appreciation Archives - 6 Months to Live: The Experiment Continues

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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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(c) Arianna’s Random Thoughts
Life Experiments
November 1, 2012

Celebrating You!

I'm excited to announce 6 Months to Live's first guest Life Experiments' post by Arianna Merritt from Arianna's Random Thoughts! Many thanks to Arianna for sharing her experiment and photos. Feel free to submit your ideas and life experiments as well to sixmonthstolive@gmail.com Read more about Arianna's journey to celebrating herself and others below: Meet Arianna Merritt from (c) Arianna’s Random Thoughts Celebrating You:…
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(C)Riyaz Mamdani
Guest Posts
July 9, 2012

“Letting Go” by Saara Ali

Very excited to feature 6 Months to Live's first guest post, "Letting Go," by Saara Ali! Her post speaks to her experiences working with women on a farm in Africa and the incredible life lessons they've taught her. Read more about Saara below and be sure to check out her blog, Growing in Africa . Letting Go What surprises people…
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Photo by Tian Jiang
Life changing moments
May 24, 2011

Saying Yes! The Banjo Post

When was the last time you did exactly what you felt like doing?  Not what you "should" do, not what you kind of wanted to do, exactly what you wanted--no compromises.  How many times a day do we tell ourselves, "not today" or "one day?" Photo by Tian Jiang I woke up about a month ago and for some reason, something…
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January 16, 2011

Jimmy Stewart Moments

Every Christmas season I make my movie rounds. Tradition dictates that I start with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving, followed closely by Scrooged, Home Alone, The Santa Clause, and of course, It's a Wonderful Life. No matter how many times I watch It's a Wonderful Life, I am touched by the idea that we each make a difference.  What, if…
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The Sea of Galilee -- Photo by Jacqueline Boone
Life changing moments
December 7, 2010

The V Word

"Courage is ...to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart." -Dr. Brené Brown's lecture I've tried to write this post several times in the past month.  It started with a breakup.  It took a detour with an empowering video I watched today on Youtube that essentially says the people that feel the most loved and connected…
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grandmother and me baby
November 9, 2010


My grandmother turns 100 next week.  I've had the privilege to know her a quarter of her life.  When I was born, I had an apgar score of 1 (10 is a perfectly healthy baby and 0 is a dead one).   Needless to say, my parents were stressed.  My grandmother and the rest of the family drove down from Kentucky…
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Australia Berries
Life changing moments
May 5, 2010

Day 175: One Week

5 months and 3 weeks ago I began an experiment in living. It has transformed every part of my life. As I go into this last week, I can't help but think of how I want to spend my time and how much has transpired in half a year. Who I am today and much of my life is drastically…
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Photo by Karen Boone
January 25, 2010

Day 75: Simple Joys

Some of the sweetest moments in life are the simplest. At the start of another week (2 months and 2 weeks into the experiment), it seems fitting to write 22 of what I consider to be life's simple joys. 1. A stranger's smile 2. Songs that are too beautiful to contain words 3. Climbing trees 4. The feeling after finishing…
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Drawing by Reese Kolar
Why wait?
November 23, 2009

Day 12: Letters of Appreciation

In a moment of last night's journal writing lucidity, I decided to write letters this holiday season to all the people in my life who have made a positive impact, to all my loved ones, and to anyone I may have unresolved issues with, no matter how minor.  If I did only have 6 months left, I would let the…
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