I saw this post about lifestyle on a Facebook page of a group I belong to and it got me thinking.  I thought it might help you like it did me.

Wherever You Are, Be There – by Jim Rohn
“One of the major reasons why we fail to find happiness or to create unique lifestyle is because we have not yet mastered the art of being.

While we are home our thoughts are still absorbed with solving the challenges we face at the office.  And when we are at the office we find ourselves worrying about problems at home.

We go through the day without really listening to what others are saying to us.  We may be hearing the words, but we aren’t absorbing the message.

As we go through the day we find ourselves focusing on past experiences or future possibilities.  We are so involved in yesterday and tomorrow that we never even notice that today is slipping by.

We go through the day rather than getting something from the day.  We are everywhere at any given moment in time except living in that moment in time.

Lifestyle is learning to be wherever you are.  It is developing a unique focus on the current moment, and drawing from it all of the substance and wealth of experience and emotions that it has to offer.  Lifestyle is taking time to watch a sunset.  Lifestyle is listening to silence.  Lifestyle is capturing each moment so that it becomes a new part of what we are and of what we are in the process of becoming.  Lifestyle is not something we do; it is something we experience.  And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well.”


lifestyleWe all want to have a lifestyle we enjoy, especially as moms.  We want to be able to spend time and, probably more importantly, enjoy that time with our kids.  What good does it do being with our kids if we are thinking of everything else we need to take care of?  We don’t enjoy the time we have with them, and I really think they feel that we are not really there as well.  Kids are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for! I know my girls are constantly surprising me with the things they say and do.  Kids are amazing!!

The whole point of having your own business is to create the lifestyle you want.  It is also important to enjoy yourself along the way!  I know I struggle with this!  My mind always seems to be thinking about how I can make my business better.  I want it to be successful.  I want to help as many people as I can be successful too!  But, I can’t let that steal the precious time I have with my girls.  One day I will wake up and they will have moved on and have lives of their own.


lifestyleSo, the bottom line is – “Wherever You Are, Be There”.  Probably the best way to do that is to segment the time you have each day.  Schedule what you need to do, including time for yourself and spending time with those you love.  Stick to the schedule!!  Be totally present for each task – well, task is not really a good word for personal and family time!  Be totally present and there whatever you are doing!  You will have the lifestyle you want. You will feel more peace in your life and enjoy it so much more.  So will those you love!  Isn’t that what we all want?


  1. Be there! Don’t float through life, always thinking about being somewhere else! Great post, Carol. As my mom used to say, “Stop wishing your life away”, whenever we would say things like, “I wish it was Friday” or “I wish it was summer vacation”.

    Treasure each day, for your days are numbered and no man knoweth when those days will end.
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  2. Carol, this post tugged at my heartstrings! I try to be mindful of “being in the moment” when I’m with family, and now with a sick daughter…it takes a little more deliberate effort. Even though she’s an adult, she deserves my everything. All our family members do. I have to schedule my work time so that I don’t slight a family member when they need my attention most. THis is a wonderful reminder and I loved Jim Rohn (still do)!
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    • Eryn – Thanks for your comment! I feel for you trying to balance your time with your daughter and running a business – plus whatever else you have going on. I am trying to be better about being mindful. I have noticed that when I do I enjoy what I am doing a whole lot more!

  3. Yes!!! This is a lesson I have learned and strive for at all times sometimes well and sometimes not. I try to step away from the iphone when my girls get home from school at least long enough to check in with their day and talk about things (they are older than yours) and to stick to a schedule as much as possible. Great post. BEing seems to be the theme of the week.
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  4. Ahhh, Be-ing. If we could all just Be…I love how you shared that it is a lifestyle and an experience. Isn’t that the truth. To move from moment to moment is so freeing and liberating and takes me into pure Presence so I can experience Life’s Presents. Thank you for this awesome post, Carol!

  5. What a powerful article Carol! It is so important for inner peace to be in the moment as well. We always get so much more enjoyment, love and peace within when we can do this.

    We also are of greater service when we are in the moment. Thank you for a great reminder to always stay in the moment and with whatever you are doing in that moment!
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