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February 12, 2017

Another Kind of V-Day

We all enter the world the same---vulnerable and clueless. From day 1, we rely on our communities to school us in who we are in relation to others, what to (not) believe, and how to go about life. At some point, we may question one or more of these stories, and that's when the magic begins. the courage to question  How…
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Football Field. Wins and Losses
February 5, 2017

What Can We Learn from Loss?

How does it feel to lose? Last night's Super Bowl Game was rough for Falcons fans. It's easy to feel defeated when your loyalties are on the losing side of history. After a big win, most of us know how to celebrate. We come together, we toast, we eat, we dance, we laugh, we unite. In loss, we don't always…
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silver lining
Being the ChangeChoiceCourageThought Provoking
March 24, 2016

We Have a Choice.

The world is doing some pretty crazy things right now. Between Brussels, Nigeria, and the current political situation and actions in the US, I often feel dumbfounded, angry, and deeply saddened. This is to say nothing of the recent GoFundMe campaigns from friends who are raising money for their baby girl who needs major heart surgery, a friend from high school…
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February 14, 2016

What is Love Actually?
A Chat with Heather & Tim

My Mom always says, "Love is a verb." Tim and Heather Bischoff, Founder of Dragonfly Direction, are a quintessential example of what love actually looks like over 26 years of love, marriage, raising children, growing up together (Tim and Heather met when they were teenagers), realizing dreams, navigating many ups and downs, and becoming the incredible people they are today. They are one…
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Life changing momentsTravelVulnerability
November 4, 2015

The Definition of a True Friend

A good friend of mine completely blew me away today. I went into our conversation concerned that after hearing what I had to share that he may no longer want to have anything to do with me. Even though uncomfortable and scary, I knew that I had to speak with him because I believe that true friendships are built on honesty. Rather than being…
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ChoiceLife changing momentsWhy not?
March 27, 2015

Let’s Start a Movement

6 Months to Live began November 11, 2009 as a personal 6-month experiment, and more than two years later, it has grown into a life philosophy. Today the blog has almost 26,000 visits, nearly 450 subscribers, and is soon to be a web TV show. I am so grateful and honored by all of you who read, comment, like, subscribe,…
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Life changing moments
October 23, 2014

Express Train to Nowhere

I had a "New in NY" moment today. In an effort to get home after a networking meeting, I hopped on the first train I saw. Everyone else was rushing to make it before the doors closed, so I assumed I needed to be on that train. Then I noticed the train was going fast--too fast. We passed by stop after stop, and at first,…
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August 14, 2014

5 Delicious Tips to Stay Hydrated: Post by Alex Maul

We’re in the dog days of summer, and I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling the heat. For me, summer is synonymous with being outside in the hot weather, playing in the sun, enjoying outdoor exercise, and yep, sweating. We sweat more in the summer and usually are more active outdoors, so make hydration a priority in order…
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May 25, 2014

Continued Lessons from Zach Sobiech

Last year I was so inspired by Zach Sobiech, an extraordinary 18-year-old who captured the world with his passion for life before dying from cancer, that I wrote a post dedicated to him: "6 Lessons from Zach Sobiech." The incredible story of Zach Sobiech If you watch this video, it's not difficult to see what made Zach special. People who…
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ClassesCourageLife changing moments
March 20, 2014

Big Vision Mastermind!

What would you do if you had 6 months to live? This single question forever changed my life. It immediately focused my dreams and showed me what was most important. It also reminded me that there are no guarantees and that the true gift in life is to experience what makes you come alive, which naturally inspires and helps others! This…
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March 19, 2014

Lessons from the Mountain: A Tribute to Winter

As you may have noticed from the recent Facebook posts, I've moved to the mountains! I see more animals daily than people. Am surrounded by forest in all directions, and wake up to mornings like this... My Morning View My 3 months living here have already taught me a lot. You'd be amazed at how much you can learn by observing…
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Morning boost!
Guest Posts
February 10, 2014

Easy Steps to Healthy Living by Alexandra Maul

Meet the incredible Alexandra Maul from Made to Glow! She and I go way back--to middle school actually. We recently reconnected, and I've had the pleasure to have her as a friend, health mentor, and client. She's absolutely amazing, and I encourage to take everything she says below to heart, soul, and body! Meet Alexandra Maul of Made to Glow! |Photo…
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New Vistas in 2014!
February 4, 2014

Make It Your Best Year Yet!

On New Year's Day, I wrote on someone's Facebook wall: "I wish you the very best this year; I know that this is going to be a great year for all of us." The person replied, "I hope so..." I was struck by the passivity of this response, as if unseen forces completely dictated this person's future and he had…
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Sunflower Field
Life changing moments
January 29, 2014

What is Love Actually?
An Interview with Elisabeth Cardiello

What does love actually look like when someone dies? It's not a question our society often asks or creates the space to discuss. But how we love those no longer with us, and perhaps more importantly, carry on what they stood for or taught us, is one of the most important questions we can ask each other and ourselves. In…
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Photo by Allison Gergley
Life changing moments
December 18, 2013

No Regrets. Many To Do’s

I received shocking news Sunday morning. A good friend and former colleague of mine's mom died unexpectedly. Although I didn't know my friend's mother personally, I know she was a kindred spirit. Someone who lived out loud and without regret. She was moments away from receiving her Ph.D in Australia, starting her own business, and creating her own inspirational movement in her…
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Railay Island, Thailand
Life changing momentsLife Experiments
December 3, 2013

Yours, Mine, & Ours: 6 Months Experiment!

