Today I am very honored to present to you Tess Marshall from The Bold Life blog.
I met Tess few months ago and was amazed right away with her enthusiasm and passion for life. She one of the most compassionate and authentic bloggers I know in the blogosphere.
She says: “I started The Bold Life because I wanted to share the knowledge and power of bold living. We all make choices in our lives that either hold us back or keep us growing forward. We all have the opportunity to take bold action and make our dreams happen.”
I always feel empowered, fired up and incredibly inspired after visiting Tess’ blog.
The questions I asked Tess are, of course, related to self-discovery and I know you’ll get lots of golden nuggets from this interview just like I did.
What inspires you and do you do anything on a consistent basis to stay inspired?
My biggest inspiration comes from my family. My hubs, daughters and grandchildren are filled with vibrant energy, love and ideas. Like a movie our world unfolds in magical ways and bright living colors on the big bold screen of life when I’m with them.
Also my blogging friends inspire me through their writing. I often print out their “deep thoughts” and put them in my journal for further reflection. I used to read authors from the big leagues like Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, etc. Today I find my friends writing fresher and more inspiring material. I think they sound more genuine because they have smaller egos.
To stay inspired I visit art galleries and museums. I journal run, walk and hike in nature regularly which refreshes and renews me.
What advice would you give to your 21 year old Self?
I would advice my younger self to live more simply and be smarter with my finances.
What is the best lesson you learned in life?
If I had to pick one it would be to forgive. Everything in life becomes heavy, dull and lifeless if you carry resentment and anger. I don’t have time or space in my life for holding grudges. I want peace, calm and happiness. All three of those require constant forgiveness.
Your definition of Bold:
Being bold means taking responsibility for your dreams.
Being bold means making bold choices.
Being bold means thinking big.
Being bold means making an impact.
Being bold means taking risks.
Being bold means refusing to be confined.
Being bold means making a difference.
Being bold is taking action.
Being bold means never hiding who you are.
Being bold means seeing the big picture.
Being bold means allowing fear to motivate you.
Being bold means living without excuses.
A book you think everyone should read:
“Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl. I can’t stop at one so I also recommend, “Night” by Eli Wiesel. Both of these books are about experiences in concentration camps and carry strong messages about meaning and survival. “Live to Tell” by Immacule IIibagiza is about her surviving the Rawanda Holocaust. I know you asked for one…I couldn’t resist.
Because of books like these a big revelation in my life comes from knowing I don’t have problems I have minor inconveniences!
Five words that define your True Self:
Compassionate, Honest, Genuine, FUN and Bold.
What do you know the most about?
I know about living life to the fullest, grasping every moment, breathing it in and making the most of it. I live without regrets and have high hopes for the future. My higher purpose is to help make the world a better place by accepting and caring for others. I know we are all “one.” Three bold things we all want are: To love, Be loved and Know that we matter.
As a mother of 4 daughters what is your best parenting advice:
Love your children enough to tell them No! Children need parents not more friends. Fill their lives with healthy food, exercise and nature. Forgive yourself for any mistakes you make. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. You only need to be good enough. And, yes, it is the most difficult job in the world!
Why do you think Clarity is important?
Clarity is important because without it you’ll live in doubt. You’ll spend your time second guessing yourself and your career. Clarity brings confidence and success in all areas of life.
What Truth are you living now?
This life is an illusion. My world, my life is the reflection of my thoughts. Our mind creates a world of illusion. When we change our thoughts, the illusion changes and we experience a different reality. We paint our canvas as we see it everyday with our qualities, attitudes and direction. Life is a big mirror reflecting my canvas. When I am fearful I see a fearful world. If I choose peace, I’ll see a peaceful world. If I choose love I’ll see a loving world.
I believe love can heal our planet. The most important questions of my day… ”How can I be more loving? “How can I serve others?” In the end the only thing we take with us is the love we left behind.
I highly recommend you visit Tess’ blog. You can download her book “Flying By The Seat Of My Soul” that will help you live with passion and purpose, let go of your fears and doubts, and connect deeply with others.
Thank you, Tess, for inspiring us to live a bold life!