“I just want to be a whole person.”
I was sitting with my next door neighbor, Chris, in a Walmart parking lot. He was handing me wrinkled Subway tissues for my wet eyes and cheeks.
It was three years ago.
I was born with a genetic chronic disease. Among other symptoms, I am highly susceptible to stress, which disrupts neurological signals and triggers anxiety, fatigue, and a host of physical symptoms. Basically, I’m tightly wound. And I’ve spent my whole life trying to get it together.
The more millennials I talk to, the more I realize it isn’t just me. I’m part of a generation terrified of debt but carrying several college loans. We’re afraid of divorce but using four dating apps. We’re afraid of stifling ourselves in the 40 hour cubical workweek but equally afraid of our startup failing. Our self-expectations are arm wrestling with the fear of failure.
And the way we look for relief just gets more complicated. Self-help is now a bookstore labyrinth with one ideology clashing with another, and almost every abstract method for success is just barely out of reach.
Wellness, and what we millennials are supposed to do to obtain it, is also complicated. I had plunged myself into the health world. After spending over $5K on health supplements and developing a strict daily regime including therapies like acupressure, dry skin brushing, and being on a vegan vegetarian raw gluten-free sugar-free non-GMO soy-free BPA-free certified organic aluminum-free diet, I realized my “healthy” lifestyle was spinning me deeper into anxiety.
I needed to find my reset button.
So I cut it all off.
I quit the “normal” life.
Today, I’m deep in a journey focused on living well.
It’s the no bull approach.
Plain and simple living.
I’m about cutting out the chaos, the clutter, the excess, and the excuses. And then, rediscovering what makes my heart thump in my chest. The busyness of the day-to-day has buried our vision for life, and I’m about reclaiming that vision.
My twelve month Year of Intention starts now. I’m doing a month-by-month inventory of my relationships, habits, goals, finances, living spaces, and life vision. The ugly and the useless go out. And the simple, the meaningful, and the good stay put.
So far, it’s completely changed my entire life.
Are you with me on this?
If you feel like you’ve been missing out due to “being busy,” come with me.
(Spoiler alert: that neighbor guy Chris? We're getting married.)
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