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Do more than just exist. We all exist. The question is: Do you live?
About 15 years ago, I had an intervention with myself. I sat down at the local library on a Saturday morning and read through hundreds of archived entries in my journal. Specifically, I was looking for all the unfulfilled goals and visions for the future that I had jotted down over the years. And it didn’t take long before I realized that the entire course my life had taken up to that point had been the product of other people’s opinions and decisions. Every day I was just going through the motions, and doing what I was “supposed” to do, instead of what was right for ME.
Fast forward to today, and as I awoke this morning, I marveled at my life. Where once I woke with dread at the thought of a new day, now I wake with excitement to begin – grateful to be doing what I’m doing with my life. I’m so happy I did what I had to do, and struggled through the tough times and fears, and realigned my life with the activities and ideals that make me feel alive.
I tell you this because I know life can get pretty crazy at times. Sometimes it gets so busy that we forget how important it is to actually listen to ourselves, instead of others. But I’m happy to tell you that things can change if you want them to, at any age.
Just as I’ve turned things around for myself, I know hundreds of other people who have done the same. Through a decade of life, relationship, and small business coaching, I’ve witnessed people reinventing themselves at all ages – 48-year olds starting families, 57-year-olds graduating from college for the first time, 71-year-olds starting successful businesses, and so forth.
How did we do it? We insisted upon making changes, and we followed through.
Above all, what you need to remember is happiness is dependent upon ourselves, and there are some things in life you have to insist on doing, no matter what others say about it. For instance, you have to…
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- Insist on making your life your own. – Most of us are not raised to actively seek our calling. We may not even know that we have one. As kids, we are seldom told we have a place in life that is uniquely ours alone. Instead, we are encouraged to believe that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of others – that we should find our happiness exactly as they have found theirs. Rather than being taught to ask ourselves who we are, we are trained to ask others for permission. We are, in effect, schooled to live other people’s versions of our lives. Every day is designed and developed as told to us by someone else! And then one day when we break free to survey our dreams, seeking to fulfill ourselves, we see that most of our dreams have gone unfulfilled because we believed, and those around us believed, that what we wanted for ourselves was somehow beyond our reach. It’s time to unlearn these lies and make changes. It takes courage to grow wiser and become who you really are. And today is the first day of the rest of your life. (more…)
It’s the home stretch of winter, and you could probably use a little boost to get through the week. To help you get a good meal on the table, we’ve done all the work of meal planning for you.
Try one or all of these dishes this week.
Herb-Roasted Lobster and Steak - Gluten Free
Indian-Spiced Veggie Burgers - Health Starts Here, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Braised Chicken with Fennel and Apples - Gluten Free
Arugula Salad with Fennel and Pine Nuts - Gluten Free, Vegetarian
What are you making this week?
My family is crazy about Valentine’s Day. When I was growing up, my sister and I would awaken on February 14 to find a glorious basket of goodies next to our breakfast plate. Now that I’m an adult, my parents still find time to send sweet treats in the mail, and my sister always makes me a beautiful card.
This year, I’m putting my own twist on the family tradition. When I share Valentine gifts with the special people in my life — from my spouse to my son, my parents and even dear friends — I’m going to make sure that the ingredients are as good as the sentiments I’m trying to express.
Whole Foods Market’s legendary Quality Standards make it my go-to place for Valentine candies, luxurious body care, and Whole Trade® flowers that give back to the communities where they were grown. Here’s a quick run-down of the goodies I’ll be giving as gifts this year:
For the Little Ones
Need goodies for your kiddo’s classroom exchange? Send sweets without artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners:
Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks are chewy, bunny-shaped snacks made from real fruit juice.
Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Hearts are lightly sugared and bursting with cherry and watermelon flavors.
Bonuses: Both of these treats are Non-GMO Project Verified, packed with vitamin C, and they come in kid-size packages with a space to address to classmates or friends!
For the Chocolate Lovers in Your Life
You almost can’t go wrong with chocolate as a gift. Whether your beloved likes milk chocolate or dark, we’ve got loads of options, including Theo My Cherry Baby Bar 45% Milk Chocolate Bar and Theo Cinnamon Love 75% Dark Chocolate Crunch Bar, both of which are made with organic, fair trade chocolate.
Put your own spin on the traditional box of chocolates with a ready-to-gift box of Lake Champlain Organic Valentine Chocolate Squares. Each box features a mix of milk and dark chocolate squares, and each bite is a little bit sweeter when you know that it’s made with fair trade chocolate.
Show you care with gifts that meet our Premium Body Care™ standards for sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety!
Whole Foods Market™ Lemon Verbena 85% Organic Triple French Milled Soap is crafted in France and wrapped in gift-worthy, beautiful recycled paper.
Formulated with 20% shea butter, Whole Foods Market™ Dry Skin Hand Cream absorbs quickly and leaves hands soft and smooth. Intriguing scents of Peony, Mint & Blackberry make this cream extra luxurious.
Is it possible to improve on the classic Valentine gift?
Well, when you buy a dozen beautiful Whole Trade® roses, you’re helping to insure fair wages and working conditions for rose farmworkers. In addition, a portion of what you paid goes into a development fund for the community that grew the roses. The farmers and farmworkers then determine how to use those funds for scholarships, healthcare, housing or other social, economic and environmental projects that meet the needs of their community. Isn’t that a great way to share your love?
Will you be giving a Valentine gift or gifts this season? Share some gifting inspiration in the comments.