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Life Reimagined: Up for the Ride?

Journeys

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In this lesson of Discover What’s Next: Living Life on Purpose, I was asked to describe my personal life spiral of plateaus, triggers, limbo, and new plateaus. How has my journey shaped who I am and where I am right now?

 

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Wow, that’s a lot of digging into my eternal self, but I’m up for the effort.

I first started blogging back in 2009 when my husband was laid off from his position of 20 years as a result of the “downturn” and thus, our lives became redefined. I figured what the heck, let’s make lemonade so I began planning the adventure to relocate and start all over again. I viewed the job loss as a sign for change.

 

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I decided if I was going to embrace this gear change and be honest with the world, I’d blog about this process not only for myself but for others who might be going through some of the same upheavals. It felt cathartic putting my life out there for others to consume. I further discovered that people were reading about my trials and expressed respect for my honesty.

Don’t get me wrong, moving to a new state and starting over continues to be a challenge of identity and faith in one’s self, but I don’t regret the opportunity to stretch and find out what I’m made of.

 

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Just when it seemed life was settling down, I was diagnosed with both Colon and Breast Cancer last year and another log was thrown on the fire. I decided straight off that I was not going to assume the outcome but travel with faith and believe that I could meet this challenge with the support of God, family, and friends. 

The medical care I have received and continue to benefit from is amazing! I truly believe God sent me to Charlotte because he knew these trials were ahead and wanted to make sure I could avail myself of the best treatment possible.

 

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Livinginthemoment2015 is a result of my desire to chronicle my experience so my family and friends would know how I was doing on a regular basis. I’ve said this before and continue to believe that facing my mortality happened because God loves me so much he wanted me to grow into a stronger, more spiritual person. It worked! I’ve had the time of my life and met some incredible people so I don’t see my diagnosis as a negative, but rather a remarkable chapter in my life’s story. I quoted this in my previous post but it bears repeating:

 

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I’m exclamation pointing it all the way as I evolve in my pursuit of continued enlightenment. So much happier than ever because of this glimpse of the other side. With boundless energy and curiosity, I’m determined to make the most of my life because tomorrow is certainly not promised.

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I invite you to join me on the road to discovery with the online course: Discover What’s Next: Living Life on Purpose.

 

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Life Reimagined – Purpose Checkup🙄

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Being a colon and breast cancer survivor I’ve had to embrace my faith and continued belief that anything is possible like never before. Coming face to face with the reality that tomorrow is not promised and as a part of my personal growth, I’m diving headlong into the investigation of the possibilities of what my life may hold.

Life Reimagined is a resource that I discovered last year and have used as an impetus into the further understanding of myself. As stated in my previous post, I’ve also decided to share this journey of introspection and discovery as I take more classes and reflect on ways to live my life on purpose.

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This is the 2nd lesson in the course, Discover What’s Next: Living Life on Purpose and focuses on being reflective and motivated by Purpose. Richard Lieder (creator of course) interviewed seniors (65 years plus) for this teaching moment in the class and asked their thoughts on the 3 things they would change about their lives. The response was enlightening.

•Take more chances

•Be more reflective

•Understand Purpose earlier

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By taking on this challenge and actively seeking greater insight into what drives and motivates, we are understanding our Purpose earlier which gives us the ability to use that knowledge toward living a more rewarding experience.

The Lesson Activity – “Purpose Checkup”

The Purpose Checkup is a series of probing questions to make you think about your involvement in your community, life/work balance, and optimism. My Purpose Score was 77 (my competitive side kicked in, so not making 100 made me shutter:) but, that just gives me a goal to work on.😊

The overall statement read:

“You are living purposefully! You’re clear about what truly matters to you and you’re mattering in the world. To help keep purpose a key focus of your life, keep going with the course.”

“Home is knowing. Knowing your mind, heart, courage. If we know ourselves, we’re always home, anywhere.”

