This Is What I Call A Rich Life

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I woke up this morning with my favorite verse of the day from YouVersion bible app, “My purpose is to give you a rich and satisfying life  – John 10:10”.  If you know me or have been following my posts, you’ll know that my entire life revolves around this scripture.

Reflecting on this scripture that has been in existence for over 2000 years; I then began to wonder why living a rich life or in abundance is now thrown around by life coaches and woo-woo authors? – Yet people pay a heck of money to have that promised life.

I’ve been there so I understand, but it’s taken me years to begin to understand what it really means. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite examples of a RICH life, I hope you’ll be able to internalise this concept and learn from these examples.

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This Is What I Call A Rich Life


When I was growing up, we had special clothes for Christmas and New Year’s Day; we treasured these clothes so much that we never got to wear them till another Christmas – hardly our sizes though.

In my early 20s, when I was modeling, I would dress up (like Christmas Day) while leaving the house because the agencies usually rang me for a casting or an audition urgently. When I dressed this way, I got asked all the time if I was attending a party or what’s happening? This one really hit me because I was raised to — “save” the things I love for a special occasion – including food.

Let me ask you:

  • What is the message of your current wardrobe?
  • What do you see?
  • Are you playing it too safe?
  • Does it speak the message of a tired and given up?
  • Does it tell the story of a woman who knows who she is?

Now, I have a new philosophy: Everyday is Christmas. I don’t “save” clothes for a special occasion. I make sure I look great ALL THE TIME.

That’s a RICH life.



Some years ago, Bryan Dyson, then the President and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, delivered a speech where he discussed the difference between glass and rubber balls. His insight is as valuable today as it was then.

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends, and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”

This Is What I Call A Rich Life

My friend Toks and I on a cruise

When I got the understanding of Dyson’s analysis, I embraced my glass balls with both hands and these are my priorities. My friends are my family and we work on our spiritual growth together, and of course, I take my health very seriously.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I embrace work with ease, that is: working to live not living to work.

That’s a RICH life.


Many people suck at setting boundaries. This is one of the reasons you see people complaining about how “overwhelmed” they are — yet if you look where they’re actually spending their time, it’s doing a bunch of stuff they don’t have business doing. I see a lot of men/women in unhealthy relationships because they’re not willing to put their foot down and say, “No, that’s not cool.”

Setting boundaries is, by definition, a rich life because it means you have options. If you set clear boundaries around what you’re looking for and what you’re not, that startles people — because you must be really high-value to be that clear about it.

For example, I’m not afraid of turning some people off; but want to make sure I keep turning the right people on— that’s setting boundaries. Boundaries also increase your confidence and self-worth – they’re extraordinarily hard to establish because they mean turning down certain options.

That’s a RICH life.

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I recently redecorated my study like it came out of some design magazine. Though it’s not a mansion; I ALWAYS have fresh flowers all throughout my home. And they looked great.

This Is What I Call A Rich Life

My study

Yours might be getting a pedicure, your favourite wine or getting a new pair of shoes. Whatever. A rich life is surrounding yourself with what you love before you absolutely need it.

You might say wasteful, but if it’s something you truly value, find a way to regularly incorporate it in your life.

You don’t have to wait until you absolutely NEED it —as long as you can afford it and you value it, it’s OK to get something when you want it — not only when you need it.

That’s a RICH life.

As you can see, there’s no mention of money or a fat bank account. Money is good, but a lot of people have money but are not living a rich life – a RICH life is a MIND thing and it’s available to all.

What does a RICH life mean to you?

Your Turn….

Thank you sharing and looking forward to reading from you.

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