Life… it is not an audition, it’s the real deal with MY name on the marquee. The Holstee Manifesto was the casting call luring me back into the starring role where I belong. It was all right there in front of me in black and white telling me to stop waiting for tomorrow; start living my life today. And, so began the evolution from “I can’t do it” to “I will do it” and most importantly “I AM doing it.” I learned to stop waiting around for the perfect time and circumstances because they may never come. My life won’t begin when the student loan is paid off, or when I meet the man of my dreams and finally get that corner office. My life is happening RIGHT NOW, so it’s time to stop waiting and start living. I started surfing, sailing, fishing, fencing, glass blowing, cooking, paddle boarding, hiking, guitar lessons, yoga, running half marathons, belly dancing and pole dancing (for fitness!). No travel companion? No problem, book the trip anyway. Iceland? Portugal? Been there, done that. Hello South Africa, you are looking mighty fine. I can’t wait to see you next year. I’ve loved and lost? Ok, so has everyone else. Stop feeling sorry for myself and just keep LIVING. I had a good love with a good guy, but it just didn’t work out. Life is giving me a second chance to find a better love with a better guy that WILL work out. Until then, I will just keep my head up and doing the things that I love because you have to be happy with WHO you are and WHERE you are in life before you can truly be happy with anyone else. Positivity spreads like a wild fire. So, smile at a stranger and ask them how their day is. And, before you know it, you’ve made a new friend. I want the story of my life to be rich with great people & awesome experiences. While I didn’t quit my day job, I did take on a new role… “Life Enthusiast.” An optimist dedicated to wringing every last enjoyable drop out of life (to fill the other half of that glass). My mantra, be genuine, be honest, be unique and live your life “outside the box.” And, when the credits roll on my life…they’ll definitely say a life inspired by Holstee. Thank you.

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