10 Ways To Live The Life You’ve Always Wanted


10. Know it’s never too late.

So what if you’ve been at it for 20 years? So what if you’ve got a family and think you’re stuck? My 87-year-old grandmother started yoga just a few years ago, and my mother went back to school to get her third degree with three small children. Life is long my friends, you have a lot of time to go after those things you want.


Can we talk about how long and dark my hair was when I graduated university?? Whoa.


9. Know that a day spent miserable is a day wasted.

We are given 365 days a year, times 70+ years. But it can all be taken away in an instant. Don’t waste your hours wishing you could be spending them differently. Take advantage of the gifts you have. Get up and do something that makes you happy. Find joy in every day.



8. Get dirty. Make mistakes.

Then make more mistakes. Learn from them. Teach others what you’ve learned from them. Wear them with pride, and keep chugging along.

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." -Sir Winston Churchill


7. Know that you are worth it.

No one deserves to be unhappy. No one. Most reasons behind feelings of worthlessness are petty. You deserve better.


6. Eat cookies.


Sometimes, eat them for breakfast.

Don’t be scared to go against the grain, most rules are silly. Who said you shouldn’t eat dessert first? ;)


5. Trust the process.

Things will work out if you let them. It may not be your original plan, sometimes things fall through. But keep at it and you will end up where you should be.


4. Want it.

Really want it. Go after it with a passion. Think about it, plan it, write it down, let people know about it. Scream it from the mountaintops and take charge.



3. Learn to be your own best friend.

When you like being around yourself, so will others. You’ll attract good people and create meaningful relationships. Be at peace with who you are. Stop trying to change yourself and be content with who you really are, because that person is awesome too.



2. Indulge.

Treat yourself. If you’re working as hard as I suspect you are, remember to take a time-out and recharge. Do something selfish or decadent. You can have your protein cakes and your marshmallow fluff.



1. Ad astra per alas porci.

My motto. “To the stars on the wings of a pig.”

In other words: anything is possible. No really. Anything. What are you waiting for? Go for it!

Posted on July 28, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 48 Comments.

  1. What an absolutely delightful post. Susan I think you came into my life at the exact right moment :)

  2. This was a brilliant post.

    It made me cry a little.

    Your grandmother and mother rock! It’s so nice you have such positive role models in your life.

  3. LOVE THIS POST!!! so inspiring :) i like #10 the most!. the churchill quote is great too

  4. I LOVE this. Some of these are things I am just beginning to learn–especially being my own best friend.

  5. Your post just made me smile in so many ways :) ♥

  6. Love the post. So much truth in it.

  7. I love this post – I think the same way and try live my life by these “rules”. First step towarsd big dreams has been taken. The feeling is the best!

  8. “87-year-old grandmother started yoga just a few years ago, and my mother went back to school to get her third degree with three small children. “–those are some tough, strong women…I am so impressed!!! but you obvi come from very good stock :)

    eat cookies, #6. hell yeah baby!

  9. Fabulous and very inspiring post! Love it! x

  10. This is a great post – sometimes it’s easy to feel like it;s too late to change, or to not fully appreciate what you have.

  11. Consider this post starred =)

    So inspiring and such a perfect way to start my day. Especially when I’m up at 6:20am in the middle of summer to spend a day watching my bro compete in the national gaelic football tournament. Definitely need a reminder to make the most of each day!

    Basically, you’re the best,
    Nicole G

  12. Awesome post!!! I stand by each one of those statements. I love how you say the things that make us feel worthless are usually petty. So true.

  13. What an AMAZING post! Love it!

    We need our David’s meet up soon!!


  14. One of my favorite posts! # 5 has really worked for me: Trust the Process. The time in my life when I felt most things were working as they should was when I trusted the process. You’re right, because of this, I ended up where I should be.

  15. Danielle @ Body By Nature

    “Know that a day spent miserable is a day wasted” love this!!

  16. This is exactly what I needed today! Thank you!

  17. 87 year g-ma doing yoga, that is amazing! my grandmother is 86 and exercises every single day! (mostly waking and stretching) but I love that she is so active and healthy!! I wish I could meet you in person you have such a positive energy that I love! i hope to meet you one day :)

  18. This is such a great post Susan! And thanks for the photo – I can’t wait to meet up with you and the other lovely ladies again! :) Have a great day!

  19. You are the best. I miss you! I wish you had chosen to move to Vancouver instead of Toronto!


  20. Love this. and I esp love the last one and the latin phrase. I might make that my motto as well :).

  21. Love it! My great grandmother went back to school when she was in her 80s! I’m learning the mistake thing now.. I usually take the safe way out of things so I don’t have too many things that I would call mistakes. Although recently I did some pretty stupid things..but I’ve definitely learned from them!

  22. Yay! Wonderful post. :)

  23. Beautifully written and resonates with me deeply,thanks!! :)

  24. i *NEEDED* this.


    so thank you.

    you are wonderful, wise and a truly fantastic person. come visit me in Wisconsin!!! i promise beer and cheese curds. always.

  25. This is a great post, Susan! I especially like #8. It’s so easy to forget to take risks for fear of failure but it’s the only way to truly grow. Thanks for reminding us! :)

  26. what a great post. love it! especially #3. so, so true.


  27. What a great post Susan! I’m sharing this one so all my friends read it :)

  28. Aww Susan I <3 you! Great post! Very encouraging and so very true. Be yo-self!

  29. Such a great post and a great reminder. I should re read thus monthly!

  30. This post makes me smile. Amazing! :-)

  31. Lovely post! :-D
    So inspiring…

  32. This post was exactly what I needed just now. I’m at such a transitional point in my life that reading these uber-inspiring and positive commandments really struck me. Thank you, Susan!

  33. LOVE this post! Thanks Susan! And I’m thinking a Friday Moksha Yoga date in the near future?!

  34. greensandjeans

    Such a great post! And yes, Joshua Jackson is most certainly getting more amazing as he gets older…

  35. <3 this post! great reminders.

  36. I’m smiling so much my face hurts. Thank you!

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