3 Tips to Add Intention to Your Daily Life

I spend a lot of time on trains. I often sit by the window in the early mornings and look out at the landscape as it rushes by, feeling the cool air radiate from the glass. For the past four weeks, I’ve been listening to podcasts as I ride, which has added not only spectacular audio, but a way to learn from others. This week I chose Jess Lively’s The Lively Show. It’s designed to uplift, inspire, and add intention to your everyday life. And it certainly does.

Jess is awesome. She started her business when she was fifteen and now travels the world full time while teaching others how to live more joyfully. One thing I love about Jess is that she leads conversations, but does not dominate them. The people she interviews feel free to open up about their own stories and Jess simply guides them along.

Every episode of The Lively Show (that I listened to) is an interview with someone who lives a life of intention. Most of them are bloggers and entrepreneurs that blazed their own online trails. What I love about this setup is that even though these people have similar outcomes (successful businesses or blogs), they have such different ways of getting there. Some people took eight years to get to where they are and some took significantly less time, but all of their stories are unique and interesting. After listening to the first 15 episodes, there are three themes I found in The Lively show.

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Be Diligent

We are all incredibly busy. We have families, school, work, housework, etc. And huge dreams that we need to work for. And only 24 hours in a day. I’m willing to bet that our dreams are often put on the back-burner when prioritizing the zillion things we have to do.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to take hours and hours of our time each day to work towards our goals. It was suggested in this podcast that if you just take 30 minutes every day to work on your blog or business, you’ll be able to build momentum. Taking small chunks of time and really focusing on the task at hand can be more effective than taking a lot of time and not being as focused. Doing too many things at a time can also be overwhelming. Instead, try to pick one or two things to accomplish at a time and dive deeper into them.

In addition, recognize that there’s always something you’re going to want. Someone else will be living your ideal situation. One of the guests Jess interviews talks specifically about this situation. She says to just do something to move forward and not stay in a situation that you’re unhappy with! Stop giving excuses and go after what you want.

Don’t Let Fear Stop You

At the end of each episode, Jess asked everyone she interviewed what their best piece of advice would be for someone just starting out on their journey. Almost every single person she interviewed said, “Just do it! Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams!” Now, how many times have you heard that advice from someone further along in the process? I’ve heard it so many times, and it never sunk in. Until listening to this podcast.

You’re never going to be 100 percent ready for something. Right now, I’ve been procrastinating growing an email list for my blog. It’s scary to me because it’s something I haven’t done before. And the thought, “Man, what if no one signs up?” holds me back. But here’s the thing, nothing has to be permanent. If the first email I send out is a total flop, then I’ll learn from it and write a better one. The same principle applies to anything, really.

This podcast was full of people Jess had met at conventions and social events. She is so willing to reach out to others and get their opinions and perspectives. It can be exhausting just thinking about networking sometimes! But Jess recommends reaching out to others in creative ways (such as buying them a taco instead of offering money) to build relationships and show your interest in their knowledge. Try your best to open doors for yourself. The worst they can do is say no!

Find Your Passion

I’m not a vegetarian, but one of my favorite episodes of The Lively Show was with a guest that makes her living coaching and writing about plant based eating. The reason I enjoyed this episode is because the guest had gone through so much to get to the point where she found what she was truly passionate about. To me, someone that is so sure about what they’re sharing is inspiring.

Even if we’re not inspired by vegan recipes, sharing what you love is essential to success. For me, I am passionate about actively learning to become my best self. I love finding new resources to make that possible, and sharing what I find on this blog helps propel me forward.

No matter what you choose to pursue in life, there will always be someone that will disagree with you or think you’re silly. And that’s okay! Be confident in who you are and what’s important to you. Because you have something to share with the world.



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40 thoughts on “3 Tips to Add Intention to Your Daily Life

    1. Sorry you’re in a rut! I’m so glad this post could bring a little positivity. Is there anything you’d really like to read about?

    1. That’s great! I love her too, she’s awesome. I’d love to hear your perspective sometime too!

      1. Hi Makayla, I love listening to Jess’s podcasts and think she explains the law of attraction very well. I didn’t know what to make of it at first but she has quite a scientific approach and I’m looking forward to hearing more about it and seeing how I could apply it to my own life! Lxx

  1. My greatest enemy was always fear until I got bored with it, faced it, and stopped resisting it. I think of fear as a warning sign now, as in, “What’s wrong,” what is my fear trying to tell me? That led me to realize that my fear wasn’t keeping me trapped, it was hiding from fear that was making me feel like a prisoner. Thanks for your tips and reminders on this issue… 🙂

    1. I absolutely love that. I feel like I’m in that place now where I’m incredibly bored with fear but haven’t found a way to face it, even though I’m ready to. I’m glad to know that it’s possible and that you’ve done it!

  2. Love this blog! Sharing what you love is essential to success. I love that you love to read, and the trains seem so serene and beautiful. It is important to feed passion so it grows, and begins to blossom.

    1. I totally agree. Reading is essential and I wish there was more time for it! Passion is important too, it makes it way easier to continue working towards your goals.

  3. ‘Don’t let fear stop you’ is very true to me at the moment. I’m trying hard to say yes to more things and get more opportunities.

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

  4. Thanks for the reminders. And yes, 30 minutes a day can quickly add up. I write a poem most mornings on the metro to work (25 minute ride), because it’s the one time when neither my work nor my kids can claim my attention. And without quite noticing that I did it, I wrote and blogged over 200 poems… and started loving my commute.

    1. Oh my gosh! What an accomplishment. You are an inspiration. If you get a chance, leave a link to your blog. I would love to read your poetry!

    1. There are free apps you can use to get started with podcasts! I personally use CastBox. I listen to a new podcast every week and write about them, so if you need a good list let me know!

  5. An excellent post, Makayla. The part about carving out at least 30 minutes a day to work on your dream is great advice. Sometimes that’s all it takes to keep our passion alive, and to keep as moving forward during the busy times.

    You have a great blog.

    1. Thank you so much! When I heard that advice I thought it was such a practical tip. I feel like we sometimes have this “all or nothing” mentality, when we really just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other!

  6. What a great post! Loved hearing about the inspiring podcast you’ve been listening too and how those three items were apparent in all the convos. Passion is definitely a big thing… if you’re not passionate about what uou’re Sharing, why should anyone read it?

    1. That’s such a great point. To add to that, why would you want to create content that wouldn’t be applicable or useful to the people reading it? It totally wouldn’t be worth creating.

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