Episode 205: You Do You – Live Your Own Colorful Story

Episode 205: You Do You – Live Your Own Colorful Story


The other day I was emailing with a woman who said she was really concerned about her granddaughter. She was trying to teach her granddaughter – or encourage her – to do her own life. You Do You! She said infatically. I wondered which podcast episode might be a support to her granddaughter, and I suggested a couple, but I realized we talk about this all the time, in lots of different stories, but wouldn’t it be fun to have one episode that brought some of those together. This is our You Do You episode.

Stay tuned for lots of fun thoughts on overcoming the stigmas that hold us back, the power to change our circumstances, samples on what it looks like to customize your life, and let’s create our own magic as we live our own bright, magical, individual lives.

Sometimes our lives are unexpected – always. In fact if was this very question “Did your life turn out as you expected” that was the first Love Your Story research project. 19 out of 20 peoples lives did NOT turn out as they expected. That’s perfectly normal.

But as we seek to live our own big lives – as we struggle to find our way, often times there are a couple things we must accept: 1. We need to accept who we are fully (accept and love ourselves) and where we’ve been (all the good and the bad. All the blessings and the set-backs). 2. We are responsible for creating the life we want for ourselves. No one else gets to be blamed for what we create or don’t create. 3. Our life experiences, talents and the things that light us up qualify us to do what we came to do and be who we came to be. Your magic and living into what you love will help you live big.

Tune into the audio program to hear the clips highlighted below.

 Here is a clip from episode 104 with Taunia Dawn Terry and a bit about how she found her path. Our experience gives us insight that makes us uniquely qualified to do certain things.

You can change when you don’t like where you are at. What she called the divine right not to settle. And as we change and grow we come to know ourselves better and what works for us. 

One of the road blocks we run into as we navigate our culture and desire to be accepted is that of what others think of us. Here is a clip from Laurann Turner’s story in episode 127, where she talks about this struggle for her and coming to understand that she didn’t want to settle. As she became aware of the control other’s approval had on her, she could also shift instead of stay stuck.

To live our full destiny, or simply to create our own happiness, there is the novel idea of taking it a step further – actually thinking outside the box of cultural, familial, religions, etc. expectation to find a path that works for us – an individual solution – even if it deviates.  Here is Rebecca Dahl in episode 132 and our discussion about the book Deviate. This illustrates the idea in a super interesting way.

At the core of everything we are talking about customizing our lives. In episode 133 I spoke with Erik and Emily Orton about their 5000 mile trip across the Caribbean and how they got there and what it took to go the distance in this radical customization.

Marvin Cassler, as you’ll hear, is the premier example of living everyday in a very unconventional way. His example of thinking outside the box in order to live life on his own terms, is one of the most radical I’ve heard.

What does You Do You look like to you? Is it sailing the Caribbean, living in a storage shed, creating a marriage on unusual terms, or quitting a job and starting over? Is it learning more about you so you know what you want to create? Is it creating courage to do it your way despite the expectations of others? 

I truly believe that we are all individual lights. We all have our own set of talents, skills, natural ways of being, and that color and magic that we are is needed in the world. When we don’t live true to ourselves we stunt our own growth and we deprive the world of all the light we can shine.

Your challenge this week is to consider what popped into your mind as you listened to these stories. You know what section of your intentional living might need to be tweaked. Do it! Live bright with no regrets. 

Thanks for being here. If you liked the show, please leave a review – it just takes a second. And, we’ll see you in two weeks for the next episode that supports your intentional and inspirational living. Go to loveyourstorypodcast.com for more information on our 21 Life Challenge Groups. Let’s get your group started.

About the author, Lori

Lori is the host and producer of the Love Your Story podcast, a podcast dedicated to sharing candid interviews and conversations about living our best life stories on purpose. Lori pulls no punches in capturing interviews that shine a light on how we make it through the hard stuff – stress, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, rape, the death of children, abuse, divorce and the real stuff we have to deal with. But, she also shares interviews with Olympians and incredible athletes, life coaches, therapists, and people who are changing the world – most often these two categories are one and the same. She has a master’s degree in Folklore--her research focuses on the personal narrative. She is the author of six books and over 100 magazine and newspaper articles, including her latest, L.I.F.E. – Living Intentional and Fearless Every Day. She consults with individuals on a personal and business level in helping them find their stories, reframe the ones that are holding them back, and manage the stories they currently tell themselves in order to create the story they personally want to live.

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