Let’s kick off the week with Sheila from The Failte House and hear her thoughts on living intentionally.- Another fabulous photog…heeeeey, all my series guest post-ers are professional photographers! Ha! I didn’t realize that before now…guess I was subconsciously fishing for some stunning photography to waltz across my homepage ! Anyway, Sheila has a taste for adventure, a heart for hospitality, and a wonderful, intentional, life down in the sunny Florida keys. I know you’ll enjoy reading some answers to a few questions I recently asked her…
Thanks for having me, Kristin! I love her topic about living a life of intentionality.
What keeps you from living the life you’ve always dreamed of?
Fear. Fear of failing, things not working out. My favorite quote at the moment is, “What would you do if you were not afraid?” I look at this quote everyday and it inspires me. It reminds me that fear is a major dream crasher. It holds us back like an invisible gate, and with a swift swipe we can lift the gate and be free – but we don’t. We stay on the other side, behind fear. The past few months I would continually stare at the poster size quote in my office and ask that question. ”What would you do if you were not afraid.” It stirs something in me, and makes me think. If I did not seek comfort, what would I do? If I was not afraid of failure, what would I do? If I was not afraid of what other people thought, what would I do? Ask yourself that question and it will plant a little seed, and that seed will grow. And one day you will see your dreams blossom and lift the gate, and leave fear behind…. I am still working on answering that question now
How do you keep your time online in check, and not spend all day on Pinterest, Facebook, Blogs, or Twitter?
What a great question and something I am learning to balance as we speak! I read a blog about living a life of purpose and getting rid of the extra. The author challenged us to weekends off of social media. I took the challenge. At the same time, my friend challenged me to three months of no Facebook. I took that challenge too. The first few days were so hard, I was tempted to just check some form of social media. However, after a few weeks went by, I felt I had so much more free time. But the greatest gift I discovered was that I was able to live fully in the now! I could be present and focus. It was great. On that note, I try and limit my time on Pinterest, Facebook, Blogs and Twitter by setting boundaries. Some days I tell myself they are all off limits, others I select just a few forms I am allowed to use. When I find myself mindlessly checking one form of Social Media, I realize it is becoming an addiction and I try and take a break. Social media is amazing – the challenge is learning how use it wisely….this could be a whole blog series!
Define what living a life of intentionality means to you.
For me, living a life of intentionality means living for what I stand for and believe in. By doing this, it allows me to align my personal ideologies with everything in my life. From people I choose to become friends with, my place of work, my activities, and so much more. Living a life of intentionality, is not about living a life of intention, but rather living a life according to the standards I hold.
—Kristin here: Sheila, thank you so much for sharing your inspiring thoughts with us today. If you’d like to hear more of this woman’s lovely heart (and read all about her recent travels to Europe ), go become a follower of The FailteHouse. You know you want to! – Shelia will be back again on Saturday with more great encouragement to share with us…
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