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(Image by Ben Davis)

Sometimes life leads you in the right direction, if you’re open enough to accept it.

I like to have a mantra for the year that I set up for myself.  Usually something that wraps up the way I want to live my life, something that gives me motivation and inspiration, and something that’s easy to say and share.  Originally I saw the bit about Being Healthy is a Revolutionary Act, and that was a really cool site, but it didn’t really feel like me.

Then the other day I was watching some YouTube lap band videos and I came across one by Randi4Change, who also happens to be a high school teacher.  So much of what she said resonated with me, because I felt like I looked at life very similarly to the way that she did.  She had recently started a blog, and on her blog there was a link to another one that seemed very inspirational and that I had seen or heard about somewhere in the far recesses of my mind.

Then today’s MeYouHealth Daily Challenge was to create your own mantra, and this is what I wrote:

“Successful people replace the words ‘wish,’ ‘should’ and ‘try’ with ‘I will.'” ~Lululemon Athletica Manifesto

I’d take this one step further and say that instead of “I will” it should be “I did.” I am a huge planner and I often look into the future and set goals for myself. It’s a great skill to have, but the problem that can arise from too much planning and goal setting is not living (and doing!) in the now.

That’s what I’m working on in 2011. DOING. That’s my mantra.”

And that’s when it hit me. My mantra for 2011 should be “doing life.” Because that’s what all the meal planning, food journaling, exercising, and blogging boils down to – me doing things so that I can live my true life.

And so I went to Ben Davis’ blog, saw that he had those adorable shirts for sale (that’s the image you see above), and bought one.

And now I have my 2011 mantra:

Bella Does Life!!!

Have you figured out your mantra yet?

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