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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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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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(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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HunanDog
Why not?
August 10, 2012

Rejection Therapy: Week 1

When I was 23, I believed I could do anything. I moved to middle-of-nowhere China right after college, and all seemed possible. Even moving to a country where I didn't speak the language, was the only white girl in town, and had very little understanding of Chinese culture didn't seem to phase me much. I was nervous, but more so,…
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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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Not being able to read can lead to some pretty interesting places...
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April 19, 2012

The Beauty of Illiteracy

**This is a repost from a blog I started while living in China** I can read a decent amount of Chinese characters---belly dancing is not one of them. So, when I decided to get back on the yoga wagon at my local Chinese studio, I attempted to read and select a class from the schedule card written all in Chinese…
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Colorado Handstand
Life
July 14, 2010

Be You

The most courageous act you will ever commit is to simply be yourself. I rarely speak in absolutes, but after living (almost) 27 years and having a variety of experiences, ranging from the darkest nights of my soul to moments of ecstasy, I can confidently say it takes sheer courage to be all of who we are. While living in China, one…
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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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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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