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The end.

This year is rapidly coming to a close.  For some 2017 may have been the Year! Business,  relationships,  career,  perhaps many great things happened in these areas of your life.

For me,  I can not wait to say goodbye to this year and hello to 2018!  2017 was a hard year emotionally and physically for me.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I spent a lot of the year moving through and healing from an abusive relationship.  You also know I had back surgery and have been recovering from that as well.  It was a bit tough.

As we are finishing up this last week of the year and heading into the new,  I thought I would finish with sharing the joys of this last year as I’m looking forward positively.  I find it helpful to take a look back, sort through and get ready for the new.

The highlights of 2017:

  • Enjoying living in a house rather than an apartment.
  • Becoming closer to my teenagers. 
  • No more living in daily pain; back surgery a success. 
  • Started a blog.
  • Learned about loss and healing. 
  • Spent time with family that I’d not seen in years. 
  • Traveled to new states with my children. 
  • Able to share the holidays with family, some for the first time.
  • Made new friends, cultivated and grew some others.
  • Began a daily workout routine. 
  • Learned the value of meditation.

As tough as 2017 may have been, there were still many great things that occurred.  I’m a big believer in mindset,  that what we focus on will magnify.  So as the year comes to a close,  I’m encouraging you to take stock of what went right, what were the positives that happened in your life.

I’ll be making some changes to as we begin 2018, look for them.  As always,  I welcome your feedback.

Happy New Year!

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Living Or Existing?

I found some random notes that I jotted down one night not that long ago that I thought I would share with you.  These are my thoughts about how I want to live my life these days.  I want to thrive, not just survive. Pardon me for the soap box…

It all ends in loss.  As all great battles do.  Love. War. Death.  There are no more romantic notions that we get out of this alive.  Once we’ve exhausted all the ways to prove ourselves invincible, whether the broken has healed or not,  promises kept or not; dreams realized or not, we still will not escape the end.

There is a beautiful calm; a peace that overcomes me when I accept this truth. Each one of us at some point will take our last breath.  No one will be exempt from the end.  So why do we wait to reach for joy?  To risk our hearts?  To push our bodies? To try new things?

There is no real time…time is this moment.  The one we still currently breathe in. As I have entered my 40’s I have finally begun to see…more clearly than ever…living is more than just the daily struggle to survive,  More than a job and bills to pay each month. More than endless responsibility.  Chores.  Endless tasks to finish.

This ONE life is made of SO much MORE!!  IF we choose to grasp each moment and LIVE!

Go travel.  Make that bucket list and go see the places you have always wanted to see. (save up though, no need to create additional stress in your quest to live your best life). Spend time with those you want in your life; make time for those who make time for you. If they don’t, let them go…no more chasing after those that don’t chase you back.  Call that girl you met, ask for her number, take her out.  Give that guy you’ve been crushing on your number, take his call.  Say yes more! Take more chances.

We don’t have all day…sometimes a second chance doesn’t come back around. Sometimes the end is the end.  Don’t always think there is another tomorrow.  Or a “someday.”   I don’t say that you should quit your job, run away and hop on the nearest flight and leave your responsibilities, but learn to live in the midst of it all.  Learn to thrive not just survive.

What does living look like for you?  What dreams would you pursue if you made this a priority?  Does your best life include travel?  School?  Learning a new skill?  Losing weight?  Whatever it is, make a plan and GO FOR IT!  LIVE! Create the Life you desire!

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts…your dreams…what you do to take care of yourself and live your best.

Have a fabulous day!