intentional living for the directionally challenged {living a great story}

I began the 30ish-Day Challenge to work my way out of a rut.


My internal compass simply stopped working.  And instead of moving forward with purpose, I began to wander.


Until I found myself a bit lost.  🙁


Looking back, it seems my focus was knocked off-kilter by stress that began last summer.  Life was in a holding pattern because of health issues before surgery – and for several months after – as my body healed.

lost & found

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), I have had LOTS of experience getting stuck/unstuck over the years and thought I would share some of my best tips/tools for getting reoriented:

1.  Go to the library and look for books to feed any and all current interests.  I look for things that fire me up, stir my soul, grab my heart or head in some way.

2.  Listen to podcasts.  My #1 go to for inspiration is The Accidental Creative (by Todd Henry).

3.  Pursue creative interests/outlets.  For me this means baking, scrapbooking, embroidery, writing, books and magazines related to my passions, and checking out new restaurants.

4.  Connect with inspiring and encouraging friends!

5.  Take in some visually interesting scenery.  Reclaiming BeautifulBibelot or Patina.  The Minneapolis Institute of ArtsWalk along Summit Avenue in St. Paul.  Go for a bike ride.  Visit a flea market.  Hang out at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

6.  Revisit books that have helped in the past.  My favorites include:  The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, Experiencing God:  Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King, How Then Should We Live by Francis A. Schaeffer, God Moments:  Recognizing and Remembering God’s Presence in Your Life by Alan D. Wright, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller, and Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff.

7.  Create/keep an ongoing art journal.  A place to write down inspirational quotes, a place to dream and explore.  I clip words and images out of magazines, print up encouraging emails and stories – pretty much anything and everything that tugs at my heart.

8.  Spend time journaling about your last clear heading.  What has since changed?  Am I running away from something or do I sense God leading me somewhere else?  What interests me right now?  How might God be using me even in this unfamiliar place?  What dreams do I have for my future?  (Don’t be afraid to dream BIG, this is exactly how Paris became a reality!!!)

9.  Do something out of the ordinary.  Bake a pie.  Go berry picking.  Spend a day in Stillwater.  Bless a neighbor with some treats.

10.  Clear the clutter.  Remove anything from your closet that you have not worn in two years.  GET RID OF IT!  Do the same with your drawers.  Your basement if on a roll.  There is something extremely cathartic about eliminating the excess in our surroundings.  It can bring about a sense of peace and much-needed clarity.

How about you?  Where do you go for help in sharpening your sense of direction?

jan - May 19, 2015 - 10:18 am

SO needed this. Thank you for sharing. Going to start doing a few of these things, and for sure at least ONE of them today ????

Tina - May 20, 2015 - 9:42 am

I’ve been thinking of you a lot lately, Jan. So wanting to hear how the college transition has been for YOU! Lunch or pool or coffee soon??????

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