What are the keys to a successful life?

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Find the TIME to be ACTIVE. It doesn’t matter how you do, but do it. This doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. It doesn’t have to mean training for a marathon, hitting the weights, or even joining a gym. But find out what it means to you and do it: EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Change your eating lifestyle. There’s a lot I could say here, but simply:

Eat less CRAP:

  • C – carbonated drinks
  • R – refined sugar
  • A – artificial sweeteners &colors
  • P – processed foods

Eat more FOOD:

  • F – fruits & veggies
  • O – organic lean proteins
  • O – omega 3 fatty acids
  • D – drink water

Grow your own garden. I promise, it’s not that hard!

Find a partner who is just as concerned about your happiness as you are.

Love what you do. If you don’t, change what you do. We are never too old to go back to school for something new and to change careers. Tomorrow is not the day to change it, today is.

Take vacations – with your friends. I live far away from many of my closest friends (eh em – Alaska).  When I started planning vacations and road trips with them, I started making the most amazing memories.

Take vacations – with the one you love. This one is just as important. Whether it’s for a weekend or for a week. Heck, even if it’s just a day trip somewhere. Take time to get away and remember why you fell in love.

Turn the TV off and get outside … or stay inside Sometimes it’s entirely too cold to go outside in Alaska (-60 is really just, too cold). TVs can turn you into a zombie. Go buy a board game, a book, start crafting, or work on that list of projects you have around the house. It’s much more rewarding than the TV.

Be part of a TEAM. A team pushes you to when there’s nothing left in you to keep going.  To do things you never thought you could do. Then you take all that energy and you give it back. There’s nothing more rewarding and it pours over into all other parts of your life.

Pay it Forward.

Help others when no one is looking and there’s nothing in it for you.

Volunteer. At a race, on a committee, at the local shelter, at a food drive… take your pick.

Call your family, just to say hi.

Send snail mail to your friends and family. It says so much more than email or Facebook.

Count your blessings. Write them down, and when the going gets tough, go back and read them. Be reminded of all that you have been blessed with.

What would be on your list for a successful life?

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