6 Questions That Can Help You Determine Your Calling

During a recent coffee date, a friend congratulated me on this blog.  She said it’s wonderful for me to share the content that I do, and that I am fortunate to have found a way to contribute to the world that is meaningful to me.  I felt honored by the compliment.  Then she told me she was happy with her life, but that she feels she is not pursuing her calling.  Furthermore, she has no idea what her calling is.

I love personal reflection and looking to more deeply know myself.  The idea of finding my calling has been on my mind since my late twenties.  I have read a plethora of articles and books on this very topic.  Below is a series of questions I feel helped me find some answers.  I advise people to consider them if they also want more clarity on how to align with their life’s purpose. Continue reading

Get a Side Hustle

My journey to abundance is taking all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. It started with going underwater on my mortgage, took a detour into credit card and car loan territory, explored high end consumerism and then crossed into Ramsey land with the precise goal of getting debt free. I have also downsized my belongings, which encourages spending less. While spending less is a sure-fired way to increase net worth over time, my urgency to be debt free got me thinking about how I could speed up my progress. Continue reading

Act When Inspired & Embrace How it Feels

Have you ever felt inspired to do something and time seems to dissolve when you get to work on it?  Not only do you get into a zone, but you also feel hypnotized by the work underway.  I’ve experienced this countless times in my life.  It started in school when doing science homework, usually leading to “a-ha! moments” when a complex lesson rooted into my understanding.  While I no longer study physics, I still experience this high-flying sensation when working, considering philosophy, and while writing.

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Oprah’s Productivity Rules

Fast Company’s November 2015 issue shared with its readers the “secrets of the most productive people.”  Oprah Winfrey graced the cover, and expressed her productivity secrets throughout an interview with J.J. McCorvey on how she resuscitated her once struggling OWN network.

The start of the article tells how McCorvey was caught off guard when Oprah asked, “So, what’s your intention here with me?”  Even though I’m amazed a journalist interviewing Oprah was surprised by such a basic question, it was a pointed way to begin the article Continue reading

Getting Things Done & Email Productivity

David Allen believes he mastered the art of Getting Things Done.  In his book, he puts forward some valuable tips.  One in particular is how to handle email.  Before I outline his email process, however, I will explain his philosophy regarding stress free productivity.  As I applied several of his techniques, my own stress decreased, and that is a great feeling.

Allen explains that  when we juggle multiple projects, jobs, personal responsibilities, and household chores we can become overwhelmed by “loose ends.”  Continue reading