Hobbies and goals

Level 10 Life

About a year ago, I discovered this goal-setting technique called the “Level 10 Life,” and have fallen madly in love with it. It originally comes from Hal Elrod’s book, “The Miracle Morning,” (which is still on my reading list!) and I was first introduced to it through my bullet journaling community. When I was first introduced to the Level 10 Life, the person introducing me called it the “Ten Level Life,” and so I often say it that way as well. But it means the same thing, and it has been revolutionary in my goal-setting practices!

Up until the past couple of years, I have always had trouble with execution. Or, in other words, I would set goals but never get them done. I try to create a Level 10 Life list every four months in order to help me stay focused on what I am wanting to accomplish, and it has been a wonderful tool.

Aren’t you just dying to know more?



The Level 10 life has 10 categories – Marriage/Romance, Family/Friends, Health/Fitness, Fun/Recreation, Finances, Physical Environment, Personal Development, Spirituality, Giving, and Career.

In each of these categories, I like to create a “big picture” goal. My “big picture” goal for Fun/Recreation is to explore more and have more small adventures. I don’t have the ability to do any large scale traveling right now, and so I want to commit to finding adventure and novelty right where I am. For each category, you can create 10 action steps that can help you to reach the bigger picture.

If I want to find adventure and novelty in my own surroundings, I can plan a hiking trip. I can explore a nearby city to which I have never been. I can head to the beach and go horseback riding on the water. I create lists like this for each category of the Level 10 Life chart. These action steps don’t always need to be big things, but they do need to push me in the direction that I am trying to go.

When I am creating my Level 10 Life list, I try to ensure that I am creating goals that are specific, concrete, and have a time limit. For example, under the spirituality column, I wouldn’t put something like “read the Bible more,” a goal like that can’t be measured and most likely – at least for me – won’t end up being accomplished. Instead, I can write in that I want to have read the Book of Psalms by the end of the month. In this way, I can measure my progress and actually be able to cross off a specific goal at the end of the allotted time frame. After listing 10 action items for each of the 10 life categories, you will have listed 100 action steps that you can take toward reaching your goals and living a more fulfilled and accomplished life.

Another thing I love about the Level 10 Life charts is that they are incredibly visually appealing. You don’t have to be a great artist to create one, but there are plenty of artists out there that are doing these intricate, beautiful charts. Even just color coding a simple chart makes it beautiful. When you complete all of your goals, you not only get to feel accomplished, but your chart will begin to fill with color as you complete each action item.

If you’re interested in living your own “Level 10 Life,” but don’t know how to get started or need a bit of help narrowing down your goals – let me know! I’d love to help support and encourage you toward success. And share some of your lists with me, I would love to know what types of things others are working on!

Hobbies and goals

Publishing a Book!

In 2010, I took a class on curriculum development and instruction for the young child. As part of the course, I wrote a cute little rhyme to help teach children lunch time manners in a classroom setting. At the time, my professor suggested that I get the story published, but I sort of eye-rolled at the thought of ever doing anything with it.

I’ve always been a writer. Aside from blogging, I have journals full of stories, poems, con-languages, con-worlds, and random thoughts about life and spirituality. I’ve found that, when it comes to my writing, I’m often too much of a perfectionist to think about getting published. I once wrote a 27 chapter novel and deleted the entire thing simply because I didn’t like a few details (I regret that, by the way, and won’t ever do that again)! So, when my professor suggested I get something published, I pushed the idea out of my mind and barely gave it another thought.

Fast forward seven years, and “Lunchtime,” the story I wrote for class, is scheduled to be released on December 5th! I’ve been working with Mascot Books, and they have been really helpful in walking me through the publishing process.

Since I announced the publishing of this story, a lot of people have told me that they have always wanted to publish something. Often, what holds them back is finding the time to complete a manuscript. And then, I imagine, the cost of publishing might be a bit of an obstacle.

In regards to completing a manuscript, I know that can be difficult. There are so many things I want to write, but finding the time is incredibly hard. I am still learning to manage my time appropriately, because there are so many things that I want to do in life that I “don’t have time” for. The thing is, though, we all get the same 24 hours in a day. And any accomplishment you achieve in life will not come without sacrifice.

In regards to the costs of publishing, for our family it wasn’t cheap. My husband has been amazing in supporting me through this without complaining about the cost. One night, I apologized to him about what I was spending for this book, and he simply responded with – “But what will it cost us if you don’t publish?”

If you have something valuable to give to the world, what does it cost you to keep it to yourself? And, perhaps more importantly, what will it cost the world?

I love seeing people reach their goals, and it is exciting to be able to cross one of my goals off the list. I want to encourage you, whatever it is you’re wanting to achieve, to buckle down and follow through with it!

In the meantime, if you’re interested in a copy of “Lunchtime,” let me know via email at wholeheartblog@gmail.com or on Facebook at Whole Heart Blog. While you’re at it, let me know what your goals are, and how I can support and be praying for you!

Thanks for reading!