“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” — Jason Campbell
Being the author of your own life story means you can live any way you want, as no one else can live your life for you. Life unfolds in the most unique and glorious ways, and the more we can remain present for it, the better our story gets. This becomes your own reality – a unique one that only you will understand.
This personal reality (our core awareness) is a product of our own histories, attitudes, and beliefs. When we internalize these to make sense of an experience around us, we can either hinder or promote the change of our personal reality as a result. For those who practice gratitude, this inner awareness leads to an ever-present field of possibilities and opportunities. It’s that gratitude that empowers us to change who we are, sometimes daily, to continue to grow, thrive, and live a good story.
I believe in having a full life. A long time ago, I set out to be someone unique – I would take risks that raised eyebrows, I would let my opinion be heard, not caring what the response was; and I would love hard. Now as I’ve gotten older, I’m a bit more calculated in many of the “risks” I take but still, I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
Instead of going on and on about how to be the author of your own life story (because you already are one!), here’s a brief list of some of what has made my life story:
- I moved far across the country… more than once. Sometimes, you need a break from “life”, and what better way to gain a new perspective than moving somewhere, where you know no one. I’ve previously lived in Seattle for two years and San Diego for a total of three years. While I call DC my home, these “life breaks” brought me back to DC a much healthier, happier person.
- I started my own strategic marketing consulting firm – and kept it going for four years. Sure, there were some difficult financial times in there – it’s never easy to hustle for work AND DO the work when times are tough. But, it was one of the best experiences of my life.
- I’ve traveled throughout a lot of Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.. – traveling gives you new perspectives on life that you didn’t know were possible, and the stories you create from it are exhilarating. I’ve gone dog sledding in Park City while experiencing Sundance, eaten some of the best cuisine in Toronto, enjoyed the theater in London and Paris, taken a Gondola ride through Venice, walked around the streets of Rome in utter happiness, made many friends in Barcelona, hiked a crater in Mt. Etna, learned to snowboard in Squaw Valley, dined in Istanbul with good friends, meditated in Malta, explored Bruges, attended the Grand Ole Opry, hiked waterfalls and rainforests in Washington state, taken a helicopter ride to Catalina for the day, and the list can go on and on.
- I started a successful blog in 2010 that initially focused on local D.C. happenings and musings – something that had me on television a few times. Since then, it’s evolved into more of a health, wellness, and travel blog – three of my biggest passions, that have touched thousands of lives.
- I was married once, briefly, and I don’t regret it. This man taught me more about how to love and be in a relationship than anyone else I know. It didn’t work out but I fully believe people come into your life to teach you lessons you didn’t know you needed to know. When you’ve learned all you can, it sometimes no longer suits you and/or the other person. He’s one of my best friends to this day and always will be.
- I’m writing a novel – really. With one prologue and two chapters down, I’m close to putting together the proposal. It’s a life goal that will tell a story of a life story.
The list of stories in my life could go on and on (these are some of my favorite), although my “life book” isn’t even close to completion. I’m excited to see how I let my life story unfold in the coming years.
So start living your life – go out, do something different, be someone different, and share it with the world. Inspiring others to live a good story is infectious and we need to spread all the positivity and happiness we can!