Today is my birthday! And I celebrate YOU!
Thank YOU for being a part of my journey this year! Because of YOU, I am blessed to share my truth, knowledge, musings and gifts. Your kindness, your strength, and your positive messages inspire me, and I appreciate each and every ONE. Many blessings to you for that!
What an absolutely amazing year it’s been! Each year at this time, I reflect on the intentions I had set at the beginning of that year. Not just because it’s my birthday, but also because it’s that time of year when it’s natural to go within and reflect. I flip back through the pages of my journal and take a closer look at my vision board to see what is unfolding, and what has come to fruition. Do you do some version of that too?
I wanted to share something with you…
Last year at this time I was recovering from a sciatica flare up and debating whether or not to stay at my teaching job of nearly 15 years. Although everything in my life seemed to be in its proper place, the truth is I felt restless and unfulfilled.
I had SO wanted to take steps toward my dream of opening my own healing business but was afraid of giving up the goodness I’d already manifested. You see, my boss had essentially allowed me to rearrange my work schedule to accommodate my desire to spend more time with my two kids. On paper, I had the ‘perfect’ balance… time at work, time at home, and a steady paycheck in my bank account each month. I had built a solid foundation with years of creative lessons and loved my teaching team who literally felt like family to me. So why would I want to let that go??? Seems kind of crazy, right? I thought so, too, until I looked a little deeper…
I realized I had been operating the safe way, the way that brought me a steady paycheck every month, the way that wouldn’t rock the boat. I loved teaching; however, I KNEW my life purpose encompassed SO much more. The truth was my teaching job paled in comparison to my BIG dream.
The healing work I had cultivated over the past 10 years was more than just a hobby. It was my life’s passion and my purpose. It was the kind of work I’d do for free because I love it so much and it is who I Am. It gives me so much joy to make my dreams come true while serving others.
Last November when my disability was ending, it was time to make a choice. An uncomfortable yet life changing choice. As if on cue, all of my shadow aspects came rushing to the forefront for acknowledgement… you’re being too impulsive, you’re not ready, you’re being selfish, you’re being irresponsible… If I had shared what was going on in my mind at that time with more than a few trusted people, I more than likely would’ve been talked out of it. After all, many of my well-meaning friends and family would have tried to convince me to ‘be sensible’ and not change a good thing. Don’t shine too much, just be happy with what you have, you don’t need MORE… and on and on.
Leaving my cozy teaching career was a decision that required some serious soul searching. I vacillated between safety and stepping into my spiritual purpose. This crossroads gave me the opportunity to apply healing and intuition to my own life… I asked my angels, my guides, and my heart what to do, and the answer was loud and clear:
The season for your teaching career is coming to an end. It is time to open a new door and walk with faith into the unknown space of your TRUE purpose here on Earth.
Healing in Bloom would not exist today if I had not found the courage to step out of my warm, fuzzy comfort zone in order to follow my dream. Likewise, had I not believed I could enjoy a bigger, better life, I would still be living in a 2 bedroom apartment with no husband and kids, without the friends and career I enjoy, and without the peace of mind I am so grateful for today. Is everything perfect? Certainly not. There is always room for growth and expansion, and that’s what makes each year a new adventure.
What would you absolutely be willing to do if you had no fear of failure or judgment? Would you finally say Yes to your big dream if you knew how to let go of those old, limiting beliefs?
Whatever success and fulfillment looks like to you, be mindful of your thoughts with regard to your dreams and goals. It is much easier to continue on with the status quo, rather than to stretch yourself in order to commit to your deeper vision. Which voice will you listen to? The magical creator or the sensible realist?
“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” -Albert Einstein
Dreaming is a powerful pathway to a better life. Imagine just for a moment how great it will feel when you actually step into the reality of your new creation. If you’ve had difficulty in the past or if you’re going through a rough spot right now, I encourage you to have the foresight to see beyond your current circumstances into the absolute favorite version of your life.
Nurture your dream in the quiet of your heart, as young dreams are fragile and grow best when shared with a few trusted allies. As your vision grows, you will know when to share it and with whom. In the meantime, feed your bright intentions with images, affirmations, people, and practices that embody your ideal life. The results will soon begin to sprout up all around you!
As you reflect on these past 11 months of 2016, pause in gratitude for the goodness (and the challenges) you have experienced this year. When the universe puts challenges or big dreams in your path and you are faced with questions/decisions, sit in stillness long enough to listen to your inner voice. It will sing true beneath the ego’s chatter. Lastly, remember it is simply a matter of asking in order to receive assistance with the answers you seek.
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