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  • Writer's pictureYvonne Camille

Before the Sun Sets

Updated: Sep 12, 2018

Learning how to live a purposeful life

As everyone, I've dealt with death before. It's not a topic we like to discuss, but at some point it's a part of the journey. This past Sunday, a fashion, fitness and lifestyle blogger I followed via social media for years passed away from Stage 4 stomach cancer. For some reason, Kyrz's death hit me differently than others who've passed away and I didn't personally know. Kyrz had a fight that was admirable to watch. Despite her illness eating her alive right in front of her followers' eyes, she burned a brightness of hope, purpose and strength.

This post isn't about death to make you sad, but rather to give you motivation on finding purpose for your life. I think we're all selfish and arrogant in assuming that we have so much time here on earth when in actuality it's a finger-snap away from the other side. What I loved most about Kyrz's beautiful season of dealing with cancer is that she didn't wallow in her misfortune. She made an effort to inspire others to live out their dreams and to live life fully no matter what. I even sometimes wondered how could she dress up in the latest fashion attire, take amazing pictures and make a post when I figured she most likely wasn't feeling well?! It definitely made me check myself. Why am I complaining that it was a long day at work or that the traffic was heavy? Why am I complaining that I'm sore from the gym or that my expected Amazon package was rerouted to the wrong post office?

It's the most simplistic things WE ALL complain about daily which we overlook and don't even realize that we're doing it. Catch yourself when those feelings to complain arise. Transfer that energy into finding your purpose and on ways to impact the people around you and beyond. Enjoy your season of small beginnings and strive to serve others. These are beautiful times we'll never get back.

In this season of my life, my perspective on various aspects of life is just different. I don't care to be popular or want to impress others with materialistic possessions - those things don't matter to me as they once did. Nothing is wrong with wanting nice things; however, I understand it won't bring fulfillment or true happiness. At the end of the day, no one will care about the Chanel bag you strutted, the stamps in your passport or the BMW car you drove, BUT they will remember how you made them feel, how you inspired them to do better and live a meaningful life.

This week, gain some urgency about your dreams. Discover your passion. Love on the people who genuinely love you back. Don't take anything for granted. Formulate a plan. Get up and go make a difference. Now is all the time you have.

Sending love and positive vibes your way! Yvonne Camille

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