“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
~ Paulo Coelho
It’s hard for me to believe another year has passed since I started The Brighter Side of Life. What a year it’s been! This blog continues to be my sanity in the wonderful day-to-day chaos.
The past year has brought so much change to my life. Opportunities to stretch myself beyond my perceived limits. Beautiful new friendships. Challenges. Lessons learned.
The discovery of joy.
I’m deeply grateful for all of it.
Here is one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since I started blogging, and particularly over the past year:
Beautiful things happen when you step forward and say YES to life, when you follow those deep inner nudges – your heart’s whispers – that beckon you to explore something new, take a chance, believe in others, believe in yourself. When you decide that it’s time to LIVE your life, not just watch the days go by.
Over the past year I’ve started saying YES more and more – to things I feel called to do, to amazing new relationships and opportunities, to opening my heart and allowing myself to be vulnerable. And I’m now saying yes even when I’m scared and even though I know I’ll make mistakes.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to you as you read this post. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Time is precious – life is precious – and I’m so grateful you’re spending part of your day here on The Brighter Side of Life.
Exciting things are coming!
Exciting new things are happening that I can’t wait to tell you about, though I can’t share quite yet. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements!
Do you feel I blog from the heart? If you do, I’d so appreciate if you’d take a moment and nominate me for Soul Speak’s Blog With Heart award. The link is here.
This particular award is very meaningful to me. It took me awhile to build the courage to share my voice and my vulnerabilities with the world, but since then, blogging has changed my life. Literally. This blog, The Brighter Side of Life, is me, heart and soul.
Plus, I love Jodi’s authentic, heart-centered approach to all that she does!
MY FIRST BLOG POST:
And now, I’d like to follow Betsy Henry’s lead and recap my very first post for you. If you’re not familiar with Betsy, she’s a wonderful, inspiring author and also the creator of The Zen Mama’s Blog.
In the Moment
Hmmmm, let me absorb that. Mommy, there’s no rush.
He was right.
We were pulling out of the driveway and I was in a tizzy because we were running late. But really, late for what? We weren’t heading to some save-the-world meeting, we weren’t en route to assist in an emergency. We weren’t even heading to kindergarten.
But this is what happens to me: I seem to get into a mild state of anxiety as soon as I think I’m late for something or someone. Doesn’t really matter how minor the situation is. I can almost feel my pulse speed up and my irritation factor go up a notch.
Is that what most of us do these days? Rush through our schedules – and life – on auto pilot? Run around here and there, check email and voicemail ridiculously often, juggle the various aspects of daily life – instead of focusing on what’s actually happening in the moment?
Anyway, there I was, feeling late, and BAM! My son brought me right back to where I was supposed to be… the present. It was an important reminder.
So, instead of worrying about where I’m headed or where I’ve been, or what I may do later or have already done, I’m going to focus – or try very hard, at least – on where I am and what I am doing. Right here, right now.
It’s time to look at what’s right in front of me. A child wanting to play. A friend needing an ear. A star-filled sky.
Enjoy it – this moment will never be back.
And hey, there’s no rush.