Thoughts on how to “live like you were dying”

TGquoteA couple weeks ago, Tim and I went to see Tim McGraw in concert. He is an artist that has been on my “must see” list for quite a few years, so I was really excited to finally check this concert off my list! I just love the energy of a live performance and attending concerts/music events is definitely one of my lesser known hobbies.

Opening for McGraw was the up and coming, Chase Bryant, who was really good! Next on stage was one of my personal favs, Billy Currington. We actually saw Currington open for Kenny Chesney a few years ago (ok, so the secret is out-I am a HUGE country music fan and have been since high school!) Just like before, Billy Currington was amazing! He really makes you feel like he is giving you all he’s got (which I love and respect in any performer) and he appreciates his fans. Not to mention, his songs, talent and overall performance quality are all awesome!

On to Tim McGraw…yes he as fit in person as he is in pictures ;-) I have been a fan of his for a while now, so I know almost all of his songs, but to see him sing them in person is a totally different experience.

As most artists usually do, McGraw waited until the encore (actually the last song of the entire show) to sing one of his #1 hits…Live Like You Were Dying. The words to that song are so powerful and his delivery so outstanding, I was literally moved to tears. Crazy right? Of course I started thinking. How do we actually do that…live like we are dying? These are a few things I think are imperative in this journey:LLYD

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Are you leaving your mark on the world?

 

imageAs we were walking along the beach a few days ago, I started looking down at the sand and saw the footprints of others that recently walked a similar path. I began thinking…am I leaving the mark on the world that I want to leave? What is my mark? There is no way to walk exactly the same steps or take the same exact path from day to day, so it’s so important that we leave things a little better and that we, as individuals, leave a little better than we were before.

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Be Yourself!

imageI’m sure you’ve heard, just be yourself, a million times. But what does it mean and how do you do it? It is so easy to be pressured to do this, encouraged to do that or even guilted in to doing something else, which can make it difficult to remember who we are as an individuals. So often we change who we are, like we change clothes. We base it on who we are with, what we are doing or who we think we should be.  But, who are you at your core? What is most important to you?  We can all get  caught up at times with everything and everyone else, but we can only find real happiness when we are content from thimagee inside out. Continue reading

Boston, here we come!

Last week Tim and I had the opportunity to visit Boston for a work/play trip and it was awesome! It was a first for both of us, so we had a pretty ambitious list of things we wanted to see and do while we were in “Beantown”. It felt like we walked about 47 miles in just a few days, but by the time we left, we had accomplished everything on the list and then some!

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Attitude of Gratitude

gratitude-beachThere are so many things going on in the world and in our everyday life, good and bad, that we can’t control.  I tell clients, friends, etc. all the time-often you have zero control over the outcome of a situation, but you have 100% control over your preparations for it. So I choose to control what I can, having an attitude of gratitude-and let go of what I have no control over.

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What is your WHY?

what is your whyDo you ever ask yourself why? Why do you wake up, get out of bed and tackle the day? Why are you in that job, married to that person or on that course in life?  I feel like most people are asking themselves these questions, at least on occasion, because I literally have people share with me weekly that they are indeed asking this very important question…why? Continue reading

Who or what is your anchor?

what is your anchorA dear friend of mine frequently wears a beautiful diamond anchor necklace. I started noticing  that every time I saw her, she was wearing it and I finally asked…what is the meaning of the anchor? She said it was her late mother-in-law’s and her family gave it to her to represent that she is the anchor of the family. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to meet her mother-in-law, but I have come to understand she was an amazing women with tremendous strength and a giving heart. How appropriate that this wonderful person was the anchor for her family!

It seems like we all have some anchor in our life…a person, activity or place we go to find inner strength.  I think the people who are most successful, happy and at peace can immediately tell you  who or what is their anchor.  Of course that made  me think…who or what is my anchor? Continue reading

Simple Summer Skin Savers~

The temperature is heating up and summer sun is on the way! While I love a good tan as much as the next person (and probably more than most), it’s important to think of the consequences of all that relaxing sun time and your gorgeous summer glow.  I tell people all the time, proactive care for your skin is less expensive and less painful than reacting once you start to see the signs of aging and neglect on your face. Sun can wreak havoc on your anti-aging routine, but a little sunscreen and moisturizer everyday can help you steer clear from injections on another day.  I don’t know about you, but I love this quote from Dr. Christiane Northrup-“getting older is inevitable, aging is optional”. I am currently opting no thank you to aging ;-)

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Who’s in your boat?

Who in in your boatA little over a year ago I met a very special young lady and her mother.  She was preparing for a large, statewide competition and was looking for guidance. I quickly realized they were both overwhelmed by the outpouring of “advice” and “support” from others.  Just like anyone that is very talented, capable and on their way to the top, she was experiencing a lot of people that wanted to be a part of her journey and it was very confusing to try and determine who to believe, who to take advice from and who to let in her inner circle and sphere of influence.

That’s when I shared with her that she has to decide, who’s in your boatHonestly it was an analogy I had never used and something I had never said to anyone before that moment. Something magical happened and it clicked! It was like literally seeing a light bulb go off in her head and her mother’s head.   I said, everyone will want to be in your boat because you are awesome and will be successful in your goals. However, everyone can’t be in your boat. You have to make a conscious choice of who you really let in or you will drive yourself crazy taking this so called “advice” from everyone with an opinion. Continue reading