"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thought. With our thoughts we make the world"- The Dhammapada



A Look Back....

   As I welcome my 26th year of life and look forward to all of the wonderful adventures ahead I can’t help but reminisce about the journey that got me to this place. I get so overcome with emotion when I think about where I was on this very day a year ago. I began my year completely broken, lost, overweight unhealthy, and a short year a later I stand tall, strong, healthy, and happier than ever. I look in the mirror and no matter how hard I try I can’t seem to find that lost scared girl from a year ago. That girl has been replaced with a strong, confident, healthy, and loving Woman with a hunger for life. I started my 25th year with a simple mantra. 25 was MY YEAR. And looking back I can honestly say it really was my best year thus far.  I learned so many valuable lessons and experienced such an incredible amount of spiritual and personal growth that I thought I’d share 25 things that I learned during my 25th year. 

1. Many times situations that we go through that seem the worst end up being the greatest blessings. We are just too blind to see it in that moment.

“Sometimes it’s necessary for everything to fall apart so that your prayers for a new life can be answered”-Doreen Virtue

2. Embrace change. Change is a beautiful thing. 

3. Gratitude is EVERYTHING. What better way to attract more wonderful things into your life then to feel incredibly grateful for all that you already have. It’s literally a sure fire way to put yourself in a positive mindset. Start your morning every day listing all of the things your grateful for in your life. I guarantee it’ll put a smile on your face. 

4. Forgive everyone including yourself for everything.  For-to-give. Forgive is such a beautiful word, “give” is literally embedded in the word. It truly is one of the greatest gifts. Ultimately forgiveness doesn’t mean you condone the behavior, it means your allowing peace in your heart again. You see, what people don’t realize is that true forgiveness has nothing to do with the person that you feel has wronged you it has to do with restoring the peace and love within your heart.

“Forgiveness is to offer no resistance to life—to allow life to live through you”-Eckhart Tolle

“The most beautiful thing man can do is to forgive a wrong”-Rabbi Eleazor of Worms

5. Live from your higher self. Unfortunately most of us live from our ego. And our ego in spiritual terms is fear based. It’s that little voice inside that always says you can’t. Tune that guy out because guess what? YOU CAN!!!!

6. Be impeccable with your word. When we hurt others ultimately we are hurting ourselves.  Whether it’s by gossiping or any other form of ill intent. Have you ever noticed when you talk badly about someone or do something to hurt someone that you feel pretty crumby too?

“Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love”-Don Miguel Ruiz

7. Look at the world through the eyes of compassion. 

8. Live Life FEARLESSLY. Chase your dreams. Say what you feel. Take a chance. Better to have tried and failed then to have never tried at all.

9. Live your TRUTH.  Studies have found that the biggest regret of the dying is not having had the courage to live the life they were meant to live instead of living the life someone else wanted them to live.  I find that incredibly sad. I don’t think that’s a realization anyone wants to come to. So grab life by the horns. Believe in yourself. If there is something you want to do, or accomplish, or a place you want to visit GO OUT THERE AND DO IT!! 

10. We’re connected to everyone and everything.

11. We are all energy. We don’t realize how powerful we really are. I’m a true believer in the law of attraction. Every thought we put out there is energy. We are like magnets we attract what we think. 

12. Positivity is contagious. Just like negativity is a downward spiral. Positivity can be just the same. 

13. We can’t control every situation but we can control our reactions to them. Life can be as easy or as hard as you like. You decide. Ultimately it’s all about perspective.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”-Dr. Wayne Dyer

14. Love yourself first. This is so important. In order for you to help others, love others, and put your best foot forward you MUST first LOVE yourself. You set the tone for how you want to be treated. So be good to yourself. Be gentle. Who you are in this very moment is enough. 

15. Live from a place of love.  Love is the only thing that is real.

“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.”-Marianne Williamson 

16. Be fully present in this moment.

“Welcome to the present moment. Here. Now. The only moment there ever is.”-Eckhart Tolle

“ If you are depressed you are living in the past.  If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”-Lao Tzo

17.  Do away with limiting thoughts. It is important that we choose our thoughts and our words very carefully. Focus on the things you want rather than what you don’t want. There is no dream to big. If you can think it you can achieve it.

“ You get in life what you have the courage to ask for”-Oprah

18. Release and surrender to life. Graciously let go of the things that are clearly not meant for you. Life doesn’t always go as planned and that’s ok. Learn to accept it and trust that the universe has greater plans.

19. No one is perfect. We are all flawed creatures. And that’s ok. It’s what makes us unique and beautiful in our own right. The goal here is not to be perfect but to be true to who you are. 

                20. There are no mistakes in life. Only lessons. 

                21.  Balance. Create balance in all aspects of your life. Especially in relationships. There must always be a balance of give and take.  

                22. “Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul”-Dr. Wayne Dyer. I love this quote as it holds so much merit. I think it is important that we recognize that our physical is not what defines who we are. We are so much more than just flesh and bones. 

                23. Journal. I think journaling is so important. It gives us an outlet to express our feelings and really get to know ourselves. There are so many great journaling exercises that really give us the chance to look inside ourselves and get to know who we really are. Journaling is truly a form of therapy and can help us overcome so many emotional roadblocks. Everyone should keep a journal. 

                24. Learn to step outside of yourself. I think it’s so important to be able to step outside of yourself and see things from other people’s perspective. It allows us to grow and understand others and ourselves on a deeper level. 

                25. Believe in yourself. Just because someone thinks you can’t or doesn’t agree with your way of living your life doesn’t mean it’s wrong. We all have our own path to walk. Stay true to you.  You deserve to be happy. It is your divine right. So go out there and enjoy life!

 “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Apple Inc.

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