It’s been a roller-coaster of a week. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s just how the week felt to me. Life is like that sometimes. One minute we are up. The next minute we are down. In between there are a few curves, some screams and belly busting laughs. That was my week.
It all led me to a greater revelation about aging and living. Let me tell you how I got there.
If you want to know what’s going on in my life, just look to my prayers. Whatever is on my heart, you can bet I’m praying about it.
This week my heart was heavy for two friends struggling with cancer. I felt frustrated for them. Sad. I know first-hand how a cancer diagnosis changes your life. It’s a startling reminder of how short life can be.
I was reminded again when I realized it was the 2-year anniversary of my Grammy’s death. Monica Nathanson was a special and strong woman.
I still miss her daily and love her so much. I think of her often and always when I make her favorite recipe for my own family.
But as fast as the tears came, so came the laughs as we celebrated my husband Brett’s mom’s 80th birthday later in the day along with a special guest.
She looks amazing at 80, don’t you think? And get this, her husband is 90! She has always been a big Elvis fan so we surprised her with this little performance!
How wonderful to still want to, and, more importantly, be able to dance at 80 years old!
Here’s my big revelation. Drumroll please…. It doesn’t matter how old you are, life is about living. Living in every moment, at every age. I have met so many women lately who are in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, even 90’s who are still living their best life. They follow their purpose. They take care of their body. They embrace the process of getting older with confidence and grace.
As we drove home from the birthday party I kept thinking: God is SO good and life is SO short on this earth. Then I wrote a list of what I believe to be true about living your best life at any age.
Here it is
- Live and LOVE with purpose and passion as much as possible!
- Stand strong for what you believe in. –Surround yourself with those that you can love fully and really be YOU without apologizing.
- Be silly and laugh as much as possible (especially at yourself)
- You can always find beauty in a situation if you put yourself in the way of it
- Always be grateful
- Always encourage others, never discourage
- Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea that you used to have for yourself that you can’t “be” anymore
- Have intention and Be fully “awake” to your life
- Don’t NOT do things just because they scare you.
- Jump, take flight and soar… Jump high with hard work intention and heart!
- AND don’t waste another moment.
Hearing the words, “you have stage 3 cancer,” during the first trimester of my first pregnancy at 26 years old completely shifted my entire life. I thought I lived an extremely healthy life and I looked “healthy”. How did I have cancer? From the moment I heard the word “Cancer” I went into complete shock and disbelief. I had a few options: Surgery without anesthetic (due to the pregnancy), Chemotherapy and most likely lose the baby, or wait it out and hope it doesn’t spread to the baby and take over my body and get worse. These are very scary options no matter how old you are or who you are. I knew the right choice was surgery. My life would never be the same once I experienced the pain of surgery along with 50 stitches without anesthetic. However, I will always be thankful that the cancer was removed and the experience stirred a strong passion and desire within me to pursue what building health in my body really means. [Read more…]
Cancer is one of the saddest words we hear. Unfortunately, we hear it too often. Seems like with all the attention it gets in the media, we would be closer to a solution and a cure for it. In actuality, it’s only getting worse. In a recent article, Dr. Mercola shared some great thoughts that we agree with here at 360YourLife.
As you read his tips below, just keep in mind how you can begin building your health versus building disease in your body. Processed foods, sugars, fast foods, lack of physical exercise can all be building disease in you and your children. It’s exciting that we can have power over our health and healing! Here are some of Dr. Mercola’s thoughts and mine: [Read more…]
Our country is addicted to sugar! It’s part of our every day life. Few of us understand how sugar is really effecting us. Here’s a great list of 146 ways sugar is ruining our health!!
1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
5. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).
6. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose.
7. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins.
8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.
9 Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries.
10. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose. [Read more…]
Our second blog on the Dangers of Sweetners… You need to be informed about Aspertame. What is interesting is how it and other artificial sweeteners find their way into “foods” and we’re poisoned without being aware. Please learn to read labels, or better yet, eliminate processed foods from your pantry.
ASPARTAME – THE SILENT KILLER
Article by: Ron Harder 2002
There is an epidemic across North America today of Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus. Most people do not understand why this epidemic is happening, and they do not know why these diseases are so rampant. I would like to share with you the main reason we are having this very serious problem. [Read more…]