What Would You Do With A Billion Dollars?

What would you do with ONE BILLION DOLLARS?  That is the question many people across the nation are asking themselves as the Power Ball jackpot continues to rise like a thermometer on a hot day.  The amount is staggering to say the least and if we have ever wanted an opportunity to stretch our prosperity imagination this is certainly the time.

I have bought a scattering of lottery and Power Ball tickets over the years but it’s been a long time so what an adventure it was when Tall Boy and I decided to buy a few tickets for last Saturday night’s drawing.  We KNEW we had to go to a Maverick Station to favor our odds. Tall Boy wanted to purchase in prime number increments (yes, I am dating a nerd!) so we settled on 7 draws.  We took our $7 into the market only to find out we needed $14 (when did that happen?)  While observing the professional lottery purchasing clientele, we felt under invested and we contemplated adding Keystone Light and a pack of Camels    anything to improve the odds.

After our stint at the Maverick Station (beer and smoke free), our discussion about winning this much financial abundance lead to a more meaningful conversation about fulfillment.  What does it mean to have a life well lived?  Is it money?  Certainly money makes life more comfortable.  But does it give you Joy, Peace, Freedom.  For me to live a full life is to feel – feel purposeful,  joyful, peaceful, empathetic.  To be contributing to the betterment of humankind and to have an arsenal of resources like money, physical energy, and spiritual aptitude.  

While growing up, my father was a role model for living an authentic life.  He could have climbed the ladder of success and spent hours on the job and away from the family.  Instead he found a level of financial comfort and lived a balanced life.  He skied, fished, hunted, and enjoyed other outdoor activities that kept him healthy and connected. (Interestingly, I see these same qualities in TallBoy).  The family benefited as well, and I am proud to carry his legacy of an authentic and balanced life.  I daily covet and am grateful I have chosen a life of good health and finding time to connect with friends, family, and nature.  

It’s Wednesday and need to finish up here so I can run down to the Maverick Station and buy a few Power Ball tickets for tonight’s drawing.  Would a big win make me happier?  Maybe, but I am pretty happy; it would give me some extra cash to have more fun, share with others, and maybe even implement change on a much larger scale.  The odds are 1 in 292.2 million.  Someone has to win.

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Life Out doors is a Life Well Lived

2016 started with a beautiful day of skiing at Bogus Basin with Todd (aka Tallboy).  The groomers were buttery and remanents of powder could be found on the north slopes.  Sunshine kissed and warmed our faces as we danced our way down the mountain on slopes that lacked a feverish crowd.  We felt like evil geniuses delighting in the outdoors while others, perhaps, recovered from too much New Years Eve blitz or were “couch potatoed” in for a day of football.IMG_4729

Spending time outdoors is a  constant source of joy for me.  It thrills and fulfills me to be on my skis, my bike, running, walking, taking my faithful canine companion, Savvy, for a walk or hike.  I get re-energized and my day to day focus for living is renewed; I work better and think clearer.

On Black Friday this pass year, REI, the outdoor recreation store, in an empathetic and rogue move decided to close all 143 stores nationwide and paid their employees on the most sacred of all retail days.  The reason: to be true to their values and mission, “Life out doors is a life well lived”. In this unprecedented move the retailer started a webpage #optoutside and asked the public to share their outdoor experiences. Over 1.4 million people posted their “free from shopping” adventures; I being one of them.  To further assist in REI’s decision some National Parks offered free passes to experience the great outdoors.

Today’s blog isn’t about REI, it is about the ethos of its bold move to stay true to what they stand for and represent.  As I look to 2016 this is my resolution to the new year to be true to what I believe and what I represent myself to be.  The seeker of truth in me will continue to expand, grow, and allow myself to be more transparent so others can grow as well.  I have always believed that to heal the world we heal ourselves first and after the magic of 2015 I know I am living at a whole new level and it feels wonderful!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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