Living Your Dreams!

Education & Training with Advantage Solutions Group

How is it going this year? Are you living the life you want? Is the rest of the year going to include people, places and activities that will be memories for the rest of your life?

Last week, I got a phone call from someone I hadn't seen or talked to since 1978! My old friend, Huey Hurst, from my Basalt, Colorado days, was riding his bicycle from San Diego to Florida. He was in Wickenberg, AZ when he called, planning to go through Phoenix where his bike was getting some tuning and he was going to pick up his new iPad. He had a day to fritter away and wanted to see if I was free! How fortuitous I wasn't on the road and my computer, it had been determined, need reformatting so it was perfect timing.

One lesson I learned from the father of coaching, Thomas Leonard.... PEOPLE BEFORE THINGS! i changed my working day into a play day and enjoyed the time with an old friend.

What an amazing guy! Huey retired 18 months ago after being a UPS Delivery man for 25 years. Along the way, he's scaled over 30 of the 14,000+ mountains in Colorado, built a house on the slopes of Mt. Sopris (in Carbondale near Aspen) and has done quite a bit of travelling. Since retirement, he has visited Morocco, Iceland, Nepal and me! He is doing this bike trip alone, staying in hotels, not camping. He said he had no rules, but he seemed fairly committed to the route and maps he had of the back roads and staying focused. He is riding about 70 miles a day. Wow!

I mentioned a few years ago that I planned to walk from the Mexican Border to the Canadian Border. Plan A was to kick that off this year, when I turned 62 and had planned to retire. We are now operating on Plan B.... I am not retiring for 3 more years, I have some foot problems that hinder me after a few miles and I am now thinking a biking trip might be a good substitute! The main thing is: the inspiration of Huey's trip has nudged me along in the new Plan B and put SOME adventure & energy (not certain what it will end up looking like) back into this. How about you?

Before the movie and term Bucket List became popular, I worked with my clients and created my own 100 To Be, Do & Have List. This list was all the things I wanted to do, be and have in this lifetime. We've accomplished a lot of them... done a triathlon, toured Australia for a month, bought some rentals and had grandchildren... still many to do in the next 40 years! (Jumping out of an airplane is NOT on MY list!) Each year when I am doing my yearly planning, I refer to mine and I've put it on my Pre phone in notes so I can add to it on the run.

So, since the first quarter of 2010 is behind us... as well as all the years that have preceded it....where are you going next?

Here are some questions to ask yourself and actions for this week:

  • What dreams do you want to manifest in this lifetime?
  • What places do you want to see?
  • What experiences do you want to have?
  • What people do you want to connect or reconnect with?
  • Create your 100 Be, Do & Have List: Just take out a sheet of paper and number it and start adding these things
  • Choose some to put on the calendar now
  • Choose some that need more planning in place, but you are committed to have happen and put a date beside these
  • How can you make today extraordinary or have a smaller version of something on the list (go camping this weekend perhaps)?

Huey's visit was a really nice wake up call to look at where I have been playing too small, or even, not having some experiences because I sometimes still buy into "not enough time" or "not enough money". Between just having a birthday and contemplating what this year will bring, Huey's inspiring visit and Springtime..... I am jazzed to make this whole year extraordinary, one extraordinary day at a time.

The universe is always sending messages... sometimes in whispers, sometimes more blatant, sometimes, it takes a crisis to hear..... are you listening or paying attention?


I Love to Party!      If we aren't Friends on Facebook or Linked on LinkedIn or following each other on Twitter (I will reciprocate):

Add Joeann as a friend on Facebook

Follow Joeann on Twitter

Connect with Joeann on LinkedIn

...or if you haven't joined my my Facebook business side...please come play!

...or come play on FourSquare!

Have a Marvelous Week! It IS up to you!!!!!


Posted by

Comments (9)

Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

I need to reassess that question. Sometimes that is not on the forefront of my mind but as i get older(hopefully wiser) i will have a plan.

Apr 08, 2010 08:07 AM
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Without even meeting Huey, I would say he totally rocks!  I know about the daily mileage thing, been there done that and would do it again tomorrow. :)

Apr 08, 2010 08:45 AM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Fran-Thanks! Life is good.

Robert-It is easy to forget to do the things you really want instead of waiting! Pick something and have fun!

Kristal- You have been one of the people who have inspired me in living my6 dreams!...Huey does rock, but as a lady who rode her bike around the totally rock too!!! BTW-I bought a red bag like your purple one..thanks for sharing it

Apr 08, 2010 09:21 AM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Featured In Cosmic Cow PieCosmic Cow

Apr 10, 2010 04:22 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

Hi Joeann ~ I am definitely living my dream this year.  But, I would like to escape to Mexico sometime this year :)

Apr 11, 2010 12:31 PM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Carra  many thanks! I hope your group has more fun because of it!
Melinda! You are a smart woman! Plan it and it will happen!

Apr 11, 2010 02:04 PM
Ken Speer
Alpha Global Associates - Phoenix, AZ

Joeann - This sounds like some personal development work I've done over the years.  There is one truth, it is up to me to make things happen.  I appreciate the 'bucket list' reminder and need to get mine back out to review and recommit.  Great meeting you at #REBCPHX!

Apr 11, 2010 03:02 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Joeann, hey I thought these things only came around at the New Year - but end of the first quarter, what a great time to take a recap and put some more goals out there. Thanks for the great idea!

Apr 11, 2010 03:28 PM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Ken-it was great to meet you to

Sharon You are welcome! Have lots of fun with it!

Apr 15, 2010 11:30 AM