There's a path that's laid out before us. It looks something like this:
- You do a lot thinking about your career destiny. You get into a good college, party often, and meet friends you will have for the rest of your life. Your grades are alright, and you graduate. Maybe you buy a car with your savings.
- You spend more years than you'd like working a minimum wage job, get an apartment, get a dog, and struggle to pay off $70,000 in student loans.
- You have a big wedding— all those college friends come. You get a job in your field (finally!) and immediately buy a house. And a better car.
- You head to the office, put in your 9-5, order take out, and fall asleep watching OITNB reruns. Somehow, the pile of debt is growing. You buy the things that are supposed to make you happy, work more to afford those things, and seem to spend all of your time catching up on cleaning.
- You rinse and repeat an unfulfilling daily routine, wondering what went wrong, reminiscing about high school or college— the best days of your life.
If you're anything like me, reading that would have had a slow-burning panic rising in your throat.
If you're anything like me, you know there is a better way— another path.
In fact, when you remove the sign posts, there are uncountable millions of paths— more than the stars in the sky.
I want to show you not the right way to live, but how to find the right way for you— the life you can't wait to wake up to everyday, that's mindful, purposeful, and bursting with unexpected joy and appreciation for simple wonders.
Mindful living doesn't have to be black and white. It doesn't have to be empty shelves, a set of grey v-necks, and streamlined Scandinavian furniture. It doesn't have to be a contest to see who can own the fewest possessions.
A mindful live isn't about deprivation. It's about recognizing abundance when it's right before you.
Hey! I'm Jordanna.
- Married with cat (Samwise, pictured below).
- I try to read 100+ books a year.
- I dream of more tattoos (current count: 4).
- I hate artichokes, but I could eat an entire cantaloupe in one sitting.
- I started high school at 12.
- I actually belong in Scotland.
- I once tried to learn Norwegian ("Alle mennene i Norge har lilla slips!").
- Having my photo taken makes me want to vomit, but I'm working on it.
- I don't own a cellphone. Seriously.
- I dream of: dancing around a bonfire under the stars, seeing the northern lights, publishing a novel, rocking scorpion pose, hugging Stephen Fry, and having at least one backyard goat.
I also write a blog called The House of Muses, for creatives who want to develop their business and live their passion in a way that blends creativity, mindfulness, and a no-bullshit perspective.
If you've been thinking about blogging and you want to build a quality blog the first time, check out my guide for beginners.