This is a very deep thought for summer. As I am typing this, I am sitting in the sunroom of our family cottage overlooking a quiet river, listening to birds and squirrels and watching the sun climb in the early July sky.
There is no hustle and bustle. No kids asking me for anything. Nowhere to get to at any particular time. No schedule to be on whatsoever.
I can’t help but ask myself the tough questions when I have this kind of peace and quiet around me.
I am reading the book Do Less by Kate Northrup. In the chapter I just finished, she makes the point that our calendars rarely reflect the things that have most meaning in our lives. Why is that?
Living an authentic life (ie. a life that reflects the things I value most) is of critical importance to me. Basically, I realize I’m on the “back 9” of my life, so I better make it count :)
I’m very clear on what means the most to me:
freedom in how I spend my time,
my marriage and kids,
white space in my week to take care of myself,
being part of a community,
helping other people understand how to be healthy so they can be on this Earth as long as possible for THEIR families,
helping other women chiropractors do their best work and stay in their careers as long as possible,
and having fun.
When I look at my calendar from January till now, I would say that it reflects exactly those values.
It is filled with appointments and activities for my kids, work (of course), coaching appointments with women docs I mentor, date nights with Craig, vacation time with him and with the kids, self care days just for me and meet ups with old friends and new friends in our community.
What about you? Take a good look at your calendar and take notice of how it makes you feel.
What is Your Calendar Telling You?
Have you gone through the process of REVERSE ENGINEERING the life you want to be leading? What I mean by that is, starting with the end in mind.
How do you WANT to be living your life? What are the VALUES that guide you? If you wake up when you’re 80 and evaluate your life, will you be happy and at peace with it?
If you’ve never gone through this process, the time is now. I mean RIGHT NOW.
Here are Your Action Steps:
Jot down 5 values that mean the most to you on a napkin, in your phone or in a journal. Anywhere. Just do it before life steals the idea from you with busyness.
What are things you like to do that allow you to live those values? And are you doing them?
If you are doing them, can you make them better or are you satisfied with how you do them?
If you’re not doing them, what is one simple way you can add something or delete something from your life to bring you a little closer to living the life you want?
What is one action step you can take RIGHT NOW to move you closer to being who you love?
Here is one last thought for you: if you wait or make excuses as to why you can’t do something better right now, you will wake up one day and find that you’ve lost years living life on someone else’s schedule.
You deserve to live your best life possible. Start today!
~Dr. Shawna Dingman
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HI! I'm Dr. Shawna Dingman and I operate Elevate Women's Health Centre in Port Perry. I am the co-owner of Elevate Health Centres with my husband, Dr. Craig Dingman.
Speaking of family, I'm a mom of 3 amazing kids: Jackson, Jenna and Cole. I've always been passionate about the care of women and children, probably because I began my career as a pediatric and pregnancy chiropractor as a young mom with an infant! Aside from clinical practice, I also coach women chiropractors who want to have practices that are a great fit for their families. In my "spare" time, I love to cottage with my family, hang out with the kids, CrossFit at our local gym, read a book, catch a great show on Netflix, go for a run or have coffee with friends.