After the Jump: Live The Life You Want To Live (MP3)

by Grace Bonney

This week I was thinking about what I wanted to tackle for this week’s radio show. All of the logical choices (interviews, trend stories, etc.) didn’t feel right, so I started thinking about what issues were the most relevant and prevalent in my life and the lives of people around me right now. More than anything, I have been blown away by how dedicated all of my friends (and many of my co-workers) have been to making their biggest dreams a reality. From buying homes and taking more time off to starting new businesses and learning new skills/trades, the people around me have been inspiring me to no end with their (successful!) attempts to balance work and life. Taking cues from their techniques- and including some of my own- I decided to dedicate this week’s show to Living The Life You Want To Live: Big Steps and Small Changes to turn Dreams into Reality.

I was thrilled to be joined by my partner in crime/work/friendship, Amy Azzarito. Amy has always inspired me with her enthusiasm for trying new things, and I’ve seen first-hand just how much her dedication to a happy life has paid off both at home and at work. Together we shared our Top 4 Tips for Living The Life You Want To Live and our Top 4 Pitfalls to Avoid (and how to avoid them). I think we could have talked about this for hours (we got so into it I forgot to take a station break, whoops!) and it just goes to show that your happiness at home is just as important as the things you put inside it. I hope this will inspire or help anyone listening to devote time to life outside of work and put some practices into place to ensure that your dreams in life get as much attention as your dreams in the office. xo, grace

*Amy and I promised to share our vision boards on-air today, so here they are. We explain them- and their purpose- in the show. Also, here is the link to the Rejection Therapy story Amy references on-air.

LISTEN: You can download the podcast on iTunes here, or stream it here on Heritage Radio.

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  • This was a great show! Your discussion about around the roadblock of anticipating other people’s reactions really hit home – it’s definitely a roadblock in my life, but I was never able to wrap my mind around it so well until now.

  • So I know you covered some pretty basic things in this podcast (along with multiple gems), but it really (really, really) hit home for me today. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • I’m a new reader to this (awesome) blog. The topic interested me, so on a whim decided to listen to the podcast. Seriously… amazing. The rejection therapy segment had me laughing and throughout the whole thing, I weirdly got chills. Still not sure why, but I think it has to do with how it all related to the changes I made for myself the past year. Nonetheless, thank you for sharing your amazing insight – I feel so inspired! I’ll be plugging in every Thursday now as well :)

    • Thank you so much, Linda! That’s so nice to hear. Make a vision board! ;) xoAmy

  • What is it about being 32? I am 32 now too, and I have made some huge changes in my life over the past year or so to live the life I want. I struggle with all the things you mentioned. Thank you for a great discussion.

  • I have vision board which after having listened to the two awesome ladies, I am going to grow with a new board and suspend it from our office ceiling. I am so stoked that I listened to this streaming. Yippee – thank you Amy and Grace- this list thing is what I need to work on.

  • I loved this podcast and you have both inspired me to create a vision board tomorrow. This podcast was very timely. I would be very interested in hearing more about this topic. . .how to find your passion, work/life balance, etc. Thank you so much Grace and Amy!

  • Your podcast resonated with me deeply. I’m am currently embarking on a new journey that is based in me truly allowing myself to live the life I want. At 24, I want to start making steps in the right direction so I can live a holistically satisfying existence. In college, my friends and I had a vision board making night before graduation. I am so happy to say many of the things on my board have manifested in my life. Keep up the great and inspirational work!

  • Loved this post and podcast, Grace and Amy! Even piled up my magazines and got the scissors out! I’ma have to build up to rejection therapy. xo UB :)

  • As you mentioned, Grace, it all weirdly goes back to Sex and the City. In this case, when you were talking about other people’s judgment of our choices, all I could think of was Charlotte shouting into the phone at Miranda, “I choose my choice!! I choose my choice!!” Thanks for this.

  • Grace and Amy, I just listened to this twice! So perfectly on the spot about the things we all experience as women entrepreneurs. Building on your points about not charging or discounting our work–it creates a perception of lesser value. So much of how we handle pricing is about perception of value, and there is no way around it—if you charge less, it impacts the perceived value!

    So good to hear you talk about the roadblocks—guilt! the Judge! Have you heard of Mark Allen? He also talks about the voice of “doubts and fears” and how they really get in our way.

    You two are so amazing. Many hours in my studio listening to you!!

  • Just has a chance to catch up on this episode and I’m so inspired! I have to set aside some time to make a vision board soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Grace + Amy, you guys are awesome. I’ve followed the bog since the beginning, but this was the first time I listened to the podcast. Thanks for sharing something so personal, it makes me like this site even more!

  • I just discovered the After the Jump podcast last week, and I cannot get enough of it! I have been working my way through the back catalogue and this episode of the show was really inspiring. I am constantly trying to battle my inner workaholic and this has really pushed me to look at the next couple of months in terms of what I can do for myself rather than only what I can do for my career. Thank you for all of the wonderful advice!