Thoughts of Life

Scott Dinsmore is a huge motivator to me.
Happy Birthday Scott.
I planned my SE Asia backpacking trip based on his live your legend goal setting guide. My to-do list is modeled from his daily/weekly/yearly planner.
He died hiking mount Kilimanjaro last year. It would have been his 35th birthday today. His wife sent out this video to the Live Your Legend network which I am still a part of.
I think his legend is pretty inspiring.
I climb to the top of mountains because I can, and I enjoy the way up and the way down. Thank you Scott for showing the world that we all can follow our dreams if we figure out what our dreams are, and have the courage to pursue them!
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Letter to Live Your Legend Network from Scott’s Wife Chelsea…

Click here to read the full post on the Live Your Legend

Dearest Legends,

It has been awhile since I have written from my heart because my heart has been doing a lot discovering, and often times during discovery a voice needs to remain silent for a bit…

But today, April 3rd was Scott’s birthday, and I felt compelled to express my gratitude for this community. Scott was one of the most grateful and gracious people I have ever known and in honor of him (and because of all you have done for me), I say thank you – to each and every one of YOU.

I thank you for being here and remaining a part of this community through the bumpy ride it’s been to continue it since Scott’s passing. You all welcomed me with open arms as I found my way last year and continue to do so as my own personal journey evolves.

There are so many beautifully challenging things that reveal themselves in every journey and I am doing my best to find the purpose in all of them. So, a quick update on what’s been going on behind the scenes… At the end of 2016, I (what felt like overnight) began to feel out of alignment. I felt a calling to continue to honor Scott through keeping Live Your Legend going strong but also felt called to honor myself and my own dreams, in addition.

To get back to feeling aligned, in January of this year I made the decision to bring on two partners to help me run Live Your Legend: Lonnie Rush and Jake Taylor, who were close friends of Scott. They were a part of the Lake Tahoe mastermind sessions that shaped Live Your Legend and were with Scott in Omaha every year to learn from Warren Buffett at the Berkshire meeting.  Their strong operational and financial backgrounds will be a big help to Live Your Legend and allow me more time to do what I’m best at in growing and interacting with our amazing community.

Now I recognize how deeply fortunate I am but want to address the fact that this wasn’t the easiest decision to make, for number of reasons, but mostly because it meant is that I am now forced to face me…

Keeping Live Your Legend as my sole purpose would have undoubtedly been an honorable thing to do. Helping people lead better lives is a reputable and enjoyable way to spend your days. But in making the choice to step aside from actually running the business, (not back, just aside), I have to answer one of life’s biggest questions:

“Why are you here, Chelsea?”

I wasn’t ready to answer that last year while processing the deep loss. And trust me, since making that decision, I’ve many times wanted to backpedal from it, haha. But while it would have been much easier to continue to ride Scott’s wave, I am not here to live an easy life, I am here to live a meaningful one. And, if I have learned anything from surfing, it’s that catching your own wave is so worth it in the end. #yeeeeeew

So, I practiced what we preach at Live Your Legend, and instead of running to something else to fill an emotional void, I relinquished the pressure of Live Your Legend needing to be my sole source of income. Neither myself nor the partners are likely taking a salary this year because we wanted to be driven by the motive to keep Scott’s mission alive, rather than by stressing to meet certain revenue goals. I tapped into my savings account and came out to spend a few months in Australia becoming my own self-expert all over again.

Because my life changed so drastically and suddenly, it only makes sense that who I am and what I want out of life may have also changed… So, that’s what I came to discover. And once again, I recognize how fortunate I am, but also want to note that the decision to welcome change in a fairly comfortable situation does require some level of courage.  Much more on that in a post coming soon…

Meanwhile, as Scott’s birthday was nearing, I have had many in our community approach me about ways to honor Scott on what would have been his 35th birthday. And I personally believe that there is no greater way to continue to love, thank and remember a man who impacted so many than to, not only live and breathe what he stood for, but to also spread the message that he believed in so deeply.

