My life is changing. I embrace change. It’s cool.
My family, my location, my status… just about every part of my life seems to be in flux. This is a time when many people might bemoan uncertainty or question the Universe. For me, this is a time of opportunity.
My lifestyle no longer fits. Did it really ever fit? So it’s time to create a new one.
With change and uncertainty, there is the opportunity to discover new Truths. Even to create new Truths. I decide what will be True for me day by day, decision by decision.
Which means I have the opportunity to create a new lifestyle from the ground up. That got me thinking, “What exactly is lifestyle?”
Lifestyle is matching my values and philosophies with the look, sound, smell, and tastes around me & those I love.
Lifestyle is making the choices that reflect what you value and why you value it. Click to tweet that!
If I value freedom, how can I make choices that support that? I could live with less stuff in an easier-to-maintain home. I could make my business less time intensive. I could read books that continually inspire me to seek freedom.
If I value family, how can I make choices that support that? I could form relationships that lead to “family” all over the world. I could create the most loving home life for my daughter that I possibly can. I could invest in the products, services, and solutions that will make my own family stronger.
And if I value iced lattes, well, I might choose to invest in a great coffee machine and expert barista training. No, seriously.
So what about the indie lifestyle?
We’re women (and dudes!) who connect to an “indie” lifestyle. We think, act, make, and buy independently. It’s easy to think that lifestyle is defined by a set of Brooklyn/Portland/Austin ideals, vintage store clothes, knee high boots, and handmade mugs. It’s not. The indie lifestyle is being created day by day, by you & I.
Indie lifestyle is about knowing that you alone are responsible for the choices you make about your values. Indie lifestyle is about feeling confident that acting out of personal Truth will get you closer to the lifestyle you desire. It’s about not worrying about what others say you should do, think, or buy.
Today, I want to challenge you to truly create an independent look on lifestyle. Identify your “supposed tos” and look for desires that merely reflect cliches. Analyze where you are trying to recreate a magazine picture and discover your own unique Truth. Investigate whether your pursuits are triggered by your favorite blogs or whether they’re triggered by your internal motivations.
I’m taking on this challenge too. I have to. It’s time for me to create a lifestyle that works for me, my values, and my philosophies.
Does your notion of “lifestyle” match up with your internal desire, values, and philosophy? Tell me in the comments.
Mark your calendars! I’m hosting a #scoutiegirl Twitter chat on Wednesday, January 18 at 12:30pm Eastern. Chat with me about lifestyle in the You-Centered Economy Let’s talk about the values & philosophies influencing your every day decisions.