Would you regret not visiting a place like this?

top 5 regrets of the dying

Join me in hiking to Vernazza, one of the cinque Terre villages

Or regret not meeting awesome women like this, and becoming lifelong friends?!

We're having fun hiking the trail to Vernazza from Monterosso

We’re having fun hiking the trail to Vernazza from Monterosso

Things People Say on Their Deathbed: Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

A recent  book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing written by Bronnie Ware, is based on the most common regrets expressed to her as she worked with the dying.

My life’s work has been about helping others not to have regrets.

The top 5 regrets of the dying.

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. To be brave and feel worthy enough to be exactly you, is often a jump off-the-cliff decision. But it is your choice.

Bronnie writes, “Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”

So many of my clients have the desire to follow their dreams but their limiting beliefs stop them in their tracks. Wanting to please others, or afraid of taking a risk, they stay safe in their comfort zone. It takes courage to get out of our comfortable habits.
If you are dreaming of being happier and following your dreams, I have a suggestion.

Join me on my Italy Retreat for Women to Live La Dolce Vita, the sweet life! The work I do helps you to gain a perspective that brings more happiness,  and unlimited  sweet life. When the old beliefs are washed away, peace and joy remains.

2.  I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. Finding balance in life can be difficult. Providing for yourself and your family, and still finding time to sit, talk and laugh isn’t always easy. If you’ve dreamed of travel, then hop on board. Hike the breathtaking Cinque Terre seaside trails, sip cappuccino in a sunny piazza, and eat delicious Italian food with me and new found friends in Italy.

3.  I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.  To me it means spending more time playing and enjoying life. It’s important to not squelch your emotions. During the workshop portion of the retreat, there’s time to express yourself and find happiness for you.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.  Bring a friend with you on this travel adventure to Italy. Or call an old friend, write a note, or meet for coffee.

5. I wish I would have let myself be happier. Recently, a client said to me,  “I am afraid to be happy because I won’t be alert for problems in my workplace.”  Why would happiness make us less alert? Happiness is always an option.

If traveling to Italy is not on your list, by all means embrace these 5 points and make sure they are not something you would be saying in the twilight of your life. Live your sweet life now–No Regrets. If you’ve made mistakes, it’s important to not live with regrets. Make amends, heal quickly.  Pull yourself up, learn from mistakes we all make, and live your life regret free!

Things People Say on Their Deathbed: Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

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