It is just a day like any other day...but on this day we can go inward in some of the worst ways whether our lives are in a joyous state or in a place we so desperately want to escape.
Today I am reminding you of your power.
Today I am reminding you to pause.
Today I am challenging you to unfold the myth you believe about yourself.
It is your story, your footsteps and your voice.
It is just another day to wake up and consider the myth.
It is just another day...
I challenge you to talk to ANYONE today about the myth. Chances are the person next to you is thinking the very same thing.
Self-Realization: fulfillment of one's own potential.
Are you living fully to your full potential?
The reality breathes truer than you realize that we each have something to offer this world within our personal values and self-understanding.
One doesn't have to be grand, famous or have the wisdom of the Dalia Lama. One just has to believe in who they are and what they have to offer through their own self-awareness and authenticity.
We all walk in the footsteps of others, there is something to be learned from experiences and people connected to our journey. But it is our inner wisdom that is guiding us to our full potential.
What are you holding back today?
If you took a leap into the unknown of acceptance, you may just find the path of your own potential that you have burying within your insecurities.
Take a moment…
Re-Story as an Act of Reclamation
I am going to walk you through two different ideas, the not so obvious and the obvious. A new year is coming our way. The unrealistic rituals of starting off the year with plans, ideas, transformative health regimens and on and on suffocate the media around you. I am going to propose an idea of re-story as an act of reclamation. What does that mean, exactly?
I am going to challenge you to take back your story.
I am going to challenge you to own your story profoundly.
I am going to challenge you to walk into your story.
We don’t change and transform our lives in a day, or on one particular day. It is unrealistic. We are on a journey. It begins at birth and ends at death. Everything in between is the story. I am sure each one of us could offer a dark road that we have walked along the way. We can equally share a joy that was a time in our life that allowed us to thrive in peace and happiness. That is life, ups and downs with lessons in between.
The stories that are harder to see, breathe into and live are ones that we may need to re-story. By walking into this process, we embrace an act of reclamation.
I write of my story often. The darkness in my life has been filled with great pain. I have been called to take the deeper and more painful stories and bring them to the light to continue to be of service to others healing journeys. It is not an easy call, but essentially it is who I am and have been on this journey for some time.
I am going to re-story as I begin to share a different part of the journey to own the strength, the love and needed healing within darkness. I am going to shed the shame in hopes of restoring the hope for others.
How are you walking through your life?
Are you running from your story?
Are you hiding from the darker lessons for fear of the pain they hold?
What if you were to re-story your journey?
You have the ability to walk through this life on your terms. There will always be pressure on either side of you suggesting that you are doing it wrong; suggesting a better quicker way to happiness.
The truth is that you are the only one that can live your story in your body and walk the path that was intended for you. You get to choose how you take those steps. It is not a race to achieve an end result on a particular day or time. And the end result is not something you can predict. Life is forever changing with no set point. When you embrace this truth, you live fully as you intended.
Let me say that again; you get to choose.
Today, I challenge you to push aside all the outside messages that you receive daily from countless sources and go deep within your own soul.
Today is the day you change your self-talk to lift you up.
Today is the day where you reframe the old stories that you have told yourself and create stories that support your life in this moment.
What do you want your story to say about you?
What makes you happy?
How can you live within each step of your personal journey with truth?
You are your greatest source of wisdom. Don’t deny yourself the lessons within because they don’t fit into someone else’s plan. Step out of the race and find your own lane.
Blog Thoughts: Embrace Real
What wise words. This thought came to me just the other day when a young person I know pointed out someone walking on the street and made a comment that didn't seem fitting. I decided to start the conversation, 'Why do you think this person is threatening to you?' Their response, "Just look at them." While I was taken aback by their thought process, I entered into the conversation gently that not everything or everyone is what it seems on the outside. People have stories.
There are countless stories in the world to back this up. One of my favorites you most likely have seen on the internet of the famous violinist playing his million dollar instrument in the NYC subway and not one person noticed him. We tend to lean towards that which looks safe; we shy away from those who may make us feel uncomfortable for in reality they are challenging our thinking.
Some of the most generous human beings in the world are anonymous; they give humbly of themselves and of their time freely for no benefit. Growing up in San Francisco, the homeless problem was severe and worse now. I have many friends who dedicate their lives to this ministry. The stories of these men and women would have you stopping in any thought pattern instantly. They are human. They have lived lives often of service. Their circumstances don't define them.
So, the next time you see someone that catches your eye, remember their real is a gift you want to embrace and learn from today.
Blog Thoughts: See. Trust. Be
Winter is here. It is the hardest time of the year for me and countless others. How you frame it, is going to help you walk through it. It is just a season that will pass.
There is beauty where you least expect it if you pause to be with it, see it and embrace what it offers. It can be a time to reflect on your journey; what is frozen will soon thaw. What can you say in your life regards to this idea?
There are simple pleasures in winter where a cup of hot cider tastes better than any other day of the year; a moment to be aware of our senses and encourage us to do so in all things. Resting is a gift. When we rest, we are able to see, learn and essentially grow. In other times of the year, it is incredibly hard to do so; this forced stillness if offering you something. Can you see it?
The roar or soft crackling of a fire can be mesmerizing. Many local places will have fireplaces this time of year if you don't. Take a moment to marvel at the beauty; better yet build one in your backyard. There is no greater beauty of a fire under the stars and that cider will bring it to life!
While this time of year is challenging, no doubt. Find at least one bright spot as we make our way to the new year. Hold it. Be with it. Find gratitude; then share it with someone else who is having a hard time finding their bright spot today.
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Andrea creates, builds, and offers her teachings and hands on life tools based on her journey healing her body image after a 14yr battle and life of trauma. Her vision always is to help others live a full life with the journey they are given.