A very quick message, I just wanted to share what is on my heart today and that is Experiences. . Life is all about experiences. At the end of the day that is what is going to matter. Our lives are the sum of our experiences, not what we accumulate, and not the sum of our possessions.

So if you have the chance to attend a family event, be with friends, or to travel. I urge you to have that experience. Do everything in your power to be there and participate. Do it, because at the end of the day, that truly is what matters.

I don’t know if you’ve heard the saying  “How much money did Howard Hughes leave behind, when he died?

Oh my gosh you guys – I am freaking out! I am turning 50 years old on Friday OMG 50 years old and yes, it happens to be on Friday the 13th – How appropriate for such a terrifying thing.

I didn’t think I was going to die young but I also never thought I’d be 50 – I don’t know what I thought. It’s weird – That pretty much sums it up – weird. I feel like at 50 you kind of cross over to the “older” side – its when you get colonoscopies and your vitamins change from regular to Centrum Silver – oh god… And then this arrives in the mail addressed to me at my home from some company called Trident and on the bottom left hand corner of the envelope it says “Free Prepaid Cremation.

Today’s subject is a simple one. You know more than you think you do! Trust your gut! And I want to tell you a story that illustrates what I mean.

In 2009, my beloved jack russell terrier, Spencer Somerville became very ill and ended up in the hospital on a drip and undergoing a barrage of tests to determine what was wrong with him. He couldn’t keep food down and was vomiting blood.  It was at the same time that I was going through the breakup of a 10 year relationship and now the little creature who was my rock and supplier of unconditional love was sedated in a metal cage in a strange place with needles stuck in his legs and his life hanging in the balance. 

I am going to start today with a quote and it’s from Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president
of the United States. He said this:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

In other words, persistence and determination alone are all powerful.  And my inspiration for the subject of Persistence this week, comes from a Jacquie Straight Up
viewer who took advantage of the free coaching sessions that I offered everyone back in July.

She was in desperate need of a new job and more money – I spent 45 minutes sharing with her how to make that a reality as well as how to make an upcoming family reunion in Italy possible for her and her family to attend.  

Today’s Jacquie Straight Up is a very personal one and I am going to be exposed and vulnerable today. Many of you know that I talk quite a bit about breaking the rules. In fact one of my keynote speeches is entitled “Break the Rules for a Kick Ass Life!”

But what does that mean exactly and why is it so integral to success and happiness? And I am not talking here about breaking the law – breaking the law can really screw up your life and the lives of others. I am talking about challenging the unwritten rules of society – those little boxes that we are programmed to tick off whether they work for us or not. If you are not yet married but you feel that you aught to be if you do not have kids but you feel the pressure to have them, if you are passionate about acting but you spend your days being an accountant, if you are constantly fighting against the natural tide of your life, then this message is for you.