Dear Girls – Live Boldly Part 1
I want you to live life to the fullest! Especially when we’re young, we think that we have all of the time in the world, but the truth is, none of us knows how much time we have. This isn’t meant to scare you, but instead to remind you “not to put off until tomorrow, that which you can do today.”
Don’t ‘wait’ to start living your lives when you’re in high school, college, in your 20s. I’ve tried to teach and inspire you to live your lives to the fullest, each and every day, at every age. You don’t have to wait until you’re a ‘grown-up’ to follow your passions, do what you love and to make a difference. You can do those things, today right now, if you choose to!
The time is now to live boldly, to take chances, to find out what makes your heart soar and to do those things!
xo – Mom
Dear Girls – Live Boldly Part 2
There was one more thing I wanted to mention today, and that is just because you decide to have children and become a mother, doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life boldly!
As with everything I try to teach you, telling you is one thing, but more importantly I have to show you. I need to live my life boldly, to the fullest and with passion if I want you girls to live your lives that way too. What that means to each of us, is as completely unique as we are. In the end, I can talk until I’m blue in the face, but if I want you to ‘practice what I preach’, I have to ‘practice what I preach’!
While I haven’t been sky diving since having children (I did it when I was 19 and it was one of the absolute best things I’ve ever done, and fyi, I can’t wait to do it again, hopefully with all of you!), I have lived my life to the fullest and as boldly as possible. From starting my business, to investing in real estate, to world travel, I haven’t let being a mom stop me from creating and living my best life. You are a huge part of that, but there are also parts that are just me.
A few years ago I took Grandma on a 12 day Baltic cruise, something that was on my Goal’s List since I was 14 years old, and included taking her to visit her roots in Sweden, something she had dreamed of doing her whole life. It was one of the most amazing and memorable trips I’ve ever taken, on so many levels, but mostly because it was a dream come true and involved fulfilling someone else’s dream, my mom’s, who is so important to me, who I love so much and owe so much of who I am to!
There is never a good time (or money!) to travel when you have children (although working 100 hour weeks at a law firm didn’t leave much time for travel then either!), so sometimes you just have to do it. While it isn’t usually easy, between all of the arrangements for both home and children that need to be taken care of, it’s worth it. There wasn’t a good time to go on that cruise, to go to Peru, or a wedding in Argentina, or Panama to look at property, or Michigan to visit family, or trips I’ve taken with your Dad, or Mexico with friends, or whatever it may be. But I did it anyway, I lived boldly and showed you, by example, that just because you’re a ‘mom’ doesn’t mean your life ends and you can’t pursue your dreams. You absolutely can and should. Where there is a will, there’s a way!
Now, as I make plans with each of you to take your special trip with me over the next couple of years, I just smile at how it all comes together, and look forward to making even more special memories with each of you. You’ve each chosen a place special and important to you, and I can’t wait to explore it with you. I know the effort it will take to make it happen and I’ll undertake it gladly and happily, knowing that so much more will be seen, learned, experienced, and remembered, than just the days we are there . . .
Live boldly, with passion and life to the fullest from now until your last breath – the way you do it, and what it takes, may change, there will be bumps in the road, changes to plans, and who knows what else, but always strive for living your best life, and you will!
xo – Mom
p.s. when I had breast cancer and thought I only had two months to live a few years ago, one of the first things I though of was how glad I was to have always lived my life to the fullest. Of course there were many things I still wanted to do, and more importantly I wanted to be there for you girls, but I found so much comfort in knowing how much I had lived. One of the most important things to me was having taken my mom on that cruise. I never want to have regrets and look back on my life wishing I had done this or that (I was lucky to have learned this at a very early age, like when I was five!!!) and have lived my life accordingly. Anyway, living your life to the fullest, in part, means not waiting for someday, but doing it today, because you never know how many tomorrow’s you will get . . . .