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Living on Purpose: 


Better Eating, Better Thinking, Better Living
Hi!  I hope this email finds you well.  I just celebrated my birthday this past weekend and it was great!  Celebration has become a big part of my life and I have found birthdays to be a great milestone to live further on purpose.  Thus, I have built some great life structures around events such as these.  What is a life structure? It is something you can put in place that helps you live your values and life purpose more deliberately.  It can be as simple as a wristband around your wrist that reminds you to do something daily, or as in this example, a commitment to participate in particular events with a certain intention. 

Birthdays, engagement parties, baby showers…So often we see these as just something we “have to go to”, where we can “show our ‘support’ (or just ‘show face’), and “check the box”.  Well, what if we make these into structures that will help us live our life values and purpose more intentionally?  For example, my main life values are courage, learning, abundance, spirituality, and gratitude (email me if you want me to share with you how you can identify these for yourself.  It will change your life! I promise).  Here is how the events I just mentioned now help me live more on purpose:
  1. I have made it a commitment to practice my value of gratitude every time I am invited or attend a life event.  I am grateful that someone thought of me, I am grateful that they value me enough to be invited and included, and I am grateful for the new experiences that are bound to occur when I get there, as well as the new people that I will meet.    
  2. I have made it a habit to celebrate my birthday abundantly with the activities I love to do.  Whether it’s brunch with friends, cooking a Thomas Keller recipe at home, hiking outdoors, and/or eating at a wonderful restaurant, each year my celebrations have become more and more abundant, honoring this key value. It’s not about spending money, but more about abundance in love, friendship, and beauty. I love it.
  3. Sometimes, there is an event that I would like to attend despite knowing that high drama is likely (little cousin’s birthday party with arguing adults anybody?).  I now often turn to many of the principles I have learned through my spiritual work for help. Never fails.    
I hope you celebrate your birthday in your own way the next time it comes up and that you show up living on purpose to the next life event you are invited to.  In the meantime, here are this week’s posts:
  • One of the things that can be most frustrating is when a negative emotion takes over us and won’t go away.  Whether it is nervousness, anger, annoyance, anxiety, here is one of the fastest way to snap out of it that I have found…Something Bothering You? Here’s What To Do With It.
  • OK, you really must make this Roasted Mustard Chicken.  It’s healthy, easy, fast, and incredibly delicious.  You all know I have high standards when it comes to food.  This is a must weeknight dinner!  Roasted Mustard Chicken With Parmesan Green Salad.
  • I’ve gotten more and more familiar with Deepak Chopra’s work over the past few years.  Some of his books have been absolutely life changing.  Here’s a key insight from one of the books I have recently read.  According to him, There Are No Right or Wrong Decisions and he will walk you through a great exercise so you can see for yourself. 
Lots of love,

Judith
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