For many of us 2016 was a year of struggle, loss, change and major growth. We cried, got mad and separated from long term partners. We lost idols and important figures. We had a major election that will for ever be part of history, even if for many it was a political joke. But what did 2016 really show us? What did we learn? If we can look back what opportunities came from the BS we had to tread through.
2016 was a year of transformation. It was here to rid of the things that we no longer needed. It pushed us to the brink of our minds so that we might see how strong we really are. We were forced to let go, choose to forgive and picked the weapons we wanted to enter the battle with. I myself finally saw parts of me I had no longer believed were there. I found out what I was made of, how strong I am when fighting, and that I too can make it out alive.
We all must face hardships, we all must face change. Once we face our dark sides and learn to love it with as much respect as the light side, we find truth. If 2016 taught me anything it is the small fact that I was and can no longer chase perfection. I was chasing the perfect image of life, love and career. I wanted to have happiness in all the wrong ways. Thinking that if I only pushed my self harder, fought more aggressively and took more selfishly, I would eventually gain perfection. I was so wrong.
I lost a lot this past year. I'm not just talking about my relationship or jobs, but much more than that. I lost my need to be someone I really didn't want to be. I stopped living up to other's expectations. I am me and that's all I can ever be. I am dark, light, funny, wild, rebellious, silly, scared, strong, brave, and everything in between. I finally found the things I love about myself and I am working on everything I hate. I am trying to love the flaws, the scars and the baggage. They are all part of me, they are what brought me to where I am now. How could I ignore that?
What are some of the things that you learned from 2016? What are some of the ways you want to start 2017? I look into the new year as if I am finally transforming into the warrior woman I always wanted to be. Strong and confindent, filled with adventure and curriosity for life. Qualities that I've burried deep within myself can finally surface and help me face the next chapter in my life. Realizing that the only validation I seek needs to come from my own heart. What do you seek? What qualities do you have that are just waiting to come out and share with the world?
Set intentions not resolutions. Make changes not promises.
For this New Years I decided to do something different. I decided that I no longer wanted to set resolutions becuase they felt fake. We should be making resolutions all the time, not just when everyone else sets them. We should set goals and intentions for the coming year so that we can create action plans and comeplete are goals. We should vow and start to make changes. Becoming better human beings. Not make promises that never are kept.. Lying to ourselves and only coming up dissappointed. Doing nothing but feeding our own egos with tons of glorious self hatred. Instead set small goals, make the actions and create the change. Freeing yourself from the burden and pressure. Not to mention feeling amazing for accomplishing your tasks and goals.
This year I have some amazing new challanges I have set for myself. One major thing being the fact that I am moving out west. Moving to a completely different state. Talk about asking for an adventure and the universe ansering with a great big, "HERE YA GO". But I am ready. I know that obstacles and challenges will face me as the year goes on, but I also know that anything we want comes with a challange. These challenges show us if we;'re on the right track or not. So what are some challenges that you have to face in the new year?
Goals/Intentions for the New Years!
Last night my friend Madison, (a.k.a. Awakened Moon) and I headed over to Stone Moutnain National Park for some holiday festivities, This was her first time visiting the monument and what better way to show her the park then at Christmas time. We dressed up in our christmassy best, played holiday tunes and sang the whole way there. Both of us super excited to start having some holiday themed fun. We arrived at the park just in time to catch the last tram up to the top of the mountain. The sun was setting and the skyline was absolutely amazing with the colors. It was a great start to our evening.
Walking around the top of the mountain feels as if you're walking on another planet, the temperature helped with that feeling as well. We had just enough time to walk around, take some silly pictures and check out the different views. It was pretty fun to be one of the few walking around. Not having to deal with crowds or people running through our pictures we got some pretty cool shots. We even got our own tram on the way back down, impromptu photo shoot.
Night started to fall as we entered the christmas village. Lights covered every tree, building and people were rushing around full of christmas spirit. Madison and I included, although I think we had enough holiday spirit to fill the park itself. Dressed to the nines with christmas sweaters, earrins and newly purchased christmas light necklace. The festivities kicked off with a winter parade bringing in Santa and Mrs. Clause. The parade was so adorable and seeing all the kids gleaming at the characters made it even better.
