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Live Life to the Max

Updated on September 12, 2014

Who Am I? The Lifestyle of a Busy Person..

Do you live life to the Max? I think I do. What is living to the max? How do you fill each moment with the best you can? I have spent the first half of my life wondering about the answer to that question. My conclusion was that I should just stop wondering and get on with it! I am a firm believer that we all spend far too much time running around wondering who we are and what others think when really what matters is our relationship with Self.

The only way to find out who we are is to Be who we are and that may change from minute to minute. Allowing that change to happen and Being in the minute is a difficult thing to do after a lifetime of being shaped and moulded by necessity but it frees our potential to grow. When we embrace our relationship with our Higher Self we come into harmony with Life and with the Universe. We learn to Love God, ourselves and those around us.

Image is a photo of me sitting in Hartsholme Park in 2008, taken by Colin Mason, which I played with for the cover of my poetry book.

Twenty Things That Make Me Who I Am - How I live life to the Max

This is actually quite a difficult lens for me to write, because I have shared a lot of myself through my music and poetry and that is the way I like it to be. To do otherwise and write about myself just seems like writing a CV at best, or boasting at worst but I shall try as best I can.

  1. I was born in England but travelled to Canada as a small baby with my parents.
  2. My father served in the RAF and my sister and I visited many countries as children.
  3. I knew about iguanas, cobras, and wolf spiders but not blackbirds or hedgehogs when I returned to England at age 10!
  4. I was a competitive swimmer and a County champion in Lincolnshire in my youth.
  5. At school I was encouraged to be academic and scientific but although interested in medicine my first loves were poetry and music.
  6. I passed all my exams but my heart wasn't in studying so I worked for a time in a shop when I left school.
  7. Later I trained as a teacher and earn my living teaching to this day.
  8. My creative projects were put on the back burner for many years in favour of earning a sensible living, home-making and doing what others wanted.
  9. Being made redundant for the second time in my life made me take stock of what I really wanted to do with my remaining years.
  10. I studied complementary therapy and aromatherapy for two years after losing my main job and passed all my course except the business plan!
  11. I also worked part-time as a medical receptionist and taught music privately during this time.
  12. I became involved with the Liberal Democrats for a time and stood as Parliamentary Candidate for Westminster and the European Parliament.
  13. I became involved with Persian cats and this led me to the Care 2 network.
  14. Friends at Care 2 encouraged me to write from the heart at a difficult time in my life and I rediscovered my childhood dreams of writing and composing.
  15. I have published three volumes of poetry, most of it written since 2004. I have also written a book about the composer Vaughan Williams.
  16. I compose and arrange music, some of which I offer for sale and some of which I share for free on my guitar website. I have published this in book form too.
  17. I have played in various musical groups in my life in a variety of styles, this keeps me interested in all sorts of music.
  18. It is still my unfinished dream to record and mix a CD, the project was put on hold for a while but I want to return to it.
  19. I discovered Squidoo more or less by accident and thought it a good vehicle for sharing what I know can be done with other people.

Flying To Meet The Sunrise - My CD....

Some of these songs were mixed by a friend, Geoff Middleton, others by myself. Learning to record and mix is a big learning curve for someone of my generation but it is fun!

Flying To Meet The Sunrise
Flying To Meet The Sunrise

My first CD... Since writing this lens I have released this on Amazon.


Thank You Octavia! :)

I am grateful for your Tag and proud to add it here!

Thanks for calling in this morning!


A Political Reality Check

I mentioned earler in the lens how I was seriously involved in politics at one point. I learned a great deal from this experience, not least about human nature, and I am also grateful for the boost it gave my self-confidence. I shall probably say more about that at a later date, but for now and for the record it is becoming an increasingly dirty business.

I for one am glad I chose to stand down when I did but I stayed a little too long, became local party Chair one too many times and have just resigned over the Lib Demo coalition with the Tories. I know many think it is a good thing, but I found it hard to stomach for personal reason, so did the only honourable thing left to me and stood down. I hope I brought a little humour and grace to the scene when I was active and I would encourage ordinary people to become involved as and perhaps to rescue what is left of our democracy before the sharks eat it all. On that note, I wish you all a happy evening.

Finding My Niche

In and overcrowded market

My latest enterprise, recording my songs, is done in the full knowledge that with half a lifetime beind me and no big guns to back me up it will be an uphill struggle even to be heard. This is something I should have done many, many years ago - but like many young women of my generation I was made to feel inadequate because of my build and my glasses. I believed singers had to be sylph-like, blonde and beautiful - maybe they do to get noticed by the industry - but I lost touch with the gifts that God had given me. Instead of focussing on my composing and singing I hid behind being "ordinary" and I chose to be active in just about every other ordinary area to the exclusion of my writing and performing. We will have to see. For now, the knowledge that my songs and my singing are liked in 35 countries has made me wake up. Perhaps it is not too late for a girl with glasses to sell records....

Books And MP3s from Lisa - Including Jingle Maria

Here you can hopefully check out what I have to offer on Amazon. I am not responsible for the compilation of Relaxing Music if you see it.... I have asked Amazon to do something about that! LOL If you want something by another singer or writer - or indeed anything at all - please use the search box. Thank you

My writing and composing keeps me young, alert and interested. I joined Squidoo to share some of the things I most enjoy with a few more new friends. Thank you for reading my lens and I hope you will sign the Visitors' Book. :)

© 2009 Lisa Marie Gabriel

You will by now have noticed I like the colour purple.... - but I doubt I will ever dye my hair that colour....

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I so enjoy meeting people who refuse to sit back quietly and let the world twirl around them. I am grateful for your willingness to take action and serve in the maelstrom we call politics. Equally glad that you are honoring your true calling and sharing your poetry and music with the world. May you be ever blessed in your endeavors.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      What an interesting life you've led, Lisa! Thanks for helping us get to know you better. :)

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      Just poping in to say Hello

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      You provided a great self-introduction here. Nice to meet you!

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      mcspocky lm 5 years ago

      I like your page, it seems you are a very creative person and I like your outlook on life.

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      buzzet 5 years ago

      well done on living your life to the max :-)

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      A delightful look at the Inner You. I so agree that we need to embrace our Higher Selves. It's been a journey of discovery for me too and I am finally in a position to follow my heart and passion, writing. Visualizing success for you in your creative pursuits.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing yourself!

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      Ceeshell 8 years ago

      This was just what I needed to read on a day like today. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I wish you continued success and the best of luck with your music.

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      momto4 lm 8 years ago

      Interesting lens! I enjoyed reading through it. 5 *'s

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you all... Can't help the purple though :)

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      oneskms 8 years ago

      The very best in your quest for no. 20 !

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      Mickie Goad 8 years ago

      Hi! You and I have a lot in common--except that God saved me from teaching! Or, more likely, God saved the teenagers from me! Good luck on making giant! I am going for the 100 Club, myself.

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nice to meet you and great to get to know you through this lens! All the best on your journey to's great to be part of the WiWon team!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      You really do like a purple! :) It was fun going through this lens and getting to know you better! :)