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I am Christina McDermott.

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Reading: “Everything Is Figureoutable” by Marie Forleo

Reading: “Everything Is Figureoutable” by Marie Forleo

In her book, “Everything Is Figureoutable” Marie Forleo writes about how to start thinking more creatively and positively so that you can make all your dreams come true. Whether you want to quit your job, start a passion business, heal a relationship, break an addiction, or if you just want to live with more intent and purpose, Marie gives you tools to implement right away.

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The key to success is to start before you’re ready 

Marie Forleo

Isn’t this the truth??!! With life experiences and personal growth, at 50, my world is completely different from when I was 20. I have assumed many different roles; mother, wife, daughter, friend, business owner. ✨
In each of these roles, I have tried to be the best version of myself. When I have felt that I was not honoring those responsibilities with what I thought I should bring to the role, I learned, or I asked for help. Books, friends, therapists, coaches. All excellent resources to help me grow into who I wanted to be.

That’s what growing older means to me. It’s continually learning and evolving. Sometimes the people that are in your life don’t support this notion of life-long personal growth, being the best you that you can be. We then have to choose whether they can stay in our lives because inevitably, the relationship changes. Sometimes we let go completely, sometimes the relationship just runs its course

What is your experience with this?

#personalgrowthjourney #lifeexperiences #midlife #lettinggoandmovingon #mylifemyway #healingmyself #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #believeindreams #beginningsaremagic #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #livehowyoufeel ⠀⠀ #ipreview via @preview.app
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National Hugging Day! Had a long hug this morning from my beloved girl and here giving my pup some love.
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Did you know that hugging lowers your levels of oxytocin (the stress hormone)? Yes, it’s perfect for reducing stress and anxiety, it balances the nervous system and even strengthens the immune system.
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Have you had your hugs today?
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#nationalhuggingday #hugyourlovedones #hugyourdog #hugsfordogs #seekingjoy #midlife #lettinggoandmovingon #mylifemyway #healingmyself #gonnabeagoodyear #believeindreams #beginningsaremagic #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #livehowyoufeel #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration
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White on white with a classic camel coat, added a light puffer underneath for warmth. Just simple, clean style. Easy.
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Happy Monday! It’s going to be a great week! 💫💫
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#aritziastyle #aritziacoat #aritziaoutfits #camelcoat #casualchicstyle #stylenoage #stylish50s #over50style #fashionover50 #timelessstyle #ageinggracefully #agelessfashion #midlifestyle #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #classicfashionstyle #dressinghappy #wearwhatyoulove #fashioncanadians #canadianstyle #westcoastfashion
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Looking ahead to an exciting, fulfilling 2020. Wearing vegan leather moto jacket from @brunettethelabel. Good casual outfit for my daily running around.
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I’m talking about being #sociallybrave on my blog. A while ago I remember being invited by @wendyknipp to talk about it with her on her Stories. I resisted because I was new to this platform and I had so much going on in my life. Just by showing up, I felt I was being brave. Anyway, this subject hasn’t left my mind since, so I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’ve been #sociallybrave on so many levels this past year.
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Thanks for the encouragement, Wendy and for being such a good mentor. 💫
Check out my blog to read the rest of my story. Link in my profile.
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#sociallybrave #lettinggoandmovingon #mylifemyway #healingmyself #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #believeindreams #beginningsaremagic
#veganleather #veganleatherjacket #brunettethelabel
#casualchicstyle #stylenoage #stylish40s #stylish50s #over40style #over50style #timelessstyle #ageinggracefully #agelessfashion #midlifestyle #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #classicfashionstyle #dressinghappy #wearwhatyoulove
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After all these years, I’m figuring that out. Seems like such a simple thing, doesn’t it?! I’ve spent so much time trying to make someone else happy, that I’ve almost forgotten what makes me happy.
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Creativity, beauty in all it’s forms, nature, laughter, kindness, friendship, truth, loyalty, good food, good drink, being a mother. These are all top of mind.
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Starting with Happy, I’m moving on.
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How about you? What makes you happy?
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#midlife #lettinggoandmovingon #mylifemyway #healingmyself #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #believeindreams #beginningsaremagic #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #livehowyoufeel
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Nine cups or 72 oz. of water is what I should be drinking to be totally hydrated. That’s total water, including water that you get from food and all beverages. Motivated by my desire to get back to better health and being reminded of the benefits by two IG inspirations @lovekelliexo and @kristencoffield, I am focused on this goal.
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I prefer to drink hot beverages in the winter so here is a cup of hot water with lemon. I also like to drink my herbal teas and I still like to have my matcha tea latte. Just trying to keep caffeine to a minimum.
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#healthynewyear #healthy2020 #healthyhacks #newyearnewgoals #dailywellness #betterhabits #healthychanges #choosehealthy #healthyyou #healthymidlife #inspiredlving #inspiredlife #livingmindfully #livehowyoufeel #midlifehealth #healingmyself
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I think I have some wisdom because I do know myself. I know my capabilities and I know my limitations. I know my virtues but I also know my shortcomings. I know what I want and I know what I don’t want. I know what I bring to the table. I do not need to be idolized, I do not need to be protected. I can stand on my own or with my equal.
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That’s my Wisdom. What is yours?
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#wisdomgained #gainingwisdom #midlifewisdom #midlife #lettinggoandmovingon #mylifemyway #healingmyself #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #believeindreams #beginningsaremagic #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration ⠀⠀
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As we head towards the end of the holidays and this year, I think this is a good reflection. ✨ Those of us who celebrated Christmas gave and received but it never is about what or how much, rather it’s about where in our heart the giving comes from. Sometimes the smallest and simplest gifts bring the most amount of joy. Or maybe it’s an action; a simple gesture that shows kindness and thought. Truly, giving does not need to be restricted to this time of year. Keep love in your heart and give of your time, your spirit and your resources. Throughout the year.
