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Writing Your Obituary | A Lesson in Living.

January 17, 2017

Back in November, I attended a conference called Creative at Heart (which I’m planning on posting more about a different day!). The conference was created with one simple but powerful mission: to inspire creatives. There were many things I loved about the conference, but there is ONE thing that really hit home and stuck with me so strongly, even two months post conference.

I was sitting around a table in the ballroom with my small group and we were discussing many of our various struggles — time management, confidence, parenting and business ownership — you get the idea! I’m not sure exactly what was said, but all of a sudden it happened. The incredibly wise Sarah Bradshaw shared an idea that has been swirling … and swirling … and swirling around in my brain since the moment she said it. Are you ready for it?

“Write out your obituary.”

That’s what she said. “I know it sounds morbid and just super weird, but you all should do it. I’ve done it and it has been life-changing for me as a wife, mom, and business owner.”

Wait, what?! Write out my OBITUARY?

Oh, she is on to something here, you guys. Something SO powerful and beautiful and yes, a little strange : ) The idea behind writing out your obituary is this: WHAT do you want your life to stand for? WHAT do you want people to remember about you? WHAT do you hope to be known for and remembered by when you’re going? One of the best ways to figure this out is to quite literally WRITE OUT what you would hope your obituary would say one day when you die. What do you hope your spouse, siblings, or children will say about you? What do you hope they will remember most?

If you have a clear vision for what you want your life to stand for, and if you even take the time to write it out, what a lesson you will have created for yourself in HOW to LIVE your life RIGHT NOW. Does this decision align with … my obituary? My legacy? Does spending my time this way, or my money this way, align with my vision for my life? Does … X, Y, Z … matter?

I will admit that I have yet to write out my obituary, but it is something I plan to do this winter. I’m a person who can frequently use a “putting things into perspectives” type of practice in my life, and I know this will do just that. I actually hope to really refine the vision I have for my life through my obituary, and put it somewhere I can read frequently — perhaps above my desk? We will see : )

Anyway, I thought I would share for anyone else who might be able to use this in their own life. Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday : )

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