Darkness had just settled in over the river.

I’d paddled my kayak a mile or so to get to this secluded spot on the sandy bank of Ivy Creek.

I’d already set up my campsite. It was a simple one.

A hammock strung between two trees.
A bonfire.
A drybag with food.


I was camping.
In the wilderness.

And I couldn’t be happier.

This had been a goal of mine.

Not a goal in the sense that it was something I wanted to do. It was an actual goal.

A written goal with an action plan, a deadline and a documented reason why.

Without the written plan, it would have never happened.

And it was an aligned goal. That is, it aligned with my core values.

Not with what I see on Facebook.
Not with what’s parked in my neighbor’s driveway.
Not what the media shoves down our throats.

Having aligned goals is how you achieve the ever-elusive ideal that we call “balance.”

I have other goals too, of course.

A goal about date nights with Ali.
About spending time with the kids.
About fitness.
About money.

They’re all clearly documented and I review them regularly, updating, and tweaking along the way.

If you DON’T have your goals written with a clear plan of action and a framework for following through, you’re missing out.

You’re missing out on living your life intentionally.

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I hope you take action.

Otherwise, life will happen to you instead of for you.