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The Wheel of Life

I remember when we were kids in elementary school we used to have an elaborate circus unit as part of our Physical Education (P.E.) class with juggling stations, unicycles, pogo sticks, stilts and all kinds of other stuff. I remember the sight in my head perfectly: everyone scattered across the different stations attempting to find that perfect balance.

I never liked the circus unit! I couldn’t juggle to save my life or even manage to stand straight on the stilts for more than half a second. Why couldn’t we do something normal in P.E. like play dodge ball or capture the flag?!

Years later, long after my days of required physical education, I suddenly realized that we’re all still stuck in the damn circus unit. Everyone around me is trying to juggle one thing or other; attempting to find that perfect balance between everything we want out of life—myself included.

Coincidentally, it was when this realization dawned on me that my mom came to me and told me about a lecture she had attended about the “Wheel of Life.” The “Wheel of Life” is all about balance. We all hope that we are able to give 100% to every aspect of our lives, whether it is financial goals, intellectual goals, family or our social lives. But sometimes we get so caught up in one aspect that we lose sight of all the others. We find ourselves feeling overwhelmed or like something’s missing and it gets a little tough to reevaluate what we’re doing.

Now although I’ve always loved the idea of feng shui, yin and yang, and all things harmonious, I haven’t ever been an adamant follower. But the wheel of life focuses on logic and lets you reevaluate your life the way you want to until you find that balance. Here’s what you do:

– Think up eight aspects of your life that are important to you.

– Draw a circle and break it up into eight even parts. Each section to represent the aspects you chose (see example).

– Create a rating scale by numbering each “spoke” from 1-10. Rate yourself on each aspect. Does your life wheel look like a wheel? Does it feel balanced?

Now you have a visual representation of your current life balance. Focus on bringing these aspects into balance to form that perfect wheel. Maybe you need to focus less time or energy on one aspect and devote more to another.

Keep a consistent log of these to help you get back on track.

Now to be honest I’ve never been into these “visualize your life” type of activities, but I love the logic behind this. And seeing as I’m trying to overcome some changes in my life with Project Dina Transformation, I might as well use this to keep me on track.

: : : But sometimes we forget what we got, who we are or who we’re not. But I think we got a chance to make it right. Keep it loose. Keep it tight : : :

— Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight, Amos Lee —


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Project Dina Transformation

Week 3:

Yes, I know…it’s weird to start things with week 3 but I really meant to start this ages ago. It’s been months since I decided that I wanted to embark on some grand personal “mind, body, and soul” journey. Something along the lines of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, which I ranted about endlessly in my last post…minus the “eat” though, I really don’t need more “eat!” But I found myself struggling to begin anything new up until two weeks ago, when I finally got off my butt and decided, “Enough sulking, it’s time to start fresh.”

I have become your grade A, walking cliche. I loved then lost love; I climbed high then tripped and fell horribly; I followed my heart yet came crashing down; basically any age-old saying that translates simply to: I got screwed over! Dramatic much? Maybe…but I guess that’s how most people feel when they fight so hard for what they want and STILL end up losing miserably.

But enough is enough — cue motivational music please. There’s a simple reason why we all fall down at one point or other: to get back up again. In that case, let Project Dina Transformation begin.

Step 1: Get a summer job. And it’s not just about filling the time or making money (ok fine the money is a major plus — a huge chunk of it is already promised to a Louis Vuitton I’ve had my eye on for ages). But I need to feel like I’m doing something important…something that will set some kind of path for my future rather than the circles I’m running around myself.

Step 2: Get fit, kill insecurity and feel great.

Step 3: Surround myself with the people I love. With that said, let me take this moment to admit and apologize to everyone I’ve pushed away in the past year. You have no idea of the value you hold in my heart.

So I realize this completely goes against my whole plan to spend all four months of summer being Italian and doing absolutely nothing (see previous post) but I can’t do it! Now I’m entering into week 3 and I have to say it feels pretty good! I’ve gotten that job, I’ve been pretty consistent with the whole getting fit thing and I’m reaching out to everyone who holds a piece of my heart.

Fingers crossed I keep up with this kind of will power.

: : : Say a prayer for me. Help me to feel the strength I did. My identity…Has it been taken? Is my heart breaking on me? All my plans fell through my hands. All my dreams suddenly seem empty : : :

— Empty, The Cranberries —


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