Living Your Best Life

I used to think that my life was pretty great – nothing was going wrong, I had a good job, great friends, and no major stressors. The only problem was that I was just letting time slip by me without being proactive, or intentional, about what I was doing with my life. I was living a life but I was not living my best life. This revelation was a life-altering for me.

I used to think that my life was pretty great – nothing was going wrong, I had a good job, great friends, and no major stressors.   The only problem was that I was just letting time slip by me without being proactive, or intentional, about what I was doing with my life.  I was living a life but I was not living my best life.  This revelation was a life-altering for me.   So, I decided in that moment that I was going to start living.  Truly, fully living!  But how?

First, I really started evaluating where I was spending my time and what I was spending it on.  I realized that I was spending too much time on things that held little meaning beyond the moment and often with people that in reality weren’t really all the right people for me to be spending my precious time with.  So, I narrowed my circle of friends to my closest friends and loved ones.  And I chatted with them about my ideas for these little adventures.  To my delight they were totally on onboard (admittedly, some were a little gun-shy but after any adventure they were all smiles! 😊).

So, what did I actually do?  First, I realized I spent way too much time with my friends simply meeting them for happy hours.  So, I replaced my happy hours with experiences.  For example, we went on aerial obstacle courses, zip lining, and with a few I even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.  I was “Locked in a Room with a Zoombie,” I went to concerts, and attended festivals.   In short, my friends and I made memories with each other that are going to last a lifetime.  Something that a happy hour and a few appetizers wasn’t going to do (not to knock that – there’s definitely a time for everything!).

Second, I refocused my time away from the things that weren’t worth my time. Truthfully the house isn’t quite as clean.  I’ve also found a much better work-life balance. After all, years down the line who ever wishes they would have spent even more time at work, away from friends and family.  I also stopped watching television as much – I got off the couch and in my car.  To seek out new adventures – after all, they weren’t going to come knocking down my door.  I needed to be proactive if I was really going to do this.

So, what else did I do?  Well, I traveled a bit, not just seeing the sites but experiencing what each city had to offer.   To be honest, some of these adventures scared the bejeebers out of me and others took me way outside my comfort zone. While not every in-the-moment moment was sheer delight – every moment after it was.  It all was a HUGE adrenaline rush.  It soon became addictive and I started to plan more and more such adventures.   It was all so fun on so many levels.

The best part of all of it though was that my relationships with the people that I went on these adventures went to new levels. We got to know each other – and ourselves – better.  We became closer and better support systems for each other for the rough times ahead and were always there for each other for the good times as well.   Life seemed to have a new meaning for us both, separately and together. 

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20 thoughts on “Living Your Best Life

  1. Love this post! I’ve written one myself about this idea of living your best life! Great minds think alike! I couldn’t agree more about focusing time on experiences and people who make you happy. I think we get caught up in all the things we’re supposed to do or the people we should have in our lives that it distracts from what we truly want.

    1. I couldn’t agree more Emma! It is so easy to let life pass you by but if we are intentional about it, and we focus on what we truly want, life gets pretty amazing!

  2. Ann, thanks for this well-written article. I was just telling my husband the other day, that we really should cancel Cable as we hardly watch TV anymore as we spend more of our time on the internet or netflex. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love the idea of not spending time with just anyone anymore! Sounds like you’ve had some great adventures.

  4. Very good article. Every one in own life reaches a stage when one wonders what is missing. And I think that is spiritual awakening. And those people are set to achieve most coveted transformation in life. Thanks.

  5. This is great! What a way to put one’s life in perspective! Adventures are where it’s at! We’re trying to focus on that for our kids early on for sure!

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