Advice from Steve Jobs

Motivation Monday

Steve Jobs crafted an incredible essay while in his last days. 

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.

However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.

At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer …

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth …

Should be something that is more important: Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days

Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.

God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.

That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.

Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.

What is the most expensive bed in the world? Sick bed …

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.

Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost — Life.

When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading — Book of Healthy Life.

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.

Treat yourself well. Cherish others.”

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What’s my secret weapon for Winter?

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My secret weapon for Winter besides eating well, staying active and practicing meditation is Ayurvedic Medicine. What is Ayurveda? It’s one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) medical systems that originated in India. It’s based on a belief that true health depends on a balance between mind, body and spirit and that everything in the universe is connected.

It consists of special diets, herbs, massage and other health practices. It can be complimentary to Western medicine or used solely if you work with a trained practitioner.

In Ayurveda, our bodies have a make-up and can be categorized into three life forces or doshas. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. You can do more research on your own if you’re interested in what dosha fits you.

I’m Vata, which is known as the most powerful dosha and it controls things like blood flow, your mind, breathing, heart function and intestinal function. People who are Vata are usually thin and light in frame, agile, light sleepers, prone to digestive issues, have dry skin and hair, have cold hands/feet, are always on the go and are creative. Vata types are more prone to anxiety, skin problems, arthritis, asthma and nervous system disorders.

Ayurveda says we must always strive to have balance, especially where our dosha is concerned. In Vata people, to stay balanced we are to slow down, meditate often, get to bed at a decent hour and eat frequently. We should also always dress appropriately for the weather since we have a tendency to get cold easily, which throws us out of balance.

Self-massage with sesame or almond oil is suggested before getting into the shower along with dry brushing towards your heart. Starting your day with warm lemon water is also a ritual. Yoga, walking and hiking is also great for Vata types since it doesn’t require that you over exert yourself.

These are all things that I incorporate more into my routine when Winter approaches since the colder temperature and rush of the holidays usually causes my body to become more imbalanced.

Are you interested in what dosha you are? Do some research and see! Let me know what you think.

Time to put down some roots?

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I’m a gypsy.

Always have been for as long as l can remember. I’ve lived in a lot of places….I mean… A LOT. I’ve moved over 21 times in the last 11 years, sometimes within the same city and for reasons out of my control BUT…..I moved. Let’s just say I’m totally down with change. Call me a chameleon because I’m super adaptable.

Then I became pregnant. Stay with me here.

Having a baby and being a gypsy don’t really go together. I knew at some point something was going to have to give me some roots. It turns out that this was it! My sweet baby girl, Ava, was that thing. It’s turned out quite perfect, actually.

This new and amazing life event forced me to move back home, be near my family and the rest of my “tribe” and to choose this for her. She needs stability and a large network of supporters and she has that here. I also learned that I needed that same support network. Being a single mom away from your tribe doesn’t really work.

I’ve always been independent and had no problem living away from family and friends but this was different. A baby is a huge deal. All of my cousins are also having babies and it’s just time to get rooted. I’m so happy to become rooted for my daughter because she is the most important thing in my life. Having her has taught me what all mothers discover- the stuff you want just isn’t as important anymore.