In Permanent Beta

Why It’s Important to Tie Values to Goals

By August 10, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, Simplicity & Minimalism
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Hum­ble Begin­nings

I’ll never for­get it as long as I live…I must have been about 12 years old.  I was work­ing for a fam­ily, iron­ing clothes for $5 per hour—which would have been great for a kid my age if I actu­ally got to keep it; my earn­ings went into the fam­ily “pot” —when I had my first aha moment.

I was in their basement/laundry room iron­ing my lit­tle brown hands away, day dream­ing about a day when I could have a big house like the one I worked in and money, lots of it.  I enjoyed being left alone with my thoughts and most days this was the case.

On this par­tic­u­lar Sat­ur­day morn­ing, the door to the base­ment swung open and there stood in front of me three kids about my age.  They were look­ing for either a skate­board or bas­ket­ball to play with.  I was mor­ti­fied.  They were either blind or I was invis­i­ble because they com­pletely ignored me.  Either way, I was grate­ful. Con­tinue Read­ing

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The Simple but Profound Principles All Successful People Have

By July 27, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, Simplicity & Minimalism
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Hi Friends!

There’s some­thing I really want to do, even though it will put me in a very vul­ner­a­ble posi­tion and sub­ject to crit­i­cism.  I was lis­ten­ing to Gary V’s “Crush­ing It” on Audi­ble and have decided to bor­row one of his many amaz­ing ideas.  I’m going to learn, grow, suc­ceed and fail with the world watch­ing (or just you, my two — just kid­ding!- sub­scribers).

I want to doc­u­ment my grow­ing pains.  Whether it’s par­ent­ing (I’m a brand-spanking-new mom), strength­en­ing my mar­riage, and my rela­tion­ships with fam­ily, col­leagues, and friends, start­ing and fin­ish­ing new projects, achiev­ing vital­ity and good health in mind, body, and spirit, and cap­tur­ing my jour­ney to becom­ing vegan, I want to doc­u­ment and share every step of the way.

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Happiness Plan: A Life Created by Your Own Imagination

By June 23, 2018 Simplicity & Minimalism, Work
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A life cre­ated by your own imag­i­na­tion?  Yes, please!

Dear Friends,

It is a plea­sure to be in touch with you again.  I’ve been work­ing on my Hap­pi­ness Plan and thought it’d be a great idea to cre­ate a mutual men­tor­ship, that is, work with oth­ers who also want to change their lives.  We can com­pare notes and meet right here on this plat­form to dis­cuss our progress.

Do you have an idea or pas­sion you can act on imme­di­ately?  Does it excite you?  Is it a dream life for you?

Richard Koch, author of Liv­ing the 80/20 Way rec­om­mends that before we embark on our Hap­pi­ness Plan, that we must be very spe­cific about our 80/20 des­ti­na­tion (more on this later).

3 Steps to Your Hap­pi­ness Plan:

  • Sim­plify: After review­ing your list of goals, select one where you most want things to improve.  You can accom­plish all your goals just not all at once.

Like many, I have goals for each life domain (career, per­sonal, self, money, rela­tion­ships, etc.).  And like some of you, I have sev­eral goals for each area.

Con­ven­tional minds will always want to place you in a cat­e­gory.  I remem­ber feel­ing frus­trated when I didn’t know how to stick to one career objec­tive.

I was always baf­fled when my peers didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives and here I was want­ing to be both (simul­ta­ne­ously) a vet and a pro­fes­sional ball­room dancer.  Actu­ally, the vet part is fic­tional — I wish I had the stom­ach to be a vet, then I’d be able to help all my ani­mal friends–the ball­room dancer part, that’s a true story.

I felt that life was too long to do the same thing over and over.  I stuck to my guns and traded becom­ing a renowned expert in one thing for a life filled with dif­fer­ent career paths.

I have sev­eral pas­sions and have found that my life has been most enjoy­able when I’m dri­ven by the things that excite me.  I’m now enjoy­ing and embrac­ing my unique place in this uni­verse and I encour­age you all to do the same.  Don’t drift aim­lessly through life with­out real­iz­ing the best of what you can become.

I did, how­ever, find the nucleus of my one true love and that is to live life the 80/20 way and to apply it to every aspect of my life.  I’ve been doing this for the past year and it’s become rev­o­lu­tion­ary.

  • Find the 80/20 Route: Find the most excit­ing route that will give you more for less.  Focus on pro­duc­ing extra­or­di­nary results with­out extra­or­di­nary effort.

My hus­band works in med­ical device sales and he’s really good at it.  But the truth is, he only works about 2–3 solid hours per day.  He is effi­cient in a very relaxed way.  He goes into the office about once per week for a few hours and spends the rest of his time work­ing from home and reg­u­larly vis­it­ing his top 20 clients: those that pro­duce 80 per­cent of his rev­enue.  He avoids doing busi­ness with the 80 per­cent of peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions that com­bined con­tribute a mere 20 per­cent to his income.

In char­ac­ter, in man­ner, in style, in all things, the supreme excel­lence is sim­plic­ity.  Henry Wadsworth Longfel­low

  • Start Now: Take small but very well-directed actions every day towards your goal.  Don’t try to cram every­thing in one day.

Please believe me when I tell you that liv­ing out your Hap­pi­ness Plan is highly pos­si­ble regard­less of your cur­rent finan­cial sta­tus, edu­ca­tional back­ground or pro­fes­sion.  But it will require you to focus (strong empha­sis on focus), sim­plify and set lim­its on every­thing you do.  Don’t let the mod­ern world push you towards more is more.  Have the con­fi­dence to leave the crowd.

As always, thank you for allow­ing me to be a small part of your life.  And if you would, please leave me a com­ment, like and share!

Xoxo,

Irís

 

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Escape the 9 to 5 Living the 80/20 Way

By June 6, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, Simplicity & Minimalism
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Have you ever won­dered how some peo­ple seem to have it all?  They work a lot less than we do and some­how make more and have time for more than the rest of us do?

In his book, Liv­ing the 80/20 Way, Richard Koch shares one of sev­eral impor­tant con­cepts: Hap­pi­ness Islands.

What do you spend 80 per­cent of your time doing that only con­tributes to 20 per­cent of your hap­pi­ness?  For me, it is doing unful­fill­ing work.  Yes, we all need to work, for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

But like Oprah says, “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”

I’m cur­rently on mater­nity leave.  I appre­ci­ate hav­ing a well-paying job and my awe­some col­leagues, but I’m not inspired.  In fact, some­times the work that I have to per­form makes me feel mildly depressed.  This is a prob­lem. Con­tinue Read­ing

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The Uncertainty of Life

By May 6, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, Work
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There’s always immense fear when we decide to change careers, start a busi­ness or go into uncharted sea because we are leav­ing the shore of safety.  We are con­tent with our sit­u­a­tion, but some­thing is miss­ing.  For me, adven­ture is miss­ing.  Going into the unknown always gives me a thrill.  I feel alive and I live for that feel­ing.

The heart starts pul­sat­ing again; again you are alive, fully alive.  Every fiber of your being is alive because you have accepted the chal­lenge of the unknown.  To accept the chal­lenge of the unknown, in spite of all fears, is courage.” Osho

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