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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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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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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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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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March 20, 2013

Your Top 25 Inspirational Songs!

I recently posted my Top 10 Go-To Songs for inspiration, positivity, and of course, dancing! Here are some of yours! Trish from Eternal Wandering: "You and Me" by Dave Matthews Band CeCe from Little Victories: "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson Melvin from Travel Dudes: "Don't Worry" by Pierre Minetti Erin from The World Wanderer: "In the Aeroplane over the Sea" by Neutral Milk…
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This is how excited I get from these songs!
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March 1, 2013

Top 10 Go-To Inspirational Songs

It's been too long since I've posted about music. Those that know me well know that I love music--whether it's listening to it, playing it, or creating it. I've posted about my favorite songs of childhood and through the teen years, but this list is dedicated to My Top 10 Go-To Songs for positivity, getting pumped, and happiness! Playing Banjo on…
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February 6, 2013

Truly Living Is Not Depressing

"6 months to live? Sounds depressing!" I get this response a lot. So much in fact that I've even considered changing the name of the blog. It's understandably difficult to overcome the pervasive negative connotation that comes with facing a terminal illness, or death. My best friend enjoying Panama! Death is a reminder. Whether we 'know' when our time will…
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December 8, 2012

The Adventure Begins (Again!)

I just finished a journal I began in August. At the time I was living in San Francisco, going through the motions. Job, apartment, and friends were all good, but it felt like something was missing. I took a “date with Jackie” day, which essentially means spending most of the day alone doing whatever I feel like. Most of those…
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All photos by Vanessa Hellmann www.vanessamona.com
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November 12, 2012

Inspired Everyday Giveaway!

To honor the 3-year anniversary of the blog, I am thrilled to announce 6 Months to Live's first giveaway contest! Compendium has generously donated 3 inspiration packages for 6 Months' readers to answer the following question: What inspires you?  What is your next big thing? Each inspiration package includes all the products shown in this Pinterest board: A signed copy of The 1 Book by Dan Zadra…
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Photo by Vanessa Hellmann | www.vanessamona.com
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November 5, 2012

Hammock Chats

I once had a friend tell me, "Jackie, if you talked to me like you talk to yourself, we wouldn't be friends." She was absolutely right. My inner voice was toxic, filled with "You can'ts, not good enough's, and 'why can't you be better's?'. Her words shocked me and made me aware of how often my negative self talk made me…
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