How a Day Planner Changed My Life

Christmas in August?

That’s what it felt like when the email arrived letting me know it was time to order my 2017 Desire Map day planner. 

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Since it launched a couple of years ago, the Desire Map planner has been my daily guide, and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say the time I spend with it every morning has transformed my life. 

Instead of focusing on the endless tasks and to-do lists, I now focus on how I most want to feel. Every single day.

“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

The Desire Map planner has made it easy for me to not only create a life I love, but more importantly, feel good while doing so.

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Once upon a time I was an obsessive planner.

Believe me when I say I tried them all: the systems, the styles, and of course, the beautiful leather binders. All designed to hold my schedule, and to-do lists.

I loved my planner.

I remember saying things like, “If it’s not in my planner, it’s not going to happen” and friends learned to ask, “Is it in your planner?” 

And then along came the iPhone and Google calendar, and as happens with a new love, I was swept off my feet.

I tried to keep my paper planner going, but things began to slip through the cracks, and by the end of that year, my long love affair with day planners came to an end.

Until the Desire Map planner.

I was doubtful I could return to paper as I’d gotten so used to doing everything digitally, but I said yes because I intuitively knew it would help me integrate my core desired feelings.

As a Desire Map facilitator, it was important for me to connect committedly to my CDFs until they were strong enough to act as a powerful and reliable guidance system. Think GPS for the soul.

Right away, it became clear that I wouldn’t use this new planner in the way I’d used my planners in the past.

It felt different somehow, special, and this helped me create a new morning practice to start my day.

What had once been a race to complete a list of tasks, appointments, and endless lists, became an opportunity to really consider how I wanted to feel given what was on my schedule.

That awareness changed everything.

Life slowed down and a new spaciousness appeared.

My emotions were fuller, more aligned, and I felt more myself than ever before.

My creativity began to flow in a way that left me crying tears of gratitude.

Because of a day planner.

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That first Desire Map planner still holds a special place in my heart because it had such a direct impact on the quality of my life.

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As much as I loved the planners of my past, a connection to my feelings had always been missing, and discovering a daily structure to plug me into my core desired feelings was like plugging me right into source energy.

The Desire Map planner puts your desires on the map, and helps you plan your days based on how you most want to feel.

Based on Danielle LaPorte’s much loved book, The Desire Map, this planner incorporates your emotions and your to-do list; your gratitude and your goals; your deepest desires with your day-to-day life.

While most of my schedule still lives on Google calendar, the rest of me comes to life in my Desire Map planner.

Part planner, part journal, it is the way I focus myself each day and choose how I want to feel about anything and everything in my life.

It has become my GPS to feeling good.

 


The 2017 planner comes in Daily and Weekly editions with two gorgeous covers:
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The DAILY planner for the highly scheduled, detailed thinkers, and awesome A-types who love keeping track of all the big and little things.

This is the one I use which takes you through the year day by day, with unique soul prompts to limber up your mind before you write, scheduling space, #Truthbombs, a Stop Doing list, and a super condensed list called 3 Things, so you can get your most important to-dos done.

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The WEEKLY planner is for the big dreamers, Creatives, and entrepreneurs — the planner-types who want a bird’s eye view of their week.

Sprinkled with prompts for positive declarations and #Truthbombs, the weekly spread also has space for your Core Desired Feelings, daily to-do’s, and a list of 3 Things. This planner also has an End of Week Check-in with unique Soul Prompts from Danielle and space for reflecting on life as you move through it week by week.

When you’re clear on how you want to feel, it’s so much easier to make decisions that feel good; choices that are aligned with who you really are.

That’s what this planner has done for me.

Buy yours today and start planning, and living a life you love. 

GET YOURS NOW

 

You’re in Charge of Your Own Healing

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You are in charge of your own healing.

It’s that simple, and that challenging.

It’s a challenge I know well after my own experience dealing with chronic joint pain.

Like most people, I began with the external and it made some difference. After a year of what seemed like endless chiropractic visits, bottles of Ibuprofen, and a lot of positive thinking, I felt a little bit better – and that pissed me off.

A year of time, money, and energy I barely had, and I only felt a little bit better.

I couldn’t figure it out. I was committed, doing what I was told to do, and still mostly feeling lousy.

Until one day I realized something huge…

I hate being told what to do.

I had given up responsibility for my own healing by relying on the external. I had given up any sense of power I had as I swallowed my intuition and focused on what others said.

That was hard for me to admit, but as soon as I did I began to feel better.

When I chose my core desired feeling Cherished it became the anchor to feeling good, and it helped me stop looking outside of myself for the answers.

Cherished helped me trust myself and I began to take better actions which inevitably led to feeling better in my body.

We are responsible for the choices we make, and we have the power to heal.

That’s not a blanket statement about ignoring traditional medical treatment, but for me, I had to choose how I wanted to feel first, and in that choice and commitment to feeling cherished, I took back my power.

I decided to be in charge of my healing.

I decided how I wanted to feel in my body.

I became very clear about what was essential and non-negotiable.

And I gave myself permission to do it my way.

It wasn’t the right way. It was the way that worked for me.

Today’s message:

Truthbomb: you are healing
Ascended Masters: Moses, take charge of the situation
Core Desired Feeling: Cherished

My Morning Ritual

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My mornings always begin the same.

Coffee in bed, dog at my feet, and a quick scan of emails and notifications. Contrary to what the experts say, this quick scan puts my mind at ease, and then I can get on with what really fuels my day: my morning ritual.

The ritual is the same every day, and in that sameness something deep and meaningful happens. I reveal what’s most important, a message coming straight from my soul. I may not always like the message, but inevitably as I sit with it I begin to see the lesson or break through the resistance.

