours is one of those blogs I fell in accidentally (one link took to the other) and ended up reading all about it!!!
    Your spirit and positiveness is inspiring and exquisite to read.
    I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I’m fascinated by how even though we’re miles away and were raised in such different cultures the feelings, concerns and life objectives are pretty much the same.
    I’m looking forward reading more of your posts in the future.
    I’ll be around. Regards from the south! Lady Verbena

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