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2023: Going Forward & Looking Back

You never know where life is going to take you.

I was reminded of this at Self-care Sunday at Ananta where I received an oracle reading from the always-insightful Carrie Kish.

Carrie's channeled advice was to think of the next 30 days as an adventure... to let my (recently overworked) logical mind be the observer and my soul (and the Universe!) lead the way. Believe it or not, I used to live that way most of the time. In fact that's what brought me to Kenya back in 2014--something I wasn't even thinking about this morning as I woke up in Wallingford and put on a cozy sweatshirt from my alma mater, Albertus Magnus College. It's only the second day of this 30-day adventure and my second conversation of the day was with a lovely barrista who is currently going to school there. We talked about what's great about the school: the small class size, the caring faculty, and the annual Experiential Learning Day. And that got me thinking...

What have I already learned about letting the Universe take the lead?

When 2013 began I had absolutely no idea that the life I'd been waiting to live was about to start living through me. Between the years 1999 and 2010 I had floundered. Feeling abandoned, deeply hurting, and believing I didn't have permission to love myself had led me to forget that life was worth living... I tried to keep giving, but I wasn't really living. After taking some time to grieve all that I felt I had lost, I finally realized that I could -and should- value myself with the same heart I had always reserved for others. By working full-time at a college bookstore (and becoming a cat mama) I finally found some self-worth and the confidence to go back to school myself. It was my third attempt at college when I enrolled in Albertus in 2011. By the time this photo was taken I'd been practicing Reiki for 4 years, started acing classes, met my role model Louise Hay, had a month's worth of experiences in Kenya to learn from, met the man I'd marry, and so much more.

After hiding for so many years it was a lot of life to live in a short period of time but I learned...

  • Life gains momentum when we stop letting pain hit the brakes on our destiny.

  • Whatever your soul came here to express is important, valid, and necessary.

  • You are loved beyond measure.

  • When you're about to give up, remember why you started.

  • Your free-will is so sacred that even the Universe that put you here needs your your express permission to intervene. (Admit where you need help and then refute any thought that is blocking you from being open to receiving it.)

And, again, I was reminded by the only two people I've spoken with today...

  • There's no stage in life where you don't need community.

Sharing and being seen within a community.

Community isn't found, it is built. Your community wouldn't be what it is if it weren't for you, and I'm willing to bet that you have a lot inside of you that is just waiting to shine. Don't give up. Keep following the light of your dreams. Keep asking for help, and receive it with the grace that comes with knowing none of us are meant to be alone.

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