#032: How to Create a Life Plan [Podcast]

As you may know, I wrote an e-book called, Creating Your Personal Life Plan. It has been downloaded more than 170,000 times. In this episode, I share what a life plan is, why you need one, and how to begin creating one.

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Over the course of my life, I have worked with a lot of planners. As a corporate executive, I’ve worked with strategic planners. As an individual, I’ve worked with financial planners. Now, as a speaker, I work with event planners. But I have met few life planners—people who have a written plan for their lives.

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Most are passive spectators, watching their lives unfold a day at a time. They may plan their careers, the building of a new home, or even a vacation. But it never occurs to them to plan their life. As a result, when they get into their 40s, 50s, and 60s, many of them are left wondering what went wrong.

They have become victims of The Drift. This is a metaphor for living without a plan.

Unfortunately, most people don’t change course until something traumatic happens that gets their attention. For me, it was thinking I was having a heart attack. This was when I created my first life plan.

What is a life plan?

A life plan is a short written document (8–12 pages long). It is created by you for you. It describes how you want to be remembered. It articulates your personal priorities. It provides the action plans necessary to take you from where you are to where you want to be … in every major area of your life. It is most of all a living document that you will tweak and adjust as necessary.

But don’t be deceived by its brevity. Length does not necessarily correlated to impact.

  • The Gettysburg address is only 256 words—a little more than a page.
  • The Declaration of Independence is 902 words—about four pages.
  • The Sermon on the Mount is about 2,500 words long—about eleven pages.

A life plan contains your answers to three powerful questions.

  1. Question 1: How do I want to be remembered?

    I have often found in planning anything that the best place to begin is at the end. What outcome do you want? How do you want the story to end? How do you want to be remembered when you are gone?

    In a Commencement Address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs said it this way,

    Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

    In creating a life plan—and answering this first question—it is helpful to identify the key people in your life. How do you want them to remember you? I have seven individuals or groups that matter most to me:

    • God
    • Gail
    • My children
    • My parents
    • My colleagues
    • My friends
    • My followers

    Then I wrote under each one, how I want them to remember me. For example, under “Gail” I wrote:

    I want Gail to remember how I loved her, understood her, and helped her accomplish her dreams. I want her to remember specific times that we shared together—times we laughed, times we cried, times we spent discussing things that were important to both of us, and times we just held one another and watched the sunset.

    Under “My Colleagues,” I wrote:

    I want my colleagues to remember my servant-leadership, my integrity, my humility, and my commitment to having fun. I want them to remember how much they learned and grew as a result of knowing me. Most of all, I want them to remember how I stood for the greatness in them and empowered them to accomplish far more than they ever thought possible.

    Mark Twain said, “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

  2. Question 2: What matters most to you?

    Maybe you have never given yourself permission to ask this question.

    • You know what’s important to your parents.
    • You may know what’s important to your spouse.
    • You most certainly know what is important to your boss.
    • But WHAT is important to you? What matters most?

    This is a question about priorities. The life plan is built on a metaphor that compares your “life accounts” to bank accounts. Each account has a certain value. Again, let me illustrate from my own life plan. I have eight accounts:

    • Spiritual
    • Self
    • Gail
    • Children
    • Friends
    • Career
    • Finances
    • Ministry

    #1 is no surprise. Spiritual people often put that account first, but after that, they often get confused. What comes next? your spouse? your kids? career? I want to suggest that you consider putting yourself next. What does the flight attendant say right before the plane takes off?

    In the event of a change in cabin pressure, panels above your head will open revealing oxygen masks. If this happens, reach up and pull the mask toward you until the tube is fully extended. Place the mask over your nose and mouth, slip the elastic strap over your head, and adjust the mask if necessary. Breath normally and know that oxygen is flowing. Remember to secure your own mask before assisting others.

    The bottom line is this: If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.

  3. Question 3: How can I get from here to where I want to be?

    The other day I got to thinking a life plan is like a GPS System. This is true in at least seven ways.

    In creating your life plan, you then create an action plan to get you from here to your destination. You do this for every major area of your life.

