Since moving to Seattle from the Midwest, I sure have learned a lot of life lessons. Although they haven’t been easy lessons, they sure have been life changing and valuable. And I want to share them with you as often as I can.


I often joke with people and say, If you want a swift, kick-you-in-the-butt healing, move across country.


I’m sort of joking, but really I’m not. If you really want to heal deeply, if you want to find yourself, know what you are capable of, and get to know you on that deep soul level, you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone.


Moving across country is just one way, but there are plenty of other life choices we can make that can help us connect with our inner being, and get to know who we truly are. Some are tough decisions, but the one common denominator is that they all stretch us, show us what we are truly capable of. And even if the road seems treacherous, eventually we get to a place of calm and clarity (I promise!).


As I was on my morning run today (I often get inspirations when I’m exercising), I realized something. It was like a light bulb went off in my brain, as if this wasn’t something ever realized before in life.


We only get one life to live. Why don’t we do what makes us happy all the time?


And the living isn’t just for the weekends. We can bust a** all we want throughout the week just to get to Friday night, but the real living is in the day to day.


Ask yourself: Am I truly doing what makes me happy? And if you’re not, why not?


We are the creators of our own life path. Why in the world would we live for anything less than what makes us happy, what lights us up?


This morning as I was on my run, I made the decision to be happy, no matter what. I made the decision to do every single day what makes me happy.


For those of you reading this right now thinking I must be smoking crack, that certainly I am “lucky,” that surely not everyone gets to do what makes them happy, and other profanity you may want to yell at me, just hang in there for a bit longer and hear me out.


I know we are all in different places in our lives. We all have jobs, bills, kids, day-to-day tasks and busy lives we juggle. Not all of it is peaches and cream, rainbows and unicorns, and I’m not saying it should be or even ever will be.


What I’m saying is, we all have the power to change our lives for the better, each and every day.


Maybe you have a job you go to that you hate. Maybe you are going through a family crisis and you’re struggling. Maybe you’re not feeling well. Maybe your kid just fell off his bike and needs stitches. Whatever the case may be, we’ve all got something, or have had something happen in the past that has been less than desirable. This is the stuff of life, and I’m not suggesting you love it.


What I am suggesting is that you take a moment, take a step back and look at your life as a whole. What do you have to be grateful for? What can you do TODAY that will light you up? If you hate your job, what can you find about it that might just be something you love? (If all it is is the paycheck, by all means, be grateful for it!)


But let’s take it even one step further. Let’s say you hate your job. Let’s say you’re too busy for relaxation, play or sleep. Let’s say you truly feel you have nothing to be grateful for (which, by the way, is rarely true for anyone and I call bullsh** on this one!). Let’s say all these things are true for you right now…


Only you have the power to change these circumstances for yourself. If you hate your job, are too busy, or feel you have nothing to be grateful for, ask yourself what you do want instead, and what steps you need to take in order to make it happen.


It may take time, and it may take some strategy. But it CAN be done.


If you’re not happy, if you’re not doing what makes you happy EVERY. SINGLE. DAY…. Why not?


We only get one chance at this beautiful life. Make every day count, and make every moment matter.


What I realized this morning on my run was so simple, yet so profound. I realized that every single day from here on out is going to count for me, because I am going to make it count!


One of the things that lights me up is helping others. If I’m not actively helping others, changing lives and paying if forward, I lose my fire. For me that means I need to be helping at least one person each day, to fuel my fire in life, and for me to feel lit up.


Even if it’s just paying if forward by buying someone a cup of coffee, or meeting a friend for lunch, or something as significant as helping someone heal in body, mind and spirit, I must do this each day for the good of my soul.


So I’m going to challenge you now, to take some time this weekend and ask yourself: Am I doing what makes me happy? If not, what do I need to do to change this? What will make me happy?


Once you’ve answered these questions, I challenge you to take it a step further and make a list of action items. There has to be action to get you from A to Z!


Now, COMMIT to making it happen, no matter what it takes or how long. You have the power to make you happy. No one else.


Life doesn’t happen to us, my friends. We make life happen. So do something that lights you up each day. What’s stopping you?