And that is why I am honored to share this compilation that Live Your Legend member and How to Connect With Anyone graduate Ryan Foss put together to tell the amazing Live Your Legend story (so far!).  Thank You Ryan!

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Scott said it time and time again: when you do the things that inspire you, it inspires others to do the things that inspire them. That is how we create a ripple effect that becomes unstoppable.

If you believe in this mission, this community and what Scott set out to do, I encourage you to first and foremost, live it, but also to share the message with those around you and inspire them as well.

We each have an opportunity to do our small, but meaningful part to change the world.

So today (and everyday), I do my part to live my legend but I also share what Scott stood for with the world around me. If you believe in the Live Your Legend mission, I hope you’ll feel compelled to do the same with your friends and family – who knows, maybe it’ll make a massive difference to spark the change in someone’s life…

Happy birthday to the amazing Scott Luckey Dinsmore…

Here’s to continuing to fight the good fight,

Chelsea Dinsmore

P.S. Here’s a link for easily sharing the new video on social media: https://vimeo.com/208496125

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Reflecting is a therapeutic process to ensure growth. Where have you been? Who were you with? What did you learn? Why was the moment significant to your life path? How does this experience impact your past, present, and future?

Here is a look at 2015 Month by Month…

JANUARY

The icy winter wonderland of home sweet home Wisconsin and Illinois and Indiana was a harsh change from the sunshine and humidity of the mountains I’d been trekking through and the Seas I’d been swimming in Thailand. But climate does not matter when you are surrounded by people you love. World travels puts that into perspective quickly, so I made the most of my month home by spending it with People I love!

Molly Roloff: NYE SNL Theme Party with her awesome homies in West Bend, WI)

Mom & Dad: Ice Skating at the Lakehouse in Elkhorn, WI and participating in the World’s Snow Sculpture Contest in Lake Geneva, WI

Nana: This brilliant 93 year old woman keeps inspiring me everyday and lives vicariously through my travels- I got my wanderlust from her!

The Rohrs: Amanda and Brian are best friends from college (Go Hoosiers!) and it is exciting to see Brooks exploring and settling into their new home in Downer’s Grove, IL.

The Indy Crew: Krista Robinson and Caroline Eaton. We had fun celebrating Brigg’s 3rd Bday with Lottie- It is incredible how fast these tots are growing up! in Brownsburg, IN.

The Homies: KK, KT, Sarah, & Gina all make me feel at home in Milwaukee.

Buggy: My Sissy let me crash at her cozy studio and she is cooking proof that a good chef can make delicious creations no matter the size of the kitchen!

 

 

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I will do a Ted talk someday and it will focus on connectedness.

Connectedness to food and nature: The movement towards regional food socio-ecology and implementing this new system throughout the US.

Connectedness to love, sex and relationships: How to facilitate authentic connectedness in our technological world…

Super excited. Paper coming soon 🙂 In two weeks!

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1 year ago today I buckled myself into my flight to Bangkok.

I traveled from Chicago, Ohare Intl –>Naratia, Japan –> Bangkok, Thailand –> Chiang Rai, Thailand (OCT/NOV) –>Hong Kong (1 week DEC) –> Bali (1 week DEC) –> Back to Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand with the fam –(2 weeks DEC) –> Home (Wisconsin JAN) for Xmas and to finish applying to Grad School –>Back through Bangkok (FEB 24 hrs) –> Pakse, Laos ( FEB jungle trek for 1 week) –> Vientienne, Laos –> Hanoi, Vietnam (FEB1 week)–> HaLong Bay, Vietnam (FEB3 days) –>Phnom Penh, Cambodia (MARCH3 weeks) –> SIem Reap, Cambodia (MARCH 1 week) –>Siahnoukville &  Koh Rong, Cambodia (MARCH 3 days and not enough time!!) –> Krabi Thailand and Railey Beach & a couple “KOH’s” (islands)!! (MARCH 5 more days cuz I can never get enough of Thailand)–> Through Malaysia airport–> Singapore, Singapore ( MARCH 2 days) –> New Dehli, India –> Rishikesh, India (APRIL 1 month @ vinyasa yoga school) –> Kathmandu, Nepal (earthquake survivor) (MAY 1 week)–> Pokhara, Nepal (earthquake disaster relief) (MAY 4 days)–> Home sweet home.

