Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lifestye Design - Create Your Lifes Blueprint


Builders normally use blueprints to create a building, so why not use one to create your life?
Before you build a house, you normally have a fairly good idea of what you want it to look like. When you walk into a builders office, you sit down and say “I want to build a house, this is how big I want it to be, this is how many rooms and the list of wants goes on.

The point I am trying to make here is this. You wouldn't walk into a builders office without knowing what specifics you want to have in your ideal home, so why is it, we don't get this specific with designing our ideal lifestyle.

Lifestyle design is one of the new buzz words in personal development as much as social media is the buzz word in marketing. The concept has been largely attributed to the #1 New York Times best seller The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris.

Lifestyle Design is essentially designing your lifestyle around what you want to be doing, then building a life to match it.

The 4hr work week conveys that when you become more productive at what you have to do to earn a crust and, you can do it in a shorter amount of time, you essentially free up time to do and experience the things you want.

The key is to get specific about the way you want to live your life, don't limit yourself to what you think you can do in your current financial or career situation. Dream big as they say. The best way to start is to think of something your passionate about. Around the world wine tour maybe, surfing the waves on the beaches of the world. How about just being able to take your kids on a 2mth holiday to a new country and absorbing its culture. The world is your oyster, go find your pearl!

If for some reason you aren't able to come up with any ideas, here is a couple of questions you may want to ask yourself.

-If you had $500 million dollars in the bank

1)What would your day to day life be like, what things would you do, see, try. Who would you spend more time with and what kind of experiences would you have.

2)What would make you passionate about getting out of bed every day. What fun and exciting things would you have to look forward too each morning.

My Lifestyle design is focused on my family. Being able to be home with my kids full time and work from home. Taking a family holiday every year to New Zealand to immerse ourselves in our culture. Being able to work from anywhere in the world at the times I choose and on things that I am passionate about.

Id like to suggest that you grab a copy of “The 4hr work week” by Tim Ferris as he goes into full details of how to map out your Lifestyle design and his website is full of great information

If you already own the original version, Tim has a new version of his book The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated:  Four additions from the original book are:

*Case Studies and tips
*Details of how Tim started and launched his business
*Updated tools to help you with each of the steps
*Where the first book is mainly based on strategies for an individual, this version has
more for families and partners than the previous version.

I would really love to hear some of your own ideas for your ideal Life Blueprint. Please, feel free to share them in the comments section below. Any and all feedback is welcome.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The wheels on the bus go round and round - Or do They

The wheels on the bus - Do yours go round and round?

Have you ever heard that song "The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round an round". Its a song that my kids grew up singing, use to drive me nuts sometimes but when you made up your own words it could be a lot of fun.

So here is my question, in life, do the wheels on your bus go round and round, or do they feel like you have a flatly?

To put it plainly, what I'm talking about is your life wheel. If you haven't heard of a life wheel, its a tool one can use to gauge where ones life is currently and where one would wish it would be.

Before we rate where we are we need to figure out where we want to be.

Step 1 - Sit down and go through the below list and write down what each of the following would look like ideally.

Health and Well being

Wealth and Finances


Life Style

Personal Growth




Heres and example of a couple of these.

Wealth and Finances
100k per year 70% of this income to come through passive income and 30% is active income

Organised home environment

4 bedroom home with a pool
Supportive friends and family

Life Style
Holidays to New Zealand 3 times a year
Holidays around Australia 2 times a year
Living debt free and own our home outright
Travelling around the world working with groups of indigenous people to help society become more self sufficient.

These are a few examples of how I see the ideal outcomes for some of the areas of my life. The point here is to draw up your ideal Life Design.

Step 2
Draw up a life wheel as per the Image below

Step 3
Now its just a matter of rating where your are currently in these different areas of your life.

So on a scale of zero to 10, 10 being your ideal, where would you rate each part of your life. Draw a dot at the point you feel you are currently at, then connect all the dots and see if your wheel is fit to travel further than the nearest petrol station.

If, like mine, your wheel is a little off balance, then its time to decide if you are willing, and able to take the time to work on these parts of your life.

Now 10 should not be your perfect life, however, it should be your own ideal perception. How You, and only You feel you would be happier

Once you have gauged where you are currently in each area, you have a place to start. Work out which area of your life would most like to work on and put together an action plan.

In my next post I want to go into a way I hope to make my New Years Resolutions stick. Ive found a great site that realy gives you simple easy to follow steps which I have tweeked a bit to suite me.

If you have any questions or suggestions, comments or ideas please feel free to comment.

May your life be full of passion

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lady of Leisure - My first online earnings, YAY

This will be just a realy quick post.

Due to the fact that I haven't realy got myself set up fully yet I was very very VERY surprised to see that I had actualy had some sucess in the earnings from this blog site. Bet youll never guess how much, lol. 26cents, thats right folks, I am officialy making money online.

I guess some might think this is not alot, and also coupled with the fact that I still dont know how it works, it is very motivating for me after the festive season. Its spurred me on more to get motivated. If I can make 26cents from not doing alot, if I put in the time and effort its going to pay off!

I am so very grateful that this has come at this time, its a blessing and a mind blowing thought that from my thoughts, ideas and work, I am going to be able to accomplish everything I have set out to do.

And guess what, if I can do it, so can anyone else!!

I wish you all a life of true passion
Kindest and deepest regards