Living A More Meaningful Life

Whether you’re actively thinking about retirement or not, at some point, we all begin to wonder how to live a more meaningful life. Retirement forces us to focus on it  more because of the overall  life transition it represents. However, reaching midlife often brings up questions about living a more meaningful life and just how to make it happen.

Regardless of your situation, you may be feeling stuck because you just can’t figure out what living a “more meaningful life” actually means for you. No doubt you can think of things about your life that you’d like to change, but are they in the “meaningful” category?

Start asking yourself will the changes matter? And more importantly, do they really matter to you?  Start with those two simple questions and build from there.

If you’re puzzled by defining a meaningful life and want to explore just what it might mean for you, try journaling. Journaling frees your mind.  It gives you an opportunity to reflect on the jumble of thoughts that often races through your head. If you’ve ever experienced “monkey brain” at 2AM, journaling is a useful solution for processing all those random thoughts.

Journaling allows your ideas to flow more freely and in a safe environment. By writing about what’s on your mind, it requires you to focus on what you’re writing. As a result, journaling causes you to being mindful of what’s happening in the moment. Lose your focus and you’ve lost your thoughts.  If mindfulness is something you’d like to practice, journaling is a great tool to improve it.

In addition, journaling will make you a better writer.  If you can compose  your thoughts in a journal, you’ll be improving your overall writing ability just through repetition and practice.

Combine journaling with life planning and figure out how to live a more meaningful life. Remember, the definition of a meaningful life is simple. What in your life matters to you? Use journaling to help define what a meaningful life looks on your terms.

So, start journaling today. Sign up for a free 30-Day Journaling Challenge with Retirement Style. You’ll receive a question by email every day for a month. Spend 5-10 minutes daily capturing your thoughts.  By the end of 30 days, you’ll have new ideas on how to make your life more meaningful, as well as some action steps to get you started.

Remember, if it matters to you, it’s meaningful. Take the first step to figure out what matters by giving journaling a try.


People of all ages struggle to live a more meaningful life, but the struggle to identify a meaningful retirement is very real. Working with a certified retirement coach can help you frame what’s important to you and how to work towards it in order to find a meaningful life in retirement. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your journey and how we can help.

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