Year 34

Today I turned 34.

Yes, it’s my birthday!

Some people may dread getting older, but I welcome it with open arms. As each new year of my life approaches, I feel grateful for all I have learned, everything I’ve experienced, and for another trip around the sun.

As an old soul, I always felt wise beyond my years. I finally feel I am catching up to how I feel inside. Perhaps some of you can relate to that.

It wasn’t an easy year, but it was a year full of growth. I’m thrilled to say hello to 2019, and all of the exciting new chapters I’m about to write.

Here’s to year 34!

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If It Doesn’t Apply, Let It Fly

A few weeks ago a friend of mine made a comment after a few others around us were in the midst of minor chaos.

If it doesn’t apply, let it fly,” she said. I smiled, thinking carefully about these very true words.

If only everyone realized life can be that simple.

Why do we fill our minds with useless drama? Why would we choose to live in any other state but peace?

As we awaken and realize the true purpose of life- to live with joy and love- we begin to let the “small stuff” go. We begin to focus on ourselves, what makes us happy, and stop paying so much attention to what others are doing.

A counselor of mine gave me some simple, yet life changing advice as well: to stay in the far right lane.

Why bother to be stuck in the middle of the traffic when you can live life in your own lane- one with a beautiful, peaceful view?

Ever since hearing the words of wisdom from both of these individuals, I’ve been focusing on my own happiness even more than before. Some may see my disinterest as a lack of care or concern, but until I can either be helpful or productive to others during a small crisis, I’ll stay out of it.

I hope others would do the same for me, too.

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The Girl Then, The Woman Now

Often times I think of people from my past, wishing they could have known the woman I am now.

I used to be a girl who was constantly searching for something- searching for identity, happiness, and acceptance. Insecure and scared, I didn’t know where to turn- and I didn’t know the first step was to look within.

I think of relationships I could have strengthened, situations I could have handled differently, and opportunities that could have flourished.

However, if it wasn’t for the girl I was then, I wouldn’t be the woman I am now.

I had to learn a lot of lessons the hard way. I had to lose in order to gain, and I had to fall to rise even stronger.

I wouldn’t take back those things the girl then did, for today I’m the woman who can recognize all the good in my life. I’m a woman who no longer searches on the outside for happiness.

Although I can’t change the past, I can move forward and view life through a different lens- a lens that is a little older, a little wiser, and much more grateful.

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