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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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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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View from San Blas, Panama
CoursesThe Academy
June 25, 2013

How to Make Money Doing What You Love!

In nearly 4 years of blogging about what it means to truly live, I've found that the #1 block to people pursuing their dreams is the belief that they can't make any money doing it. The biggest question I receive is: How do you live your dreams and be financially responsible? An excellent question! How did I crew for a skipper…
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My grandmother's first time in the ocean (in her 70s!)
Why wait?
May 30, 2013

The Art of Mistake Making

Do you remember how many times you fell down when you were learning to walk? I don't personally, but I'm sure I fell hundreds if not thousands of times in my quest for 2-legged movement. Do you think you cared about falling down or did you just instinctively get up and give it another go? While teaching in China, the…
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Why wait?
May 21, 2013

6 Lessons from Zach Sobiech

Many of you sent me Zach Sobiech's incredibly inspiring story about his teenage life with cancer and death yesterday. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and to all those that were close to him. What struck me most about watching SoulPancake's video about his last days was how Zach chose to live. "You don't have to find out you're…
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Hoop it up!
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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Halloween with Students in China
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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All photos by Vanessa Hellmann www.vanessamona.com
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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