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Making Room for What Matters to You Most

I’ve always said that what matters to you is what is most important when it comes to making decisions about your life. Sometimes life brings you a tremendous opportunity and your priorities have to change if you’re going to take advantage of it. That’s

 

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the situation I find myself in, and regrettably I’ve had to come to the truth that I need to make room in my life to take advantage of it. Truth is best delivered straight and so, here it is: this is my last blog post for the Life Is HOT blog. It has not been an easy decision. I know, you didn’t see this coming. Neither did I. In fact, I spent last quarter working on plans to relaunch this blog. Life is like that sometimes. Boom. Continue reading

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Will You Choose Quality or Quantity at the End of Your Life?

It’s been 56 months since I placed an agonizing call to Iowa Hospice about my dad.

4 dice, 6, 3, 5, 5, brown cup on side, brown and black granite countertop

For most of us, how our life ends is just a roll of the dice. A lucky few can intentionally choose quality or quantity for the number of our days.

 

With that call, he, and all of us, his family, entered the last leg of a journey whose outcome had been set two years earlier.

In the time since a spinal stroke, Dad had become a great-grandfather, had seen Mom sell the house they had lived in for 42 years, had given his most prized possessions – his HAM radio gear – to his only grandson-in-law, and had spent roughly 20,000 hours in a hospital bed or wheel chair. Continue reading

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New Jersey in the Rearview Mirror

One week from today I will realize a long-delayed dream of moving away from New Jersey. When I moved here in 2000 from Iowa, it was with the intention of staying at

LifeIsHOTBlog, Brad W. Smith photographer, edge of the ocean along the Jersey shore, hand-printed words in sand Good-bye New Jersey

A fond farewell to a place that has provided more experiences than I ever could have imagined.

least three years, and no more than five. Here it is 13 years and six months later. Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.

I looked forward to the move to New Jersey for a job in New York that I enjoyed – and the cultural diversity and experiences that are only possible when you live in a true melting pot area. If you’ve ever lived in this part of the country, you know what I mean.

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