Tuesday, October 29, 2013


This blog is 99% a way to show updates of our kiddos to family far away, but every once in a while I feel like I need an outlet. Today is one of those days.

In my work, I have the privilege of helping people establish healthy lifestyles. Some of the best interactions I have come from the question, "What are your top 3 goals in this earthly life?"  I encourage my clients to describe their best selves and we work backwards to establish action steps to get there. This is usually an exciting process (and sometimes overwhelming) process.

As I write, there is a message in my inbox waiting a response. This person's life goal?  To survive.

My hope and prayer for each person that I encounter (as well as for myself) is that we will have some idea of thriving. That in both the happiest and the hardest of times, we have a visual of what it means to thrive. That we set the bar higher than "survive" when it comes to our lives. We aren't guaranteed comfort, wealth, peacefulness or uninterrupted happiness. But we can always build character, find courage, nurture relationships and aim to grow.

So please don't settle for surviving. How can you thrive? 


  1. Good thoughts ~ I'm sure you encourage many to thrive!!

  2. Hey Mel, this is an inspiring post and reminded me of this quote :) I'm also emailing you something that pertains to the topic. Enjoy!
    "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
    - Maya Angelou

    1. What a great quote, I hadn't heard that. Thank you for sharing!