Ingredients for a Balanced Life

“Ingredients for a Balanced Life” By Donna Vail

“When your thoughts are geared in a positive direction, your feelings are peaceful.” –Richard Carlson

  As we’ve ended 2011 and are embarking on the New Year it’s extremely important that we make time to take our first steps into the New Year with deliberate intent and clarity. Living purposefully in the seven areas of life you can easily create the results you desire not only in your homeschool but also in all areas of your life.  Homeschooling is not only about the academics but encompasses our whole life. Learning doesn’t only happen between 8am and 3pm, Monday through Friday, it never stops. As we are homeschooling and raising our children, it is our hope that in everything we do and provide for them that they can live purposeful fulfilling lives. What we must realize at the same time is that we are their environment and as we live we are models for them to emulate and succeed from. Therefore it is imperative that we each as individuals live purposefully and demonstrate to our children just what this looks like. No matter how many books you place in front of them or how many classes you take them to, it all breaks down to a major percentage of their success resting on what we are modeling for them. For each and every person a balanced life is going to look different. Working with the seven areas of life will give you more clarity so you fulfill your purpose. *The seven areas of life include:

  1. Spiritual: awareness, wisdom, religious and/or spiritual causes, connection to God/Universe
  2. Mental: genius, knowledge, information and expertise, an expanded mind
  3. Vocational: professional fulfillment, job and career success
  4. Financial: accumulation of wealth and/or initiation of philanthropic causes
  5. Familial: fulfilling relationships with family, rituals and traditions, intimacy with a partner
  6. Social: influence, leadership, networks, friendships
  7. Physical: vitality, energy, stamina, well-being, confidence, attractiveness

Let’s get started right away! Take out a sheet of paper or use your journal to write each of the seven areas of life. You are going to do this each and every month. The last weekend of each month you will write these out. Over the course of time some goals may remain the same for a period of time while others may change. This is the natural flow of life. As you continue in this practice you will get clearer and see your life becoming more purposeful. At the same time your children will see the difference in your life and they will begin demonstrating your purposeful habits. Take time to share with your older children the changes you’re making and how you are growing more purposeful. Let them join in practicing it in their own unique way. Through sharing the experience you will both learn from each other. Think about the goals you want to set for yourself in each area of life. Choose one thing to work on in each area for this month. Once you make it a habit it will be easier to add on to these goals. Don’t only think of these goals as for yourself but also how you can share the experience with your children. Bring them along with you as you take a walk for exercise, encourage them to have quiet personal time, read books together, bring them along to classes or conferences, and as you learn something new share it with your children so they too can increase in knowledge and skill. Here are some suggestions in each area to inspire you:   Spiritual: praying/meditating, journaling daily blessings, reading for more in-depth spiritual wisdom Mental: studying field of choice, taking classes or working with a mentor to stretch your learning Vocational: focusing in on a particular project with work, creating a business to express your purpose, increasing vocational skills through learning Financial: taking action in vocation to increase financial income, become a master at family financial management, and become involved in a philanthropic cause Familial: plan time to engage with your children (even if you are with them everyday, create this special time), start a new family tradition, do an extraordinary act of love for your spouse Social: schedule time with friends, get involved with your community, network with like minded people you can contribute to, find a meaningful cause your family can get involved in Physical: make healthy choices by eating better, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, and increase your confidence, dress and groom for success   Remember, you are going to do this each month so don’t overwhelm yourself at first by listing too many goals. It would be better to have one goal and succeed than too many and feel like you failed. Set yourself up for success.   Make an appointment with yourself during the last weekend of the month to review your goals and create new ones for the coming month. When you practice this each month, as you progress you will see a great improvement in all areas of your life. You will be inspired to love more, live more and learn more. *The seven areas of life referenced from Inspired Destiny by Dr. John Demartini  

“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep it to the simple. In Conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.” –Tao Te Ching

  Parents Inspired to Action:

  • Take time to reflect and think about your monthly goals in each of the seven areas of life. Write these in your journal.
  • Keep your monthly goals nearby at all times and read them every day.
  • What goals have you made that you can practice with your family? Remove all obstacles that are in the way of the fulfillment of your goals.

Children Inspired to Action: 

  • Share with older children how to create goals, your monthly goal planning and invite them to do the same for themselves. This will be an excellent practical life skill for them to carry on through life.
  • Traditions are greatly enjoyed by children. If you are starting a new tradition or solidifying an already established tradition how can you engage them in the success of this goal?
  • Discuss with your children each week the progress of your goals and theirs if they are participating, during dinner or the weekly mentor meeting, encouraging one another along the way.

You might be wondering what kind of systems you can incorporate to get the results you’re looking for in your own homeschool and life. What are the daily details to make it happen? Trial and error can take a lot of time. Successful people always incorporate the help of mentors and coaches so they don’t have to re-invent the wheel. If you would like a more systematic approach that includes the details to help you produce real change fast, I recommend joining the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle. It keeps you inspired and you receive coaching directly from Donna in the critical areas needed to successfully set up and execute simple and effective homeschool systems providing an education in excellence while creating family harmony. It’s easy. It’s affordable. Get started today at www.donnavailinternational.com/inner-circle.html. 2012 Theme: Waves of love.   © copyright 2012 Donna Vail International All rights reserved. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Want to Use This Article In Your e-zine Web site, blog or newsletter? You have my permission, as long as you include this complete excerpt with the article: Inspired Education Mentor Donna Vail publishes the all inspiring ‘Living an Inspired Education’ e-newsletter. Every issue reveals tips, tools, and secrets to simply and confidently home school with inspiration! Start living a lifestyle of true freedom and inspire the best in your child.  Get your free weekly education and success mindset tips now at http://donnavailinternational.com.

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