In the beginning of this year, I was a newly-wed full of excitement and energy to start my life with my soul mate. Of course, we had already started our lives together four years earlier, but with a firm commitment and changes coming ahead, it’s important to be prepared, be on the same team, and find your personal footing. As the year winds down, I realize how much I have grown as an individual, as a wife, and as a spiritual being. I feel empowered to report the abundance I was able to manifest by simply visualizing my path, and trusting in the universe to place me exactly where I needed to be. I had decided that the year 2014 would be dedicated to cultivating my life in a way I had never attempted— a holistic approach involving balance of my mind, body, and soul. These three words are often used in a way that insights general eye rolling ( perhaps because equilibrium of this trifecta often seems unattainable or overrated), but if you used your vision as a tool for manifesting your dreams rather than gesturing skepticism, I am positive you will find the balance you’ve been needing.
The first key in unlocking my potential (and cultivating a deeper and more meaningful life) was to write down what I intended to do more of (i.e. yoga, meditation, daily gratitude, journaling, realize my passions etc. ) and began to literally imagine—visualize— what all of these activities would look like. I painted a picture in my mind of me being healthier, stronger, and balanced, but also remembering that we gotta be flexible. Life happens while you were busy making plans, but that doesn’t mean making them in the first place was done in vain. I strongly believe that when you know what you want, it’s like you’re telling the world that you’re ready to receive it. I wanted to find a profession where I could utilize my talents to serve others, to inspire people to live healthier and more simple lives. It wasn’t until I believed this dream job was possible that I even began to visualize what it would look like. We are not all created to sit in a cubicle, and wanting to be a stay at home mom (for my future children) is a pretty huge priority for me. All the while the answer was sitting in my lap! At the pinnacle of my soul searching, when inspiration, and aspiration met surrender, The Emerald Journal was born. The perfect blend of cause, effect, and faith is what I have to thank for this year being one of the best in my life. And it didn’t come without some struggle, loss, hopelessness, and challenges— But that’s LIFE.
The second key unlocked the awareness of my thoughts and forced me to face my negative outlook, and discover that sometimes I came from a place of lack rather than abundance. We all have this tendency by the way. The biggest favor we can do for ourselves is to be mindful of the poisonous thoughts we allow to roll around up there. Practicing gratefulness everyday—even when going through an emotional shit storm— I found true grace and freed myself of fear and anxiety simultaneously. There was a sense of peace at my core knowing if I failed it was ok, and regardless life was happening for me not against me. Finding happiness and laughter even in the darkest of times is telling the world you can’t be broken. Accepting that you are exactly where you need to be even if that place is scary and uncertain, fortifies your trust in a greater plan. We are all born to be something amazing, believing in your own magic is a constant battle, but it’s the greatest argument you’ll have with yourself. This step was key to my spiritual growth, and refining my soul. I have become more self aware, more compassionate, more empathetic, more accepting of myself (and others), and more loving in every way possible. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again...Love is everything, it’s why we are here, and it’s the best gift in the world to give and receive.
It’s crazy to to see what this recipe has cooked up for me in just one year. I feel connections I never noticed were there, and have renewed faith in the universe, her plans, and resorted to some child-like wisdom—magic really does exist, miracles can and do happen, and anything is possible. I hope that in 2015 you will create a visual representation of what you want your life to look like, and dedicate yourself to growth in all the important areas you’ve been neglecting. A little faith in yourself, the universe, and a whole lot of gratefulness can manifest your wildest dreams, and a more vibrant you.
If you found yourself on a similar path, please share your thoughts and advice in the karma comments below. And if you're curious as to what I may be dreaming up for myself, feel free to peruse my 2015 visualization board on Pinterest!
Always remember to be loving. Be kind. Be mindful. Be happy. Be the change.