The ritual begins with getting quiet. Some days I meditate, and some days I simply sit in the silence.

My favourite aspect of meditation is that it always plugs me into my core desired feeling, Spacious, and once that connection is made I pull a card from my Truthbomb deck as a way through the surface thoughts to the unexplored area of my subconscious. The thoughts and insights that come from this deeper place, I write in my Desire Map journal, a witness to my experience.

I write whatever comes through. No plan, no direction; just what flows given the opening I’ve created through the ritual.

The image above is an example, and there’s something about documenting the process with a photo that pulls it all together for me.

Today’s message:

Truthbomb: you heal me
Ascended Masters: Aengus, a Celtic God
Core Desired Feeling: Cherished

After a bit of reading on Aengus, I let myself wonder how this card relates to the Truthbomb, “you heal me”. Aengus is a Celtic god who helps soul mates and twin flames find each other. It’s said that the twin flame is the deepest form of love, and to form such a partnership you have to follow your own inner guidance, learn personal growth lessons, and have patience with divine timing.

Which led me here:

What if we are meant to be our own twin flame?

What if this is how we truly heal?

It’s common to look outside of ourselves for that one perfect soul mate, but what if our work is to be that for ourselves? Stop for a moment, and let that in.

Imagine a partnership with yourself in which you followed your inner wisdom, learned life lessons at a soul level, and developed patience with the divine and its timing.

My morning ritual is what makes new thoughts like this possible.

What’s important is to realize that this is not the best ritual. It’s the ritual that works for me.

Then I practice it daily until it becomes an act of devotion.

 

A Mantra for Love

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from Sanskrit – “sacred message or text, charm, spell, counsel,” literally “instrument of thought”

A couple of weeks ago I started saying “Zero judgement, all love.”

It never occurred to me that I’d created a mantra. It was simply a tool to help me focus.

For some time, it had been my intention to focus on self-love, first inspired by my core desired feeling cherished, and then by the Self-Love Evolution, the current round of the 100 Day Promise online program I’m teaching.

Zero judgement, all love – a lovely thought, isn’t it?

The truth is, it’s more than a thought – it’s a practice worth developing, because there are times when life repeatedly reminds us that it’s not always easy to choose it.

For it is a choice, and a way of living.

Zero judgement doesn’t mean I never feel judgement, but the mantra helped me notice and let go of my judgement with more ease.

The mantra has helped me slow down, step back, and notice how judgement feels in my body. Tight, and closed off, with a side of injustice brewing beneath the surface.

Tight and closed off are about as opposite from my core desired feelings as I can get.

Make your way back to love.

It’s not easy when I feel reactive, but step by step, I make my way back to feeling good, and feeling good eventually leads back to love. From love, I can choose consciously.

The choice is clear: react in the moment, or step back and respond.

Zero judgement, all love.

The key is to stop the judgement when we catch ourselves judging others, otherwise we create an endless loop of righteousness.

The mantra helps to shift your energy back to a vibration that feels good.

It’s a sacred tool to focus your attention, and whether you use a universal sound like om, a Sanskrit mantra, or a phrase you’ve made up, what’s most important is that it has meaning for you.

And isn’t that true for anything?

 

On Expectations (and the promise of 2015)

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: 1530s, from Middle French expectation or directly from Latin “anticipation, an awaiting”

It’s a shame that having expectations is so often perceived as negative.

Imagine shifting to the original meaning, “anticipation and awaiting”.

It reminds me of when a woman is pregnant and expecting. There’s a certainty that at the end of nine months she will give birth.

What if you brought that same sense of expecting to your life?

What would you give birth to this year?

“Promise yourself… To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.” – Christian D. Larson

For me, 2015 is truly a year where many of the expectations I’ve had are coming to life.

The anticipation has been building and I hardly have words for what this feels like.

On the one hand it’s overwhelming because really, why do all the seeds I’ve planted the past year have to sprout ALL AT THE SAME TIME?

On the other hand, I am so freakin’ grateful I can hardly breathe.

This is what happens when you do the work. When you show up day after day, even and especially when you don’t feel like it.

The practice of showing up for your life in this way always makes a difference. It can’t not do so.

This work of growing and living a life you love isn’t easy, but it IS the catalyst for growth.

It is what fuels the imaginal cells to complete the transformation, making the pain of change worthwhile.

Maya Angelou said, “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

On that note, here’s what you can expect from me in 2015:

More Desire

: My passion for helping you reclaim your experience of freedom in life is fed by my work with values and core desired feelings. It has been a privilege to lead the Desire Map revolution with Danielle LaPorte and her amazing team.

The coming year is paved for more collaborations and in-person retreats beginning with two retreats in April in the UK. Desire and embodiment are at the heart of these workshops.

More Writing

: With almost twenty years of experience and active participation in the world of personal development, I’ve got a lot to share and the time has come. I’ll be revamping my blog, getting more clear on specific topics and how I can be of service to you.

I’ve also begun work on a book that will bring together what I’ve learned about creating sustainable, effective change. Spring 2015 is about publishing!

More Promise

: The ability to change effectively and sustainably over time is essential to the work of personal growth. If we don’t make this a priority we’ll keep spending time and money on books and programs that ultimately make no difference.

It’s that simple. And that essential.

The next 100 Day Promise begins January 1, 2016 with the theme Living Abundance.

Last but not least…

More Love

I love this work with my heart and soul. I love how it connects me to you.

It’s easy and habitual to succumb to our fears. This year let’s practice choosing love together.

 

Thank you for being here.

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