Wisdom From Maria Ross

In 2008, I was like most dynamic women: running on life’s treadmill, overbooking myself, pursuing all my passions at once. Ha. Trying to “live my best life” almost stole it from me.

I almost died from a brain aneurysm. It turned out to be a gift: The hectic pace of my life finally caught up and it was time to make a change. My recovery was amazing, according to doctors.

So what did I learn?

Focus. You need to start playing the record of your life at your speed, rather than letting it play you. Stress and change played a major role in my crisis. Forced to reframe my life due to the brain damage, I’m actually happier. I have to focus on one thing at a time, to value quality over quantity, and shut down when I need to so I can keep my mind calm.

Learn to say no. You don’t have to do it all or even try to foolishly pursue work-life balance. There is no such thing. You must prioritize and let go when it makes sense. Not everything may get equal attention at the same time. I now confidently turn things down to proactively make time for the work, people and projects that really matter….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Maria is a brand strategist, speaker and author of two books, including her recent humorous and heartfelt memoir, Rebooting My Brain.

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devon leonard
Devon Leonard3 years ago

Life is such a mystery....something happens to us and we think "oh no"...and then lo and behold down the line we end up in a better place because of it... perhaps it's important not to get fixated that things are either good or bad.... sometimes the whole picture isn't developed yet...

Marianna B Molnar


Bernadette R.
Bernadette R.3 years ago

Gail,May God continue to Bless you! Funny how we have to live and learn...if we only knew ahead of time! I try to take 4 deep breaths and hold and then release now letting out all the toxic stress...seems to help every time..in any situation...one at a time..one breath at a time. Life is far too short to sweat the small stuff. My Grandma used to say...Take time out for a walk in the fresh air, Have dinner or a meal with family at least once a day and always take time to pray.
I miss her....she was so wise!

Marianne Barto
MARIA B.3 years ago

Stress does more damage to our bodies than we realise. make priorities in your lifestyle. You should be priority #1....when you feel stressed, BREATHE

Mori Harada
Mori H.3 years ago

4 paragraphs on brain injury? why? As a person living with a TBI I would like to have heard more. This is another one of the Non articles that seem to proliferate Care2 these days.

Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti3 years ago

When people don't say no they are cheating themselves & those they say yes to.

Anneliese S.
Past Member 3 years ago

thank you for this article.