15 Weeks to Create An “Authentic” Self: Authentic Vision Board, Authentic Journal, & Authentic Schedule

"And what I was feeling was the wonder of being more than me.  I had become a chiming star, a burning nova, exploding love." - Walter Myers
“And what I was feeling was the wonder of being more than me. I had become a chiming star, a burning nova, exploding love.” – Walter Myers

In 15 weeks, I will have yet another birthday.  I am over 50, and have decided that when I hit my next birthday I will be the person I want to be for the next 1/2 century of my life. In other words, I want to create my authentic self.  I am at the point in my life that I want to change those things about myself that I don’t like. Now it is my time.  It is my time to use my time to carve out a piece of the world for myself.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have lived a life trying to please other people.  It hasn’t worked.  I find that as I get older, I have become less interested in pleasing others and more interested in transforming my life to my liking.  I will search out the company of people who celebrate me, and avoid the company of people who just tolerate me.  I know enough now that I can decide for myself what values are important and real to me, and which ones are not.

You are invited to join me on my quest.  Each week, I will give myself (and you if you are coming on board) a task to implement. I will research the options, and then choose for myself what I want to create in my life to make it more authentic. Notice I didn’t use the word complete, because these tasks are meant to change the way I live,  and therefore will not be completed until I am dead.

For seven days, I will concentrate on this task, and keep a record of how I am doing with that particular creation.  For example, one week will be devoted to fitness.  Fitness is important because our bodies are vessels for our minds, our hearts,  and our spirits.  I will research different ways to promote fitness and then create an authentic fitness program. I will then implement the program that works for me. Since every body is different, I will give you options and point you in directions you may want to explore to create the authentic fitness program for you.  I will take pictures (the before picture will be tough), before weight, and before measurements.  I recommend that you do the same.  If our body image is a problem, it is imperative that we acknowledge it before we can fix it.  Keep in mind that if our bodies are sick, that will affect every other aspect of our lives.  I am talking about not only actual wellness, but body image as well.  If our image of ourself is out of whack, it will be more difficult to address the higher level creations such as increasing brain health and creating a spiritual aspect to our lives.

Another week I may devote to creating joyful living.  I will research different ways to bring joy by observing joyful people, reading literature about happiness and implementing the actions that will promote a happier and more joyful life.

This weeks task is threefold.  First, we will create an authentic life board. we will cut out pictures of how we want our life to be and place them on a board.  That is the visual aspect of the task, and I know it has been used and overused, but that is because it works.  If you create your board and look at it every day, if will become reality.  I have seen it happen time and again.  Second, we will start a journal.  The journal will be specific to this quest.  Write in it everyday.  Start with the week’s task, and then write down how we are progressing during the week.  Finally, find quotes from people you admire and write them in your journal.  I want us to find a quote the following: health, spirituality, love, integrity, joy, peace and intelligence.  For example, Marrianne Williamson said “Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it.  If we are frantic, life will be frantic.  If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful.”  That could fall under “peace.”    For love, we could use “to love is to recognize yourself in another.” – Eckhart Tolle. There are so many quotes out there, that this should be an easy task.

Good luck.  I welcome comments and suggestions.  Have an authentic and creative week.