December 1st marked a momentous initiation and (r)evolution in living! All are welcome. The root of the word "revolution" originated in the 14th century, pertaining to "celestial bodies." It is also defined as an "instance of great change in affairs." The word "evolution" stems from the 1620's as an "opening of what was rolled up." I've combined the two for…
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Photo by Don Laverty
November 20, 2013

When to Bail Out or Stay the Course

This time last year, I was in the process of creating a huge and seemingly crazy dream. I decided in August of 2012 that I wanted to leave my job and my life in San Francisco and sail in South America. I had no idea how to sail. Very long story short, I found myself living the dream 3 months…
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Jacqueline on top of Croagh Patrick, Ireland
November 15, 2013

Drop the Mask & Be Who You Are

That title is easy to write but can be incredibly difficult to do. From a young age, we are encouraged to wear a variety of masks and labels so much so that the #1 regret of the dying is: "I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me." And…
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There's a LOT to celebrate!
November 11, 2013

Celebrating A Love of My Life!

Guess what today is?!?! IT'S THE BLOG'S 4TH BIRTHDAY!!!  My love affair with "6 Months to Live" has been a journey of joy and of course, ups & downs. There are times I'm madly in love and there have been times I seriously thought about leaving the relationship. Ultimately, I always keep going because I believe with every fiber of my being…
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Food fight with one of my favorite students, Jordan
September 3, 2013

The Secret of a Positive Mind

"I wish I could spend a day in your head!"  I hear this comment a lot--whether it's from people who meet me out and about in the world, from clients, or from long-time friends. They typically voice this statement right after I joyfully express how much good I see in the world, why I believe in the mission of 6…
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Homer, Alaska -- Photo by Allison Gergley
August 12, 2013

Invest in What You Love!

"Where you invest your love, you invest your life."  -"Awake My Soul" by Mumford & Sons Almost 4 years ago, I had just moved to San Francisco. I took a huge leap of faith in moving to California and when I finally landed my dream job, I had $200 left in my bank account. I desperately needed a new comforter,…
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Wall of China
August 3, 2013

Why Women Should Travel

First off, everyone should travel. As the famous Saint Augustine saying goes, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” I focus on women in particular because I’ve received numerous comments since announcing my round-the-world journey that center around warning me of the dangers of solo woman travel. They go a little something…
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There's hope!
Life changing moments
July 31, 2013

Living your Dream Limbo? Just Keep Swimming!

One of my biggest missions for "6 Months to Live" is to inspire and empower people to create lives they love, so it's important to me that I am a cheerleader for people and their dreams. I want others to know that dreams do come true, that everything is possible, and that magic and opportunities are everywhere. As the blog continues…
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Sailing in the Bay Area
July 16, 2013

Turning 30: The Best Years Are Here!

One year ago, I wrote: "I want to rock my 29th year and slide into 30 saying, “Wow! What an awesome ride!” What I didn't write in that post was how trapped and miserable I felt in my life at the time. I wrote a song for the banjo two months earlier called "Two Sizes Too Small" and in the chorus, there's…
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Teddy Bear NYC photo
Guest Posts
July 15, 2013

5 Life-Altering Take Aways From a Stuffed Animal by Kristin Lajeunesse

What would you do if you found a stuffed animal, in a tree, on the side of a road, that had the following note attached to its collar: This belonged to baby James who passed away Dec. 31, 2012. Take it on your journey with you - wherever you may go. Would you take it with you? Would you leave…
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July 10, 2013

How to Overcome Procrastinating on your Dreams

I admit it. I've been a huge procrastinator as of late. I've gone through pretty much every decent movie in my collection and cleaned the house more times than necessary over the past couple of weeks. How are you supposed to focus on your dreams when there's blueberry picking and birthday parties? The first key in overcoming overwhelm and procrastination is to…
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tree path
June 29, 2013

Love Letter to the World

I was particularly moved by a comment I received today from OlyTrinity on my lastest post Vision + People = Dreams Come True, so I decided to write a love letter. Because as More Love Letters aptly states: "The World Needs More Love Letters" and gratitude! June 29, 2013 Dear World, I am astounded by your beauty. North Carolina Clouds By the incredible…
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Capture the Flag Festivities
June 27, 2013

Vision + People = Dreams Come True

When speaking with friends and reflecting on my own experiences, there are 3 main reasons BIG dreams come true: Be Clear on Your Dreams Persistence--Don't give up! and by far, the most important: 3. People, people, people Meeting Manuel of Isla Coyote, a 6-person fishing island in the Sea of Cortez As Laura Watts talks about in her recent guest…
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Connetion Word Cloud
Guest Posts
June 13, 2013

The Power of Connecting by Laura Whitfield Watts

A lot has been written about the power of connecting. And if you move in the world of social media, like I do, you begin to believe that connecting means this: more Facebook followers, more blog hits, more retweets. Nothing could be further from the truth. Connection is why we're here. It's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. -Brene…
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