What is skimbaco lifestyle?

February 1, 2011 Katja Presnal

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Living life to the fullest is enjoying life today, right now, while building even better future.

I love this inspirational quote by Ernest Hemingway, it is so fitting and so Skimbaco Lifestyle. While I want to inspire you to live life to the fullest and enjoy life right now, it doesn’t mean that we should live life like there is no tomorrow, not taking responsibility of today’s actions or forgetting to build building blocks for a better future. Before you do anything, you should always have a plan for your next step after that.

Some people misunderstand that skimbaco lifestyle is about being reckless, doing “crazy things” on a whim (jumping off airplanes, mountain climbing without safety gear, shopping until the credit card is maxed out…). Not at all. Living life to the fullest isn’t sleeping with danger (or strangers), or waking up to chaos (or not remembering where you are). Even though – I think living life to the fullest does include testing our limits, getting out of our comfort zone and trying new things, that is the only way we can find new things that excite us, and we can feel the sense of accomplishment. But skimbaco lifestyle is not a crazy lifestyle to be flaky, not living up to your words, or going wherever the wind guides you. It’s a lifestyle of passion and purpose.

Skimbaco lifestyle is like carpe diem on steroids.

During my travels I have been asked to go on zip lines, take crazy rides on amusement parks or party like there is no tomorrow in Vegas, or do other things that some think as “living life to the fullest” and I have said “no, it’s not really for me”, and gotten answers like “but you are the live-life-to-the-fullest-girl, shouldn’t you live up to that”. We all create our own skimbaco lifestyle, and it is different for all of us.

Skimbaco lifestyle is not my exact lifestyle, and I don’t want try to get you to do the exact same things as I do; I guarantee you that most people would not want to have my life. I have made a lot of sacrifices and continue doing so every single day to get my piece of happiness and enjoyment of life. I have learned that I can’t have it all, but I can have some of the things that are the most important to me. Living life to the fullest is something that you will find in your heart, and I can guide you to look into right places, or give you inspiration and show you things that make others (and me) to feel like on the top of the world. Skimbaco lifestyle is a lifestyle of taking the best out of every day, being open to change and new things, and it means something different every day. Life would be boring if it was the exact the same every day.

One of the most important things in skimbaco lifestyle is keeping your mind open for change and for new things, and seeing old things in new light.

Do you have any idea how many New Yorkers have never seen a Broadway show? How many people living in Utah have never tried skiing? How many bookstore employees never read books? Or how many years you have passed a museum/library/store without ever going in?

Before you…. Make a plan

But going back to Ernest Hemingway’s quote and how it all ties back into skimbaco lifestyle. Before you do anything, have a plan, know how your actions will affect you and others. If you do anything “risky”, have a backup plan. And this doesn’t have to be anything big – this might just mean that if you are trying to make sushi for the first time, have a plan to get take out if you won’t succeed. This will make you feel more in control, and that you are not just going somewhere without knowing where and without a purpose.

When you have a plan and a backup plan, you will not be as afraid of failure. Failure is needed in life to learn. Failure is not a negative thing. When you learn to accept failure, you can start living live to the fullest and learning new things and enjoyment of life.

Example – you have been going past the same restaurants year after year never stopping and eating in, because you think the food is bad. You go in one of them, and the food is horrible and the dinner was “a failure”. Next day you try another one, and it becomes your new favorite place to go. They say you need to kiss a lot of frogs to find the prince, and same goes with everything in life. “Failure” in big and small things in life is needed in order to find the true enjoyment and accomplishment.

So remember.. before you live skimbaco lifestyle and enjoy life right now at this moment, remember to think how this moment reflects in the rest of your life. Live life in the moment, but not like there is no tomorrow. Or tomorrow might rise with a bitter surprise for you.

I am so thankful for all of the emails, comments, messages and phone calls I have gotten due the announcement of me quitting my job, and I love that I can be an inspiration for so many of you. This said – don’t just quit your job today, without a plan for tomorrow. I planned this for a long time, I had my family finances planned, and a business plan for what’s next in place before anything else, and it was done together with some of the important people in my life. This was equally a choice to live with passion as a calculated business decision. Live life to the fullest – just have a plan to go with it!

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (6)

  1. Katja, I just found your digital home here and I’m glad that I did! The 2 posts that I’ve read so far are this one and your announcement. Kudos to you for taking a premeditated leap of faith. It’s women like you that motivate me to continue facing challenges and obstacles and never be discourage by people’s questioning of my “leaps”. Thank you.

  2. Enjoy Life Oils

    I totally agree Elizabeth in one extent that we can’t say that something isn’t our thing until we have tried it – and that’s why if you read the entire post I recommend looking things in new light and taking the “risk” of trying new things. That said, I do not recommend partying like a rockstar in Vegas and getting wasted on your business trip, if you know that it’s not your thing.

  3. “During my travels I have been asked to go on zip lines, take crazy rides on amusement parks or party like there is no tomorrow in Vegas, or do other things that some think as “living life to the fullest” and I have said “no, it’s not really for me”, and gotten answers like “but you are the live-life-to-the-fullest-girl, shouldn’t you live up to that”. We all create our own skimbaco lifestyle, and it is different for all of us.” I hope I wasn’t the only one that told you this….. :) I remember saying that…..but you also can’t say that something isn’t your thing unless you have tried it. :) I did the zip lines it…..enough to say it was my thing…next time I wont do it…cause I already have. My thought is….you live like there is NO tomorrow while planning for next week!

  4. You really are inspiring, but you offer sage advice. I’m working so hard on getting my business plan finished and our finances lined out so that my husband and I can live our dream as well. My goal is to be “there” by the end of the year, which is totally attainable! You know I wish you nothing but good luck! :)

  5. Naomi

    I think a big part of what you do is sharing, too. Your positivity affects everyone you come into contact with– even when you think you’re being a big downer, you’re inspiring others. Looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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