I’ve been on the road for the past 2 ½ weeks working with clients in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Ontario, Sonoma (yep, wine country). On one stop, I cruised around in my fully loaded black Cadillac CTS rental car, and in other cities I enjoyed the ease of having a driver take me to client meetings. The lodging has been luxurious, and I even took time out for a mineral bath and massage at an on-site spa. While I was sitting on the veranda enjoying another yummy meal last night, I was all aglow with immense gratitude thinking, “I have the coolest life.”

However, sometimes my travels do not go as planned, and I ask myself, “What is the Upside here?” as I look to find the blessing amidst the challenge, and the opportunity in the midst of all the bumps on the journey.

While I may not immediately find the answer, ultimately, I am seeking out the joy in every circumstance, and refuse to see anything else.

Sometimes there are events that challenge my way of being, but I focus on the prize at the end of the day – a lifetime filled with more happiness, success, and meaning than you can shake a stick at.

I have an Upside envelope where I stash my “extra” cash to use for  something that brings me joy and better allows me to live Upside.

I use the dollars “just because“, and do not wait for a holiday, or vacation to dip into the envelope.

We all know life can be short.

Sometimes too short.

And, it’s filled with glorious moments and beautiful memories – if we create them.

So, what memories are you making this week?

I encourage you to go out and find the joy in every ray of sunshine, and every Summertime bloom.

Look at the people you love with new eyes, and a zest for all that you have.

And, enjoy every glorious moment.

I promise you won’t regret it.

See Upside. Be Upside. Live Upside.

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