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Are You Living Your Life to the Fullest?

Updated on April 6, 2020
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Audrey's passion for connecting with nature is magnified in her self-help writings and poetry.


Time Is The Greatest Gift We Have

We tend to think we will live forever - that there will be time enough for doing the right thing. Tomorrow we will enjoy a beautiful sunset. Sometime soon, we will forgive those who have hurt us. "The beautiful gifts of mother nature are not going anywhere," you say?. I thought so too until a horrendous, devastating fire spread through our mountain killing everything in its path.

I have learned a hard lesson about the limit of time we really have here. I thought my son would always be here and never in my wildest dreams could a disease called 'cancer' take him from me. We never know when we say goodbye to a loved one if we will see them again. But Todd lived his life to the fullest, cherishing his children and experiencing all of nature.

The world is beautiful and wonderful and life can be easy when you make love your way of life.

Try to see everything through the eyes of love.

Living Life To The Fullest

My son, Todd Edward Hunt. He lived every moment to the fullest  loving and appreciating life.
My son, Todd Edward Hunt. He lived every moment to the fullest loving and appreciating life. | Source

Live In The Moment

Live everyday

as though it were your last

Yesterday is gone

so don’t live in the past

Forgive all those who hurt you

they know not what they do

You’ll be a better person

If you learn to love them too

Take time to smell the flowers

Take time to enjoy the view

There’s beauty all around you

The sky is always new

We have the power to change our thoughts

We can be happy or sad

It’s only our perception

that makes things good or bad

Be thankful for the little things

a smile, a song, a touch

Don’t let a kind word go unsaid

a smile doesn’t take much

Loving one another

is the best thing we can do

Its medicine to feed the soul

We feel it through and through

Each moment is a gift to us

Use it wisely now, my friend

Don’t waste it, don’t abuse it

It will never come again

Each moment is a gift to us.
Each moment is a gift to us. | Source

How Can I Live In The Moment?

Learning to live in the moment isn't an easy thing to do. Our minds continually get over-loaded with stress, thinking about past events and cluttered dialogue. Here are a few tips to help you on your path to living in the moment:

  • Clear the clutter. The first we need to do is to clear our minds. Most mind clutter comes from living in the past. Let go of it. Let go of the mistakes you’ve made, opportunities you’ve missed, people you've hurt, and anything else you hold on to.
  • Too much information. Believe it or not storing too much information in your mind can clog it up the same way too much garbage in the kitchen drain can cause clogging. So limit watching television, especially the news, social media, cell phones, magazines, etc. By doing this mind cleaning, you will create space in your brain.
  • Meditate. When we meditate we learn to focus our mind on the present moment. There was a time when I resisted meditation. I didn't have time. I had too much to do and endless things to worry about. Ironic isn't it? Here I am, a vocal coach specializing in breathing, and focusing on our breath only causes all other thoughts to disappear.
  • Play. How does playing help to live in the moment? The endorphins (feel-good chemicals) that are released in the brain clean-sweep the clutter allowing us to focus on the moment.

Start these tips a little at a time, just a few minutes each day, then gradually increase one or two. Eventually this will become automatic giving you the power to focus and live in the moment.

"I see trees turning green, saying how do you do - they're really saying 'I Love You.'"
"I see trees turning green, saying how do you do - they're really saying 'I Love You.'" | Source

What Makes People Happy?

We all experience happiness at some point or another. Happiness even seems simple but when you think about it, happiness can be quite complicated. Even our daily habits have an effect on our mood. Do you get enough sleep? What about exercise? Would you rate yourself as mostly positive or do you lean toward the negative?

Emotions are a different experience for everyone, and each individual's baseline (or general level of happiness) is determined by genes and personality traits. As it turns out, a lot goes into being a happy camper.

If you're looking for ways to be happier, try the following:

  • Smile, even when you don't feel like it. Your mood will change for the better.
  • Read inspiring articles.
  • Sing. It's a proven fact that your feel-good endorphins kick in when you sing.
  • Listen to music you enjoy. This has numerous health benefits including lowering cortisol, the stress hormone.
  • Learn something new. Everyday is an opportunity to renew and empower yourself. In-depth courses are available on endless topics. Get ready...get set...get learning!
  • Ask yourself, what did you want to do as a kid? And just try it. Take a leap and try something new.
  • Tap into personal talents, skills, capacities and interests.

These are just a few ways to enhance your life and live it to the fullest.

Hug Each Day and Treasure Every Moment

Do you do the things you love? If your answer is no then I'm asking why not? Every moment that we live, every breath we take is a gift - a treasure. Make time for the things you love to do. You are the top priority. Honor yourself by putting your wants and needs first.

