So, the first step in figuring anything out is to accept the fact that something needs to change. For example, I can't change my bad habit of saying "ya know" (I don't really say that, although my bestie's mother said that all of the time) until I realize how many times I am actually saying those words. Once I figure out that fact, I can go about making changes to my life. Have you taken stock of your life lately? Let me take you on a quick walk through your life map.
Take stock of your life in a variety of areas by rating yourself from 1 to 10 (10 being the most satisfied ever and 1 being the least satisfied you have ever felt). Here we go......
1. Career/Work- _________________
2. Family Life- ____________
3. Financial Stability- _______________
4. Romantic or intimate life (not just the sex!)- ____________
5. Your personal values and beliefs- ____________
6. Your hobbies- _____________
7. Your emotional needs being met-____________
8. Your Physical health- ______________
9. Your Personal Growth- _____________
10. Your family and community interaction- _____________
Now that you have rated yourself, pay attention to the ones that made you think a bit more or even the ones that you weren't real sure how you felt- these are the areas that may be challenging you right now. No one has a perfect life and if they do, then I want in! Even as a therapist and relatively (I say this loosley) 'normal' person, there are always areas in my life that I would like to improve.
To be Continued (I love leaving my readers with anticipation!)
About this Woman Warrior!
Samantha Afanador is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the proud owner of a private counseling practice in Apex, North Carolina Peak Professional Group. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field and has been a woman warrior since the very tender age of 16 when she first stood up for women's rights in the Dominican Republic. She has played many roles in her life and uses her sense of humor, authentic projection of herself and her clinical knowledge to support and mentor those around her.