60 Ways to Live Sexy,Smart and Strong

Men and women who live positive thinking lives are naturally happier and more productive people. But we sometimes run into obstacles along life’s paths that make positivity tough to hold onto.

Call these what you will – mantras, ways to change the way you think or just tips to do something silly to break out of a negative frame of mind. Check off your favorites and keep them where you’ll see when they’re needed.

  1. When in doubt, just take the next small step
  2. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone
  3. Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does
  4. Pay off your credit cards every month
  5. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  6. Life isn’t fair but it’s still good.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement starting with your next paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with the past so it won’t screw up the present.
  11. It’s okay to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is about.
  13. If a relationship has to be secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  14. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.
  15. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  16. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  17. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  18. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood but, the second one is up to you and no one else.
  19. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  20. Burn the candles, use nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  21. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
  22. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  23. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  24. Your sexiness comes from inside, not outside.
  25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  26. Frame every so-called disaster this way, “Will this matter in five years?”
  27. Always choose life.
  28. Forgive everyone everything. Grudges weigh you down.
  29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  32. Stroll in a wooded area or flower garden. The natural beauty will comfort and inspire.
  33. Reach out and touch someone. Physical contact reduces stress and just plain feels good.
  34. Research your family tree.
  35. Loosen up with a twenty-minute massage on your lunch hour.
  36. Add blueberries, raspberries or blackberries to your yogurt, muffin or cereal for healthy antioxidants.
  37. Take a moment to appreciate one thing of beauty in your surroundings.
  38. Turn up your music and sing out loud. Rock that air guitar.
  39. Get out of your rut. Try an exotic restaurant, a new style of clothes or a new hairstyle.
  40. Paint one wall in your house a color you love. It will transform your mood whenever you see it.
  41. Forget regret. Our mistakes shape who we are and help us grow, especially if we learn from them.
  42. Schedule a rainy day Scrabble tournament, movie marathon, or quiet book-reading session.
  43. Put a sexy note in your lover’s pocket or leave it on his/her pillow.
  44. The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
  45. Your job won’t take care of you when you’re sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  46. Believe in miracles.
  47. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  48. Growing older beats the alternative.
  49. Your children and grandchildren get only one childhood. Make it memorable in a good way.
  50. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  51. Envy is a waste of time. You already have everything you need to succeed.
  52. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  53. Yield.
  54. No one has the right to judge another.
  55. Every action has a reaction. Think twice before you act.
  56. There is no reality, only perception.
  57. Speak without offending, listen without defending.
  58. Don’t be afraid of death. Be afraid of an unlived life.
  59. Simplify.
  60. Pursue your passion. Nurture your creativity.


What adage can you add to this list?

Please do comment. I love hearing what YOU think.


Marcia Richards, sexy, smart and strong



  1. Jolyse Barnett  November 30, 2013

    Wonderful list to live by, Marcia. Thanks for sharing. I shared it with all my social media friends, too. πŸ™‚
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  2. Perry Block  November 20, 2013

    Great job, Marcia! No. 58 is really the whole ball of wax.
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  3. Raelyn Barclay  November 18, 2013

    I’m drawing a complete blank for additions. Guess I’m more brain dead than I thought or, most likely, your list is awesome πŸ™‚ I’m with Angela and am printing this out! Thanks for sharing Marcia.
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  4. David N Walker  November 18, 2013

    Good list, Marcia. If I’m lucky, I’ll remember two or three of them more than five minutes. Seriously, I live by most of them and don’t disagree with any.
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  5. susan@life-change-compost  November 18, 2013

    This is one GREAT list! Thank you for sharing it. (I’ll make notes to keep and re-read often.) The mantra I use as part of a daily meditation is something I got from Jack Kornfield (American Buddhist trained in Thailand). It is: “May I be filled with loving kindness. May I be well. May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy.” Sometimes I change it around to wish it for others, sometimes I say “I AM filled with loving-kindness, I AM well….and so on. Marcia, I think you might like my Thanksgiving post because of a poem in there.
    Thinking of you, Susie

    • Marcia Richards  November 18, 2013

      That’s a perfect mantra, Susie! I think I’ll try it myself. I’ll be over soon to read your post. I always love whatever you write. You’re amazing! Thanks for coming over!
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      • Susie  November 19, 2013

        Thanks Marcia! Obviously I had a little confusion over whether the system “took” my comment. I wish you all good things and many blessings.

  6. Angela Orlowski-Peart  November 18, 2013

    Wow! I really like this list, Marcia. Every point carries so much value! I am printing it to keep it right by my desk. Thank you for such beautiful list of positives πŸ™‚
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  7. Susie@life-change-compost  November 18, 2013

    Really great and full list Marcia…you are terrific. A Jack Kornfield mantra I use with daily meditation : “may I be filled with loving kindness. May I be well. May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy.” Over and over softly. It’s very powerful.


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