17 Dec 2023

Creating Your Own Manifesto

This month I have been reflecting on the year, so it seemed like a good time to refresh my personal manifesto.

A manifesto is a personal declaration of what you want in life, what motivates and sustains you - a journey, more than a destination, evolving over time.  

Here is my latest iteration: 

Make every moment count. Life is precious. Do what makes you come alive.

Appreciate the smaller things. Be grateful for what you have each day and remember nothing lasts forever.

Connect with the natural world. Spend time outdoors in all seasons to recharge your batteries and become part of a bigger world.

Stay curious and courageous. Keep learning and growing and adapting to the inevitable changes in and around you.

Lighten up and have more fun. Be spontaneous and say ‘yes’ more often. Let go of what is holding you back.

Embrace your creativity. Progress not perfection is what you are aiming for. Try new experiences, keep writing and going on artist dates.

Pursue a positive energy path. Surround yourself with positive people and ideas. Increase your energy levels by adding variety to your exercise routine.

Accept your dark side to grow whole. Your weaknesses and limitations are what make you human and more compassionate towards others.

Reach out to friends and family. Nurture your intergenerational friendships and give back to others in meaningful ways.

As a caregiver, take care of your needs as well as those of others. Make your well-being a priority. Spend time alone. Ask for help when you need it.

Strive to be authentic and adventurous, living your best life your way every day. 

If you would like to write your own manifesto, here are a few prompts to get you started:

- What matters most to me at this life stage?

- What does success look like at work and in my personal life?

- How do I want to express this in words or images?

Also, take a look at the Holstee Manifesto, which was my inspiration to create one in the first place. 


Mary Somervell

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