I brought Ollie home after his long (but loving) seven month stay at the Cherryland Humane Society.
Formerly Orlando, Ollie Orlando is now enjoying his forever home with me.
On his first day, he immediately ran behind my living room couch. After staying there for an hour, I brought him upstairs to my office (temporarily the “safe room”) to ease into townhouse life. He certainly has the life here, but it’s a lot for him to handle all at once.
I’m so grateful to have found Ollie; I needed him as much as he needed me. As much as I love living alone, I have wanted a feline companion of my own for as long as I can remember.
He is a shy but affectionate cat who loves gazing out the window at the trees, getting scratches on his head, and finding hiding spaces to keep him safe.
Don’t worry, little one, I will take good care of you. ❤️
Self-love has been a huge theme in my life these past couple of years.
Ever since I started this blog, I’ve written about my inward journey of self. From the first few posts, I’ve expressed self awareness- pretty or not- exploring topics such as being a loner to my fear of commitment.
I’ve put my thoughts and feelings out there for the world to see- if there is ever any question about how I think or what I stand for, there’s usually “a blog post for that.”
I’ve experienced ups and downs in all types of relationships, from family to coworkers, and at times I have questioned what I already knew about myself. I’ve listened to the feedback or opinions of others and doubted myself. I’ve taken comments to heart and taken the blame for someone else’s bad day.
I’ve forgotten to look at all the positive things I have worked so hard for and let someone else tear me down; someone else who probably hasn’t even done the work for themselves.
Today, I love myself more than I liked any of them.
Why is it so easy to take everything to heart? Why can’t we just let someone else’s snide comments roll off our back? Why would we take the feedback of someone we barely like and beat on someone we love?
This is a reminder to continue to be true to you, and to listen only to love. This is a reminder to stop letting other people bruise your spirit, and to continue to heal any pain you’ve experienced in the past.
This is a love letter to you- never let anyone take your power (and this serves as a reminder for me, too). Keep shining.
Each moon cycle I set an intention. On occasion I hope for something tangible, such as securing a new job or accomplishment, and other times I aim to let something go.
As the moon phases pass, I try to release what no longer serves, focus on improving myself, and live by the intentions I set.
This past New Moon, my intention was strength.
Strength means a lot of things to me. It can mean being assertive and confident, resilient through life’s challenges, or living with grace and grit. Strength has helped me pick up and move across the country, walk into interviews with ease, and hold my head high when life tried to pull me down.
I used to try and be a chameleon in life, seeking to fit in so I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable. Not anymore. I have learned how standing in my truth has helped me get into alignment with the right people, opportunities, but most importantly, my own self.
It’s okay to stand out in the crowd… and it’s a beautiful thing to be different. Instead of lowering my head or watering myself down, my intention is to be strong and secure- no matter what life brings my way.
Read about Friday’s Full Moon here.