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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
April 30, 2013

2 Lessons that Will Change Your Life

Childhood Lessons The first time I dared to create the seemingly impossible I was 13-years-old. I set my sights on attending one of the best schools in Atlanta, even though most of the odds were against me (didn't have family there, applying in a year where they took a handfull of students, different religion, to name a few). My parents…
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One of the most stunning sunsets I've ever seen -- Photo by Eva Skokankova
Being the Change
April 2, 2013

I’m Coming Out!

Remember that awesome Diana Ross song from 1980, "I'm Coming Out?" I distinctly remember 70's Disco music making a consistent appearance in my early childhood--that and Barry White. Looks like my parents were groovin' clear into the 80's! The lyrics go a little something like this: There's a new me coming out And I just had to live And I…
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Photo by Kim Nicol
Guest Posts
December 20, 2012

How to Make Hard Decisions by Kim Nicol

"Be Curious. Savor all of it." --Kim's tagline on her website, kimnicol.com How to Make Hard Decisions I know what I want but it's scary and (maybe) irresponsible.  I knew for a long time that I wanted to __________.  I'm leaving out the specifics of my desire because you can place just about anything in there and this story will…
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Kamaljit (guest from the 5th episode) said "yes" to me shooting her bow and arrow after filming! Photo by vanessamona.com
Rejection Therapy
August 20, 2012

Lessons in Rejection

Rejection Therapy has been a roller coaster, and I'm absolutely loving it (well, mostly). In my 2 weeks of rejection, I've been told "no" and "yes" countless times. As I mentioned in my first post, Rejection Therapy: Week One, I'm using Rejection Therapy as a catapult for pursuing my longstanding dreams. It's also served as daily in-the-moment motivation to ask for…
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"Embrace Self" by Michelle Robinson
Profiles
August 14, 2012

A Woman’s Beauty: Meet Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson's art immediately spoke to me. The lines, colors, and shapes in her art are not only stunning, but they also speak to the inherent beauty, freedom, and fluidity of the female form. I look at her art, and my heart opens. It's as if I'm seeing the sacred power of what it means to be a woman.  Meet Michelle…
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Photo by Allison Gergley
Life Experiments
August 9, 2012

“6 Months to Live” — The Original Experiment

On November 12, 2009 I started a 6-Month Experiment in Living. I wanted to see what would happen if I took 6 months to truly live. That simple choice to take a chance and venture into the unknown forever changed my life. Why is "What would you do if you had 6 months to live?" so powerful? It's a focusing question. It…
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Gandalf and Dido Arm Wrestling
Life Experiments
August 4, 2012

Rejection Therapy

1-Month Challenge   Read about Week 1 of Rejection Therapy and Week 2: Lessons in Rejection On August 1st, I began one of my most daring experiments yet--Rejection Therapy. I first heard about Rejection Therapy from Jason Shen's video at Ignite SF. The rules are simple: you have to get rejected at least once every day. You're probably wondering, "Why would anyone…
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Photo by Vanessa Hellmann www.vanessamona.com
Purpose
July 23, 2012

Why 29 is Worth Rocking

Have you seen the life rings on a Redwood or Sequoia tree? Each small line represents a year in that tree's very long life. Humans carry marks of their own lives too--wrinkles, tattoos, freckles, scars, piercings, etc. We also carry those younger parts of ourselves inside us. With every year or layer we add on, it can be difficult to…
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Irish Countryside by Allison Gergley
Questions that Count
July 2, 2012

What would you do if you had a lifetime to live?

One of the greatest blessings writing 6 Months to Live has given me is a sense of immediacy. I'm continually asking myself questions like: "Am I being true to myself and living the life I want to?" "If I really had 6 months to live, what would I do?" Most importantly, "Am I living a life I'm proud of?" Machu…
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