The Challenge: Day 13

I recently returned from spending nearly a full week visiting friends and loved ones in New York City. I booked the plane ticket simply because Southwest Airlines was having a sale (50% off!), and it had been years since I last spent time in the Northeast. No plans were in place at the time of purchase, just the hope and excitement of getting out of my comfort zone, as defined by the California borderlines and perpetual sunshine.

The six-day trip ended up being jam-packed with lunch dates, happy hours, dinners and nights on the town. It was such a joy to catch up with friends in person and to see the people and places that now occupy their lives, which I had previously only known of through Facebook. Keeping in touch is one thing, but spending time with an old friend in their new life is a whole different level of bonding. I truly recommend booking that plane ticket or making the drive to visit those individuals that represent some of the most significant relationships in your life.

So you might be wondering where exactly is she going with this? Towards the end of my trip it dawned on me that I had spent the week learning about the lives my friends had established in this city that never sleeps. They had new careers, fiancés, degree programs and killer wardrobes. Essentially, they were in the midst of writing the next chapter in their book called Life. I was packing to head home and I also personally reflected on the notion of “what is the story that I am writing for my life right now?'”

I hadn't really stopped to think about how I wanted to shape my current chapter (probably titled “The Roaring 20s”). I immediately got excited and was eager to return home to continue writing my own personal story. I hope that those who eventually come to visit me in my city will enjoy and appreciate my book of Life.

Today's Challenge: Life is a blend of what happens to you and how you react to it. Consciously reflect on the chapter you’re currently writing in your life and decide if any adjustments or growth should be a priority for the year ahead.


Physical: Continue to be strong and dedicated to your physical health. It contributes to energy levels and self-esteem. We’re not to obsess about our looks, but we should be committed to a healthy lifestyle in which we can maintain high self-esteem about how we physically present ourselves. Your challenge, every week, is to make the time.

Spiritual: Our stories in the book of Life are a blend of what the world brings into our lives, but also how we react to those events and proactively seek out what we do want in life. We need to see life with clear eyes and a calm heart so we can react to it with the best version of ourselves. Come back to those elements that define who you are and be at peace with it. You will be much more prepared for the ride of life.

Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” - John MaxwellPersonal: We can't take life on by ourselves; we need to fill our lives with family and friends. When was the last time you reached out to a good friend to simply say hello, inquire about their life, and invest some of that personal time and energy? Reach out. You won't regret it.

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