I just got an email from a friend introducing me to her other friend in San Francisco. In her e-mail, she said, “Jill is one of the most inspirational people I know, and is truly living the dream.”

I feel like I'm living a life I've dreamed about for years: running my own business, doing what I love, living in California, and having the freedom to do pretty much anything I want. It’s liberating, yet it wasn’t always rainbows and unicorns. How did I get here? Well, I was always listening to my intuition. That pretty much sums it up. Sounds too easy? Well in fact, it can be that easy. 

Here are some tips to get you what you want in life: 

1. When things aren’t going as planned, it’s time to change directions.

Forcing something to happen is one of the worst things you can do. If things aren’t going as planned, try something else. Remember, a rejection is just a re-direction in life and getting frustrated will only make things worse. You're in control of your own destiny. You just have to stand up and take things into your hands!

2. Focus your attention on what feels good. 

Ultimately, what we want in life is to feel good. Even the richest of people aren’t guaranteed happiness, even though they have all the fortune and possessions their hearts could ever want. Spend your time and money on experiences instead of “things.” After all, what stays with us are the experiences and connections we have.

3. Have faith that everything is happening FOR you, not TO you.

Woe is me, nothing ever works out for me. Does this sound like you? That's a sign that you need to focus on gratitude. Look at what you can be thankful for right now and that everything is happening for your highest good. Perhaps there are lessons to be learned? Remember, every dark cloud does have a silver lining.

4. You know that little voice in your head? That's your intuition. Listen to it.

What I've learned is that there are two voices in your head: (1) our spirit/soul and (2) our ego. When your ego talks, it can make you crazy and keep you afraid of living your life. When you listen to your intuition, it’s the voice nudging you in the direction of what feels right. Listening to your intuition is the way to go. 

5. Don’t listen to what society says you should be doing if it doesn’t feel right. 

If I did what society expected of me, I'd be living on Long Island with a family of my own, right near my parents, so they could help me with my kids. Perhaps married to my boyfriend from high school, still working in finance, and trying to be superwoman. Not that there is anything wrong with that path, but it just wasn’t aligned with my soul. I decided to choose the road less traveled. You, and only you, truly knows the best path for you. 

6. Remember: We always have the option to choose in life.

Not happy in a relationship and still praying things will change? It’s time to end it and move on. Not happy at your job? Start interviewing for a new one or take that leap of faith and start that business you've always wanted. Trust that the universe will reward you for stepping outside your comfort zone. Whatever it is, you have the power to choose. So choose your happiness!

The questions I pose to you is this: “How do you want to live your life?” Living in the present is where the party is at, not the future and definitely not that past. just have absolutely no idea how awesome life could be if you just follow my lead.

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