Experiments in creating my own path and living on purpose. Sometimes lost, occasionally found, and often inspired.

AUTHENTICITY: living in alignment with who you are and what you stand for, acting with awareness, striping away the nonessential, honoring what remains, letting it flow right out

CREATIVITY: bringing the curiosity, playfulness, and courage to explore what’s possible and discover what’s true, practicing active empathy, a receptiveness to humor, beauty and vitality

COMPASSION: a willingness to see and be seen, kindness above all else, the belief that every person has a unique story and that each and every one of us are capable of greatness

FREEDOM: the space to explore, grow and evolve towards your best self, the choice to be your own guide, to take accountability for your life, to hold a generous heart and an unburdened soul

ADVENTURE: to be an active participant in life, pursuing a path of discovery, questioning assumptions and limitations, riding boundaries, embracing serendipity, a thirst for wonder

JOY: to wake up each morning and feel deeply alive, find beauty in the little things, savor each precious moment, surround yourself with color, laughter, and a deep gratitude for life

PEOPLE: to fill your life with good, kind, interesting people, expansive thinkers, to love and be loved, to serve, to challenge and to inspire

I wrote this Manifesto a few years ago as a way to get centered and honest about what matters most to me. While the core themes and values persist, the way I understand and articulate them evolves over time as I also evolve as a human being in this world. In essence, I guess you could say that this Manifesto is never truly finished, but the fluidity of it is also what makes it complete.

This post is part of a series called Things Unfinished. It is an exploration of creative endeavors that I started, but never completed.