The village had so many little sections, each filled with its own theme. The glass blower, Santa's workshop, Tree Trimming, Santa meet and greet, and tons of food. The one thing I was super excited about was the train ride. I remember taking it years ago and how cute it was, plus I absolutely adore trains. After a couple hours of shopping, wandering, eating and a quick hot chocolate stop, we made our way in line for the train. It was so much fun. The train takes you around the park stopping to watch christmas themed stories, plays and lights. While the train was moving the played christmas carols to which we sang every single one. I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time.
The train ride was pretty chilly and by the end we were singing and dancing just to keep warm. It still felt amazing to feel the joy and cheer in the atmoshpere. Joking with strangers and even getting to bring a smile to a little girl in line. My heart was filled with pure joy as we made our way to the gates. One of my favorite parts of the night was getting lost on the way out of the park and having gps take us through a drive through snow flake light show. As always our adventures were a great sucess. Today we both joked about having a fun hangover and working from bed. I write this from my awesome popazan chair staring at my christmas tree. The music is playing and hot chocolate steaming. I look forward to my next christmas event tomorrow and saying lines from my favorite holiday movies.
Today was like any other day during the week. I was on my way home from work enjoying the sun that had finally shown her face. I was playing my tunes and practicing my gratitude. You see in between my apartment and where I work is one of those cliche stereotypical areas that I tend to avoid. So seeing or hearing of shallowness in that area is something we grow to understand in Atlanta. I rounded the corner near the mall and that's where I saw him.
Lying on the sidewalk convulsing and wincing in pain. I was stuck in slow moving traffic with no where to park or pull over. I looked around for someone to yell to and started pulling my phone out my bag. It was also at this moment that I noticed serveral people were standing near and around him but no one was helping. There was even a person recording! What the hell, why would you record something like that. I was mortified and started to panic. What was I supposed to do other than call for help? At that moment a girl from out of no where appeared. She began to hold his head, talk to him and instruct the poeple around her what to do. I was so relieved when I saw her and saw the ambulence drive by as the traffic started to move.
The feeling still hasn't gone away. That feeling of sadness and panic. I also have this feeling of anger. Anger for the people standing around as if this person didn't matter. That's someone's family and you just stand there and record? I regret not doing more and hate to think of what could have happened if that amazing girl didn't show up. I can't live here anymore. I can't handle seeing sights like this. Why do we separate ourselves like this? Are we so wrapped up in our own lives and problems that we can't help another soul?
We burn, trash, pollute, steal, kill, and terrorize our planet. We fight for greed, control and power. Why is it easier to ignore or srug off the things that are real big issues. We are killing our oceans, placing magnificent creatures in cages and forcing people from their homes with guns. We have to act guys! We have to be the love we wish to see in the world, we have to fight the darkness with our light. What better time to start than Christmas? When you go out tomorrow try and help three strangers for no expectation of a reward. Pay for a cup of coffee, give someone a compliment, help someone cross the street, let someone in front of you, volunteer, help an animal, even call up a friend.
We all need to take part in helping others. We all need to stop acting as if doing a good deed needs to be counted or rewarded. Together we can make a difference. I still have been thinking of that man on the sidewalk. I still am upset that I didn't do more. I know that I can't change what happened but I can start from the present and move forward.. I can choose to look at the positive and be grateful that there was someone who could do something. Tomorrow's another day to start again.
December greetings everyone!
The music has started, trees are being decorated, and lists are being made. Is there any thing better than this time of year. The time of year where we should try to be a little nicer, feel a litte more grateful and love a whole lot more. The past few days I have felt in full holiday spirit. Full of cheer and smiles. This is one of my brightest times to shine. I love helping people feel a bit better in their day. That's one of the beautiful things we can do this time of year. Spread love, peace and joy.
This is also the time of year that we must think of others. There are plenty of people out there who could use a hand and warm heart. There are some who don't get to share in the same joy as we do. The holidays are not just about presents, decorations, food, or spending time with loved ones. It's also sharing your love with those less fortunate. When you see an opportunity to help someone, try and be the first to offer. You never know how much a small gesture could mean to someone. Help make the seasons bright by spreading some cheer around.
"Magic only comes to those who believe in it."
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