It’s close to Thanksgiving (already?!?!?!) but I will not bore you with yet another post about my new family and how thankful I am that they all have entered my life—-you’ve heard that enough times. No, this Thanksgiving I’m going to do a bit of a different post—-more inspiring and motivational than thankful.
These past few years I’ve learned a lot about myself. I honestly think being unleashed from the toxic chains of my mother, and being away from the toxic family members on her side of the family allowed me to break through….allowed me to truly dig deep and find out who I am and what I want…..without so called aunts and uncles hounding me to find a man and get married, to have children, or to insult me because I do not have a five figure salary dream like other cousins in my family did and achieved. They never accepted me for who I was, nor took the time to find out who I was, truly. And because of that—I felt I couldn’t be who I was. I had to live up to their dreams, because I obviously didn’t even know how to dream correctly in their eyes. For the longest time I tried to fit into their box. But now—-I fit into my own box. I follow MY heart, I follow MY calling. They are no longer in my life to stop me.
But even if they were, I’d like to think I would still have taken this journey, which I am very thankful for. This journey that has taught me so much about myself—that I’ve lived up to what I believed was the truth about me, when actually it was a lie. I am taking my life back—-mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Things will change—-and why am I writing about this? Because I want to take YOU with me. What have you been dying inside to do? Lose 50 pounds? Break free from a bad relationship? Take a step on the wild side and find a new career? No matter what it is—–the only thing stopping you…..is……YOU. No matter what that deep desire is……you can achieve it.
Losing weight (Im in that category too!)—-not an easy task, but doable if you put your mind to it and go slowly. Start off by just portioning meals, or adding 10 minutes of walking to your daily routine. Sign up for run/walks—no pressure to walk fast, but you still get 3.1 miles in, and it usually goes to a good cause (Like the Manchester Fire Department 5k run/walk on May 30th…..just a little PSA!)
Dig deep inside. What are you going to work on as we approach a new Advent, and a new year 2019? Will you take the year long challenge to work on that one area of your life? Perhaps you’ve struggled with weight loss and can’t seem to keep it off—–could it be because you truly don’t believe you can do it? Perhaps you’ve been wrapped in emotional chains for many years, as I was, and could never get them off—-the opinions of others, and of family held you back from being who you are. So you locked yourself inside. Make this the year you let YOU come out! Perhaps you feel empty inside despite having everything in the world—-perhaps your spiritual life is calling you. And you don’t know how to take that step towards a relationship with whatever you believe is out there. Take the same approach—-start slow, and find something that works for you.
Each one of us has a dream that is hidden deep inside—-we are not doing ourselves an injustice by keeping it locked up—–but the world is at a great injustice. For they are lacking your strength and your sparkle. This year, as we approach advent, Christmas, and a brand new year—-will you keep yourself locked up another year? Or are you going to take the challenge and BELIEVE IN AND BE……..YOU?