Do you struggle when life gives you lemons? The truth is life doesn't always go as you planned or as you wished. It's what you do next that matters most! Chuck's Lemonade will inspire you to develop habits that will help you find gifts when life gives you lemons, make your days great, and turn your lemons into lemonade! Chuck's Lemonade is a collection of stories and practices designed to help you deal with things in life that can cause negative feelings and emotions. Learn how living HABITS, the ingredients in Chuck's Lemonade (Honesty, Acceptance, Beach, Inspiration, Trust, and Service) can help you cope with these emotions and feelings, find gifts in life's negative situations, and turn your lemons into lemonade!
Hi, I am Chuck, and I am the chef of a recipe I call Chuck's Lemonade, a recipe for inspired thinking and living, for finding gifts when life gives you lemons, and for turning your lemons into lemonade. I live on a beautiful little island (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina), and I live here with my wife Renee. I am also the father to three grown and wonderful children, Jonathan, Brett, and Alyssa. I am also a son, a brother, a brother-in-law, and a friend to many wonderful friends that are like family. My passions are listening to music (I used to write and make music, and I am admittedly an old 80's hair band rocker, but now I mostly just listen), taking long walks on the beach, writing, teaching, and being an inspiration to others. My professional career includes over thirty-five years in business management, business ownership, strategic business development, sales and sales management, and marketing. My experiences span the industries of construction, information technology, accounting, business management software, and business management consulting.
My Chuck's Lemonade story spans my entire life;
. My youth, my upbringing, and beginning my struggle with guilt...
. My awkward teen years...whose weren't, right?
. My 20's, which included getting married just weeks shy of my 21st birthday, and being a kid raising kids...
. My 30's, which included returning to college and finally finding the gift of my college education...
. My 40's, which included waking up from a life of not wanting to deal with, and be honest with, things that I struggled with and things that weren't ok for me. I had so many questions. I decided to begin counseling, and I asked my counselor about why I would do this, and why would I allow this to happen when I know it is wrong for me. She calmly tells me it's because:
"You used to see through yesterday eyes, and now you see through today's eyes!"
What an "Ah ha" moment!
Later in my 40's I would experience the pain of separation and divorce. This includes beginning the process of saving my relationship with my children and learning to be the kind of father I wanted to be. I start living my life seeing with today's eyes!
Today, in my 50's, I see and live every day with today's eyes. I realize how positively this affects me, and others around me: my new marriage, my relationship with my children, with my mom, and with friends, work, and life in general, including where I live, how I work, and what will make my days and my life great.
Part 1: Sometimes Life Gives You LemonsIntroduction: I get it. I've been there too. Change your response. Start taking life day by day. Become the master of your unrest. This too shall pass. See with today's eyes.What a difference a decade can make. It's time to make some better choices.You never know how strong you are. Change your mental narrative. You are pure greatness. Make today count. Bloom. Train yourself to think better. Don't take life too seriously. Part 2: Turn Your Lemons into Lemonade. It's okay not to be okay all the time.You are not a tree. If you are stuck, move! Get comfortable being uncomfortable. If you don't ask the question the answer is always "no". Expect less, accept more. Less is more. Break the cycle. Practice positivity. Make memories. Life is what you make it. It's all about your attitude. Practice journaling. Practice gratitude. Make you days great. Live a rich life. Give yourself permission to just be. Breathe...just breathe. Jump into the deep end of the pool. Before it's too late. It's never too late. Live reverie. Practice good habits. First we make our habits, then our habits make us. Surrender (in a good way) to H A B I T S. Live honestly. Practice acceptance. Find your "beach". Find inspiration. Live inspired. Be inspiring. Trust your gut. Serve yourself and others.
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