1. Hi, Christie – I appreciated reading your answers to these questions. They speak volumes about your character — and why so many of us follow you!
    BTW – Zucchini spaghetti is the best. Do you make your own or buy it already prepared?

  2. Hi Christie, I remember Leanne’s post and happy to read your thoughts on more difficult questions. It is hard to be honest with ourselves isn’t it and the risk of failure is something that many of us feel and this holds us back. I’m so pleased to read you are thinking about what to do after retirement because I didn’t and it was a complete shock. I just feel all of your answers are so well thought out and measured I really enjoyed reading your thoughts. Have a beautiful day and thank you for sharing at #MLSTL. xx

  3. Well thought out answers to some interesting questions! My husband and I were asking ourselves the question about enjoyable activities we don’t engage in often enough just this morning. I’m looking forward to doing the things we discussed, including more hiking 🙂

  4. Some fabulous questions there to ponder and you’ve answered them well! I’m in awe that you aspire to be a motivational speaker or life coach but can understand not wanting to commit to a full time job. I look forward to seeing what you might come up with that taps into this aspiration of yours!

  5. Your post is definitely though-provoking and at times we humans need some of those questions to come our way.

    Sitting on a post-it note on my computer as three words which are important values/life traits:

    Thanks for sharing! Always good to read what you have to say.


    • Denyse, those are indeed important values. I love that you have posted them where you see them often. A great reminder to check in with yourself on occasion. I hope you are doing well.

  6. What would I be risking if I did something out of my comfort zone? I would be risking embarrassment, failure, anxiety, possible financial issues. I think the list could go on and on. But, the things that I may gain do outweigh the negatives.
    These are some important questions, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • I have many of those same fears, Cherie. Maybe they are universal. Yet, we have so much more to gain than lose. Funny that we still care about embarrassment even at this point in our lives. I guess I thought I’d outgrow that. 🙂

  7. Hi Christie – I am so pleased you decided to have a go at these questions – they really challenge you to look a bit deeper don’t they? I found your post-retirement thoughts really interesting – that counterplay between wanting to re-invent yourself and the fear of failure vs the fear of not achieving all that you might be capable of. It’s something I struggle with too.

    I also liked the idea of taking a little time each day to focus on your core values and to make sure that they get included in your daily life – something we all could do more often.

    Thanks for sharing my post and for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx

    • You’re welcome, Leanne. Thanks for introducing me to the questions. I found them very helpful in doing a gut-check of where I am today and where I want to be in the near future. Cheers!

  8. Wow, these are hard questions. I remember reading Leanne’s post and thought the same thing. Fear is the biggest obstacle that most of us have. I thought I would want to find something to do in retirement but so far I am too busy. lol

    • Fear is a big obstacle for most (if not all) of us, and yet, all of the really good stuff seems to be on the other side of fear. I hope, for the most part at least, you are busy doing what you love!

  9. Hi Christie,
    I’m a new reader to your website. The site is very well done and the writing is excellent. You deserve to be very proud of your work and I am amazed that you can do this and hold down a full-time job. Whew! One question on this post intrigued me…”what would I be risking if I did some things outside of my comfort zone”? I had that question before we attempted to travel by RV. I had the desire, but it seemed too complicated, and I was afraid I was too old to learn something new. Nevertheless, on a whim, I agreed to deliver a new motorhome from the manufacturer in Chicago to a dealer in Los Angeles in exchange for the rental fees. When we picked up the RV (nickname Sherman), we were half-crazy nervous, yet giddy with excitement. We spent three weeks crossing the country (not enough time) and by the time we reached California we felt a great sense of accomplishment and were hooked by the RV lifestyle. We blogged about this adventure and titled it Sherman’s March to the Sea. By taking a slight risk, we opened up a brand new world of opportunities for our “Golden Years”. We’re never too old to learn.

    • Hello Joe and welcome! Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. I appreciate the kind words. Sometimes I do ask myself what I’ve gotten into, but I love blogging so much, I keep going! I love the fact that you pushed past your fear of learning something new and opened up a new adventuresome world. I’m going to have to go back to your blog and look for that first post. I’d love to learn about your early RV-ing experiences. Happy trails!

  10. These are great questions Christie which focus on ideas that in everyday life we might be too busy or just dismiss. It’s important to look at the bigger issues and pay attention to them. I know I can be guilty of being too embroiled in the minutae of daily life to take time for a broader helicopter view. You’ve made me think today, thank you 🙂 #MLSTL and Shared 🙂

  11. So good to make us stop and think a bit deeper, thank you for that. I always work to get into my comfort zone. But I learn and grow more when I am outside the comfort zone.
    I like to challenge myself, which is good but the negative is being too hard on myself when I fail. I hope I am learning not to take things too seriously.
    All your answers are great and well thought out.


    • It’s funny how we’re so much harder on ourselves than others. If someone we love tries something and it’s not outwardly successful, we don’t criticize them. I try to remind myself that’s it’s not a failure if I learned something. Still it is a real challenge. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

  12. Some tough questions, well answered. I do hope that you figure out why you want to be a motivational speaker and then go ahead with it. I may try some of Leanne’s questions myself. Shared on my social media.

    • Hello Kalpana and welcome! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I’d definitely check out the questions on Leanne’s blog. Perhaps read the full 50 questions and choose a few that speak to you. It can be quite enlightening! Have a lovely day!

  13. Hi Christie

    I like this list. Thank you for sharing your responses.

    My values (no particular order): 1. Family 2. Friends 3. Personal Growth 4. Health and Wellness

    BTW: What is Orangetheroy
    Oh, and I do the same thing with the eating really well one week and then messing up the next. Makes for a difficult time losing weight.


    • Thanks for sharing your values, Laura. It would appear we have much in common. Orangetheory is a high intensity interval workout done in a group setting with a coach. Everyone wears a heart rate monitor, and the goal is to spend a minimum of 12 minutes in the “orange” zone. I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve made some vast improvements in my home eating recently, but all that eating out is tough. Progress, not perfection, huh?

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