The X words are always the hardest. I gave this letter a lot of thought. I found some interesting X words, but none fit into my concept of Simply 50. Then, in a stroke of sheer brilliance...I remembered that X is the Roman numeral for ten:-) Problem solved. This is exactly the right ‘word’ for today.
Ten years = a decade. Perfect for a monthly writing challenge centered around refining life for the next decade.
As I mentioned a few days ago, I was really panicking at the thought of trying to refine so many things very quickly.
I was thinking I needed to make all of the changes immediately so I could have them all zipped up before I turn 51..in less than 60 days!
Thankfully, a dear friend stepped in and reminded me that this journey is about the ‘refining life for the next decade’.
If necessary, I can use all ten years to refine things!
Phew. That makes this undertaking much more bearable. My goal is to work at a steady pace and change what needs changing so I can live the benefit of those changes before my next big decade birthday.
Much like a haircut, once you decide you’re ready, you want it to happen immediately. I’m certain I'll enhance my patience practice in the coming months and years:-)
When this month of writing is over, I plan to take some time to map out the next decade. I’ve already begun to tweak the things that are easiest and most accessible.
Small, but notable changes...burning scented candles, listening to music, laughing more, reading The Power of Now and Vogue magazine...are making a delightful impact on my everyday happiness.
The next task is to set some real goals and fine tune the action steps so that they can be achieved in the coming decade.
My old self avoided goals.
My new self is actually excited about deciding what I want and declaring it. And then following through on the work so I actually reach those goals!
Ten years is a long time. I’d like to arrive at 60 feeling that I used the past decade very wisely and wrung every last drop of joy from each year.
It’s your turn...please share. I love hearing your thoughts.
How will you spend the next ten years?
How do you view coming next decade?
As always, thank you so much for reading. I can’t believe this month of writing is almost over. I’m already missing it...and also looking forward to what’s ahead!
When I’m not in the midst of a writing challenge, I share a new post about once a week. The topics vary, but usually follow these themes; personal style, building an awesome wardrobe, organization, minimalism, finding joy, simplicity and living in the present.
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,