No, this is not being selfish. In fact it's completely unselfish. It's really quite simple. When you take care of yourself first, you are better able to take care of others. You can't tend to sick folks when you, yourself, are sick. And when you are happy and fulfilled you are able to bring happiness and fulfillment to others.

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath."

Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation


Thank you for being here. I appreciate your time and support. I'd love to hear from you and the comment section is a place to share your thoughts.

Audrey Hunt

“Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”

― Audrey Hepburn

© 2010 Audrey Hunt


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    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      18 months ago from Pahrump NV


      Thank you so much for being here. Your comments are wonderful! Every moment is a precious gift. I love your philosophy about life. Take care and stay well.

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      18 months ago from Alabama, USA

      I love the words to the poem. Living life to it's fullest is a favorite of mine. I take nothing for granted, nor do I rush to do anything. I savor time because tomorrow isn't promised.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Pahrump NV


      I love your comments - they are full of wisdom. Thank you for adding these thoughts to my own feelings. May each moment bring you love, peace and bliss.



      How nice to see you my friend. I hope all is well in your part of the world. Thank you for your comments.

      Angel hugs to you too,



      Hello dear friend. Thank you for your constant support. Making a second visit to this hub puts a big smile on my face. I think this message of living every moment needs repeating often. I need it for sure.

      Thank you for voting up and more as well as sharing on twitter and pinterest.

      Sending you a warm hug Bobbi.


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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Pahrump NV


      Mary, thank you for this beautiful message. I'm happy you liked the video. Thanks for your generous votes too. Hope your day was a lovely one.

      Kiss andTales

      You've given me the ultimate compliment and I appreciate it! I'm happy to hear you will be reading more of my work. Happy moments to you!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Pahrump NV


      "What a Wonderful World" is a favorite of mine. I wish I had written the beautiful lyrics. You are such a fine person and thank you for being here.


      I'd love to go walking with you and take turns doing some tree hugging! Thanks for enjoying my photos and for the vote up and more as well as sharing.



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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Dear Vocalcoach,

      I visited this amazing hub two years ago and now I want to visit again.

      This time I will share with Twitter and pin this on my re-pin board.

      I voted up++

      Your Fan,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful and uplifting words. Sorry, to read about what happened.

      Angel Hugs to you. xx

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      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Pearls of wisdom ! Audrey, these words are not mere words ; they reflect a divine philosophy of a happy and peaceful living. We can make heaven ever on earth with eyes of love. Loved and enjoyed reading this beautiful hub.

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      Kiss andTales 

      6 years ago

      You are a true poet at heart ! I enjoyed live in the moment. I will continue to read your work. Thank you for sharing your gift vocalcoach.!

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      Kiss andTales 

      6 years ago

      You are a true poet at heart ! I enjoyed live in the moment. I will continue to read your work. Thank you for sharing your gift vocalcoach.!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      "The eyes of love"...Audrey if only everyone could see life like that! This is a beautiful reflection and as always your music choice a perfect compliment.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Such a lovely way to start my day! I love your photos, especially the one where you are hugging a tree! I'm kind of a tree hugger, too, cause I love trees and every part of nature.

      Voted UP, etc. etc. and shared.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      I am so glad this was shared on Hot Hubbers Audrey. What a beautifu poem and lovely all round hub. I love Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World".

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      Jools Hogg 

      9 years ago from North-East UK

      Lovely poem Audrey, really enjoyed it. My mam rang me one day and said "It's a lovely day, the sun is shining. It makes you glad to be alive." I was at work and started to cry. She has terrible rheumatoid arthritis and is often in a lot of pain but she certainly makes the most of every day and she appreciates the sunshine on her face.

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      9 years ago from Florida


      Such a beautiful heartfelt poem, and as I read between the lines, I feel your pain.

      This is an inspiring poem for us all to stop and smell the coffee, to walk in our yards and enjoy the flowers, to be thankful for what we have, be it great or small.

      To walk hand in hand with the ones who love us as we return the love so many time over.

      Poems are our way of caressing our hurts, and helping them heal, as we share them with others--they might be helped also.

      Thank you for being in HP--I will check to see if I am a follower--I believe I am--but I will be if not--I do not want to miss anything you have to say.


