And just like that: one day fades into dark, our eyes close and we rise to to a new morning, a new moment, a new space, a new year… It's that flow, that groove, and that cycle bringing us waves of rebirth and a glimmer of resolution, excitement, reflection, courage, and hope. It propels us into transformation of souls, and in that spark of growth we become lightning bolts of fire. In those moments we are born again. We are washed with a new perspective and a clean slate.
I wonder how many of us out there are drastically changing the external, when truly it’s the internal that will shift the external. Finding that sweet melody within, that self love, and the rhythm of personal happiness. It isn’t something that can be blanketed for the population. Your happiness and TRUE JOY comes from knowing yourself and not comparing to others. Your true happiness is unparalleled to others. Your joy is found within, and society cannot tell you what that means or what that looks like. It’s a personal feeling. When you feel it, you’ll know. Bliss.
2016 came in like a lightening bolt and I am leaving 2015 as a closed chapter. A chapter of a tremendous amount of feel good and not so feel good moments.
These moments all come together to make up my story, my book, and my world. Without the valleys, the mountains wouldn’t be so grand. In the past year I have felt fear, loneliness, confusion, and pain. I have also felt excitement, a groove, a flow, and a lightness. The mountains and valleys have emerged.
I had a few shifts in 2015:
- I bought a house in Phoenix, AZ. I stopped my Spanish teaching career. Was it scary? Yes. Was it necessary? Absolutely.
- I had a spattering of wild romances. Were they permanent? No. Were they still beautiful? Absolutely.
- I started as an assistant to an ink company while focusing on building The Zen Bird. Was it out of my element? Yes. Does it feel good? Absolutely.
- I taught really groovy + fulfilling workshops inspiring women to live their authentic lives. Did I have a PhD in counseling? No. Did I still help people? Absolutely.
Little moments felt big. Simple to some, yet extraordinary to me.
I went to Denver for the first time (adoration for that sweet city). I visited college friends in Minneapolis and felt the crisp fall weather and laughed a lot. I went really fast and tried to do everything all at once, and then whoooooosh. My bones halted. I stopped. I got down with radical self love. I took baths, I went to yoga, I hung out with me for awhile. And man, that felt good. Stillness. Silence. Freedom. Pause. Relaxation.
So my mantra for 2016?
Slow it, baby cakes. Feel the moments as they come. Find that pause and do what FEELS GOOD. It may be simple, but to me it’s significant. Life is rich and it can truly fly by at lightening speed. There is no joy in speeding up the beauty and the heartbeat of this magnificent universe, this treasured Mother Earth. We must move slowly upon this planet, grooving and being present. Yes, 2016… I’m going to slow you down just a bit. You’re too sweet for me to not savor.
Join me for a groovy and inspiring workshop on January 23rd creating vision boards + allow this year to be truly magnificent.