Let this photograph be a metaphor for your potential to recreate yourself. Learn from the past but let it go. You’ll be amazed at how high you can soar!

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Woman selling jewellery in Kenya

This woman has begun selling jewellery to supplement her family’s income. She lives in a village in Kenya, East Africa and was showing my husband beaded necklaces she’d made.

  1. Has anything unexpected ever happened to you?
  2. Have you ever lost a job?
  3. Has someone you loved died?
  4. Has anyone ever betrayed your trust?
  5. Did you find it tough when your children grew up and moved away?
  6. Have you ever gone through a divorce?
  7. Have you had health problems you never anticipated?
  8. Have you ever experienced a challenging family situation?
  9. Have you ever had less money than you needed?
  10. Have you ever failed at something you wanted to do?

Did you answer “YES” to at least one question? I imagine that you did.

We may all have a different family history but the experiences we share connect us. All of us are born and all of us will die. So, let’s help each other make the best of our time on earth!

5 Ways To Start Recreating Your Life Now

  1. Accept that life will never turn out exactly as planned.
  2. Realize that change will be a constant in your life.
  3. Getting unstuck from your past starts by making the best of what has happened to you.
  4. Believe that your dreams do not have an expiry date.
  5. Doing what you want begins by taking one small step forward.
Marianne on the Great Wall of China

Getting to where you want to go can be an uphill battle. Walking the Great Wall of China on a hot day was tougher than I’d anticipated but I went slowly and did what I intended to do.

Reframing can work for you, too!

Reframing is a way of looking at life that teaches you to value the positive in what has happened so that you can move forward.

Here are two examples of how it helped me.

  1. I give thanks for each day of my life in honour of my oldest and youngest sisters who both died before their first birthday.
  2. I acknowledge my inner strength, recognize my skills and accept that my self-esteem comes from within. Being restructured out of a job in an organization where I’d worked for twenty years taught me this.

3 Tips To Keep You On Track

  1. Honour your losses and disappointments by giving yourself time to grieve and heal.
  2. How you respond to what happens in life is up to you.
  3. We only have this moment and staying stuck in the past is a waste of time.

Life is a book with many chapters. What story do you want yours to tell?

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How have you moved on from adversity?  What strategies have you used to recreate your life? I’d welcome your comments.

I hope these photographs inspire you to recreate your life.

Sunrise on the Ganges River in Varanasi, India

Sunrise on the Ganges River in Varanasi, IndiaThis is sunrise on the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Each day is a gift. Celebrate your possibilities.

Cheetah in Masai Mara Park Reserve, Kenya, East Africa

All babies, even this young Cheetah in Masai Mara Park Reserve, Kenya, East Africa, eventually leave their mothers. When this happens, it is an opportunity to begin a new chapter in life.