    It consists of three parts. (In the e-book, I actually have five parts, but two of them are optional):

    • Envisioned Future. This is where you describe how the account looks when you have a “positive net worth.” You need to describe the account when it is functioning at its best, using the present tense, like it is already a reality. For example:
      • My Health Account: “I am lean and strong, possessing vibrant health and extraordinary fitness. My heart is strong and healthy. My arteries are supple and clear of obstructions. My immune system is in excellent condition; I am disease-, infection-, and allergy-resistant. I have more than enough energy to accomplish the tasks I undertake. This is because I control my mental focus, workout six days a week, choose healthy foods, take supplements as needed, and get adequate rest.”
      • My Children Account: “I am close friends with each of my children. I demonstrate unconditional love and acceptance. They love to spend time with me because I am a good listener, a positive encourager, and a creative problem-solver. I am a mentor, teaching them by word and deed. Whenever they wonder what it means to be a spiritual leader, a loving husband and father, a committed friend, or a successful businessman, they look at me and model my behavior. I am the patriarch of a dynasty of influential children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Together our lives are changing the world!”
    • Current Reality. Now it’s time to be brutally honest with yourself. Where are you in relationship to your Envisioned Future? Don’t pull any punches. The more honest you can be, the more progress you will see.

      I list these as a series of bullets and try to write down the first things that come to mind without too much analysis. In my Health account I said:

      • I feel great. My stamina is great. It has been a long time since I have been sick.
      • I feel good about my weight and my overall fitness.
      • I am running four days a week for at least 60 minutes.
      • I am not presently doing consistent strength training. I am concerned this will eventually catch up with me.
      • I am eating pretty well, but I could be more consistent in avoiding high glycemic carbs.

      I would share more, but, frankly, it’s too personal. And that is just how you want it. You want it to be so personal and so honest that if anyone else read it, you would be embarrassed.

    • Specific Commitments. This is where you specifically commit to certain actions in order to move from your Current Reality to your Envisioned Future. Again, I list these as a series of bullets.

      Using my Health account as an example, here are my specific commitments:

      • Run (or cross-train) four days a week.
      • Do strength training three days a week.
      • Drink two and a half liters of water a day.
      • Make healthy food choices (a la The South Beach Diet).
      • Get an annual physical and semi-annual dental check-up.

      One of the beautiful things about a life plan is that it harnesses the power of incremental change over time.

If this sounds interesting to you, I would encourage you to download my e-book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan. It’s free. Then schedule a day to get alone by yourself, read through the e-book, and begin to map out a plan for your life.

Listener Questions

  1. Brad Blackman asked, “How much of your life plan do you create with your spouse?”
  2. Mathew Green asked, “How do you create a measurable, challenging, and structured life plan while remaining flexible and open to new ideas?”
  3. Christopher Scott asked, “Where does faith and prayer fit into the life planning process?”
  4. Lisa Standring asked, “I am concerned about someone else finding my life plan. How do I protect my privacy?”

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  • http://www.strategicplanningforgrowth.co.uk/ Jane Bromley

    Hi Michael. I could not agree more: Create a picture of where you most want to get to. Then work out how to get there. An excellent blog. Thank you for the reminder. 

    I believe we are all meant to live our lives to the full- to shine. We are meant to dream, to let ourselves go, forgetting our limits (which are almost always illusions) and then work out exactly how to get there. 

    A wonderful example comes to mind. (Actually several but I will just mention one.)

    I live in the UK. I had not realised how much we had lost heart as a nation until the Olympics started. The athletes, the London 2012 organisers and thousands of volunteers pulled out all the stops and transformed the whole thing into an incredible event. We had been terrified we would really mess it up- yet in the end we were so proud. We will remember it and tell the stories for decades! 

    Our people (athletes, organisers and volunteers) followed the advice you give here:
    -  4 years ago they started to paint a picture of what they wanted to create
    - They imagined what it would look like as they approached the finish line
    - They saw a vivid picture in their minds of themselves going through that finish line
    - They heard the accolades in their mind
    - The picture was so real they could literally have stepped into it. 

    This picture was so important to them they knew they had to make it reality. So they sat worked out where they stood in comparison to their goal and what exactly would need to happen to achieve it. 

    As a result- did you see the Olympics? Did you see how millions of people went crazy with amazement at what they saw. Were you overjoyed to see the wonder of it all? Did you feel a quickening within you- that was the part of you that can achieve wonders in your own life. 

    What are you waiting for?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I love this example, Jane. It is excellent. Thanks so much for sharing it. (And, thanks for hosting the Olympics. You guys did an amazing job!)

  • http://www.toddliles.com/ Todd Liles

    Michael, I love the show notes here.  You have done an amazing job of outlining your priorities.  There is power in knowing what you want out of life, and who you are.  This was a major corner stone for my current self, and future self.  Getting my Life Plan in order, and admitting I control it.  Thanks Michael!  This is one that will get several rereads.

    • Jim Martin

      Todd, like you I plan to also read this again.  In particular, I was helped by Michael’s comments regarding how he wanted to be remember in his various roles.  

  • annepeterson

    Michael, Great post. Just thought you’d want to know about the typo.

