My Manifesto

I started my manifesto adventure a few weeks ago – nine days of questions that helped me discover more about who I am and what I love. I’m very excited to share this with you. Maybe even more excited that I actually have my own manifesto (wink). Before I share, here’s the definition of manifesto in case some of you were wondering.

Manifesto – a published public declaration of intensions, motives, or views.

Without further ado, my manifesto…

You were created to live freely – like there’s no tomorrow.

You are brave. You are fearless. You are strong. You are free. You are alive.

Dance more. Sing more. Love more. Hug more. Smile more.

Buy yourself flowers. Go on an adventure. Get lost in conversation. Celebrate your accomplishments – big and small. Read. Write. Play. Taste every bite. Always be proud to wear red lipstick.

Help others. Embrace being a woman. Laugh until you cry. Create. Build. Love your insecurities. Maintain focus, determination, an adventurous spirit, your smarts, and good hair.

Let go of expectations.

Accept and be who you are, not who you think you should be. Find your comfort, excitement, happiness, and relaxation in family, road trips, being outdoors, and old photos – not in things that numb or cause more pain.

Feel what you feel. Let your tears be your teacher. Don’t suck it up, let it out. Enjoy the process. Stop waiting for permission. Ask for what you need. Show gratitude always – even for the messy parts of life.

Encourage others. Be vulnerable. Be positive. Go after what you want.

You are brave. You are fearless. You are strong. You are free. You are alive.

Fully invest in each and every moment. Life is waiting… Jump in.

Live Freely Manifesto

You can download this custom print here – Live Freely Manifesto.

Thanks for going on this journey with me!



Manifesto Adventure // Day Five

Day Five: Own It


Uncovering // Crafting My Manifesto:

>>> How do you want to FEEL in your day-to-day life? 

Stress-free, relaxed, happy, beautiful, fully alive, brave, successful, strong, smart, accomplished, wild, goofy, adventurous…

>>> What do you LOVE most about yourself?

My focus, my determination, my hair, my smile (thanks braces), my adventurous spirit, my love of people…

>>> What do you need in order to FEEL this way (#1) & celebrate what you love about yourself (#2)?

#1: Stop waiting for permission, take more time for myself, let go of expectations set by others and myself, accept where I am in life, surround myself with positive people…

#2:  Smile more, get more involved in the community, take more time to get ready, go on more adventures, dance more, sing more, laugh more…


See day four of my manifesto adventure here!

Manifesto Adventure // Day One & Two

Pssst… So, I’m working on a little side project – I’m currently crafting my very own manifesto! Well, maybe that’s not a little side project, but I’m going to be discovering more about what inspires, defines and challenges me, and how to live I signed up for the Skinny Dip Society Wild.Free.Alive Manifesto Adventure and am getting a daily dose of goodness. I encourage you to join! This is sort of a personal challenge for myself that I’ll be documenting here – this site is about pondering reality after all. Have no fear, I will still be updating the blog with my normal posts! In the meantime, here is day one and two of my personal manifesto creation!

Day One: Foundation

Day One_Foundation

“Let your foundation make you successful and free – not your rules, fears, and self-doubt.”

Uncovering // Creating My Manifesto:

>>> Think back to a recent moment where you felt

Dancing in the rain like no one was watching with great friends at an Old Crow Medicine Show concert in one of my favorite cities.

>>> What directly preceded that moment?

The feeling of  longing and anticipation. The feeling of wanting to dance, but uncertainty of who was watching and/or what people would think.

>>> What happened the next morning?

I couldn’t stop talking about what an awesome concert I went to the night before! I couldn’t and won’t ever forget feeling those feelings of unstoppable freedom and wholeness.

>>> That month?

I still can’t stop thinking about what an awesome concert that was. What an awesome feeling I had. That’s a moment and a memory that can never be taken from me. It’s mine forever. I learned that ordinary, everyday tasks become so much better when we let go of our fear and fully invest in simple moments.

>>> Who were you with?

GREAT people!

>>>  What had to happen in order for that feeling and experience to come to life?

I had to let go of my fear of what people would think. I had to embrace the positive energy around me, put my stress behind me and be fully invested in the moment.

>>> What minor part(s) of your day/week make you think – “I love my life” and create big impacts?

Buying flowers, lighting a candle, going for an evening walk, great conversations, connecting with strangers, celebrating accomplishments (mine or others), sitting down and taking time to read or write, being fully invested in moments.


Day Two: Gusto


Gusto: Doing something with an abundance of enthusiasm, appreciation and being fully engaged.

Uncovering // Creating My Manifesto:

>>> What would you do differently if you had no idea that rules, restriction, social media and research ever existed? (think about what little kids do)

Read a story before bed every single night, play outside until it’s dark then catch lightening bugs, dance like crazy as soon as I hear music, hug my friends and family every single day, never look at my phone in the evening or on the weekends, make new friends everywhere I go, get overly excited about dessert, take a nap during the day, wear costume jewelry and bright lipstick every single day…

>>> Visualize your ideal daily celebration meal or event. Describe in detail what this could look like – i.e. what would I see, smell, hear, taste, touch and experience if I watched from the outside? Would you have time to yourself or would you be with others? Would there be TV, media, to-do lists, etc. around? What beauty could be brought in?