Julie and I hiked up and sat at the top of our mountain (well, more like a big hill,
but it’s our mountain!) at Hidden Valley. We have climbed this mountain more times
than we can count, for years. We would talk, envision, dream and we wanted more--
more for ourselves, for our families, for our friends… for our lives.
The two of us have encouraged and supported each other to climb our mountains
and we each took our leap of faith. I left my nursing career and Julie left a 17 year career coaching. Julie says, “I left last year and have not looked back!” We are celebrating!
We are creating the change we want to see in the world. I’ve written my book,
I am speaking and doing all kinds of wonderful things (that’s right!). Julie is working
one on one with clients, facilitating workshops and creating presentations on
mindfulness. Working through removing emotional blocks with people so that they
can climb their mountain!!
Julie: The thing about a mountain, is that it’s one step at a time. And that’s what
we’ve done! That’s all that people have the capacity to do, is take one step in front of
the other and take whatever right action is in front of them.
Me: You don’t have to know how to get to the very top, you just have to do the next step,
then the next step and you know what? You might be surprised halfway up, and you
go in another direction and you’re going to a different place.
Right now we are both climbing the summit of our mountains and I am saying to
everybody…Look out for us, because we are doing some stuff!!
Don’t be afraid to climb your mountain at any age.
You just might surprise yourself (like we did!).
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I thought it was going to be a nice sunny day.
I didn’t really look at the weather, but it changes anyway. Apparently it is teeming rain!
I was a little disappointed at first, I’m not going to lie! But then decided to go with
“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!”
So, I’ve got my lovely rain boots, my rain gear and I’m going for a really nice long walk
and I’m going to play in some puddles and probably get soaked. I’m going to make it
a really good day, despite the weather.
Life is unpredictable. Prepare for anything.
The weather is certainly unpredictable and sometimes Mother Nature does have a little
bit of a temper, doesn’t she?! I’m going to enjoy the weather, no matter what.
I hope you have a really great day, rain or shine! So remember…There’s no bad weather,
only inappropriate clothing!
Do you have a story about having fun in the rain?
I’d love to hear it!
Geordie and I realized that we never celebrate our successes,
well not as much as we should! We work long hours and we love what we do.
But we don’t take the time to really celebrate all that we’ve accomplished.
So tonight, we had “date night” our kids are away in *upstate NY, we became tourists
and went all the way to Bracebridge to El Pueblito, the Mexican Restaurant and had
the most amazing time. With wonderful food, great decor, atmosphere and fabulous
Spanish music playing in the background, we toasted and said,
“We are doing so many wonderful things! Good for us!”
I encourage you, each and every day to take the time to say, “Well done!” to yourself,
your team, your family… whoever! Celebrate successes, big and small. We need to
give ourselves more credit and be proud of ourselves! Enjoy!
Celebrate your fabulous self!
In 2014, when I started Love Your Life to Death I had no idea what I was doing!
So I reached out to people who were creating a culture of change around death
and diffusing the fear. One of those people was Jon Underwood, who started the Death Café movement in 2011. I thought to myself, “What the heck is a Death Café?
So I read up on it, was intrigued and realized, it was amazing!
A Death Café is a group directed discussion about death, with no agenda, objectives
or themes. They are also respectful and inclusive. The purpose is to increase awareness
of death with a view on making the most of our finite lives. And eat cake too!
Jon gave up his job and he gave his heart and soul and was so passionate starting this movement. There have now been Death Cafes in over 50 countries and more than 10,000 people have gathered to discuss death so they could live their lives fully. I’ve hosted a few Death Cafes myself and they were incredible with inspiring and empowering conversations.
So it is with a heavy heart, I share that Jon Underwood died in June 2017 at the age of 44.
I was stunned and shed many tears. He leaves behind a beautiful wife and two young children. The Death Café legacy will live on forever and continue to help so many people.
I take this opportunity to say thank you to Jon, for starting this incredible movement.
My book, Love Your Life to Death is a resource on the Death Café website.
I am proudly going to donate $5.00 per book ordered from this site/my website,
to help the Death Café movement carry on. They have also started a fundraiser for his family.
Jon left his job and used his savings to bring this to the world. This is a great way to give back.
I’m going to do my part. I encourage everyone to check out the website and even to host
your own Death Café. It’s just a conversation with coffee, tea and cake!
Thank you, Jon Underwood, for your selfless gift. I send love to your family, friends
and following. I promise to continue to do everything I can to bring death out of the
darkness and into our conversations and to diffuse the fear.
You have left a legacy of love and I will be forever grateful.
Yvonne Heath is a Canadian leader, Transformational Speaker, Blogger, Television Host, Author and Creator of the #IJustShowedUp movement.
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