After beating cancer 3 times, I decided that my only insurance policy would be to live life in the best way possible so I would never have to suffer through another bout of cancer in my lifetime. From that day forward, I made some serious changes in my life. With all these life changes, I noticed that I seem to be aging much slower than before. In fact most people think I'm at least 10 years younger than my 52 years of age. I'm not into plastic surgery or invasive cosmetic procedures, but I am into a very healthful way of life. Being and staying healthy is a way of life, not a diet or exercise plan. Here are the key elements of my life.
1). Always stay positive and take steps toward any problems that I might have. Inaction causes worry, worry causes me to waste precious energy. This is a mindset that I have chosen to make part of my being since I choose to use my energy for positive purposes.
2). I start my day by thinking how I can make life good for those around me. I try to commit to at least 10 random acts of kindness each day. By doing this, I'm also encouraging those around me to do the same. When those around me are positive and happy, it comes back to me in a big way.
3). Exercise each and every day. When I'm tired or worn out, I listen to my body and go on a mellow walk or practice restorative yoga. When I'm more energetic, I go on a long hike, run or practice pilates or strength yoga. The key point is that I've committed to exercising every day for the rest of my life.
4). Eating close to nature...I try to stick with natural unprocessed foods fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grain breads and cereals, nuts, lean proteins and low fat dairy. I don't drink soda, just water, tea, coffee and an an occasional glass of wine or champagne.
5). Chocolate: I love chocolate, so I indulge in a little bit each day, but always just a little. Around 4:00 each day, II have my chocolate, my latte and I think about all the things that I'm grateful for....especially my health.
6). I do what I love and I love what I do. If I don't love it anymore, I don't do it anymore...really very simple. I am the owner of 3 businesses...the most recent baby is my Cool-jams my wicking pajama company which has surpassed every expectation that I've ever had. It has been so much fun to see my company rise to the top performing wicking pajama company in the US!
My passions include, my family, my businessess, public speaking and mentoring young business women, reading, volunteer work with Voices For Children and my daily exercise. That sums things up....not complicated at all, but some very effective life changes that have allowed me to stay young, happy and healthy!
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