This weeks Guest Post is from Laurie from Joyful Soul.
It’s an extract from her book, and you can download the rest of this chapter from her website JoyfulSoulOnline
You can also visit her Facebook page at JoyfulSoul
As unique as each of us is, with distinct differences and individual traits, the fact is that most of us would feel our life was on the right track if we felt in control of a few particular facets of our lives.
I call these facets AREAS OF FOCUS or AOF’s™ and have itemized them. There are eight of these areas of focus that, if realized to your fullest potential, will allow you live a balanced and joyful life.
They are as follows: Spirituality, Mental and Emotional well-being, Physical Health, Intimate Relationships, Relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, Career and Education, Giving, and Rest and Relaxation.
I will go into detail on each of these areas in the following chapters, followed by a discussion on coping with what life brings you, and finally how to maintain your newly balanced life by keeping your life organized.
It is important to remember that these areas of focus are not mutually exclusive – they overlap and influence one another. When you excel in one area, it will usually have a positive effect on the other areas. Focusing on each of these areas gives you the opportunity to live life holistically. You will find that if you focus on each AOF™ in reasonable increments, you will be able to look back at what you’ve done in each area and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Each AOF™ will have its own chapter devoted to it, in order to assist you along your journey.
As you read through this book, you might find that there are some areas that are getting more attention than others, and you would like to balance out the equation.
You might also find that you’ve been doing better than you thought you were.
Or perhaps that you still have a long way to go. If you learn anything from reading this book, please take this message away with you: take your time, and enjoy the journey of growing, learning, and improving the precious life you have been given.