Lit palm trees capture the spirit 
of the holiday season in Florida.

Hi Friends,

I hope that each of you had a lovely holiday season. We enjoyed having our family together and even the warm Florida weather. Being a native Floridian, I've never had expectations for a white Christmas, unless I'm in the sand at the beach!

For 2016 I'm exploring the personal theme of creativity. I've thoroughly enjoyed decorating our new home and it has me longing to spend more time in creative endeavors. Who knows exactly what this will look like; painting, writing, jewelry making and art journaling are all on the table. I find that creativity fuels my soul and that I feel better when I'm creatively involved in life.

What do you want 2016 to look like for you? Whatever you hope for, I wish you the happiest of New Year's filled with dreams come true.
Hugs, Cindy 
P.S. Beginning with this issue, Live Beyond Limits™ moves to bimonthly publication.
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Featured Article | Counting Down the Time
"It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now." ~ George Harrison
In my previous profession I had the opportunity to work with many wonderful people, including a top notch staff at our nonprofit and the professionals with whom we partnered. I'll never forget one very bright gentleman we worked with for many years. Let's call him Steve. Each time I walked into Steve's office, I noticed a digital clock ticking away seconds, minutes, hours and days. The bright red seconds seemed to be moving at lightning speed. Upon closer inspection one day, I noticed time was not moving forward, but seemed to be moving in reverse. I was curious and inquired about the unique timepiece. Steve replied that it was counting down the time until his retirement. Now, I know people love their hobbies and many, many people look forward to retirement, but I had never known anyone who counted away the time, down to the second until the big day.

As we would sit discussing our business, I remember that I always found the clock a bit poignant. The thought would run through my mind (clearly, I wasn't paying full attention to our discussions...oops) that it was sad Steve wasn't enjoying the present and the work he was doing, but was instead focused on the enjoyment he was going to have in the future. I've always been a big believer in doing work you love, as in the quote, "Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life." To me, the present is too precious to waste. Being diagnosed at age 25 with a life threatening illness which, at the time, had a 5-year life-expectancy profoundly impacted my perspective on life. Because of this, >>continue reading 
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Cindy with actress Phylicia Rashad (left) & Karen Evans (right) at one of the Lupus Foundation of America galas.

Cindy's keynote speeches and training for patients and healthcare professionals have inspired audiences around the globe with her uplifting messages of hope, optimism and overcoming challenge.

Learn more by visiting www.CindyConey.com
or contacting her directly at mailto:cindy@cindyconey.com 
Books | What Cindy's Reading
Do you have a favorite book you'd like to share? Let me know and your review might be featured in an upcoming issue of Live Beyond Limits™. Email me at cindy@cindyconey.com.

Year of Yes:
How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
by Shonda Rhimes

This is one of the best books I have ever listened to and is incredibly relevant for the beginning of a new year. I love to listening to nonfiction and memoir books read by the author and this is one of my all-time favorites. In case you are not a fan of Thursday night television (which I happen to love!), Shonda Rhimes is the writer for Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. I always pictured her as this wonderfully outgoing woman with a wild imagination. Not the case, at all.  She is introverted and did not like doing public appearances. She decided that she would spend a year accepting invitations and doing things that terrified her. This book is her story of the year. If you have any issues around fear and honestly, don't most of us, this is a must read, or listen book. She shares such an intimate picture of her life (which is fascinating if you watch her shows) and also ways she was able to move beyond fear and come to enjoy the things that used to scare her.

The Marriage of Opposites

by Alice Hoffman

This is another book I thoroughly enjoyed. If you follow me, you know I enjoy historical fiction. This book is the story of the remarkable woman who gave birth to Camille Pissarro- the Father of Impressionism. The story is set in St. Thomas, which is a place I've been fortunate enough to visit, so it made it even more interesting and enjoyable to me. There were some parts of the book that were a bit  graphic and scandalous for my personal taste, but overall I found the book entertaining and could not wait to open the book when I had spare time.
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I've never been one of those people who insist on being called a person with lupus instead of a lupus patient; it was a categorical distinction that didn't resonate with me. However, recently as I was out walking Busy Brain decided to mull over this these labels and their significance. It all began while listening [cont]...»



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Cindy Coney

Nationally recognized keynote speaker and resiliency educator Cindy Coney has assisted thousands in moving beyond "coping" with limitations to recapturing joy, balance and freedom through her speeches and work in health and prevention. Diagnosed with lupus in 1980, Cindy has traveled the globe to share her story of thriving after a chronic diagnosis. Read more.