    “I will post it hear once it is available.”   here

    Anne   

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Anne. Good catch. I have fixed it.

      • annepeterson

        Michael, Do bloggers/writers ever get to the point they don’t want typos pointed out?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I can’t imagine. I find it very helpful. Thanks!

          • annepeterson

            May I just tell you thank you. Because someone suggested your site I got to meet Jeff Goins and I’m a Tribewriter now. I have learned so much. Thank you for your wonderful site loaded with great content. And thank you for introducing me to Jeff Goins. Thank you.

          • http://www.chaplainmike.com/ Mike Hansen

            Glad you said that-so…I noticed one too: “It has been download more than 170,000 times.” 

            And I saw your tweet tonight-sorry about the creative “bust” of the day. This probably doesn’t help that feeling!

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            Thanks for catching this typo. I have fixed it.

    • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

      Since we’re at correcting minor gaffes,  I must point out that  St. Vincent’s hospital (now closed) was located downtown, not in Midtown. (The hospital was mentioned in the podcast, not in the blog post.) 

      Granted, there exists some controversy as to the precise Southern boundary between Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. However, to refer to anything south of 14th Street as “Midtown” seems a bit of a stretch.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        Thanks for pointing that out.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    After reading this post I’m a little more impressed with the “life plan” idea, but I still have mixed feelings about the “life plan.”  I am a planner.  I basically know where I’m going, what I’m doing, how I’d like others to fit in, etc.  Also, I try to live for the day, the moment, the present as the future is never certain.  God promises us provision.

    That said, I like your emphasis on brevity and I like the basic points you covered.  I think some of the points are the things we need to be thinking about as we get older, similar to points we’d have in a living will.  I think many people put this type of planning off because they have to face the fact they are not immortal.  

    I’ll be thinking about this post.  Thanks, Michael.  

    • http://www.whiteboardbusiness.com/ Dallon Christensen

      I once thought like you did, Dan. The last year has really changed my mind on this. As a new business owner, I need this type of life plan to make sure I manage my priorities. Like Michael said in his podcast, I don’t want my professional accomplishments to come at the expense of my family or health. Having my priorities, objectives, and action plans written down allows me to see what I have. I find writing these incredibly liberating. I’m also showing this to my wife so she can have her input and to keep me accountable.

      • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

        I tend to put my family and health first.  I do fairly well at keeping life in balance and checking myself when I get too far off in any one direction.  Still, I agree that there are some advantages to a written plan. 

    • http://www.notionsbyangie.com/ Angie Cunningham

      Dan,

      I total agree with you that we try to avoid the fact that we will not live forever.  Having worked with older adults, I have seen too many people end up in a undesirable situation in later years.  In many of these cases these wonderful individuals end up spending their last years living a far from quality life and/or living a shorter life than necessary all from a lack of planning that was skipped in an effort to avoid dealing with the reality that we get old and pass on.  Heart breaking!

      On the brighter side, I thought I might offer a thought that may help you make the connection between Michael’s life plan and your desire to live in the moment.  I have applied the idea of a life to both myself and my family as a means to live life more intentionally.  The plan allows us to remain focused on the things that are most important to us in life, so that we can nurture ourselves and the relationships that we cherish, but it does not necessarily dictate our ever move.  It simply reminds us as we choose how to spend our days, to spend them on the things that are most important, so that we are less likely to let the trivial day-to-day tasks take over us.

      Adopting a intentional life and using a life plan has given us the presence of mind to use our gift of each day as we intent it, in happiness, love, and peace.
      I hope this helps perspective helps clear up some of your mixed feelings.

      Sincerely,
      Angie

  • http://trevoracy.com/ Trevor Acy

    Michael,
    I downloaded Creating Your Personal Life Plan a few months ago and read through it with great interest. Unfortunately I never completed filling it out for myself. I am getting married this Saturday (11/17) and know that this would be  a wonderful exercise for Kate and I to go through together like you detailed with Gail.

    Additionally I would just like to thank you for writing Platform as well. Reading it finally gave me the courage and motivation to take my blog to my own domain. 

    Keep up the incredible work and come visit New Orleans soon.

  • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

    Thanks for your enthusiasm!

    • prophetsandpopstars

      Agreed! My wife and I listened on the way to the beach house and have been talking and working through our futures. Thanks! Awesome podcast!

  • http://www.holisticdad.net/ Williamrbradley

    Can’t wait to listen to this episode! We downloaded your book and also bought/listened to Platform, which we LOVED. Have already purchased it for two of our friends.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       You know a book is good when you immediately buy extra copies for other people!

