Tools for Living Life with Intention

The Live Talk with Tessa Thompson

Have you ever realized how easy it is to get lost in the never-ending tunnel of  “what ifs”, “should have” and “Could have” in life? The truth is, we all do it. One thought leads to another and before you know it, you’ve dug yourself into a hole of despair, going through the motions of life, doing what society, culture, and even loved ones expect from you.

Here’s the thing: It doesn’t have to be that way! The secret: Live with Intention. 

Tessa Thompson – MSW, APSW, SAC-IT

All this means is, to do things purposefully; living life with purpose. This often means having a strategy and a plan especially when things don’t turn out as we plan–which is an inevitable fact of life. This can create joy and peace in the process even if there isn’t happiness. 

We spoke to a mindful living expert, Tessa Thompson, MSW, APSW, SAC-IT, founder of Balanced Vision Consulting LLC, a service-based agency that empowers others to change their narrative and be their best self on intentional living. During our conversation, she provided tools to help assess whether we are living the life we want or the life other people expect of us. She also gave practical tools on how to make living with intention a practice, and at best, a lifelong habit. 

Below are some of the tools we discussed. To put it into practice? We included resources as support.

1. The Tool of Journaling

Writing can be a foundational tool. Don’t worry about punctuation, just get your thoughts out and put them on paper. You can use a guided journal to facilitate your writing. Here are some highly rated options on Amazon:

2. The Tool of Reflection

This method is all about assessing our thoughts, feelings and actions, in order for us to realize personal learning and development. What tools from past experiences would help in a current situation. Take time to reflect on what has worked in the past. We won’t bore you with academic fluff,  but we really like the below guided questions for reflecting. Read more here.

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Quieting yourself: creating space for you to become aware of your thoughts.  Pull it out and put it down. If you are a person of faith, this could be prayer time for you. 

3. The Tool of Mindfulness/Meditation

Quieting yourself: creating space for you to become aware of your thoughts.  Pull it out and put it down. If you are a person of faith, this could be prayer time for you. 

  • Here is a guided meditation by Harvard Center for Wellness and health promotion. This is Awareness of Breath Meditation. Explore other resources on their website
  • There are also many different meditation apps. Headspace and Calm are two of the most popular that members of our team use as well. Both offer paid subscriptions to access the entire app, but have many free guided meditations are available.
  • Finally, here are a couple highly rated meditation books for beginners available for free on Kindle: How To Meditate; Meditation for Beginners.

4. The Tool of Self Talk

What we say to ourselves is important. It shapes our perspective and actions. So, say positive and encouraging things to yourself – Self Talk. Learn why what you say to yourself matters. Here are some good reads: 

5. The Tool of Vision boards

Being able to create goals, what you see for yourself and what it looks like. Vision Board: Here are some printable vision boards to help you start. You can find more examples at MakingLifeBlissful

6. The Tool of Faith

If you are a person of faith, utilize it as you work on joy, intention and purpose. Know that God has our best interest in mind, no matter what you are going through. We got this, love!

7. The Tool of SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis is a compilation of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The primary goal of a SWOT analysis is to help individuals develop a full awareness of all the factors involved in making key decisions.

Here is a great presentation on why it’s important to do a personal SWOT analysis. “The Better you know yourself, the better your relationship with the rest of the world” by Toni Collette.

8. The Tool of Early Rising

Waking up early in the morning allows you to have some quiet time. Plan your day, meditate, pray, and think without excessive distraction. Make a plan to have daily quiet time.

For more tools, tips and resources, check out Tessa’s website.

While 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year, we have been given a priceless privilege to pause, reflect, and hopefully, get clearer with the kind of life we want to live. So, if you have been waiting for a sign to make a shift or change in the way you live your life, we hope this message serves as your green light to GO. GET. IT. Get clear on your intentions and go live your life intentionally because YOU. DESERVE. THAT. 

With so much encouragement, 


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