A Merry Christmas Eve … 

From the bottom of my heart I am hoping that each of you find yourselves in good health and in the presence of those who matter most to you today. I pray that you also feel safe and truly loved. Life just doesn’t get much better than that. 

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have a Merry Christmas Eve!!!

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Feeling loved …

Surround yourself with people who GET you. People who encourage YOU to become a better version of YOU. And people who make you feel SPECIAL. Life is too short for anything less.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel loved!!!

Just be … 

Every new year I come up with a new mantra. A simple phrase or one word that I use throughout the year to keep me focused on who I am and what I want to become.

I am not a big resolution maker. I never have been. I just like to keep things ultimately moving in the right direction. Forward. Sure I stumble, just like everyone else, but in the end, once I pick myself back up again, forward is the way I want to go. And by “forward” I mean living a lifestyle that supports me being me and the efforts that I make to become more of the me I was always meant to be. Being genuine is important to me. I am what I am. You get what you see. And I am not going to lie about one messy part of me. I have always liked that about myself. I make no apologies for who I am … and it feels wonderful.

BUT it doesn’t always come easy. It is a lot simpler to become what others expect of you. To fit in. To suppress who you sincerely are so that you feel loved and accepted. On some level, it is pleasant to feel that you are pleasing others. And It certainly can make for an “easier” life in some instances. Yet, this does not bring real happiness. At best, it’s a quick fix.

As for me, I want to be honest. I want to live a candid and unfiltered life. I want people to love and accept me in my flawed authentic state. If people don’t like me, that is fine. I don’t need everyone to like me … just the ones who appreciate my me-ness.

I think it takes time to get to this point in your life. At least requiring enough experience that shows you that being who you are is, quite honestly, the best gift you could ever give yourself. There is comfort, calmness and joy in being able to love yourself in your rawest form. And it is a way of life that I will continue to embrace throughout 2016.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you choose to JUST BE !!!

  

Loved …

Some people just seem to naturally have the ability to make me feel special. It seems effortless, it just happens. Like they are part of my innate well being. I am balanced, centered and connected, in part, because of them. They make me happy. And I feel a sense of joy because of them. My life and who I am are positively shaped by my relationship with them. Things … no … I … wouldn’t be right without them because they make me feel alive.

Well, I hope you all had a day where someone made you feel loved!!!