  • Tom Norvell

    Very helpful. I’m currently experiencing some health issues that are obviously stress related and have rean your stuff on a life plan before. I need to do it! I think it will help me find some peace of mind and heart as a husband, father, minister, counselor, writer, teacher, and friend.

    • Jim Martin

      Tom, I first began to address some of these issues during a time of great stress.  For me, it was a great time to step away (mentally) from the intensity and to look down the road.  Not only did it help me with my life plan but the process was helpful for the stress.

  • http://www.whiteboardbusiness.com/ Dallon Christensen

    This could not have come at a better time. I’m actually using Michael’s Creating a Life Plan as my 2013 life planning, and I’m doing this before I do any of my business planning for the year. I’ve learned the hard way this year how my business has taken a lot of key times away from me (i.e. I’m teaching a class that I love to teach, but on a weeknight which takes time from my family). I’m working on my life plan first to make sure I prioritize my time with my wife and children so I can build my business planning around it.

    This is taking some time, but I am very excited about making this such an intentional part of my planning. This won’t be the last time I set up my planning this way.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      What a great point, Dallon!   So often we do business plans before life plans, which doesn’t make any sense.  Our businesses are supposed to serve our lives, not the other way around!

  • http://twitter.com/jdwodka John Wodka

    Hi Michael. I appreciate your leadership and sharing personal stories. Do you have a specific time of the day or week and place that helps you clear your mind for fresh writing perpectives?
    Thank you.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That time and place for me is my morning run. It works great!

  • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

    The word EPIC comes to mind here Michael.

    I cannot wait to listen when I am more disengaged from work…that might be February though :) Or on my long drive tonight!

  • dtimval

    Wow!  Hello Michael and Thank you!  I just finished listening to  your podcast in regards to Creating a Personal Life Plan.  You are so right in that, if there is no life plan, there is no specific destination to head toward. To answer the 2 questions;  No, I have never committed to making a Life Plan.  The answer to the second question; “What would it make possible for me?”  There are so many things that the plan would do for me to include giving me a goal to aim for, it would give me confidence in knowing that I have a plan & am working on it daily, it would allow me to not feel “overcome” with worry, it would allow me to have the confidence to recommend others in doing it, it would give a certain feeling of security, it would allow me to CHOOSE my direction instead of just following wherever I went!  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. Great list! Hopefully, this will be an encouragement to you to do it!

  • Angie

    Your life plan spoke to and inspired me.  Thank you so much for sharing it with us!  I took the plan and applied it in a way that worked best for my personal situation.  The entire family participated and it was an excellent teaching opportunity.  We felt so strongly about our new path, that I am now sharing our journey in my blog, Notions by Angie.  You had a positive impact on us, I hope you can be proud of how we have used your wisdom in our endeavors!

    Yours truly,
    Angie Cunningham
    http://www.notionsbyangie.com

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Wonderful, Angie. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • MomBert

    I only wish I’d been introduced to this concept when I was in high school (or before and is reviewed/renewed each year).  Would so love to have this show up in churches and in schools.  Its so very needed for everyone.  Thanks for writing it. 

    • Jim Martin

      Great point.  There is something so valuable about taking the time to process the kind of person you want to be and your intentions for the future.  Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/andrewroyster Andrew Royster

    I attended Donald Miller’s Storyline Conference earlier this year in Santa Barbara.  Don talks a lot of living as if our lives are stories.  It was really interesting and has helped me quite a bit.  I got engaged and promoted since then because I created an “inciting incident” as Don puts it.

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  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    Forgive me if someone else has already used this;

    You know what they say is the surest way to get God to laugh?

    Tell Him your plans.

                    theoldadam.com/

  • sandra lucas

    Dear Mr Hyatt  my name is sandra lucas i live in Hillsdale Michigan my husband is interested in geeting his writeing published and wondering how to go about it if you could give some advice on how to do it we would be really greatful sincerly sandra lucas 

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Hi Sandra,
      For a comprehensive guide on how to get your writing published, I highly recommend Michael’s e-book on Writing A Winning Book Proposal.  

      I bought it myself and it completely de-mystifies the process.  It’s worth way more than the price paid if you are serious about getting published.  

      Best wishes to your husband in his writing career!

  • http://www.livebeyondawesome.com/ Jen McDonough “The Iron Jen”

    @mhyatt:disqus awesome podcast! It may sound morbid, but I wrote my obituary a few months ago. It was GREAT as it made me think how I need to align what my goals and priorities to look like today. I appreciated your honest feedback on our plan needing to be brutally honest as far as where we stood today. I also liked your idea of listed it out as far as “groups”. 
    As usual, inspiring, helpful and just dang awesome!
    I am going to list this post under our resources page (http://www.theironjen.com/resources/).
    Live Beyond Awesome.
    Jen
    @TheIronJen:disqus 

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  • prophetsandpopstars

    Good morning. Just wanted to say thanks for all you do in the way of life-plan. My wife and I are about to take a weekend away for Life Planning. We are both extremely excited and energized to get on with the work of dreaming and planning. 

