It’s spring. It’s officially warm enough to swim and suntan, and everything is in bloom. I feel extra alive, as if the world coming-to-life around me is brightening my spirit. My days are happy and silly, and I’m quick to laugh and dance when excited. Life is good, and a year ago that wasn’t the case.
If I’d known a year ago that I’d be in this healthy, happy place just 12 months later, would my bad days have been so hard? Finding faith and hope in the darkness of trial is incredibly difficult, but I believe that my journey from utter brokenness to lighthearted happiness wasn’t the “natural healing process” or “the passage of time”. I did things ON PURPOSE to healed the hurt, forgive myself, create a new normal, and change. I believe that a willingness to learn from life’s lessons is massive in moving yourself forward, either from bad to good, or from good to great! I transformed my life from some of the toughest experiences I could imagine facing, into the brightest and best moments of my life, and the journey taught me that choosing hope (even when it feels like a lie) is crucial to rising from the ashes of failure, unhappiness, hopelessness or brokenness.
My daily goals include person time and play time. I work hard, have very high expectations on myself and for my life, and have sacrificed simple daily pleasures and life-changing vacations to be “responsible”. So my theme for this year is BALANCE, and although there’s been thousands of books written on the topic, plus podcasts and inspiring quotes, until you live it for yourself it’s had to understand just how powerful relaxation and adventure are for productivity. I technically have fewer hours in the day to get things done now that a portion of every day includes reading, journaling, photography, fitness, cooking, and playing with my kids. Yet I have more energy and interest in accomplishing daily chores and pushing hard toward big dreams now that I’m also living in the moment and enjoying my life!