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12 Pieces to the Puzzle of How to Create Your Best Life

2011 November 15

The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be. ~Oprah

12 pieces to the puzzleAs part of our one year celebration this week, it has been my pleasure to host our first ever Blog Carnival, inviting Bloggers to submit articles offering their thoughts on our theme, Create Your Best Life. We had over 100 submissions, so it was quite a challenge selecting the best dozen of the group to share with you … but each has a special bit of insight to offer.

Much like a puzzle, there are many pieces that must fit together to create a life. The really exciting thing is that every one of us has the ability to create the life we choose. Not who or what someone else thinks we should be, but what really resonates inside us and ignites the passion for creating a life we were born to live.

Imagine that your life was ideal in every sense … what would it look like and how would it be different from today? And then think about what you would have to do starting today to create your best life sometime in the future.

Maybe there is nothing major or outwardly “wrong” with your life, but you know you want something more.

  • What would you like to be different in your life?
  • What’s stopping you from making these changes?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Does your current path take you there?
  • Do you feel “stuck” in your life, without clarity on how to change things for the better?
  • Do you want to “choose” what you want to do, rather than do what others want you to do?

There is no one-size-fits-all best life, but the possibilities are endless, which is why you have to do the work and put the thought into determining what that means for you.

One of the great things about blog carnivals is the opportunity they provide to discover new (to you) blogs and bloggers. Just a tip, even if the article title doesn’t seem to resonate with you, why not try at least visiting blogs to see if what other topics and categories are featured. Carnival listings are like a book shelf at a book store or in someone’s home … browse and linger, stay awhile!

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19 Responses
  1. November 24, 2011


    What an interesting, unique and exciting way to write about such an important topic as creting your ideal life. Each of us has learned a few pieces to this puzzle. Alone, most of us have not figured out the whole thing but together, especially if we mastermind and share our unique perspectives, we just might be able to actually create it all. I know that is my goal.


    Dr. Erica
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  2. November 24, 2011

    That would make an interesting puzzle. I’d say an ideal life is too complex to piece it together, but the truth is it’s all in our mind and the puzzle is easier than we’d think, as long as we take that step towards it.
    And that step is simply wanting something more.
    Claire recently posted..Removing Mold from DrywallMy Profile

  3. November 16, 2011

    This blog carnival is just superb! This is much like a brain storming and its really inspiring to read other blogs about how they make it through the hardships in life. It is wonderful that you share your idea about the 12 puzzles of life. I hope more bloggers would participate in this activity.
    Jonathan recently posted..The language of loveMy Profile

  4. November 15, 2011

    What a great idea!! I look forward to checking out many of these blogs!! I love finding more and more blogs to read that I enjoy and what better way to do it, than getting names from others.. That networking thing is great!! Thanks!
    Holly recently posted..Do You Really Hate Exercise? I Bet You Don’t!My Profile

    • November 16, 2011

      Hi Holly, welcome back and I’m so glad you like the carnival! I agree with you that the whole networking thing is a win/win!

  5. November 15, 2011

    Hi Marty,

    i agree with the comments above, what a great idea. i work a lot around emotional intelligence and the link to success and our health. I would have loved to know about this, but I am looking forward to browsing your top bloggers.

    I love your blog and look forward to visiting often.

    clare recently posted..Emotional Intelligence: Key to Better Health and Greater Success!My Profile

    • November 16, 2011

      Aloha Clare, I’m so glad you like the carnival and thank you for your very kind comments.

  6. November 15, 2011

    This is such a fantastic idea. I really love the collaborative effort here on this blog and the Blog Carnival.

    No matter how long I’ve been blogging, it seems like there’s always a new and fresh concept that people are implementing and that’s what I just LOVE about being a blogger!

    Keep up the fantastic work!

    Natasha Nassar recently posted..Welcome To My Blog!My Profile

    • November 16, 2011

      Hey Natasha, thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to share – so glad you liked the carnival. I’m with you – I’ve met so many wonderful people and been inspired in so many ways over the past year, it’s a wonderful place to be :-)

  7. November 15, 2011

    Thank you for hosting the blog carnival. I have enjoyed checking out your site. Great job :)
    Lori recently posted..Organization – key to a calm lifeMy Profile

    • November 16, 2011

      Welcome Lori, thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. Hope you’ll return :-)

  8. November 15, 2011

    Thanks for the hosting and the acceptance of my article and contributing to our discussion!

    • November 16, 2011

      Welcome Charles, and thanks for taking the time to submit your article!

  9. Mandy Swift
    November 15, 2011

    hi Marty,
    What a great idea. Like you say, you never know what is inside the book til you open the cover and find a gem. What a great idea and congratulations on your 1st Anniversary!!
    Mandy Swift recently posted..Effective Email Campaigns – How To Get People To Take Action On Your EmailMy Profile

    • November 16, 2011

      Hey Mandy, welcome back and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts – always appreciated!

  10. James
    November 15, 2011


    You do a great job speaking to your theme and I see a lot of people agree with that…

    I really like how you show us different parts of the life puzzle in your blog posts and also provide a way for us to discover other parts through the other blogs you provide here.

    In reading some of them, you made great choices on the blogs you chose to emphasize this message.

    James recently posted..I Need Your Help! That MLM Beat Top 50 Blogs ContestMy Profile

    • November 16, 2011

      Mahalo James for your very kind comments and thank you for taking the time to check out our blog carnival – it’s been quite an experience all around :-)

  11. November 15, 2011


    Glad to see the list emerging and that I’m not alone thinking there is always further East to go. A reading list for well into the night. LOL. Many thanks to you for putting on the Blog Carnival. Super idea from a super lady.

    Rick Lelchuk recently posted..Fate in a Fortune CookieMy Profile

    • November 16, 2011

      Welcome back Rick and thanks for your kind comment – yep, as a fellow TSAer I understand the challenge of reading even m-o-r-e blogs, but I’m happy to have the opportunity to support other bloggers.

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