I’m not sure why now, but, for whatever reason, the summary rang true. It might seem odd but I felt emotional as I read the review of my score. I felt a sense of validation and that reaction really hit me. I was blessed with the ability to write and thereby share my belief in the possibilities, my strength of faith, and seeing the beauty in life. Suddenly, I felt like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” when Glenda tells her she had the power all along, she just had to go thru these trials to realize that truth.  Maybe like Dorothy it was just my time. Perhaps this is the plan my friend predicted God had for me. 

Reflecting further I concluded my emotions were about feeling good, spiritual in knowing my life has to mean sharing my spirit with others is what God put me here to do.

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Once you understand your Purpose, what does that Realization actually mean? Ask yourself the following question: 

“What Would I like to be Remembered For?”

My Realization is: I want to be remembered for bringing light, joy, and faith into the lives of others. This gives me a mission and clarity as I interact in day to day relationships. A check-in for myself as to how I’m living and is it with purpose.

I invite you to join in this journey of discovery by taking an online class through the Life Reimagined Institute. Maybe together we can discover our Purpose and the endless possibilities.

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Follow the link below to begin the journey of living your life on purpose:

https://www.thebigknow.com/course/discover-purpose/session/lr-purpose?utm_source=lr&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&utm_content=purpose&utm_campaign=general&cmp=EMC-LR-ECP-20160503-NE

Life Reimagined – Lesson 1🗓 “The 2 most important days of your life.”

I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and as a part of my personal growth, I’m continuing my investigation into the possibilities of what my life may hold. As stated in my previous post, I’ve also decided to share this journey of introspection and discovery as I take classes and reflect on ways to live my life on purpose.

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As a means of further self-examination, I’ve started the online course Discover What’s Next: Living Your Life on Purpose created by Richard Lieder and the Life Reimagined Institute; using their exercises as a spiritual and educational tool. This post is the first lesson in the series designed to aid in my exploration of living a purposeful life.

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Lesson 1 was a video with Richard Lieder that posed the question: “What are the 2 most important days of your life?”

I immediately felt the urge to wildly raise my hand like the character Arnold Horshack on the 70’s tv show “Welcome Back Kotter” and shout, ooh, ooh! I know the answer, which I did because of my ongoing interest in the subject matter. 

The answer is – The day you’re born and the day you find out why.

This is where we begin the quest for finding our Purpose. The questioning of what we contribute to society and how this “Purpose” drives us to get up in the morning.

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Even though the video was only about a minute and a half, I spent the rest of the afternoon and I’m sure the next few days, reflecting on my thoughts of what I add to my community and what motivates me to rise every morning with a smile on my face.

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It’s hard these days to avoid the hate filled rhetoric on television and in online articles. When I see this I wonder how people can live and wake up each morning consumed by such hatred. In terms of Purpose, what do this behavior and attitude contribute to society and are these feelings the motivating factor for getting them up in the morning?

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Are they even aware of the debilitating effects of this pattern of behavior? Do they ponder what they add to their community or do they even care? This is why I believe introspection is so important. Maybe if we stop and think about our outlook on life, we can see ourselves as solutions instead of part of the problem.

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Being a cancer survivor, I understand the power of positive thought. I thank God every morning for another day of life because I’ve come face to face with the truth that tomorrow is not promised. Giving testimony of my miracle by authoring this blog, my intent is to give encouragement and hope for others fighting for their lives. At my Birthday/Chemo Over Party, a good friend of mine told me “God has great plans for you.” I’m not sure what those plans are, but I’m definitely open to receiving them.

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I invite you to join in this journey of discovery by taking an online class through the Life Reimagined Institute. Maybe together we can discover our Purpose and the endless possibilities.

In Discover What’s Next: Living Your Life on Purpose, you’ll travel with Richard Leider, renowned life coach, best-selling author, and thought-leader at Life Reimagined, in exploring how your gifts, passions, and values can guide you toward a greater sense of purpose and bring more joy to your years.

Follow the link below to begin the journey of living your life on purpose:

https://www.thebigknow.com/course/discover-purpose/session/lr-purpose?utm_source=lr&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&utm_content=purpose&utm_campaign=general&cmp=EMC-LR-ECP-20160503-NE