How a life-changing adventure works

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Twenty-two days after I started a three-week factory reboot, I boarded a plane for a life-changing adventure—an opportunity to practice many of the concepts I’ve been studying and writing about: setting intentions, working smarter, finding your support system and establishing a vision. It began with a three-hour flight to SeaTac, my premier ferry ride and 100 miles behind the wheel of a rental car that transported me to Washington’s Port Townsend off the Puget Sound. For four days, along with a fellow tribe of writers, I immersed myself into all-things literary—from tips and tools to hone the craft, to one-on-ones with our host, to free-writing sessions—while making time to explore the idyllic town, savor tea at Pippa’s and sample my first authentic Thai cuisine. Although still processing where to go from here, I’m determined to hold onto the space I created there—a low-key, stress-free rhythm—because it’s only life changing if I allow it to be.

What kind of life-changing adventure do you crave?

Interrupting the flow: Now what?

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You’ve gotten your mojo back on track. You’ve adopted a daily (maybe hourly) mantra that helps you stay focused. You challenge yourself every day (to be better than you were yesterday). You’re on a mission to be grateful for the little—and big—things in life. But now you find your flow interrupted. In other words, you’ve gotten off track. That happened to me last week. “I need a break,” I said to no one in particular. “From what?” my friend asked me. “From everything!” I said. “You’re in a funk,” someone else said. Ironically, that was the whole purpose of employing my reboot challenge. But now I can put my finger on the “why” of it all. Okay, so now what? Just like changing up the rules can bring new insight, so can taking a break. A few nights ago I did just that: I put my to-do list on the back burner. And I slept better than I have in weeks.

What typically interrupts your flow?

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Reboot with a swift kick to the mojo: update #1

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In my post “Don’t let anything dull your sparkle…,” I talk about recommitting to memory (and now practice on the daily), a mantra that keeps my mind focused on excellence and optimism. I also promised to check in with mojo updates. Flash back to roughly two weeks ago. Long story short, a few bad habits ensued in a recipe for failure and an opportunity for me to devise a plan to restart—this year, this month, this week—with a swift kick to the mojo. I call it my 30-Day Reboot Challenge: a fun way to mindfully disengage from unhealthy patterns and habits. I mentioned it to one of my girlfriends and she wanted in. Why not? I printed two “challenge” sheets that we could post and update each day. For me, it’s a tangible way to live out the saying: Where your focus goes, your energy flows (thanks HB). An accountability partner to cheer on with high-fives simply sweetens the deal.

How do you reboot your mojo?

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