I can’t believe how long it has been since I’ve done something like this. Something for me. Something that combines both my love of writing, and my love of almond mylk chai lattes (#winning).
Something that both lifts me and fills me.
Sunshine pouring through the cafe window – there is nothing but love and gratitude here. How sweet it is to have the ability to live life on our own terms. To design a life that feels so darn good.
I’m beginning to understand that it all comes down to choice. A choice that we are all blessed with. A simple yes or no.
Does this nourish me?
Does this sustain me?
Does this feel good?
Do I walk away feeling joy?
Do I walk away feeling frustrated?
Am I feeling expansive?
Am I feeling restricted?
Is my voice being heard?
Is this the right fit for me?
Questions with a simple answer. Yes or no?
Follow the joy, and then create space from what isn’t aligned with who you are and what you want your life to be.
Simple, yes. But oh-so-big! This theme of alignment has been a big one for me this year. To be honest, when I declared that my word for the year was CONNECTION, I didn’t realise it would manifest itself in this way. But I can see now just how connected to alignment, the word connection actually is.
To truly show up for ourselves, to truly connect to who we are – we need to be aligned. First comes feeling, then comes being.
While this is only the beginning for me, I’m no longer only hearing the whispers – I’m listening. I’m following what lights me up. I’m trusting my own intuition. I’m feeling confident enough to say no, with love. I’m creating space where things once felt cluttered. I’m letting go of what doesn’t feel right anymore. I’m taking leaps when previously I would retract or run scared. I’m doing what feels right for me instead of what I think I should be doing. And that alone – is everything (especially coming from a recovering people pleaser like myself!).
I’m not going to sit here and pretend that there aren’t hurdles, or moments of fog and doubt. There are. But I’m learning not to let them be the loudest whispers. I’m learning to turn things back to joy. And slowly but surely, my turn around time is getting faster and faster.
Because there is always joy. Always. Even in moments of deep sadness, there is always a beautiful flower to admire, a cloud pattern to get lost in, or a song to make your heart swell with love. The sun always rises.
With gratitude, comes joy.
And with every moment of joy, we become more and more aligned with who we are and what we are here to do.
The choice is ours. Consciously create a life that feels good, or unconsciously allow our lives to be lived for us.
For me, the choice is now a no-brainer. Sweet, aligned and authentic joy. Every single time.