Self-Care Challenge (Day 363): Unearthing My Core Desired Feelings

The Desire Map book cover

On day 363 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I unearthed my core desired feelings.

Obviously, I’m on a Danielle LaPorte kick.

After listening to the audio version of her book The Firestarter Sessions (Amazon Associate Link) last week, I realized that I was still craving more. I hadn’t quite pinpointed my core desired feelings, and it was clear that I needed to dig deeper.

The Desire Map (Amazon Associate Link), another of her inspiring books, sounded equally intriguing to me, and after deciding that I couldn’t live without it, I persuaded my husband to make a quick detour to Barnes and Noble. (Nope, this time I could not wait for Amazon Prime. I know, I know.)

This book is the perfect blend of creativity, spirituality, and common sense. In fact, her unique goal-setting approach focuses on feelings rather than the popular metrics-focused approach that SMART goals require.

Identifying our core desired feelings is just the first step. After blowing the dust off those innate desires that have been living within us since birth, we have to do some work. We have to seek out environments that generate those feelings for us. We have to find and explore opportunities and experiences that cultivate those feelings. And we have to surround ourselves with people who nurture those feelings within us.

It’s a softer form of goal-setting, I admit. And while I know that it’s not for everyone, it speaks very loudly to me.

My self-care activity for the day was to distill my core desire feelings down to three words – words that will serve as my guidepost for the coming year. If it doesn’t make me feel beautiful, open and warm, then it simply isn’t going to work for me.

What are your core desired feelings?

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