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Live What You Love

Updated on June 10, 2013

Live What You Love

Notes from a Passionate Life

Life What You Love is an incredible book of inspiration, written by Bob and Melinda Blanchard, who also authored:

  • A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean
  • Changing Your Course: The 5-Step Guide to Getting the Life You Want (Live What You Love)
  • At Blanchard's Table: A Trip to the Beach Cookbook
  • Cook What You Love: Simple, Flavorful Recipes to Make Again and Again

The book contains 6 chapters, each with 2-3 amazing, brief memoirs of the events and epiphanies that brought Bob and Melinda Blanchard to where they are today: successful entrepreneurs, owners of a thriving restaurant in Anguilla, parents, dual-citizens, authors, and more.

Publisher: Sterling, New York/London

Pages: 199 (paperback version)

Availability: Major bookstores, also online at and at

My Passionate Choice

It probably seems crazy to many people to not only leave high paying jobs in times of uncertainty, but to carry on with that "renegade" choice even though everyone is telling you to run straight back to the 8 to 5.

What I loved about the book is that there is never a point at which the Blanchards say, "and then we stopped." They still haven't stopped. They are constantly revisiting priorities, unearthing new passions and considering making new choices.

There is no moment at which "we have arrived" makes an appearance. Living what you love requires that you know yourself well, and you are always changing.

One of the best quotes from the book is "Enjoy life's dreams. They often provide some of life's greatest memories." I love that quote because it causes me to reflect on life and that no matter how perfectly I plan it, there may be detours. I can look at them as lemons to be squeezed into lemonade, or I can look at them as complete roadblocks with no outlets.

I continue to stand by my decisions regarding my "cloud living" life, because if there's one thing I'm passionate about, it's freedom. I consider freedom working for myself. Other people might consider it something totally different. While I continue to bounce ideas around and come up with new questions to ask myself in order to discover the many other passions that lie deep inside, I will always balance it out with freedom - and ask myself, "how can I do this and still be free?"

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    • eventsyoudesign profile image


      8 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I am trying to get to the point where I live the life I love. I know that someday I will get there. It just takes time to find the right path. Another great article. Teresa

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      The most important lesson you can teach your son is to follow his heart and do what he loves. You are a great role model and example for all of us.



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