What Do You Want More Of In Your Life?

What Is Missing In Your Life?

I was at my barn, one of my favorite spots to “be” the other day, surrounded by my two horses and my sweet Australian Shepherd, 2Sox.  The horses were contently eating, and 2Sox was busy appreciating the smells of the early morning.  I was scooping horse shit into my Gator and carting it off to the compost pile; it’s one of my favorite things to “do.”   Why?  Because I am outside in nature doing a chore that doesn’t require much talent, and it is when I have some of my best thoughts.   I stood there for a minute, and I pinched myself, literally as I often do and said out loud, “I am so grateful to be here and have this wonderful property.”  And then I thought, I wonder what most people want out of their life.  Later that day I did what I always do when I am curious about something, I Googled it.  The first thing that popped up was an article by Kathy Caprino titled, The Top 10 Things People Want In Life But Can’t Seem To Get.  It was the “can’t seem to get” part that caught my attention.

Caprino surveyed 700 people.  The key question the survey probed was:  If you could say in one word what you want more of in life, what would it be?  What intrigued the author most is that it is becoming more and more obvious that the things we humans desperately long for today are

Habit 10: We Are Thankful

We Are Thankful

Gratitude and being thankful is talked about a lot, but I wonder how many people spend focused time each day in gratitude?  It can be easy to get caught up in the dynamics of a day.  One can get sucked into the chaos so quickly and then if we are not careful we can spiral into overwhelm and stress.  Think about it.  The mere fact that we wake up each morning with a beating heart, breathing in and out without thinking, with a roof over our head, and electricity and running water.  That’s just a start.  There is so much.  Be present enough to notice and then be thankful.  Allow your brief time on this planet to be filled with goodness, share that goodness, and no matter what, be thankful. Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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Day 2 Intentional Living: Appreciate Yourself and Others


We get so wrapped up in our days and routines that we often forget to stop and appreciate others.  We can take the service that people provide us for granted.  Today is all about appreciation. In order to appreciate someone or something, you have to be present. So wherever you are today and whoever you are with, be completely there with them. No phones, no iPads, no distractions. Just you and them.

Acts of Appreciation

Here are a few things you can do to show others appreciation:

  1.  Tape “Thank You” to the outside of your trash cans so the trash person feels appreciation when they pick up your trash.
  2.  Ask the checkout person at the stores you shop at what their name is and then thank them for helping you using their name.
  3.  As a family, go around the table and take turns telling each other what you appreciate about them.
  4.  Send someone you love flowers, just because.
  5.  Make a friend their favorite meal.
  6.  Write an appreciation note and send it.
  7.  Donate your used books, clothes, and household items you no longer use.
  8.  Call someone you know who is in a rough patch and let them know you appreciate them.
  9.  Open a door for someone.
  10.  Look people in the eyes and say hello.

Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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