No. 145

2 Simple Questions to Help You Make Space for Your Future

I realized that if ever wanted to gain control of my life (see my last post), I needed to start by scheduling time for me first. Because there will always be work, there will always be emails to answer, there will always be a myriad of little tasks that will take up time.

To live in the future, I had to start with my present.

No change happens overnight, but it became obvious to me that I had to change the way I prioritized if I wanted the future I so dream about to arrive. And all of that starts with intention.

So, I asked myself two key questions:

1. What can I eliminate from my life?

What were all the little things hovering around the periphery of my attention that silently drained me? I drafted a list, and then I took some advice I’ve been hearing for a long time and placed an ad for a personal assistant. The right one hasn’t manifested quite yet, but I know she will. Just the thought of being able to eliminate the items on that list has let me breathe easier and see where there is space.

2. What feeds my soul?

In years past, I’ve made New Years and Birthday resolution lists that have been largely composed of things I thought I should be doing, like running a half marathon or learning another language. But once you’ve had all of your personal time stolen from you, your perspective shifts. These days, anything that makes it onto my calendar has to be precious to me. Calls with friends. Time wandering around art museums. Hours spend exploring somewhere new.

 My future arrives now.

I’m done putting off my happiness until I have everything in my business figured out. My business is always going to be evolving, and there will always be work to do for it. But if I keep postponing my life? I’ll just watch it pass me by entirely. And that’s not something I’m willing to accept.

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

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