by Dana Cavalea December 09, 2020

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Hi Team...

As I was preparing for today's Workshop on How to Master Habits Changelast night, 

Last night I got a call from my mother-in-law telling me that my wife's grandmother passed....

She was 101 years old....

And, she was one of my biggest fans!

She was vibrant, energized, and a real spit fire till late last week....and it just shows you how day to day life really is....

But, we also have a choice as to what we choose to focus on....

Do we look at life from the standpoint of loss? Or, do we look at life from the standpoint of celebration- especially this one.

Nellie Kelly came to America in her 20s from Ireland in search of the American DREAM...

A job.

A home.

A family.

A life well lived and one filled with freedom.

Mission Accomplished.

You see, whenever I would see her there were some things that really stood out that I believe we can all benefit from.. and today I wanted to share them with you..

  1. A Simple Life.... She owned her home (no debt).. she lived within her means at all times, and always was charitable.
  2. Strong Belief, Strong Conviction.. A God fearing woman who was very convicted in her path.. yet knowing she can not do it all alone.. having a spiritual basis gave her strength to overcome 101 years of obstacles..
  3. Family First.. A mentality that puts family before all else when it comes to understanding what is most important in life- this keeps you focused on first things first.
  4. A Warm Greeting (By Name).. Each time you would walk into her home or presence, you were greeted by your name in a warm, energizing tone who let you know that you were somebody special and she was happy to see you.
  5. Music.... Music was a part of her life and was something she used to keep her spirits high.. the most notable song she would play was.         "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin" by Earl MacRae.. a great song that puts you instantly in the right mood...
  6. A Cup of Tea, Dessert, and a Simple Diet... Don't hold yourself back.. enjoy life and do not be afraid to eat the dessert. Nelly was a woman with a plentiful appetite for a good nutrient filled meal (at home, seldom dining out).. followed by something sweet and a cup of tea.

+1: Have fun, sing, make jokes, and bust people chops!.... She was a strong witted woman who brought A LOT of personality to whatever room she was in!

I will leave you with these 6-things + 1....

But, as we chase success, pursue riches, and look to enhance our lives...

I, and Nellie Kelly will remind you that it is the simple things- and finding pleasure in less, not more that will keep you happy.

The acquisition of things will never make a battered soul light up again...

It is the simple things like love, family, friends, and a healthy daily lifestyle that will bring the light to any situation of darkness...

This does not mean not to chase your dreams- after all, a trip across the ocean demonstrated her pursuit of a dream... 

It means keep things in perspective...

Take no days for granted...

Live in peace.... and peace will always find you...

Cheers to my biggest fan and to all of you!

I hope you can join me today for the LIVE Workshop on Habit Change.

It is free.

Click Here to Register!

Your Coach,




Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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