Dear 43 Year Old Me,
On my last day of being you, I didn't recognize myself reflected in the mirror today. The white flecks of wisdom dotting my once noir hair tell the story of how much you've changed me. You have been a year of shedding the old to make way for the new. My trust and faith have been tested so many times, yet I continued to move forward; sometimes in great strides, other times at a crawl but always forward. Because of your training, I've stopped looking for something to fall back on choosing to make adjustments along the way instead.
This shedding you've moved me through has felt profound yet not at all how I've experienced it in the past. I didn't know it could be this way. It felt easy...almost too easy, When it did, I made the shedding harder than it needed to be to make my dreams and goals feel more heroic. You taught me my (parenting/home-schooling/business/life) journey can be deeply transformational AND filled with grace and ease. And as I put that in writing here it feels pretty heroic. I'm ready to let go of the hero story now.
I some times tried to hold on to balance with a death grip while searching for the one technique that would magically teach me how to hold what was, is and will be. I learned if I don't fight to hold on so tightly, was, is and will be can settle into a nice balance all on it's own. I'm ready to let go of that struggle because of you.
Because of you I've fallen in love with myself all over again. Through my inner work with the elemental make up of my astrological signs, I gained a deep appreciation for how all of the separate pieces of me struggled to be acknowledged, heard and treasured. I gained tools and skills to become the CEO of my life valuing the input of each sign. Each time I choose to stand in that leadership position I come away with a deep compassion for myself. I can't wait to share that gift with others.
This is just a small sampling of what you've taught me and what I'll be taking with me, 43. I'm very grateful for being here and open to your gifts and as I leave you behind, I can't wait to see what 44 has in store for me.
Blessings to the new me,
There comes a time when you must decided to stop looking at what others are doing and listen to your own inner guidance on what needs to be created next. Inspiration from others is important but greater still is the inspiration that comes from you getting down to the business of doing the work to make your goals and dreams happen. That in itself will sustain you longer than looking outside of yourself ever will.
I wrote these words during my morning journaling time as I pondered on where to find inspiration for the next project I'm working on (coming in February) and I thought perhaps you needed to hear this too. For more nuggets of insight and encouragement sign up for my newsletter.
And so that's Christmas and New Years celebrations gone for another year. It was humble and quiet here with loads of pajama days, digital downtime (enforced by an internet outage that required a tech support appointment), hot tea and time for reflection while gazing into the fire and listening for messages as the wood crackled and transformed to ash some of which will be used in our garden come spring.
And just like fire, I'm breaking down what I've learned from 2013 and using it to grow my life garden over the next year. One of the practices I'll be continuing is choosing a word of the year and added an extra layer of support by working with a Goddess for this year...one different than whom I'm aligned with which I'll be sharing more about in the days to come. For now I'm giving myself permission to feel into the spaciousness of this new year and I invite you to do the same. Ease into those new goals and dreams in a way that supports you rather than leading to the dreaded February burnout. Connect with the power of Earth and align with it's ability to create grounded step by step plans. And most importantly of all, trust your inner guidance on what changes are right for you each step of the way. Here's to you. May we all shine brightly in this new year and beyond.
If you would like additional support on your journey through the beginning of 2014 the Amazing Life and Biz Pajama Jam was created with you in mind. The live event has already happened but you can still tune into the energy and watch the replay. It will be available through Feb. 2nd.
Throughout December I'm Kickin' it Old Skool with Jamie Ridler, Sharon Ridler and a wonderful group of creatives! We're having loads of fun remembering when blogging was just that...fun! Join us any time!
Last night as I sat by my fire and tended the flame on these candles I realized I didn't kick it! So I'm doing another double today connecting the word associations with wishes. And I thought I write the wishes in the form of a blessing to all who take a moment to read this post.
I'm Dionne, a Natural Rhythms Creation Coach and Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle Reader. I teach people how to tune into to the power of the elements and rhythms of nature to design a life they love