Living Your Best Life: Three Simple Steps to Create an Extraordinary Second Half

Craig Stanland
5 min readMay 30, 2023

The weather was outstanding in the Northeast last week, and I decided to take full advantage by going to the beach.

Thankfully, it’s only a 5-minute drive.

There’s nothing like sitting on the beach in CT in the middle of April.

I sat at the edge of the beach right before the amazing beach homes start.

To my left was an outcropping of rocks ranging from a foot high to about 4 feet tall. I didn’t count them, but there were probably 30–40 of them.

Two little kids, probably 6 to 7, were playing on them and having the time of their lives.

Their mother walked over and asked what they were up to, and this was the response.

“We’re two white tigers, and this is our home. This is the kitchen, that’s the bathroom, here’s our kitchen table, and that’s the refrigerator. The bedrooms are over there.”

Bear in mind they were pointing at rocks.

“And you’re the mommy white tiger, and you’re going to go hunt food for us to cook.”

When we’re children, our lives are rooted in creativity.

Everything is possible, and we cast no judgments on our creation.



Craig Stanland

I write about my journey from corporate success to federal prison and finding joy, mission, meaning, and fulfillment beyond professional and financial success.