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How Do You Create a Meaningful Life? Getting Uncomfortable and Living in the Yellow at TEDxAnchorage

How do you create a meaningful life?

How do you live a life without regret?

These are questions I posed during my recent TEDxAnchorage talk. I’ve been a TED talk junkie for years and being able to share my own story at TEDxAnchorage was a huge honor.

Now, after months of anxiously waiting, the video is finally out! It doesn’t have the slide images, but friends tell me the talk is still incredibly powerful. What do you think?

In my talk, I shared a very personal story about my Dad, but the message is universal and one we often explore here at Big State, Big Life.

I know you know people that can benefit from this message. Here’s what I’d like you can do:

Pick two people (or more!) and share the video with them.

The easiest way to do this is via the share links on the YouTube page. While you are there, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear what resonated with you.

The more people you share it with, the more you’ll be generating support for creating your own meaningful life.

Your community will literally tell you to “get uncomfortable” when you start playing small and staying safe. (Tweet this)

You’ll be creating your own Big Life support network.

Thanks again for sharing the link. This message is too important to wait for “someday.” ;)

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  • Janet Stephenson June 14, 2013, 1:34 pm


    Your friends are absolutely spot on – your presentation is POWERFUL and moving! I’m sharing with my tribe – we all need to be reminded to embrace the unknown and step out of our comfort zone. I’ve been working very hard as of late to stop playing small when my inner critic starts spouting off. Your talk (congrats, btw!) is going in my toolbox for overcoming the seeds of self-doubt.

    Thank you!

    • Lorena June 14, 2013, 3:35 pm

      Thanks Janet and thanks for sharing the link with your tribe. Can’t wait to hear what you’re up to as you “get uncomfortable.”

  • Dow Mattingly June 14, 2013, 8:50 pm

    This is a very important message of courage in the face of fear. You had me laughing, and crying, and I won’t forget the lesson- to say what I feel.
    Btw, your quiet confidence coupled with this explosive message is a contrast that comes across very well in this presentation. Do more.

    • Lorena June 15, 2013, 3:19 pm

      Dow- Thanks so much. I think there is no higher compliment than to know someone was touched by me sharing my story.

  • Renee D. July 7, 2013, 12:22 pm

    Lorena, well said. I don’t know if I ever shared with you that I got MY private pilot license because I was starting to have panic attacks when flying on large jets. It began as a way to understand my fear and ended up as an accomplished goal. Thank you for the reminder that we should not be afraid to tread into the yellow. If you want do see what others don’t, you have to go where others won’t.

    • Lorena July 8, 2013, 1:54 pm

      I don’t think you had shared that story Renee, thanks. What a better way to understand your own fear than to go directly into it?

  • Jill August 28, 2013, 11:13 am

    I had the pleasure of briefly meeting you before your TEDx Anchorage talk and listening to your presentation live. It was heartfelt, inspiring and well delivered. Thank you for living outside your comfort zone, it inspires and helps others like me to do the same. And reading and discovering your blog earlier this year inspired me to take a fifteen year long step I’d always wanted to do, but was scared to try — fly. I moved into the yellow and now I’m flying every week and getting close to soloing. I’m grateful for your aviation passion combined with your inspiring mission. Thank you for sharing your journey so openly, Lorena!

    • Lorena August 30, 2013, 7:28 pm

      That is awesome! I’m so glad you are flying, I’m sure you love it and it is challenging all at the same time. Congrats on the marathon!

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