I am turning fab fifty soon! It is so strange to realize that fifty years of my life have passed by. I honestly do not feel 50, but then again, I have never been 50 before!
The few body and mind changes that have occurred, starting since my thirties, have been surprising in some ways and discouraging in others. Yet, I feel great inside and out and am hopeful about what the future holds.
Do I sometimes get drawn into the darkness and begin to feel like there is no point in pushing through the hard times and finding enthusiasm in the changes physically, emotionally, and otherwise? Absolutely! I think this is normal. It is all part of the aging process. It’s all part of life happening.
Part of my 50th year celebration is defining ways to live the next 50 years or so in the best way possible! Here’s my action plan.
1 Say no or yes based on what is best for me and serves my higher good.
2 Keep and set boundaries that allow me to practice self love.
3 Live intentionally each day.
4 Maintain my focus on my spiritual, physical, and mental health.
5 Try new things that will help me grow and challenge me.
6 Pursue new opportunities to learn and expand my mind.
7 Enjoy more of everything I like including people, experiences, food, and so on.
8 Slow down and take deep breaths as needed.
9 Continue to write my story about what life has taught me. Share it with others to encourage and inspire them.
10 Tap into my creativity.
11 Practice opening my heart and mind to different and new possibilities.
12 Give more of myself after I care for my personal needs such as volunteering and sharing, etc.
13 Stretch myself in ways I never imagined without taking on too much.
14 Risk in ways that will not set me back or cause irreparable harm.
15 Reach out to others more often, whether those I know or those I come across randomly.
16 Practice regular healing techniques.
17 Explore new healing techniques.
18 Free my mind from an unhealthy and shaming body image.
19 Build a financial comfort zone that will sustain me and allow me to give and thrive.
20 Teach others what I know when they may need support and encouragement.
21 Practice forgiveness more often towards myself and others.
22 Discover new ways to express love.
23 Practice being quiet more often.
24 Practice letting go of attachments.
25 Release old ways of thinking and doing that no longer serve me.
26 Practice deeper meditation.
27 Continue to develop my relationship with God and deepen my spirituality.
28 Practice letting go of assumptions.
29 Intentionally search my core to align my heart, mind, and soul.
30 Create more purposeful interactions.
31 Treat myself the way I would treat someone I deeply love.
32 Practice walking away sooner rather than later when someone or something is not good for me.
33 Expect the best.
34 Expect miracles.
35 Practice more enthusiasm.
36 Practice feeling and being joyful.
37 Discover ways to increase my confidence.
38 Keep a pulse on my feelings of self worth.
39 Practice not allowing others to affect my confidence or self esteem.
40 Practice gratitude.
41 Express my appreciation towards others more frequently.
42 Continue practicing acceptance of the things I cannot change.
43 Stop taking responsibility for the circumstances and people that are not my responsibility.
44 Allow myself to be free from anyone and anything holding me back or down.
45 Pray more and with more intention.
46 Continue to believe that everything is unfolding in perfect timing .
47 Continue to believe that life circumstances (including the hard things) work together for good.
48 Practice awareness of self and whatever is happening around me.
49 Find comfort and peace when I need it. Seek solace in healthy ways.
50 Practice learning to love self and others where they are.
What is your intention? How do you choose to live your best life?
Angela Davis Schaefers is a speaker, writer and producer and host of Your Story Matters show. She speaks as keynote for organizations and at events and speaks to groups to inspire them. She is a TEDx speaker- Your Story Matters Creating Connection & Collaboration Through Sharing Your Story. Angela is author of Your Story Matters You Matter A guide to healing, learning from and sharing your story. She has also co-authored several books, writes for online publications and blogs. She has previously counseled families, couples, children and individuals, and has provided career and personal development coaching. She has worked with and consulted with various non-profit organizations, government entities and the corporate sector. Contact – Books
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