I also had the opportunity to catch up with friends in Chicago, (MAY) Indianapolis (JUNE), and Evansville (JULY).

One of my favorite trips was the 10 hour drive from Mke, WI to Midway, KY where the LFA Headquarters is (JULY). The southern hospitality here is alive and well. I could not be more grateful to work towards the mission of advocating for local food enterprises.

But most of the summer was spent between Mequon, WI and Elkorn, WI (The Lake!) Home sweet Home to settle in with Dil the Pup.. Run by the river, or jump off the dock!

In AUG, I had the pleasure of driving across country with my parents and 2 dogs to start my new chapter in Denver, CO.

We stopped just outside of Des Moines, Iowa and a small mining town 2 hours east of Denver called (??). Traveling to my new home, across the US was extraordinary!

Now in Denver, CO, where I have settled just south of DU’s campus in the cutest Kokopelli Kottage ever, I am enjoying getting to know my neighborhood and surrounding hoods (Cap Hill, LoDo, Highlands, Union Station, Cherry Creek) and Boulder and THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS!!! Rocky Mountain High is Real!

Incontestably the past year is the most traveled and transformative 365 days of my life.The marvelous aspect is the adventure does not stop if you commit to a lifetime of open mindedness, empathy, and learning.

“EEE” Everyday.

The connections I’ve made with citizens across our globe are completely relevant to my physical, spiritual, mental and educational well being.

Now, as a Master’s Candidate at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies  in international development concentrating on global health and food security, I am embarking on a lifelong journey to make a career out of the compassion I lived everyday on the road.

If you’re thinking about letting go. LET GO.

LET IT BE LET IT GO!

Let go of security

Volunteer abroad

Immerse yourself out of your comfort zone

Experience perspectives from the opposite side of the planet

Never take for granted the support system back home

Believe in yourself

Accept that everything may happen for a reason- but you have to figure out what that reason is for yourself

PICS COMING SOON!

 

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After my experience in Thailand I vowed to devote my future to 3 qualities: Simple, Joyful, Connectedness.

This article reminds me to stay on that zen track I set.
I dealt with a lot of anxiety when living in Chicago and even went to therapy on a bi-weekly basis.
Miraculously, now I am free from my racing mind- an observer, separate, who chooses what’s important to me and my life.

School is starting, roommates are moving in, Denver is a new place, Dil is a wild teenage fur ball, but I’m keeping it honest and letting go of control and allowing life to just be.

Perhaps that’s my cure. I don’t really know… I’m sending you this not to suggest this is how you live your life, rather, for you to have a hint of introspection into me.

Hope you enjoy!
<3, Hallie

———- The Meat of The Message ———-

zen habits: How Not to Do It All
How Not to Do It All
Posted: 07 Sep 2015 11:59 AM PDT
By Leo Babauta

We all want to do so much: take on every request that people email us, complete our neverending list of tasks and projects, help everyone, travel everywhere, learn a ton of new skills, read every book and watch every good film, be the perfect partner and parent and friend …

And yet, we can’t possibly do it all.

There isn’t enough time in the day, nor do we have the attention bandwidth to devote to everything. Even if we were perfectly disciplined, we couldn’t possibly get to even half of what we want to do. Just as with eating, where our eyes are bigger than our stomachs … our hopes are bigger than our actual bandwidths.