    We will listen to the podcast on the road and work through the ebook over the next few days. 

    Looking forward to the future!

    Thanks for all you do.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I have never heard of this happening. Did you contact blueHost support?

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  • http://toomanymeds.com/ Alex Barker

    Thanks for the podcast Michael! 
    A good reminder that I need to revise mine :)

  • AnnaHebb

    Michael,
    I can’t get your story of the snorkeling trip out of my heart.  I feel like my family is in the process of looking back at the shore and needing to refocus.  Thank you for a great  podcast and tools that we can use to turn our life around.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Anna. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      It’s a powerful story, isn’t it Anna? I’ve thought of it many times myself. Perhaps you could share the same story with your family over dinner one night (if you haven’t already). It’s a great visual with the potential to bring an entire family together around a new plan.

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  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    Thank you for this Michael. I have had this download for awhile, but never went to through. Will go through it along with Dan Millers plan for 2013. 
    Thank you Michael for your motivation.  The idea of planning out how we others to remember us is great.

    K, bye

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  • http://www.andrewbarnett.id.au/ Andrew Barnett

    After listening to this podcast I would like to thank you for sharing parts of your life plan and inspiring me to write my own life plan.  I do feel that my life lacks direction most of the time, and I can’t seem to stick to something that I feel will benefit my life for anything more than a few months.  

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Glad to hear it, Andrew. Be sure to come back and give us updates!

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  • Ranrobcov

    Unfortunately, I am going to have to unsubscribe from your blog. Many of the articles have been very inspiring and encouraging as a leader, however it is becoming harder and harder to find the good ones among all the promotional advertisements. I get bombarded enough from secular media with personal and product promotion and that’s not what I originally subscribed for. Thank you for the informational posts!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I understand. Thanks for your frank feedback.

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  • Marcelino Gauguin

    Mike, your Envisioned Future-statement on the “My Children Account” is astonishing. This is precisely how I would want to state it. I am in my own process of stating personal goals and setting priorities, and this podcast came in a very appropriate time. Thanks for all your encouragement.
    I am getting a lot of inspiration from Tal Ben-Shahars book “happier” as well and I am curious to know if you are planning to make any post on the field he works on of positive psychology. 
    Thanks for all your work. Please keep on!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am not familiar with his work, but it sounds like I should be!

      Thanks for your encouraging words.

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  • Alex Ferrero

    My wife and I just got back from a trip to Maui. So glad I listened to this podcast first – I was very careful to look up now and then when snorkeling!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Good for you. Hope you didn’t drift!

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  • http://twitter.com/Jeff_Long Jeff Long

    This was a great podcast!  I plan on listening to it several times and finally working on my life plan.  

  • http://twitter.com/Jeff_Long Jeff Long

    This was such a good podcast!  I enjoy all your podcasts and I plan on listening to this one several times.  I downloaded your life plan materials a while ago, but will start to work on them soon.   I enjoyed the practicality of the podcast and greatly appreciate your balanced view on life, work and other God given responsibilities.  It’s refreshing to to hear your views on these matters from a faith based standpoint.  Keep up the amazing podcasts!  I savor each one.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Jeff. I appreciate that.

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  • http://the52weekchallenge.com/ Casey

    Michael, you mentioned in this podcast that among your ideals is to be allergy free. I know it was just a passing remark in an example, but do you have any suggestions or resources for how to do this? I live in Eugene, OR, and this time of year the pollen counts are often double the amount for “extreme” levels. Needless to say I’m desperate to try anything that could help.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid I don’t. Maybe someone else can jump in here.

    • Marissa Hyatt

      Hi Casey! I am Michael’s daughter Marissa. He sent me your comment and suggested I get back to you. One of the ways that our family has dealt with seasonal allergies is through using essential oils. We use a blend of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint essential oils to combat allergies. It really does work and there’s no side effects! I am a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA which is an essential oil company. I help educate people about how to use them and help figure out what essential oils could be most beneficial for your health concerns and goals. I’d be happy to chat with you if you’re interested in learning more. You can email me at marissa.hyatt@gmail.com. Thanks!

      • http://the52weekchallenge.com/ Casey

        Thanks Marissa! I’ll shoot you an email. Thanks Michael for passing my comment along!