You Know that Life You Wish You Had? Start Living it.


I used to feel envious of some people and their seemingly adventurous lives– Days and weeks brimming with cool experiences and meaningful events. Their lives just seemed…full. Fun. Like they were always doing memorable things and I felt like I was on the outside looking in, not doing nearly enough and feeling like life was passing me by.

But this post isn’t  about envy or jealousy –

It’s about making your life exactly

what you want it to be.

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You know that life you wish you had? The things you see other people doing and being  and you wish YOU were doing and being those things? What’s stopping you?  Just simply start doing those things and being that person. Start living it. Do something to start living the life you want, a step at a time. Literally, just do it.

Do you see pictures of Sunday Brunch or Sunday Funday on Instagram and

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Brunch at Jane. In NYC. Because I can.

wish you were the Sunday Brunching type? Make reservations for this Sunday. Even if you just start with coffee somewhere.

(Or a Bloody Mary. Or both. Whatever.)




Have you always wanted to be the type of person who reads the New York Times over coffee on the weekends? Buy a copy this weekend and make the time.

Do you hear people talking about running or see people running races and wish you were the running type? So start running. Literally, just start running.

Do you wish you could travel more? Start saving and planning for your next trip today.

Sometimes we make it seem so complicated. It’s too easy to make a million excuses about why we can’t have the life we want or wish we had.

The biggest thing stopping us is the bullshit story we tell ourselves about why things can’t be different.

But when you decide you truly want something, the entire universe conspires in your favor to help you have it.

This year, I’ve learned to spend more of my money on moments and less of it on material things– and so I’ve had more adventures this year than ever before. Spending money on experiences and making memories {especially with my kids} has become a priority for me.   _____________________________________________________

I’ve always wanted to take my girls to New York City at Christmastime. Somehow over the years, it just never happened. But mainly because I didn’t MAKE it happen. It got shoved aside and I let other things take precedence. But my little “dream” floated along and stuck with me. This past weekend, we did it. And it was everything magical I had hoped it would be.

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They say you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. And I’m determined not to waste any more time wishing things were different. I’m determined to make them different and to live life so well now that my kids and I will look back and say,

“Can you believe our lives? We had such a good time, didn’t we?”


If you ever feel as though you’ve read something similar here before or as if I have a common thread running through many of my posts, it’s true. Because I don’t know about you, but I need constant reminding. I need consistent encouragement to think bigger and then take the steps to make things happen. I read an article or see a quote and feel completely inspired only to forget it within a day or two as I navigate the dailyness of life. So I write these posts to remind both of us…75 years

5 thoughts on “You Know that Life You Wish You Had? Start Living it.

  1. Lulu Fran says:

    So true. Seems easier said than done…but is it really? This post seems to make it tangible. I don’t think most people ask to be world travelers or mountain climbers…this is more what we want. I love the part about taking your girls on a christmas trip. My prekid days were spent living in Chicago where I always thought I would raise my future kids. Instead we are in the country in Michigan and next year I am getting them back to Chicago for Christmas come hell or high water provided I am well.

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