So I say, give up on trying to do it all. Simplify. Don’t try to be perfect. Don’t try to have the most perfect life you can create.

Instead, make your days count.

How do you do that? Here are some ideas:

Pay attention. When you eat a good meal, it’s wasted if you don’t actually pay attention to it and are reading on your phone instead. It’s an amazing meal only if you really savor it. In this way, if we savor each moment, they really matter.
Curate your days. Put only the best things in each day — don’t just let any junk into it. If you are going to read, be choosy, don’t just click on things because you run across them. When you’re going to choose your tasks, choose the important ones, not just the little busywork tasks. If you’re going to say yes to someone, make sure it’s worthy of being in your life. Would you pay $100 to say yes to this request? Would you pay $20 to read the things on your reading list for an hour? If not, it’s probably not worth it.
Be ruthless. You need to filter out the things trying to overwhelm your life. More things try to get into your attention bandwidth than you can possibly handle. So filter them out: say no to most requests, don’t make it your job to respond to everything, don’t just read everything possible, don’t have the firehose of social media always on, turn off your phone for awhile. Each day, take a step back and think about what you want to fit in it.
Be satisfied. We always want to do more, be more, experience more. And so, we’re never satisfied with the little we actually can do and experience. Instead, we can learn to be happy with what we’ve chosen to do, knowing that we let go of the rest for a reason. We can be grateful for what’s actually in front of us, for the experience we are given, rather than always wanting the greener grass that someone else is experiencing.
Be OK with imperfection. Even if you filter and curate, you’ll never create the “perfect” day or the “perfect” life. You’ll never be “perfect.” Those ideals don’t exist in reality. In this messy life, the reality is that what we experience will never fit with an ideal, and will always be imperfect. We can either accept that, or be dissatisfied. I suggest we accept imperfection, and be OK with what we are, and the messiness that finds its way into our lives.
Realize that we’re not really in control. The first few items on this list might give you the idea that you can control your life by simplifying … but the reality is that your day will never go as planned. You can try, but there will always be the unexpected, the unplanned. That’s just how things go. If we want to be in control, and things don’t go our way, it’s frustrating. If instead we realize we’re not really in control, but just experiencing what comes at us, we can learn to appreciate that experience as it comes, whatever it is.
I realize that some of the things on this list seem contradictory. And they are. That’s because these ideas are meant to remind us to be mindful of what we’re holding on to, and practice letting go.

Each idea can be practiced at different times, and we’ll see that we’ve been holding onto something: our distractions, our ideas of perfection, our desire to be more, our desire to say yes to everyone, our hope that we’ll get to the end of our task list or email inbox, our desire for control or simplicity or doing everything. None of these things is essential to life — they can all be let go of, and we can accept the reality that is exposed when we let go.

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This slideshow includes photos from  Jyamrunz, about 1 month after the initial 7.8 earthquake April 25th. Dil’s wife and son, Madhu and Diwash, walked 2 hours on foot to visit with family, old friends, and neighbors and assess the damage.

Now, nearly two months post quake, thanks to your support and Dil’s diligence, tremendous progress to rebuild Jyamrunz has been made.

For me, a slight twinge of accomplishment pulls at my heartstrings when I look at these pictures, but I’m somewhat familiar with these faces (Dil’s family) and these places (in Nepal).

What is it like for you?

My wish is for you to feel that you have helped. With everyone’s generosity, we have raised over $8,000 USD in credit card donations on giving forward and received nearly $750 USD in cash or checks. All the money (less 7.3% for processing) has not only been wired directly to Dil’s bank account, but it has already been spent!

Diligence is an appropriate term to refer to Dil’s name and Dil’s character. Words cannot explain how altruistic this man is. (Hopefully, the gesture of naming my puppy in honor of him portrays my extreme level of admiration for this hero, Dil Sapkota!)

