I am an internationally certified Lifestyle Design Coach. If I could get a penny for everytime some asks me what Lifestyle Design means, well, I may be a wee bit closer to one of my goals: driving a Maserati Quattroporte.
Okay, okay. That seems a little snobbish and maybe a bit far fetched for a girl that grew up in the cornfields of Indiana in an auto industry blue collar family. This luxury auto is on my wildest dreams list, but also featured on my vision board. I ask my clients to design a vision board for realistic and achievable goals, but to also throw 2-3 wildest dreams visions on there. Why? When the goals become too boring or my clients start to hesitate or procrastinate, those two or three wildest dreams visions suddenly kick them back into gear!
Lifestyle Design has gotten a lot of attention lately, both positive and negative. Critics say it’s impossible to design your life and it only leads to depression, dissapointment, and disillusionment. Well, I’m happy to sit with those who say nay-nay to that thought! Don’t we design our lives everyday anyway? Are you not sure what I mean by that?
Let’s break it down. Webster’s Dictionary defines Lifestyle as:
noun life·style \ˈlīf-ˈstī(-ə)l, -ˌstī(-ə)l\Popularity: Top 40% of words
Simple Definition of lifestyle
: a particular way of living : the way a person lives or a group of people live
And Design as:
verb de·sign \di-ˈzīn\Popularity: Top 20% of words
Simple Definition of design
: to plan and make decisions about (something that is being built or created) : to create the plans, drawings, etc., that show how (something) will be made
: to plan and make (something) for a specific use or purpose
: to think of (something, such as a plan) : to plan (something) in your mind
Lifestyle Design is essentially the practice of creating a plan for a specific use or purpose, with that purpose being the way you live. You can create a blueprint at any time for your life – you are the architect of your future!
Cheesy, I know, but loaded with truth.
I chose Lifestyle Design because I am passionate about pulling people out of ruts, encouraging them to explore the unknown, getting them to write a pirate map where the treasure chest is loaded down with their dreams, and empowering people through living with achievement.
Some coaches in my specific field believe Lifestyle Design equates to travelpreneurship (which I live but also know it isn’t for everyone), convincing their clients to push for the rich and famous lifestyle, or buttering up sales pitches of less work and more leisure. Sure, that’s okay for some, but it isn’t for everyone.
As a Lifestyle Design Coach rooted in reality, I help my clients achieve the life they want to be living at the level they want to live. I believe in pushing my clients to their boundaries, not to mine. And trust me, my boundaries are pretty far!
I truly believe the art of Lifestyle Design is to make you live in a way that leaves you happy, fulfilled, spreading joy and positivity. I believe that to design a new path, you first have to willing to challenge yourself and you have to want the change. Many people push for change and fail simply because deep down, THEY don’t want. Instead, those around them want this change. To truly appreciate your life and become the master architect of your future, it has to come from within.
This is how I lead my tribe and this is also how my tribe leads me.
Why should I, of all people, be qualified to lead anyone to design their life?
Well, my friends, that is a story in itself and I will share it with you shortly.
In the meantime, let me know what questions you have about Lifestyle Design or what you want to change about your current life. Leave a comment and I will either answer your question or give a quick tip to start moving your path forward!