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#givewithlove #giftsoflove #kindnessislove #loveheals #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #midlifewisdom #gainingwisdom #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #quotestoliveby
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Mele Kalikikmaka - Merry Christmas from Hawaii!!! Here’s the song that I can’t stop humming . . . . . 🎄
Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)
Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day
That's the island greeting that we send to you from the land where palm trees sway
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you
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#melekalikimaka #hawaiivacation #hawaiitrip #hawaiifortheholidays #youdeservethebest #believeindreams #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #nourishyourself #rechargeyourself #lifebydesign #takecontrolofyourlife #ownyourlife #createalifeyoulove
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In the spirit of giving, these suggestions require no shopping, are readily available, and are priceless. As a bonus, they are a perfect way to end the year and start the new year.
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#christmasgiftsuggestions #christmasgiftideas #christmasfromtheheart #meaningfulgifts #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #midlifewisdom #gainingwisdom #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #quotestoliveby
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Is there anything more beautiful than a Hawaiian sunset? 🌅Shortly after this photo was snapped I took off my shoes and shimmied my toes into the warm sand. We sat down and watched the sky change into yellows and oranges, that we knew were a sign that tomorrow was going to be just as beautiful. I took a deep breath and thought about this past year and how far I’ve come. I didn’t want to dwell because I know just like this setting sun, tomorrow brings a new sun, new colours and new promises. The colours of tomorrow are even brighter.
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Tap the photo for style details. This dress is a @hm repeat from last summer.
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#hawaiisunsets #hawaiivacation #beginningsaremagic #believeinmagic #believeinmyself #believeinlove #youdeservethebest #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #midlifewisdom #wisdomgained #believeindreams #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #stylish40s #stylish50s #timelessstyle #ageinggracefully #agelessfashion #midlifestyle #wearwhatyoulove #hmsummer
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I remember the days when you dressed up to travel. These days, for me, it’s all about comfort and ease. Here I’m wearing comfortable knit @zara joggers and layers for when I’m either hot or cold on the plane. I also wore a packable puffer (for warmth or to use as a pillow)and a wrap that I can use as a blanket. Black @nike s complete the look and are so comfortable. 🧳
My bag has snacks, wipes, tissues, electronics and some beauty/skincare. 🎒
What do you include in your travel bag?
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#comfytravel #comfortstyle #travelfashion #travelcomfortably #travelstyles #whatimwearingnow #styleclassic #classicstyles #heretoinspire #lfestyleinspo #liveinspired #inspostyle #stylenoage #stylish40s #stylish50s #timelessstyle #ageinggracefully #agelessfashion #midlifestyle #wearwhatyoulove
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I love traditions. I love how my Mom always makes the same foods on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 🍽 It always feels like truly coming home. It’s like a feast for all the senses and yet it’s like wrapping yourself in the warmest, softest blanket, safe from the outside world.
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When you first get together with a partner, you learn of their traditions and you incorporate some of those with yours. They then become “our” traditions.
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Our traditions. That’s why I bring out all the special decorations and the special ornaments for the tree; cook the same meal; bake the same cookies; follow the same celebration routines. It feels cozy and safe. It feels like home. Home for the holidays. 🎄
What is your favourite tradition?
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#christmastraditions #christmasathome #cozychristmas #cozyandsafe #lifequotes #quotestoliveby #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #midlifewisdom #gainingwisdom #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo
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GIVEAWAY!!! This is such a good book if you are feeling stuck or looking for some inspiration on how to move towards something new in your life. ✨ Marie Forleo’s motto of “Everything is Figureoutable” applies to absolutely everything in life and in this book she tells you how you can apply this principle. This book is funny, totally relatable, actionable and inspiring. 📘
I loved it and so I want to pass it on to one of you so you too can benefit from this MUST READ! Read more about it on my blog, linked in my profile.
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If you want me to send you this book, do this:
1. Like this post
2. Tag a friend (more tags=more entries)
3. Follow @christinamcdermott_
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On 5 PM PDT, December 20, 2019 I will pick a name and send the book.
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Can’t wait to share this with one of you!!
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Giveaway not affiliated with Marie Forleo nor Instagram.
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#everythingisfigureoutable #lifebydesign #takecontrolofyourlife #ownyourlife #createalifeyoulove #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #middleoflife #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #midlifewisdom #wisdomgained ⠀⠀
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Christmas party season has begun. 💃🏻Styled this full pleated velvet @Maje skirt with a button-down shirt. It actually is a rich purple colour that unfortunately doesn’t show up in the photo.
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Check out my blog where I’ve written about the ever versatile white button-down shirt. Link in my profile.
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#maje #majeparis #majefashion #whiteshirts #loveawhiteshirt #christmasfashion #whatimwearingnow #styleclassic #classicstyles #heretoinspire #lfestyleinspo #liveinspired #inspostyle #stylenoage #stylish40s #stylish50s #timelessstyle #ageinggracefully #agelessfashion #midlifestyle #wearwhatyoulove
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We all work hard to achieve our goals, take care of our families and ourselves, with the ultimate goal to be happy. What about if we didn’t wait for the outcome or the achievement to be happy? What about if we chose in every single day, in every single moment to be happy? What if we made happy part of the process? What about if we made every single choice based on whether it made us happy?
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I am choosing happy. Not an easy thing to do, to always consciously make decisions based on whether happiness is the result. I like it though. It’s working. I am feeling better. I am feeling much happier.
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What do you think? Would you consider doing this?
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#choosehappy #happynow #behappynow #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifequotes #quotestoliveby #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #midlifewisdom #gainingwisdom
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