The money has already been spent because Dil worked diligently to provide shelter for his village before Monsoon season.  (Which has arrived this week, creating landslides which prevents all transportation to Jyamrunz 🙁 To get to the village is now a 5-6 hour trek on foot). Dil went out of his way to rent a truck, buy zinc roofs  directly from a factory.These roofs protect from the fierce rains.

Here is Dil’s direct account of the trip:

“The Zink  roof (Tin) is the most important support for the families as monsoon is ahead of them  that they are building their simple houses. The Zink roof demand is very high at the moment and we do not have enough production. So, I had to go to the factory  as  could not find zink in the shops and  would have  taken  so long till I get zink sheets but  Saturday I took the bus to low land of Nepal (Narayanghat) and able to buy 405 sheets of Rajesh zink and went to the village  with truck. As you see on pictures that was so fantastic to see families  getting  the  roofs now.
So far few  houses completed and  started living, some are half  way to finish  as they were  waiting for roofs and about 17 families are  on the process to build. They now need  bamboo  and  woods  to  complete the building. So, I am giving some cash for that. The next project is to help women who lost their husbands (Windows)  who need  more then others.
I also collecting  few  hundred  dollars from other people too,  so  we are supporting for 32 families and some widows.”
 His efforts are beautifully displayed in these photographs:

In all, Dil and his family’s dedication on foot, and your support emotionally and financially, has resulted in the following progress to rebuild the village:

  • 9 houses re-constructed (17 building)
  • Tent, tripling, foods & cash distribution on the first stage    
  • Zink Roofs for 32 families
  • 23 widows Cash distribution 
  • School building construction   
  • $300 fund for continued emergency support of village

Thank you! Thank you! Dhanyabad! Dil let me know in our last correspondence that the people of Jymarunz are asking how to honor all our donors: YOU.

For me, the experience of surviving this natural disaster has been transformative to say the least. I feel so soo far away and personally struggle with feeling like I am not doing enough to help. If my mother had not brought me Dil (the pup) a week after returning home, I would have flown right back. Perhaps its the martyrdom in me and I am dealing with that in my own way. Now this precious ball of fur has been dubbed “Statesider” and his unconditional love, and adorable face is therapeutic.

Me and Dil the Pup

Not an hour passes without me thinking of Nepal. The spellbinding peaks. The smiling people. The tragedy and the resilience. My mind flashes back to grandpa shuddering, crying in the cold dirt moments after the first quake; Eshish, the most brilliant young man (seriously MIT keep your eye on this 16yo) and I discussing politics between aftershocks; Trying to calm the terrified stranger grasping my shoulder and screaming as we huddled in the street downtown Kathmandu during the 6.7. There are magical memories too: Paragliding over Pokhara and feeling safe above the trembling earth for the first time in a week; Manisha’s smile as she opened her birthday cards and presents from Lauren, Samed, & me; Indulging in the first protein in 40 days- the excess smoked trout that the german woman downstairs could not sell at the closed market;  In the tented sea of 100 nepali neighbors, the man softly sharing jokes making parents chuckle as they swaddle their sleeping babies. Oh the humanness in us all is inspirational!

Sometimes I break down and cry when I am alone- humbled by life itself. Sometimes ebullience explodes in my gut- feeling as though I have been blessed with a second chance in life.

Every breath of my existence is now a breath towards purpose, progress, peace.

My point in writing this is to thank you. Please look at these pictures and know you have helped. Your support has evidently rebuilt a village, but is also helping to rebuild me.

I love you and I appreciate you.

Dhanyabad,

<3 Hallie LouLou

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You can also continue to support Dil’s Village here: Re-build  Dil’s Village

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THOUGHT CATALOGUE QUOTES FROM WILD

I’m writing now. I’m trying to figure it all out. My own journey this past year. This past two years. My whole life.
Maybe the solution is to stop trying to figure it all out and just let it be.
But if what is there to try for then? Perhaps this is my sudden craze.
Cheryl says this, “How wild it was, to let it be.”

   
        

     

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