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2 Life Fulfilling Activities To Do Right Now

Many people search for ways to find their life’s true purpose or help to discover what to do with their life. They are lost, scared, confused, unsure, and stuck. Does this sound like you? Then it is time to take control.

1. Set aside 10 minutes each morning to write in a journal. But you don’t have to wait — do it now. Preferably with real paper and a real pen. Pick your favorite pen, one that writes smooth. This process is relaxing and lets you get your worries and goals on paper. Note what you are a)grateful for, b) working on and c) worried about in your journal everyday. Don’t worry about the mechanics, grammar, spelling, or aesthetics of your writing. I don’t care if you throw the paper away when you’re done. Just get it out. That is the important part. Also, don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day; the key is to make this a daily habit, but even if you do this 3-4 times per week you can still benefit greatly. Results are immediate and begin with the first day.

2. Set aside one hour each day — START TODAY — for doing something pertaining to your true passion. If you don’t know what that is yet, start by finding something that you enjoy doing. If you have an idea, start learning about it — immerse yourself in websites, books (library or purchase), conversations with friends and strangers, watch movies about it, etc. Take notes, and learn from what you read/watch/see/hear. Generally, your hour should be spent learning about the thing and/or doing that thing that makes you squeal, feel excited, etc.

I’m currently immersing myself in learning everything there is to know on copywriting and the psychology of advertising/communication. I’m taking notes on The Copywriter’s Handbook by the legend Bob Bly, and I have Ca$hvertising by Drew Whitman in queue. I have a wishlist on Amazon right now full of books about internet marketing and copywriting. I feel excited when I write down my future plans 🙂 and you should, too! Most importantly, you should be PLANNING & writing.

Thoughts on this article? Inspired by this piece? Let me know in the comments below.

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Write a Letter to Yourself

Girl Mailing a LetterWriting a letter to yourself, to be delivered at a certain time in the future (say, 5 or 10 years), is a neat little surprise. You can reminisce about the times that you are currently having, to remind future-you. You can tell yourself that things will be okay, that everything works out in the end. You can even include pictures and other mementos, and make an entire time capsule of things that are important to you. Your future self will appreciate the memories of these good times, and they will always be treasured.

A modern way to do this is to write an email to be delivered in the future at any time, from next Friday to next year. You can write anything and even view public, anonymous letters that others have sent to their future selves. Read those for inspiration, and then write your own at FutureMe.org.

It is more romantic, however, to handwrite your own letter and to physically save it somewhere safe. Write “Do Not Open Until [date]” on the envelope, and remember to seal it to avoid peeking!

In 1999, when I was 10 years old, I came across this time capsule making kit. I loved the idea, and it came with a durable bag to put whatever I wanted inside the bag and a label to write the date to open. I set the date to ten years in the future, at 2009. I would be 20 years old. Ten years felt like a million from a child’s point of view. I filled the capsule with a softball trophy, a piece of my hair, some old pennies, a souvenir from a local baseball game, some pictures I drew and painted, and some of my favorite small toys. The last thing I placed into the capsule bag before sealing was a letter, and a list of reasons why I put each item into the time capsule.

When I finally opened it 10 years later, no longer in the room I grew up in, I was close to tears as I remembered what seemed like a long-lost childhood. It was also cute to see one of the first Beanie babies I had, and a rejection letter from trying out to be a National Anthem singer at the same baseball stadium where I kept the icecream hat cup. That rejection letter surprised me, how I could be so young and still be the ambitous person going for her dreams.

Reading the letter, however, nearly brought chills to my spine. When life feels like it is passing you by in a blur, and you don’t stop to realize how far you’ve come, life can get pretty dissatisfying. I could almost go back to the same exact day where I sat on the floor of my old childhood room, writing the letter which I held in my hands ten years later. I asked myself questions about what life was like as a twenty year old, which felt so old at just ten. Some of the things I wanted to do had been accomplished: finding a boyfriend, moving out, getting a job, completing high school, going to college. Other things I was still working on: being less shy, losing weight, finding a career path, getting married. It was completely amazing to find that my life had changed in so many ways, and to still be the same in others.

Action Step: Write a letter to future you, whether online or with pen and paper. Open and read it in 5-10 years. Write about your current life, your favorite memories, things you don’t want to forget. Write about goals you were working on, and ask yourself if you have completed them. Talk about people and places close to you. Talk about the state of the current world. Tell yourself that life is beautiful.

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