Living the 60 Blog

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Elizabeth Taylor:  You force yourself to get up.  You force yourself to put one foot in front of the other, and dammit, you refuse to let it get to you.  You fight.  You cry.  You curse.  Then you go about the business of living.  That’s how I’ve done it.  There’s no other way.

I’ve been off work for a few months and I’m once again starting to think about setting an alarm in the morning and getting up early.  In the past, when the alarms (yes, I set two!) went off, I cried.  I cursed. I fought.  However, I did get up and lived the day.  There was no way to work at my job from the comfort of my flannel sheets.

Do you know what kind of life you want to live?  I recently read a column by Ashley White (; White stated she thought she knew what kind of life she wanted to live, but she was really just a passenger sitting idly, allowing things to happen, situations to change, and moments to pass by.

After her father passed away, White realized that time is too precious to live without purpose. She made a commitment to live everyday with intention.  Her ideas resonate with me now, including to mindfully choose how to spend each day, be aware what thoughts fill my mind, and what environment surrounds me.


It’s time for a step back and discover what is most important to me.  Time to start focusing on how to begin living an intentional life:  (a) dream big (“let your mind wander”), (b) uncover values (“know what’s important to you”), (c) prepare for resistance (“it’s natural to feel fear and self-doubt”), and (d) take a step forward (“make sure that what you’re doing today is preparing you for the kind of person you want to be a year from now”).

What can you do today to get closer to that peaceful, happy life you’ve imagined for yourself?  Go do it!



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