Kira Brady

Oct 6
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish – Words to live by.

I like inspirational messages, so I’m sharing with you this quote and video from Apple and Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs who passed away today. He said that for the last 33 years he has looked in the mirror and asked himself if this were his last day on earth, would he be happy doing the work he was about to do? And if he said no too many days in a row, he knew it was time to make a change. I think we all need this message over and over. It’s too easy to put our dreams off until tomorrow…”I’ll write that book when life settles down and I have more time.”

I’m actually quite afraid of death. Especially since I became a mother, I ruminate over all the terrible things that can happen. When I read a sad story in the news I think about it for weeks afterwards. It’s not enough just to be aware of death — it’s all over the news every day — one must have faith that if we follow our hearts it will all work out for the better. Jobs does a good job of highlighting that necessity of faith. It is fear that keeps us from following our dreams. It takes more than fear of death to spur us in the other direction.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

How to Live before you Die


For me, I can’t say that I would be satisfied if my ride was up tomorrow. It’s not that I’m not following my dreams, because I most definitely am. I just have so much to look forward to. I have three books and a short story about to be published. I have a loving, supportive Prince Charming and a bouncing, beautiful baby girl. I want to be here to watch her grow up and realize her own dreams. I want to bounce grandchildren on my knee. I want to be a white haired old woman who wears crazy hats and tells people exactly what’s on her mind. I’ve already had the luxury of traveling to far off places, coming home to live by the sea, and doing something to make the world more beautiful. I’m not done yet.

What dreams do you have that you’ve been putting off? What small step could you take to put yourself on that path today? If it’s writing, try the 100 Club. Commit to writing 100 words every day for 100 days. 100 words is a paragraph; it’s a manageable amount. If you get on a roll you don’t have to stop after 100 words. It takes 100 days to form a new habit, so after that 100 day commitment you’ll have the writing muscle primed and ready to step it up. It helps to say your goals out loud to friends who can keep you accountable. At least that’s what we hear every year at writing conferences. :P Good luck!

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