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The One Thing You Need to Do Today, Tomorrow and Every Single Day: Life Lessons from My 103-Year-Old Grandma

My grandma, Auril, just turned 103 and she’s a huge inspiration to me!

Her joy, vibrancy and love for the people around her have made her a role model for me and my entire family…

And after over a century on the planet, I wanted to get her take on things she’s experiencing in today’s world which is so very different from the world she was born in!

Plus I wanted to share some of her wisdom and life lessons with you 🙂

Here’s what she said…

What’s your first memory?

When I was 3, I loved the boy next door. He was a nice kid. He did what I wanted him to and we got along fine!

What did you do as a family?

We would go riding around the countryside a lot… I had a very pleasant childhood.

What was life like for you, when you were young?

I had lots of friends 🙂 I remember my mother made all of my clothes when I was in grade school and in high school she did the same thing so I didn’t have new clothes from the store. I wish I did but I didn’t!

What was the best time in history?

When the war ended, that was the best time.

What happened to the family during the Depression?

We lost our business, we lost our home. We moved to a field and set up a tent and we really enjoyed living in that tent all summer. We felt free. It was so nice… and it was fun too!

What do you miss most about your childhood?

I miss having the whole family together. When we were all together it was wonderful… we played games and we had so much fun. We loved each other.

What brought you happiness?

Having the family together brought me more happiness than anything else.

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to share with us?

Make good decisions and be a good person… be good to people every day of your life.

What do you want to do with your remaining years?

All I want to do is make people happy.

Are you scared of death?

No, I’m not because it happens to everybody and I know I don’t have any control over it.

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who did a lot of good.


So, I’m not sure if I’ll live to be 103 like my grandma but I know I’m not waiting that long to do the things that matter…

Spend time with the people I love, make the best of things, have fun, make people happy, do good and be good to people every day of my life.

How about you? How can you make time for the things and the people that matter to you? How can you make someone happy, do good and be good to someone today?

Share your thoughts and comments below… I read and personally reply to each one 🙂

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  1. Francis wasajja Uganda

    Wow! It’s great to such people, we learn a lot from them, me too I have great Grandma turning 105 in November but when I listen to her life time story its amazing

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      Wow! 105…what an awesome life! We can learn so much from our elders <3

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  2. Wasajja Francis Uganda

    Wow! Its great memory to have such people we learn a lot from them, me too I have great grandma turning 105 in November but when I listen to her life time, its amazing

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      Wow! 105…what an awesome life! We can learn so much from our elders <3

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  4. Susan Rasmusen

    It’s so wonderful to have this time with your grandmother. It’s priceless! My immediate family (dad, mom, brother and sister) immigrated from Denmark and I often wonder what it would have been like to be surrounded by family. Love, love your grandmothers memories! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      Family truly is priceless Susan. I hope you get to visit from time to time…

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  5. Nguyen

    I love it for her and for you.

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      Thanks Nguyen!

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  6. Robin Hardy

    Your grandma is absolutely beautiful. What an amazing legacy and inspiration you have with her. Thank you for sharing a bit of her with us all.

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      Aww thanks Robin! She is a beautiful woman…

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  7. Jim

    Brilliant! Much thanks for that heart felt video. Infinite wisdom in those words…….

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      It’s amazing how much wisdom you can wrack up over 103 years on the planet! 🙂

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  8. Eduardo

    I love it

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      <3 <3 <3

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Marisa is the founder of Live Your Message, where she turns entrepreneurs into Online Superheroes, and the creator of Start With You where she helps people just like you to discover the business they're meant to build, not just the business they can build. At 4’11 and a quarter, she’s called the shortest woman in marketing — and that doesn’t stop her from having huge ideas. She’s the “go to” brand builder for industry luminaries and heavyweights such as Justin Livingston, Callan Rush, Danny Iny, Alexis Neely and Susan Peirce Thompson. Marisa helps entrepreneurs create a business that is authentic and aligned with who they are, to empower them to turn up the dial on their “inner superhero”, so they can be the superhero to their tribe, as well as in their own lives.

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