“You’re a cool lady.”

Exactly what every 30-something year old woman wants to hear. This was something that makes me akin to my feisty, exuberant grandmother who no one can get enough of. Don’t get me wrong, I see it as a complement, although a quirky one that makes me feel 90 years old but still makes me smile to this day.

Tweet This: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was a hot May day when I attended a community dinner in Brooklyn at the then-headquarters of Holstee. As the authors of their famous Holstee Manifesto, this community dinner was more of an intimate gathering of friends than a don’t-know-anyone-yet type networking dinner party. The gathering embodied the sentiments of the Holstee Manifesto. “Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people” was a hallmark of the night, and “Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them” may as well have been the handbook for the evening’s conversation. I met exceptional, inspiring people with diverse passions that left me feeling passionate, hopeful and deeply touched by the generosity of spirit and light bursting forth from the dreams in the room.

What is your Daily Leaven?

The most impactful conversation came from my “cool lady” friend. In speaking about our passions, he shared with me his “Daily Leaven” or “Daily Eleven”… depending on how you heard it. I heard it as “Daily Leaven”, which was fitting since leaven causes things to expand and rise, although he did mean it as the “Daily Eleven”. This is a list of the things he wants to incorporate into his life to be most fulfilled and content, the things which lift his spirits and help him to grow into the person he is trying to become. Items such as Gratitude, Volunteer, Eating Healthy, and Family made his list of what makes for a good day.

Inspired! What would my “Daily Leaven” look like? I reflected on what is important to me and created my own list – a list that I drafted one morning over coffee, and with the exception of one recent addition, has remained the same since that first draft almost 2 years ago now.  I lovingly refer to this as my: TO BE ME list. What fills my cup to the point of overflowing? What makes me the best version of myself? In what state of being do I find the most joy and fulfillment in my life?

Be-More. Be Me. Join me on this journey?

Through this blog I’ll share what TO BE ME means to me, but I encourage you to reflect on things that define what makes you fully you… create your own TO BE list, one that inspires you, fills your cup, helps you reset when a day is going down a less than ideal path, and gives you peace and fulfillment as another day ticks by. For me, I wanted to pursue broader concepts, feelings and states of being that encapsulated how I wanted to relate and experience life. I did not want this to become another inflexible to-do list that couldn’t adjust with a busy, ever changing life. I want this to be lasting.

Tweet This: “Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire.” -St. Catherine of Siena

Here’s a glimpse of what’s ahead:

Be Still

Be Grateful

Be Curious

Be Active

Be Productive

Be Expressive

Be Connected

Be Silly

Be Giving

Be Restored

Be Inspired


Tell me…

What is on your To-Be list? What type of person are you trying to become?

If you want other resources along these lines, I highly recommend:

Holstee’s Monthly Membership – An amazing source of practical inspiration for living a meaningful life. In February their blog also shared a unique take on creating a To-Be List.