Live It! Looking Back for a Better Future

Live It USANAAt USANA we take our brand promise very seriously. Truly “everything we do helps you love life and live it.” To help you, and myself, live up to this promise this is the first of the new “Live it!” series where each entry will highlight something you can do help you live life to the fullest.

Sometimes in the hurricane that makes up the hustle and bustle of life, we lose focus of the moments that truly make us happy. For the first installment we will follow the adage of author Yvonne Woon, “Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”

This Live it! Challenge is to walk down memory lane. Take 15 minutes or more to look back on some photos from the past. Consider stepping back in time by looking at moments from high school, or revisit the birth of one of your children.

For my walk down memory lane, I decided to go back to my freshmen year of college. I was 18-years-old, living in a dorm room almost 1,000 miles from home, and I loved it.

Freshmen Friends

Little did I know this art gala was the first of many great times.

As I look at these photos, it’s clear to me that this year of school was perhaps the most influential on my life thus far.

It wasn’t the Physical Science 100 class or the campus traditions I embraced as a new college student, it was the friendships that I formed that year.

These pictures captured some of the raw, first moments of friendship with people who would become my closest friends. From late-night laughing fits to comforting each other during heartbreak and disappointment, we would be there for each other for years to come.

Spring break ski trip.

Spring break ski trip.

Waiting for our Homecoming dates.

Waiting for our Homecoming dates.

Now to truly “Live it!” up — how does this trip down memory lane influence how I live life to the fullest? I have a renewed sense of gratitude for these friends. Even though most of them currently live thousands of miles away, I’m going to call each of them to catch up and share how grateful I am for their friendship. I will also try to be a better friend to my newer friends and live in a way that any chance meeting could develop into a lifelong friendship.

The first person I met in college introduced me to my husband six years later.

The first person I met in college introduced me to my husband six years later.

As you experience your blast from the past, ask yourself questions that will challenge you to live life to the fullest today. Here are some questions you can ask yourself:

  • What makes me happy in these moments? Think about what you can do to retain or renew that level of happiness today.
  • What changes have occurred in my life since then? Are they positive or negative changes? What can I do to put my life on a more positive trajectory?
  • Who is important to me then and now? Do they know that?

“Live it!” is a What’s Up, USANA? series that focuses on simple ways that you can live life to the fullest. It is also the theme to USANA’s 2013 International Convention.

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2 replies
  1. Tim Haran
    Tim Haran says:

    Excellent suggestion for a challenge, Sarah. I’m going to think about some questions of my own to see how I can better “live it!”

    And welcome to the blog!


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