Living Your Best Life – NOW
By Marisa Rivera
Are you living your best life? Are
you living your purpose in life?
Are you living in the NOW?
Every new year, we set-up new goals, new
places to travel, new people to meet
many go unmet. Did 2018 come in
and and out o
in a flash? Were you on auto pilot? Or
did you enjoy what the year brought you?
How about living YOUR BEST life NOW!
Living in the moment, with what ever the
Universe brings you that day. Welcome it, live it
with intention, re-boot, re-fresh and find all the
good that every new day brings.
In 2018, I had many unexpected and
unplanned opportunities that provided me a
lifetime of satisfaction. Two of my favorite
surprises were, the pilgrimage of the “Camino a
Santiago de Compostela” biking from Leon,
Spain with my beloved brother Angel and his
The Camino (walk) is a spiritual journey that
most people plan and train for months/years. I
only had three weeks to hop on a plane to
Madrid, Spain, catch a train to Leon and hop
on a bike for 100 miles towards Santiago de
Compostela cathedral. Although, the biking in the
hilly roads of Galicia, the cold and the rain were
a challenge for me, the opportunity of traveling
with my brother Angel was one of the most
memorable trips of my life. I did not focus on the
challenges, obstacles, or how poorly prepared I
was for this trip. I focused on the NOW and
enjoyed every minute of it.
Marisa Rivera with brother Angel Rivera in Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
Marisa Rivera is president
of Mpowerment Works, a
motivational speaker, executive
coach and leadership and
Two months later, I had the opportunity
to visit Cuba. A very nostalgic and magical trip.
I grew up in Puerto Rico with many Cubans
who had left because of the revolution in the
1950-1960’s. I always longed to visit Cuba, but
the opportunity had not presented itself. Once
again, without much planning, there I went.
Both trips were not planned in advance but
provided me the experience of a lifetime as well
as moments of greatness and gratitude. By living
in the present and surrendering myself to what
the universe has in store for me NOW, I was able
to pursue my happiness in that moment.
Many of us keep waiting for the perfect
time, waiting to accumulate enough money, or
have the permission to follow your dreams.
Change your mindset. It is time to pursue your
happiness, re-boot and re-energize by doing
things NOW. Your mindset will determine
your attitude and actions, and ultimately your
Stop thinking about the obstacles and
waiting for the perfect time to do what it is on
your bucket list and START living in the present
moment. Life is not perfect. I always say that
“when you have the time, you don’t have the
money and when you have the money, you don’t
have the time!”
Don’t fear what you most desire out of
life and start your planning. Give yourself
permission to invest in yourself and live the life
that you want. If you wait too long, it might be
too late. Be happy with your life, be happy with
your career, be happy with your relationships. If
you are not, it is time to shift your energy and
intentions to what does. Stop making excuses
and make sure to live your best life - NOW!
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