Voices: What Makes You Feel Alive?
“Just because you’re breathing doesn’t mean you’re alive,” we’ve all heard this statement before. So, if breathing doesn’t define aliveness, what does? What are the things that make you and the people in your life feel alive? We asked several (incredible) women to tell us about when they feel most alive. Their responses are enough to make us want to appreciate the moments that surround us.
“I feel most alive when the work is done and I get to play-especially when the playing happens spontaneously. Like when we are taking an impromptu walk together, going out for ice cream, or playing kickball with another family. I have to work (we all have to work to progress in life or even survive it), but nothing I do is as important as strengthening our family relationships. So no matter how hard I’ve worked or what triumph I’ve achieved in business, I feel most accomplished and at peace when surrounded by family in a positive, unscripted moment.” – Shelley Hunter
Being in and Utilizing Nature
“Being in nature makes me feel aliveâ€¦ hiking in the beautiful Tahoe area with snow-capped mountains and the gorgeous blue Lake Tahoeâ€¦ exploring in Yosemite with the grandeur of the big granite walls and fabulous smell of evergreensâ€¦ going to the ocean and walking on the warm sand and then swimming in the invigorating surfâ€¦ visiting the nearby lake for an early evening swim on a hot summers evening and staying to watch the sunset! ” - Trudy Scott
“Hiking to a waterfall and rappelling down. The powerful combination of nature, a challenge and exercise awakens my spirit. Swimming in the waterfallÂ’s pool at the end of my journey is a celebration of life.” - Laura Berger
“Doing something that scares me to death always ends up making me feel more alive. Whether it’s paragliding in southern France, running a 5k race or simply signing up for a dance class, if it’s something that makes me nervous (but I’ve always wanted to do), that rush of adrenaline I get always, without a doubt, makes me feel invigorated and free.” - Melissa Fiorenza
“Doing things that scare the crap out of me! Having babies, riding on the back of a Harley through the desert and giving my first cooking demo to 30 hungry people.” - Jacqueline Fisch
Pursuing Dreams and Passions
“Writing! When I am writing, I am communicating. I feel so alive when I unchain thoughts, commit words to paper, and work out story details. Connectedness and sharing make me feel alive, and I feel very fortunate to try and make a difference through written words.”Â -Â Valerie Ormond
“I feel alive when I am traveling! Travel is one of the great loves of my life. Travel is my muse, my teacher, my therapist and my companion. I love to create things, write, dance, and connect with others, and travel is what mostly fuels the passion behind all of them. Travel makes me better at my job as a PR Practitioner because it enhances my communication skills. The adventures that come from travel makes me a better writer because I can relate more feeling to my words and make them more vivid. Travel heals my soul, gives me purpose and brings me joy.” -Angela Betancourt
“Traveling makes me feel alive! Of course, an exotic location with a totally different culture is amazing. But, you don’t even have to go very far at all! Take a new route home, go to a shopping center on the other side of town. Just get into a new environment where you and your senses are not on “auto-pilot” and you are in the present moment.” – Erica Duran
“Being an advocate and helping others, living a life of purpose, brings me alive!” - Jodi Oâ€™Donnell-Ames
“I feel most alive when I get to engage with other people. Volunteering in the community inspires me to move forward. It motivates me when things get tough. Making a difference for others, in my opinion, is the essence of life.”- Rasheda Kamaria
“I feel most alive when I think about my daughter, Isabella. Her precious life was taken away at the age of 7 by a rare cancer called neuroblastoma. Thinking about how full of life she was while she was here, and all the things she never got a chance to experience makes me want to live every moment to the fullest on her behalf.” - Erin Santos
“I feel alive when I exercise. I have been using Hip Hop Abs for the past few months, and it makes me come alive every time. It gives me a feeling I can’t explain because I know I am having a good time while keeping my body fit, my mind clear, and my heart healthy. As a result, I have lost 50 pounds this year and I couldn’t feel more alive! It’s like I got my life back and I got my confidence back from taking care of me and my body.” – Taria Pritchett
Being Present in Experiences
“Experiences that allow me to be ‘in the moment,’ make me feel most alive. These can be as simple as sitting outside on my deck and watching the sun rise or set over my lovely and secluded backyard or taking a walk in the new snow after a stormâ€”to swimming in the ocean at dusk, night diving (scuba) in the Caribbean, reaching the summit of a mountain by foot (Mt Washington) and sitting in the evening stillness by the lake of the cloudsâ€”and a big favorite, an early morning ride (horseback) through a quiet woods. These are just a few, but the elements are almost always the sameâ€”nature, away from the noise of everyday life, and being truly present in the experience.” - Toni Coleman
“I feel the most alive when I’m standing on the precipice of a new adventure in life. It comes in many shapes and shades, from starting a new creative project, to falling in love, to going on a trip somewhere new. I feel very much alive and knowing I’m on the right path, when I’m experiencing synergy at work, like when the right people, message and inspiration shows up in my life, helping open new doors, inner and outer, on my journey towards my dreams. It can also be a surprise invitation, or when I am taking a leap of faith, following my heart and passion even if it at first makes no sense to the world around me. With this sense of adventure, I feel vibrant, alive, alert and open, in my essence so to speak, and the world feels exciting, magical and full of potential. It’s a good place to live.” - Lone Morch
“There was a time, just 7 years ago, when I had forgotten what brought me joy. In a state of numbness, I had no remembrance of passion or vibrancy. Because of that experience, the first time I felt passion stirring within me again, I was overcome by gratitude. I set out on a journey to get to know myself. making changes in my life so I could feel this sense of aliveness all the time. This does not guarantee that everything is positive and happy, but that wasn’t my goal. I simply wanted to be connected to my life without the interference of medication, other people’s expectation, self doubt and insecurity. By being present and aware of my existence in every moment, I can appreciate the miracle of life!”Â -Â Janet Louise Stephenson
“What makes me feel alive is waking up every day and knowing that I’m 100% in control of my life, my career and my freedom. I quit my corporate day job last year and finally took the leap to full-time entrepreneurship. It’s been quite a journey so far and I’m never looking back!”-Â Jennifer Blanchard
“Things that make me feel alive: exercise, petting my cats, when my seven-year-old sits on my lap, baking, working in my garden, looking at The magnificent sky!”Â -Â Jen Matlack
“Getting up every morning at the crack of dawn and working out for an hour and a half makes me feel alive. Eating the most delicious and healthful foods makes me feel alive. Making others smile and laugh makes me feel alive. Making my comedic nutrition videos makes me feel alive.” – GiGi Dubois
What makes you feel alive?Â Let us know in the comments section below!