As I come into my 26th year I have to admit I had a bit of a quarter life crisis. Where I am going to live? Where am I going to work? How will I balance family life with the career path I am on? There where so many questions and very few answers. Now I know that 25 isn’t old, believe me I know I have a looooong way to go, but as I reflect back on my first 25 years I noticed a few things that I would like to change for the next 25 and I think this is a great exercise for anyone to try.
One of the things I chose to change is how often I rush between meetings, events, jobs and functions that I ‘must attend’ when I would much rather be spending time with family and friends or even just spending some precious time alone. In the past I made a promise to myself that every few weeks I would clean the slate, I would take a day to read a book, hang out at the beach or watch movies on a rainy day. I’d give myself an obligation-free mini vacation filled with nothingness and I would guard it jealously. Unfortunately, I found that ‘every few weeks’ would turn into ‘every few months’ and then it was simply a crash day, where I would sleep and eat terrible food. It wasn’t enough to top-up on sleep and try to restore all the energy that the months before had stolen from me, it wasn’t enough to schedule relaxation. The idea moving forward is to never let myself get warn down and to live well, everyday.
Living well everyday, to me, means that the moments that I share with friends and family will be meaningful and wonderful, not rushed, not forced and not squeezed in on the social calendar. It also means that I will take care of myself physically and emotionally so that in those moments I can feel my best and be fully present in the time spent together. To kick of the year of my mantra to live well, everyday, I will be hosting a throw-back birthday party to celebrate the years that have past, spend time with the important people in my life who got me through and look forward to the future and the kind of person I will become, when and if I chose to grow up.
The throw back birthday will include bouncy castles, snow-cones, cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, balloons, piñatas, the whole nine yards. This day is all about letting go, allowing my guests to unwind and enjoy each others company. My guests will be dressing the part and bringing gifts they think I would have wanted as a small child. I believe volunteering and supporting the community is all a part of feeling good and living well, so all of these gifts will be donated after the party. We still get the joy of giving and receiving, wrapping and unwrapping and reminiscing about the toys we loved as tots, but in the end they will be enjoyed by my FAB girls and by the children staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Hamilton.
Whether you are 20, 40, 60 or 100 I believe that we can all make small changes in our lives to live each day to the fullest, to celebrate the small stuff and cherish those relationships that make each day so wonderful.Together we can make this world a better place, one smile at a time.
– Kat Cullen
Broadcasting – Television & Communications Media, ’10
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