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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Thelma - I wrote this after losing my beautiful son to cancer. He lived each day as though it were his last, never suspecting that his time would come so soon. Thank you so very much dor reading this. I am blessed to have found you on Hubpages.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      9 years ago from Germany

      Yes, indeed. We have to live our lives as it were the last day. We have to be greetful of the day that comes for who knows it is the last. Very well written. Thanks for sharing and for your follow.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Anjili ~ I love your supportive comments. I thank you so much. :)vocalcoach

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      10 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Very well relayed. Adds a lot of flavor to life. Keep up vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      epigramman - I can easily visualize the scene by the northern shores of Lake Erie in Ontario, is inviting to say the least. A snowy evening, a glass of red wine and thou! Move over Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel and make room for Clancey! Ahhhhhhhhhh - the Goldberg Variations...performed by Glen Gould. A marvelous way to begin the day. And poor me...visiting the endodonist, kicking and fighting as he removes a tooth which is way to close to the front of the mouth.


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      10 years ago

      .....well my dear dear friend - I can't believe that I missed this one - it's really defines you in so many different ways - and these are words, feelings and images to live by - please remember Audrey - this is a two way street - I look up to you too and you are my teacher in life and living - and you bring grace to my living and learning here at the Hub! Currently listening to Bob Marley and the Wailers with a glass of red wine and my two cats Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel by my side on a snowy evening by the northern shores of Lake Erie here in Ontario, Canada - please stay well and keep thinking good thoughts - and I will play the Goldberg Variations tomorrow morning as performed by Glen Gould!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      spdarkstar - I appreciate your comment and am happy to see you. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Hi there Betty - I am too. I'm starting to say to myself as I look at all my paperwork that needs organization, "now, listen Audrey, if you were to have something happen to you, would you want your family (or others) to look at this mess and say "good grief!" ?

      I don't think so. :-) Thanks Betty for being such a great fan and follower.

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      Betty Reid 

      10 years ago from Texas

      Great poem. I am trying to get focused, so maybe this will help.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      pjdscott - Your beautiful comments add another dimension to my poem. I thank you for that. You implant knowledge and improve on ideas. I really like and respect that. Thank you, my friend.

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      10 years ago from Durham, UK

      Very eloquently described - sometimes we allow life to pass us by without noticing the detail, as you suggest.

      Thank you for your most beautiful and moving words - voted up and awesome.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      James - Thank you, my friend. Knowing that you enjoyed my poem gives me great satisfaction.

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      A truly lovely message. I enjoyed reading your fine poem. Well done!

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      10 years ago from Benijofar, Alicante, Spain

      Absolutely delightful

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      My sweet DeBorrah - How eloquent you are with words. I just love "joy bells in your soul". You are a true artist. Thank you dear heart.

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      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      Vocalcoach, Beautiful Expression! Hmm I think I hear a song in here as well! It rings Joy bells in your soul...

      Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Micky, my love - What wonderful comments! You always find just the right words. Speaking of which...I am still reeling from the hub you wrote about epigram. I mean - really - I have never in all of my very long life engaged in a more striking and remarkable tribute. You are pure inspiration, dotted with humor.

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      And, "if you have the chance to sit it out or dance - dance". Very beautiful!

      A smile at the right place and time can do so much. I wish I could smile better and more often. But the serendipitous act of love to strangers can turn a day around or make some difference to make another difference.

      Yes Ma'am! You're right on track! God bless you Dear vocalcoach!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Eiddwen - Your lovely comments have given me verification that I am on the right path as a writer. You are an inspiration and a positive encouraging light. You shine with your wonderful positive glow. Exactly the kind of person I love to be around. I thank you for your generous rating. May God's love continue to fill your heart Eiddwen.

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      10 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful words and pictures.

      It is so nice to read hubs such as this vocalcoach when the world is so full of cruelty and sadness. This hub reminds us of all the love and compassion that is also around us.

      Don't ever stop writing , the world needs people like you.I'm giving this one an up and a beautiful.

      Take care and God Bless vocal coach.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Dear Lita - You have such wisdom. I love the "timeline" reference. Have not heard it before. It feels good to me. Thank you so much and do have a wonderful, wonderful day.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Yes, my friend, we all live a borrowed time here on here, and we never know when we would finally cross the timeline. Well-chosen title. And I like the poem as well as the photos that go with it. Good share!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Dear Melinda, your words ring so true and I thank you for the additional comments. Very fine wisdom. Thanks so much.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Hello Judi - It is so nice to see you again and I just love reading your comments to me. You are my precious friend. Love you too.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Pahrump NV

      I am just thrilled that you liked my new hub Carrie. Thanks so much for voting up.

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      10 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Very wise words vocalcoach. Great hub! Voted UP.

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      10 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Hi Sweet friend

      Sorry I have been MIA, what a great hub. Bless you dear friend. Love the new photo, too cute.

      Love you!

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      10 years ago

      Indeed, don't waste it and don't abuse it..Each moment is a precious gift.

      Yes, we are reminded to live it one day at a time. To hold on to the hurt people cause is is a waste of precious moments. Thank you, vocalcoach.


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