To be nobody but myself- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else- means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight , and never stop fighting. 
E.E. Cummings
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I think it's important for us to occasionally look ahead so we can look back and get honest with ourselves about what we truly want to put our attention towards and get clear on the legacy we are building.
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As I mentioned in a previous email I wanted to share a bit more about the book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware. I will share the top regret and the overall theme of peoples regrets but to read all five regrets of the dying you'll need to head over to Bronnie's blog or grab a copy of her book (this is for copyright reasons).
Bronnie shares her insights after working as a palliative nurse for many years on her blog and then in her book. It's eye opening to think about what our priorities are now and if they align with what will matter most as we get closer to the end of our lives.  If we allow ourselves to think about this and reflect we can make adjustments now around the priorities tthat truly matter most to us, how we spend our time, and how we are living our lives.
The biggest regret people shared was, 
“I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” 
At the end of life people regreted that they had unfulfilled dreams still inside of them. I mean I truly think this sums it all up- are we being authentic to ourselves and do we have the courage to live in a way that is most honest to us and allows us to work on our dreams?
Overall folks that live the longest as reported in longevity studies and in the Blue Zone book/documentarty went beyond eating healthy food, moving their bodies and stress reduction.They had a sense of purpose, connection to faith, engagement with family and friends (social) and stayed active.
And those that had regrets at the end of life were primarily around not being authentic, not staying connected to friends or loved ones, not saying what they needed to say and working too much.
So if we want to live our most authentic lives we have got to get honest with ourselves about what in our life isn't aligned with our values, priorities and dreams and we need to make a course adjustment in how we are showing up for ourselves, our loved ones and the world.  
The greatest tragedy this year would be for you to stand at the edge of your destiny, but to be afraid to enter into all that God has planned for you. Your obedience
in moving forward -- to take risks and step out in faith – will release God’s power in your life
Rick Warren
Are You Ready to Live Your Most Authentic Life?
Here a short exercise to help you get started in determining if you need to make any adustments in your life. 
But first, make sure to check out My New Reignite Your Passion Workbook (free- see below) - it's 30 pages of content, exercises, quotes and reflection to help guide you to stepping into your passion, purpose and living an authentic life that aligns with who you were uniquely made to be.
Here are a few questions to get you thinking about how you are living your life.
  • Am I intentionally making time for the things, and with the people who are important to me?
  • Am I going through life on autopilot instead of actively making course adjustments? What do I what to change, say or do differently?
  • Get into the habit of asking- Does this activity or action support the Life I am trying to Create? If not, can I pause or stop the activity?  What do I want to add more of to my life?
  • What Do I want My Legacy to Be?  Am I actively creating this legacy?
  • Answer this Question:   I wish I had the courage to (fill in the blank)
  • What do I feel God is calling me to do in this season?
I will be hosting a workshop for Reigniting Your Passion for thos interested later this month- I will share the details with you next week.
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Here's to having an openness and willingness to make the changes we need to now so that we will look back on our lives one day and not have regrets.
xo, Kristin