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June Link Love & Some Really Awesome Things!!

May I just tip my hat for a split second to say… I really named this post well.  Primarily that means that I really named these Link Love posts well because they all (like this one in February and this one in April) contain a lot of articles on love, which is always just happy and uplifting.  Right?!! :)

Without any further mumble and jumble from me, I’ll throw you right into my favorite posts I’ve read lately!  Here we go!

Please Don’t Let Me Disappear by Emily Freeman

*Sigh* … I swear it’s like every time I’m feeling a certain way, Emily just goes and writes about the dang thing.  This woman is either a mind reader or incredibly talented.  I’m betting on both.  A MUST READ for all women and any guys who are just curious what we think about … ;)

Bumpdate!!! @ Pursuit of Pink

I pretty much just tear bombed my way through Lindsay’s post on her upcoming last few weeks of pregnancy.  This woman is super strong and lately has been so transparent with her struggles with third-trimester pregnancy.  It’s such an inspiration for women like me who see myself going through something similar one day. Oh and her husband who sleeps on the floor to keep her company in the wee hours of the morning ?!! Amazing!

5 Ways to Be Happy in Love @ Chasing Happy

A great reminder over at Chasing Happy of ways to stay, you guessed it, HAPPY in love!  A very honest and sweet post.. just made me smile all the way through :)

Worth It All @ The Art of Non-Conformity

A thought-provoking post from Chris on how to decide if you should commit to something or not.  I loved this post because I am often times evaluating whether what I’m currently doing in my life is the right thing for me or not.  For a long time, I thought that I would one day go to business school for my MBA, but as the years passed by, I realized that even though my brain was saying “this is such a great idea!”, my gut was saying something different.  It’s through the same process that Chris talks about in this post that I finally realized “hey, business school just isn’t worth it to me” and I think that’s OK.

 

Go read all those posts!!!

Are you back from reading?

Ok, great.  I think I also promised you…

Some Really Awesome Things!

  • My family came to visit this past weekend and my dad and my brother’s friend (basically my brother) BUILT A WALL IN MY STUDIO CONDO.  And, people?!.. it looks fantastic!!  I could not have imagined anything better!  The before and after blog post will be up later this week!
  • My uncle is starting a BOAT BAR shop.  What is that?  It’s a bar in the shape of a boat!! And it’s really sweet!  Look at this picture…

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And now go to this site to learn more about boat bars!!

 

“Success” in Life: How Do You Define It?

When I started my blog, I wrote a post about the definition of success. It was mainly derived from an article that I fell in love with that year called 10 Questions that Create Success. From the article, if, at the end of each day, you can answer yes to the following questions then you will be “successful.”

1. Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?
2. Have I done something today that improved the world?
3. Have I conditioned my body to be more strong, flexible and resilient?
4. Have I reviewed and honed my plans for the future?
5. Have I acted in private with the same integrity I exhibit in public?
6. Have I avoided unkind words and deeds?
7. Have I accomplished something worthwhile?
8. Have I helped someone less fortunate?
9. Have I collected some wonderful memories?
10. Have I felt grateful for the incredible gift of being alive?

I love these questions so much. I could seriously read them every day — preferably framed nicely on my wall (birthday hint mom and dad).

The other day, however, I stumbled upon the following list describing success.

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And, I also fell in love with this list!

I was torn. Which is the right list?!!

Of course, you know the answer; there is no right list. But perhaps, this brings light to the fact that success is different for each of us and it’s important to understand what it means to you.

I decided that my list would look something like the following:

  • Have I made certain that those I love feel loved? (too good of one to change)
  • Do I feel strength in my body, mind and heart?
  • Have I lived in the present moment? Carpe diem!
  • Have I done something to improve my surroundings?
  • Have I given away more than I’ve taken?
  • Have I thought and acted with passion?
  • Have I created more positive energy than negative?
  • Have I forgiven myself and others?
  • Have I felt grateful for the small things as well as the large?
  • Have I provided and accepted honesty?
  • Have I allowed myself to be vulnerable?

*What’s your list?

**Ps. We’re changing the world. Are you joining us?