Living well is more than organic fruit.

Please go out there and do. Live. Don’t be the same as yesterday. Don’t live vicariously online. Don’t use language that has no meaning or talk ideas you don’t really live. Don’t hide. Don’t copy others or live their ideas or life. Don’t fear doing your thing. Don’t fear doing. Instead of reading another decorating magazine, paint that room. Instead of thinking of baking, make that cake. Instead of watching another beauty haul blog, go out and run, walk, bike or say enough. Put that self help book down and pick up yourself.

Let go of the snark, your worries, your anger and fear and give into possibility, action, joy and life. Do. Then do some more. Stop thinking about you. Stop blogging about just you and your kid and your pet. There’s a world out there to connect to, really connect to and texting doesn’t count.

Being of use is far more important than being popular. Think about the single parent on your block, the young persons struggling to find a job, the old man fallen on the street. Think about politics, the environment, healthcare, another country, cultures, and your community. Then do something about it. Never stop at thinking.

Dream big, work harder. Have lots of fun. Cheer your friends on. Cheer yourself up. Celebrate as much as possible – even just a good cup of cofee. Enjoy everything. Right now. It’s OK to want more and do more but be present with where you are or who you are with. Don’t rush the situation – even if it’s bad. Move on when you can. Don’t settle. Try everything you can and get over everything holding you back.

Go outside. Go outside yourself. Make a difference, make some change. Don’t complain about someone unless you’re willing to say it to that someone. Don’t complain about a situation you’re not willing to make better. They don’t have it better and you don’t have it worse. Don’t make excuses. You’ll never see possibility if you do. And you’re smart and worth more than settling for a life of complaining and limitation.

Hope. Hope more. Give someone else hope. Get healthy and contribute to a healthy environment. Think about everything you do, you buy, you say. Only be lazy on Sunday and even then, be conscious. Rest is useful, giving up is not.

Live with a light heart. Play more. Remember what it’s like to be seven. Remember to listen to a seven year old because you just have more words and life experience, not necessarily more wisdom. Have more questions than answers and don’t put everything into words. Sometimes just feel things and be. Be quiet more often, listen harder, talk exactly as you mean to.

Strive for your best and not what you think someone else’s best is. Follow through. Don’t let others down. Don’t let yourself down. You are better than your circumstances. Ask for what you’re worth. Make magic happen, don’t wish for it. Don’t envy others lives, envy yours. Live it fully. Teach by example how to live well, how to be treated, how to be kind, how to be alive.

Do. I can’t stress that one enough. Take action on your life. Make the change. No more sulking, waiting, thinking, reading, talking about.

It’s time. You’re ready.

(Originally published on June 2008. Re-published because sometimes we all need a little reminder, including myself)

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  1. RebeccaNo Gravatar June 2, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    This is a wonderful reminder and so inspiring. Thank you!

  2. LorissaNo Gravatar June 3, 2008 at 2:44 AM

    Yes Yes! Such an inspiring post. Thank you for these really important reminders.

  3. annieNo Gravatar June 3, 2008 at 3:38 AM

    Thanks, I needed that!

  4. AriannaNo Gravatar June 3, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Love it! I want to post this on my wall is BOLD letters! Thanks! 🙂

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  7. jen paddack-hydeNo Gravatar June 3, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    I LOVED this. I even printed it out and stuck it up onthe bulletin board next to my desk. Completely resonated with me. Thank YOU for the inspiration:)

  8. SueNo Gravatar June 4, 2008 at 5:43 AM

    Totally, totally agree. Brilliant.

  9. michelleNo Gravatar June 4, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    i absolutely LOVE this. thank you. thank you. thank you.

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  11. MelissaNo Gravatar June 5, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    This is just what I needed to hear today. Thank you for your encouraging words.

  12. Katrina BergNo Gravatar June 8, 2008 at 3:14 AM

    Thank you Alex, thank you. Lately i’ve been contemplating how to find joy and balance every day. I believe there are bits of it that can be found, some that we must discover through our own learning and getting out there, and then pieces of joy that can only be developed through our own actions. Still working on it, just curious if anyone else is seeking this…:)

  13. ingaNo Gravatar June 9, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    This post has inspired me in so many ways! I loved it when I read it on your other site. 🙂 Thanks for writing such an amazing entry.

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  16. Hygge HouseNo Gravatar June 12, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Wow, I’m so shocked and wonderfully amazed at how this post was received. I was really, really uncertain about posting it here because I thought people might think it was preachy or ask where the home decor links are 🙂

    But this just literally poured out (written as is) after really thinking about how I live and all the emails people send to me asking how do I live, how do I do it etc. And also with all the frustrations I have with people who just talk about things and never do them or just don’t live life or don’t do the right things because they think it’s too hard (it’s not). So thank you to everyone who responded to this. I call this my personal manifesto and if it suits you, you’re welcome to call it yours.

  17. AriannaNo Gravatar June 12, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Thank you Alex – this personal manifesto, along with a few other events, conspired to allow me to pick up and make a long needed change. I’m driving from California to Mid-Coast Maine and plan to spend the summer enjoying the slow, sweet pace of Camden. I’m soo excited both for the x-country travels and for the change of scenery.

  18. Our Green NestNo Gravatar June 13, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Very inspiring…thank you!

  19. maryNo Gravatar June 13, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Amazing, inspring, and something I really needed to read. This one’s a keeper.

  20. MelissaNo Gravatar June 14, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    This was the most inspiring blog entry I have ever read! Thank you so much for sharing! I think I am gonna have to print a copy of this to pin to my cork board!

  21. Shelly G.No Gravatar June 16, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    One of the best blogs I have read in awhile… Thank you for sharing it with all of us…

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  23. SusanNo Gravatar June 25, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    I think this is my most favorite post of yours. I’m printing it out and will keep it forever. I love it. Thank you!

  24. violetismycolorNo Gravatar June 26, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    (found you through another blog) This was wonderful and profound. I love the thought you put into this. And I totally agree with everything here. I do appreciate being reminded, though.

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  26. ValerieNo Gravatar September 26, 2008 at 6:20 AM

    Thank you for this! I have this posted on my fridge as a daily reminder 🙂

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  28. sonrieNo Gravatar December 15, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Oh yes. Quite wonderful – thank you. 🙂

  29. Jé MaverickNo Gravatar December 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    I know it is an older post, but I had to comment. Thank you for taking the time to write this. And whatever inspired you to write it, may the universe be thanked for that also.

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  31. gretchenNo Gravatar August 21, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    this is lovely. i think i should read it daily.

  32. StephanieNo Gravatar September 17, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Absolutely beautiful! As with the other commenters, it was such perfect timing for me to “accidentally” find it today. Thank you. I’ll be putting it on my fridge to share with all.

  33. susan // fleurishingNo Gravatar April 14, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Inspiring! (and a great reminder to re-share content).

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