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Let me tell you how I got a Big Life…

About a year and a half ago, I started this blog and called it My Think Big Life. At that time, I had anything but a BIG LIFE. Trust me, it was all aspirational. It had the beginnings: walking, eating, dating, and self-care. Lots and lots of self-care.

I ended up not writing about food or dating too much. I did write a lot about how I got and stayed fit and how I found ways to live a better life.

For me, a better life meant a life where I was expressing my creativity, building and maintaining meaningful relationships, and earning a living. As I was living it; I was also writing about it. As it happens, my writing has a lot of personal meaning because I experienced every single thing I wrote about.

Incrementally, my life began to feel better. It began to look better.

Family and friends began to lose their worried looks around me.

Along the way, people began to read my blog. It connected with people. Not a million people. J Yet, enough people, I knew I was doing some good.

Even more important, my insights, started changing my own life.

I learned to GET UNSTUCK

I rediscovered my passion for WALKING

I found a way to BEAT PROCRASTINATION

I discovered common things that HOLD most people BACK and how to get around them

I shared my journey of WEIGHT LOSS

I let go of every TOXIC PERSON in my life

I FORGAVE and forgave and forgave some more

I wrote about the things that were working for me.

Recently I realized that my life had gotten BIG. Bigger than I can comfortably manage but I’m loving it.

This is a picture of me sailing for the first time

(Sailing into My Think Big Life!)

I built a blog that I love. I have a Facebook group for bloggers that is supportive and engaged. I capture my AHA moments in my newsletter–you can sign up at the bottom of the page. A part-time job came to me unexpectedly and feeds my need to have face-to-face interactions. I fell in love. I discovered a passion for travel and live music. And best of all I’ve deepened my relationships to my children, my granddaughters, my family, and my friends.

My kids and I toasting to better times

(Toasting to better times for all of us)

All of this adds up to more stuff to do than I have time to do! I’m an introvert and seriously need down time. Yet, after a couple of years of “down time” I am ready to LIVE.

So far, my blog does not capture any of the amazing stuff that’s been going on in my life. However, it does detail the processes I’ve used to create an exciting and fulfilling life.

None of this was overnight. I have had many dark nights of the soul. It’s been scary, overwhelming, and lonely more times than I can count.

No matter how bad I felt though, I really held onto the idea that I could create a better life for myself. I decided that I wouldn’t let age or any other circumstance dictate the kind of life I could hope for. I didn’t even know what kind of life I could hope for but I always knew I wanted more.

My first jazz fest

(At my first Jazz Fest in New Orleans–Music my newest passion!)

I could make a few tweaks here and there but overall, I am really happy with my life. I definitely got out of my comfort zone!

It all kind of snuck up on me. It’s taken work and commitment for sure. It’s taken courage to be myself, trust my intuition, and put myself out there. Not-so-fun, it’s taken some heartbreak and some loss too.

I’m sure that there will be more amazing times and some not-so-amazing times. That is life. However, by using the processes that I write about in my blog, I’ve definitely tipped the scales in favor of amazing.

Thanks for reading and thank you for joining me on this journey.

Love, Sara

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