Submitted by Marelisa Fábrega

marelisa fábrega blogs about creativity, productivity, and simplifying your life. She is the author of "How to Be More Creative - A Handbook for Alchemists".

she writes - "I chose five guiding principles for my life and then selected quotes which I feel reflect these principles for inclusion in your list of five rules for life."

Here are Marelisa's "Five Rules For Life":

1.) Be yourself, live life your own way, and follow your authentic desires.
"When your authentic self miraculously awakens and becomes stronger than your ego, then you will truly begin to make a difference in this world. You will literally enter into a partnership with the creative principle."
- Andrew Cohen

2.) Cultivate inner peace.
"He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe."
- Marcus Aurelius

3.) Live in a constant state of gratitude for everything that has been given to you.
"There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance."
- Joseph Addison

4.) Celebrate life every day in some way. Make happiness and play a priority.
"A philosophy of life: I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure."
– Paolo Coehlo

5.) Be responsible for the talent that has been entrusted you. Be of service and create value for others.
"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God."
- Leo Buscaglia

Marelisa currently resides in the Republic of Panama.