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It’s something that has been instilled in me from a very young age without me even being aware of it.  For as far back as I can remember, I’ve been inundated with images of people meeting, falling in love, getting married, and living happily ever after.  These subliminal messages were everywhere: on TV, in movies, at family get-togethers, at school; the message being: you will not be happy until you find someone to cling to like a barnacle on a whale for the rest of your life.

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I’ve discovered a few things about myself over the past year (more on that in another post) and now I’m eager to actually start living my life according to what I’ve learned, which is why my theme word for 2016 is: live.

But besides having a pulse, how does one measure if they are living?  It’ll be different for everyone but I’ve thought of a few ways that make sense for me:

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“MY MISSION IN LIFE IS NOT MERELY TO SURVIVE, BUT TO THRIVE; AND TO DO SO WITH SOME PASSION, SOME COMPASSION, SOME HUMOR, AND SOME STYLE” – MAYA ANGELOU

 

About two years ago, I remember feeling really fed up with the way my life was going.  I felt as if I was a spectator in my own life, letting things happen instead of deciding what happened.  I felt like a stunted tree that for lack of some vital component,

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Work, deadlines, overtime, school, exams, projects, the PTA,  life…With all the things that keep us running around on a daily basis, it gets difficult to prioritize and to make sure that we allocate sufficient time to the things in our life that are the most important – like our children, our significant others, and even our health.

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I’m a little late to “The Alchemist” party, especially considering that it celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.  I found out about it by reading a back issue of the “O” magazine, where Oprah interviewed the author, Paulo Coelho.

I was intrigued by the idea of a Personal Legend,

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